Past Tiger Champions

"To create Life Champions through Excellence in Swimming."  That is our Club Mission.  As an organization, we are committed to striving for Excellence and want to steadily grow youth so they become Champions in Life! Below is the list of our past Tiger Champions!
 

 

Abby Miller
Our first Tiger Champion is Abby Miller! In the water since she was just 4 months old, Abby is part of the Tiger Pride practice group. She loves to compete and counts butterfly as her favorite stroke. Away from the pool, this 8th grader at Riverside plays the viola and loves to read. In fact, English is her favorite subject.

"This award means a lot," Abby said, "because it's nice to get noticed for doing things right." Her advice to her teammates is to mentally prepare for your races. When Abby gets behind the blocks, "I just don't think I'm going to fail."

Nominated for the 1st Tiger Champion award by Coach Grimm, Abby certainly met all of the award criteria. "Abby has been a leader by example at practice and at meets. She arrives ready to learn and work every day and is consistent in her work ethic and application of drills at practice," began Coach Grimm. "Abby has a positive and cheerful disposition, which she shares often during practices and meets. She always projects at great attitude!"

Congratulations, Abby! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Taichi Kataoka
This week's Tiger Champion is Taichi Kataoka! A 6th grader at Fall Creek Intermediate, Taichi is part of the Tigers 1 practice group. He loves to compete and counts freestyle as his favorite stroke. His favorite event is the 100 Free. At school, Taichi's favorite classes are math and physical education.

"My best advice to my teammates," Taichi said, "is to pay attention to your coaches." A soft-spoken young man, Taichi wants his teammates know that he doesn't like to be loud. That, however, doesn't mean that he's not excited or supportive.

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Gernert, Taichi certainly met all of the award criteria. "Taichi is a great example at practice and at meets. He arrives ready to work, is a highly coachable athlete, and a very supportive teammate," began Coach Gernert. "Taichi's positive attitude is infectious and he helps his teammates achieve their best every day."

Congratulations, Taichi! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Ben Russell
This week's Tiger Champion is Ben Russell! An 8th grader at Fall Creek Junior High, Ben is part of the Tigers 2 practice group. Ben is a great teammate and friend to those around him. His favorite event is the 1650 Free and, not surprisingly, he counts freestyle as his favorite stroke. Away from the pool, Ben loves hanging out with his friends.

Ben wants his teammates to know (and most already do) that he is a long distance swimmer who loves doing sets - especially challenging ones. "My best advice to my teammates," Ben said, "is to lead by example and always believe in yourself and others."

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Knight, Ben certainly met all of the award criteria. "Ben is a great example at practice and at meets. His positive attitude is evident every day and he when a challenging set is presented," began Coach Knight, "Ben is the first to embrace the challenge. His enthusiasm and encouragement help his teammates rise to the challenge as well."

Congratulations, Ben! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Evan Makielski
This week's Tiger Champion is Evan Makielski! A 4th grader at Hoosier Road Elementary School, Evan is part of the Tiger Cubs 2 practice group.  Evan's favorite subject is reading and, other than swimming, he loves playing basketball and baseball.

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Sharon and Coach Alex, Evan certainly met all of the award criteria. "Evan is a thumbs up guy," began Coach Sharon. "He is always at practice with a smile on his face and reaches out to mentor the Tiger Cubs 1 swimmers." Coach Alex's take on Evan? "That kid is all heart!"

Evan wants his teammates to know that "if they want to be my friend, they can be my friend." His best advice for his teammates? "Never give up on your dreams," he says. "Keep at it." As he encourages others, his swimming also improves and it is a pleasure to work with with this young athlete.

Congratulations, Evan! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Drew Bakle
This week's Tiger Champion is Drew Bakle! A 4th grader at Cumberland Road Elementary School, Drew is part of the Tiger Cubs 2 practice group and loves to study history.  Drew first started swimming this past summer with Coach Garland's Summer Break program. Loving the water, he began with FAST this fall. His favorite stroke is Breaststroke and his favorite race is the 100 Breast. Away from the pool, Drew enjoys acting.

