NewsWave March 19

Josh Saylor

Age Group State – Good luck to our WTSC swimmers in action this weekend at the Age Group State Championships. This meet will look a little different this year but is still one of the most exciting events in the career of an age group swimmer. A larger informational email was sent to participating families earlier this week. However, if you would like to follow the action and cheer for our swimmers, check out the AG State meet page (click HERE) for tons of information about the meet including results and live stream information. Good luck swimmers and GO WTSC!

 

Senior State Recap – Our Senior swimmers team turned in a long-awaited impressive performance at last weekend’s Senior State Championships. After compiling results from both sites of the meet, WTSC finished 13th in both the men’s and women’s team standings and 14th overall in the combined standings. Our team turned in an outstanding performance from start to finish but the following swims are worthy of special recognition. First, a little history was made as the WTSC boys set two new club relay records. Carsyn Christoffel, Brody Friend, Colin Parker and Jack Steadham set a new mark in the 200 Freestyle Relay with their seventh-place finish (1:25.70) while Christoffel, Friend and Parker teamed with Chance Buckles for a new record in the 200 Medley Relay (1:36.12). The medley relay quartet also made a new Futures cut in the 400 Medley Relay while the team of Christoffel, Friend, Parker and Brooks Hillenbrand made a new Futures cut in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Parker made the second individual Futures cut of his career in the 100 Butterfly. The WTSC girls were led by Lurilla Bereveskos who visited the awards podium in the 500 Freestyle (4th) and 1650 Freestyle (7th), with the 1650 swim resulting in a new Speedo Sectional cut. Bereveskos teamed with Emily Buening, Emma Horton, and Eleanor Reno to finish sixth overall in the 800 Freestyle Relay. And additional new Speedo Sectional cuts were turned in by Buening (400 IM), Christoffel (200 Freestyle; 100 Backstroke; 100 Breaststroke), Parker (200 Freestyle) and Lauren Diercks (200 Backstroke). Congratulations to all Senior State swimmers and way to go WTSC!

 

Intrasquad Recap – The table was set for our fast weekend at Senior State by a short but sweet performance at our Last Chance Intrasquad. Thank you to our parents who stepped in to work the meet and give the kids the chance to swim fast. There were many highlights from the night but first and foremost, welcome to WTSC to Evan Wolfe, who swam in his first meet as a member of the team. The meet featured a pair of new Age Group State cuts from Katie Countryman (200 Butterfly) and Lillian Tabor (50 Butterfly). Congratulations to Alex Perez (100 Freestyle) and Sophia Trujillo-Magdaleno (50 Freestyle) on the first Divisional cuts of their careers. Zaid Moreno (50 & 100 Freestyle) and Zander Moreno (50 Freestyle; 100 Butterfly) made their first Divisional cuts of the season. And new Divisional cuts were also turned in by Olivia Bourquein (200 Breaststroke), Ruby Brown (100 Freestyle), Hadasa Garcia-Esquivel (50 & 100 Freestyle; 50 Backstroke) and Carlise Leppert (50 Breaststroke; 100 Butterfly). Check out the updated Honor Roll for these highlights from Senior State and the Intrasquad and many more. Way to go WTSC!

 

Short Course Season End & Long Course Season Start – This coming week will be the final week of a challenging but overwhelmingly successful short course season. Seniors will have practice Monday-Wednesday, with Wednesday’s practice being the last practice of the season. Red & Black swimmers will have an end-of-season meeting and fun night on Tuesday, March 23. We will return to the pool on Monday, April 12 for the start of our spring/summer season. More information about the upcoming season will be available closer to April 12. We hope everyone enjoys spring break and their break from the pool and will be ready for another great season of WTSC swimming in April.

 

New Officials – WTSC needs some new officials. Officiating is a great way to get involved with the sport and can lead to a rewarding experience as you progress through the levels of expertise from stroke & turn to referee. And it is also easy to maintain your certification as an official as you can work most of the needed meet sessions at our own events. WTSC is planning to host an educational clinic for new officials in April. More details will be available after they are finalized but for now, if you are interested in becoming an official, please contact Eric Hillenbrand for more information ([email protected]).