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Sharon and Coach Alex, Drew certainly met all of the award criteria. "Drew is here all the time, works hard, and cheers his teammates on," began Coach Sharon. Drew is a true teammate. Although not swimming at the Age Group Divisional meet, Drew showed up to the meet, helped Coach Sharon and Alex take splits and record times, and cheered on his teammates in every race. He didn't miss the a single race!

Drew's advice to his teammates? "Keep trying," Drew says. "You need to fail to get better." An encourager in the water and out, Drew strives to get better - and helps others to do the same.

Congratulations, Drew! You are a Tiger Champion!
 


Zach McEwen
This week's Tiger Champion is Zach McEwen! A 7th grader at Riverside Junior High, Zach is part of the Tigers 2 practice group and loves to study science.  Relatively new to the water, Zach's favorite stroke is Freestyle and his favorite event is the 200 Free. Away from the pool, Zach enjoys reading horror novels and playing chess.

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Kristen, Zach certainly met all of the award criteria. "Coming to nearly every practice, Zach is always ready to go and ready to learn," says Coach Kristen. "Zach has a plan for what he wants to accomplish and keeps striving for his goals."  Zach's advice to his teammates? "Be quiet when the coach is talking." Accomplishing goals, having a great attitude, and bringing out the best in those around him each day, Zach is a great addition to the Tigers 2 group!

Congratulations, Zach! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Dan Bennett
This week's Tiger Champion is Dan Bennett! A 7th grader at the Oaks Academy, Zach is part of the Tiger Pride practice group and loves to study history and math.  The youngest of 7 kids, Dan has been in the water since the age of 7. He loves to train and compete. Dan counts the 200 IM as his favorite event and butterfly as his favorite stroke.

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Chas, Dan certainly met all of the award criteria. "Dan is a super coachable and receptive athlete," says Coach Chas. "He has also gone out of his way to welcome new athletes to the Tiger Pride group. He shows them the ropes, explains sets, and helps them adapt to the group." What is Dan's advice to his peers? "It's super simple," he says, "Just work hard and listen to the coach." Helping those around him and striving to reach his own goals, Dan is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Dan! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Eduardo Sanchez
This week's Tiger Champion is Eduardo Sanchez! A 5th grader at Sand Creek Intermediate, Eduardo is part of the Tiger Pride practice group and loves to study math.  Already swimming for about 8 years, Eduardo loves to swim butterfly. His favorite stroke? "I like them all," he smiles!

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Chas, Eduardo certainly met all of the award criteria. "Eduardo brings a smile to everyone's face at practice," says Coach Chas. "He is always positive, listens to coaching and makes positive changes, and reflects on what he learns at practice each day." What is Eduardo's advice to his peers? "Never give up."  Bringing a positive energy and attitude to the pool each day as he strives to reach his goals, Eduardo is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Eduardo! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Vince Dieu
This week's Tiger Champion is Vince Dieu! A 6th grader at Sand Creek Intermediate, Vince is part of the Tigers 1 practice group and loves to study language arts.  Swimming for about one year, Vince loves to swim breaststroke. His favorite event is the 50 Free.

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Karen, Vince certainly met all of the award criteria. "Vince comes to practice each day with a smile on his face and a willingness to work hard," begins Coach Karen. "He reaches out to his teammates to make sure they are doing okay each day and takes teammates' frowns as a personal challenge to turn their days around." What is Vince's advice to his peers? "Always try your best," Vince begins. "And keep a smile on your face when you're feeling down."  While Vince will push his teammates to give their best each day, he is always "open to making someone smile." Bringing smiles to the deck each day and caring for his teammates, Vince is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Vince! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Lily Ziino
This week's Tiger Champion is Lily Ziino! A 5th grader at Riverside Intermediate, Lily is part of the Tigers 1 practice group and loves all subjects at school.  Lily started swimming in the 6 & Under age group for Summer Break and has been swimming ever since. She counts freestyle as her favorite stroke and the 50 Free as her favorite event. 

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Karen, Lily certainly met all of the award criteria. "Lily has really stepped up her training since moving to the Tigers 1 group. She accepts feedback well and is able to make stroke refinements with minimal reminders," begins Coach Karen. "What impresses me most is how Lily  looks for the positive even when situations aren't going her way (like after a not-so-great race) and looks out for other teammates - both in the pool and in dryland." She often slows down when doing dryland to make sure that no one is left behind and makes everyone feel welcome. Lily's advice to her teammates? "Work hard," she says. And, work hard she does. Caring for teammates and bringing a great work ethic to the pool each day, Lily is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Lily! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Avery Stein
This week's Tiger Champion is Avery Stein! Finishing 6th grade at Riverside Intermediate, Avery is part of the Tiger Pride practice group and loves math. Swimming with FAST since 2012, Avery's favorite stroke is breaststroke, her favorite pool to compete in is Munster, and her favorite event is the 50 Breast.

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Chas, Avery certainly met all of the award criteria. "Avery has really worked hard to make stroke changes," begins Coach Chas. "As hard as it can be, she had to purposely slow down to learn stroke refinements and that hard work is paying off."  Grit and determination define Avery's practice style and she does it all with a smile on her face and a great attitude. Avery's advice to her teammates? "Take time and practice instead of just showing up," Avery says. And that is exactly what this young lady does each day. Avery is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Avery! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Marcus Fudge
This week's Tiger Champion is Marcus Fudge! Part of the Tiger Cubs 2 training group, Marcus is looking forward to starting 5th grade in the fall - in England. Moving "across the pond" in August, Marcus will certainly be missed by his Tiger teammates. In school, Marcus loves art. At the pool, he loves to swim breaststroke and counts the 100 IM and 200 IM as his favorite races. 

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Sharon and Coach Alex, Marcus certainly met all of the award criteria. "Marcus has been unbelievable this season," begins Coach Sharon. "He's working harder, becoming more competitive, and always looking for what else he can be working on." Marcus has caught fire this past season and, even when working hard in the pool and in dryland, "Marcus is one of the happiest people I know," says Coach Alex.  Always supportive of those around him, what is Marcus' advice to his teammates? "Keep on practicing and work hard," Marcus says. And that is exactly what this young man does each day. Marcus is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Marcus! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Lydia Reade
This week's Tiger Champion is Lydia Reade! Part of the Elite Tigers training group, Lydia will be a freshman at Fishers High School. In school, Lydia loves to study science. Away from school and the pool, she loves to hang out at the beach with her friends. Lydia's favorite stroke is Breaststroke and her favorite event is the 200 Breast.  

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Alec, Lydia certainly met all of the award criteria. "Lydia's sportsmanship is incredible," began Coach Alec. Another coach took the time to write FAST a letter complimenting Lydia as she took the time to shake each of her competitors' hands at a recent meet. "Lydia is a great example of what a great competitor is and her efforts put a great face on FAST."  Always reaching out to those around her, Lydia's advice to her teammates? "Remember that being part of team is being part of something bigger than yourself." And, we are glad she is part of the FAST team! Lydia is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Lydia! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Lukas Bradford
This week's Tiger Champion is Lukas Bradford! Part of the Tigers 2 training group, Lukas will be in 8th grade at Riverside Junior High this fall. In school, Lukas loves social studies. Relatively new to the water, Lukas' favorite stroke is Freestyle and his favorite event is the 100 Freestyle.   

Nominated for the Tiger Champion award by Coach Kristen, Lukas certainly met all of the award criteria. "Lukas rarely misses practice and gives 110% effort when he's there," began Coach Kristen. "While a soft-spoken athlete, Lukas is a witty athlete who proves on a daily basis that it's okay to push yourself at practice." Always encouraging and cheering on those around him, Lukas' advice to his teammates? "Work hard each day." And, he certainly does! Lukas is a great example of what Tigers can do!

Congratulations, Lukas! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

JoJo Ramey
Our first Tiger Champion of the 2018-2019 Short Course Season is JoJo Ramey. Part of the Tiger Pride training group, JoJo has started the season demonstrating a high level of effort and focus. “JoJo has been an asset during dryland and drilling and has demonstrated great leadership with the 11 and 12 year-olds new to Tiger Pride,” said Coach Chas. “She has done a wonderful job at representing FAST at all venues she has competed.”

An 8th grader at St. Simon, JoJo has been swimming since the age of 5. Her favorite stroke is backstroke and her favorite event is the 200 Back. Loving to compete at the IU Natatorium, JoJo wants to encourage all of her teammates. “It will all pay off in the end,” says JoJo. Away from the pool, she loves to play volleyball as well.

Congratulations, JoJo! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Destiny Dieu
This week's Tiger Champion is Destiny Dieu. Part of the Tigers 1 training group, Destiny is eager to learn and does her best to help those in her lane stay on task and on time. "Her friendly personality draws people in and she always strives to do her best - whether in dryland, drills, or racing," begins Coach Karen. "Destiny takes the time to ask questions and understand what is expected before beginning the next set, and asks for feedback on her stroke and water skills."

A 5th grader at Sand Creek Intermediate, Destiny's favorite subject is Math and she loves to play the piano. At the pool, her favorite stroke is breaststroke. Her favorite event? The 50 Breast. Destiny's advice to her teammates is to never give up - no matter what!

Congratulations, Destiny! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Kate Mouser
This week's Tiger Champion is Kate Mouser. Although she has been swimming since the age of 7, Kate is relatively new to the Tiger Pride training group. "During this first year with FAST," begins Coach Chas, "Kate has embraced her training, coaching,and peers." Kate is a great leader during sets, as well as during dryland training. "Her daily effort and attitude have been infectious to myself and to her peers," says Coach Chas.

A 8th grader at Fall Creek Valley, Kate's favorite subject is Spanish. At the pool, her favorite stroke is Breaststroke and the 200 Breast is her favorite event. Her advice to teammates? "You are here for a reason," Kate says. "Don't put off doing the work and remember why you are here."

Congratulations, Kate! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Alex Koo
This week's Tiger Champion is Alex Koo. Alex is a consistent and positive presence in the Tiger Stripes training group. "He is very coachable," begins Coach Garland. "He always does his best to follow directions and listens intently to feedback." In fact, that dedication led to 10 out of 10 lifetime best swims at the recent FAST Monster Splash. "His positive attitude, fun spirit, and effort to include everyone definitely lifts his teammates and coaches," says Coach Steve. "He also loves to bring Korean candy for after-practice treats - a Tiger Stripes favorite."

A 4th grader at Harrison Parkway Elementary, Alex' favorite subject is Math. At the pool, his favorite stroke is Freestyle and he loves racing the shorter distances. Away from the pool, he likes watching Netflix.

Congratulations, Alex! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Mia Parker
This week's Tiger Champion is Mia Parker. A relatively new member of the Tiger Pride group, Mia always comes in to the pool with a smile and a positive attitude that is infectious. "Mia always brings her listening skills to each and every practice," begins Coach Chas. "She can often be heard re-explaining sets to fellow teammates." Always up for the next challenge, Mia is becoming a great leader in the Tiger Pride group.  

A 6th grader at Riverside Intermediate, Mia's favorite subject is Art and she loves painting. At the pool, her favorite stroke is backstroke and her favorite event is the 100 Back. Her advice to teammates?  "Have a positive attitude," says Mia. And, she certainly displays her great attitude each and every day!

Congratulations, Mia! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Brody Chop
This week's Tiger Champion is Brody Chop. A member of the Tigers 1 training group, Brody has been making great strides in his stroke technique this season. "Brody's positive, can-do attitude makes him a highly coachable athlete," begins Coach Karen. "He always has a smile on his face, asks questions when he's not clear on a direction, and helps his lane mates figure out intervals and sets." Always looking to improve, Brody is actively taking his swimming to the next level.

A 5th grader at Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate, Brody's favorite subject is Math. At the pool, his favorite stroke is butterfly and his favorite event is the 500 Free. Away from the pool, Brody likes to play baseball and watch sports. And, he swims because "swimming is fun for me." Watching your improvements and leadership are fun for us too!

Congratulations, Brody! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Zach McEwen
This week's Tiger Champion is Zach McEwen. A member of the Tigers 2 training group, Zach is a committed athlete. His early season time drops are reflective of his hard work and willingness to make changes to improve. "He practices like a champ and races like a champ," begins Coach Tamisa. "I'm honored to have him in my group." The first 2-time Tiger Champion recipient, Zach has been a rock for the Tigers 2 training group.  

An 8th grader at Riverside Junior High, Zach's favorite subject is Science. Swimming for about 2 years, Zach's favorite stroke is breaststroke and his favorite event is the 100 Breast. Away from the pool, Zach likes going on mission trips and has been to Memphis and South Dakota to help those in need.  His best advice is simply "Come to practice."

Congratulations, Zach! You are a 2-time Tiger Champion!


Maddie Beaulieu & Megan Parker
This week's Tiger Champions are Maddie Beaulieu & Megan Parker. Members of the Tigers 2 training group, Maddie and Megan are seasoned athletes who are actively looking out for the newer and younger athletes in their midst. Nominated by Coach Sharon and Coach Tamisa, these young ladies have stepped up and asked how they could help on numerous occasions - even coming in early or staying late to assist. "They were extremely helpful during the FAST Santa Claus Classic," began Coach Sharon. "Maddie and Megan were amazing with the 10 & Under swimmers." Taking over the Clerk of Course room, these 2 young ladies made sure that the 8 & Under swimmers were all escorted to their blocks on time. Going above and beyond - without being asked... great job, ladies!

Maddie is a 7th grader at Fishers Junior High and her favorite subject is English Comp. Swimming for about 4 years, Maddie's favorite stroke is back and her favorite event is the 200 Free. Away from the pool, Maddie likes to rebuild things and ski. Her best advice? "Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill."

A 7th grader at Riverside Junior High, Megan's favorite subject is Art.  Swimming for roughly 7 years, her favorite stroke is back and her favorite event is the 100 Free. Megan's best advice is to simply "leave it in the pool."

Congratulations, Maddie and Megan! You are both Tiger Champions!

 

Tommy Johanneman
This week's Tiger Champion is Tommy Johanneman. A member of the Tigers 1 training group, Tommy always comes to the pool with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. "Tommy pushes himself to be better in the water," begins Coach Karen. "He is setting very high goals for himself." In fact, at the recent FAST Swim-A-Thon, Tommy's goal was to complete all 200 laps in the 75-minute swim. Tigers 1 athletes rarely do over 3,200 total yards in practice, so this was a huge goal. Tommy completed the 5,000 yard swim with 2 minutes to spare. Setting goals, working hard, and reaching high are just part of why Tommy is a great force in Tigers 1.

A 6th grader at Riverside Intermediate, Tommy's favorite subject is Math and away from the pool, he loves track. At the pool, his favorite stroke is butterfly and his favorite event is the 50 Fly. His advice to teammates?  "Just keep kicking," says Tommy. "And, swim FAST!" He certainly does that every day!

Congratulations, Tommy! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Sofia Ortiz
This week's Tiger Champion is Sofia Ortiz. A member of the Tiger Cubs 3 training group, Sofia is a mentor to the younger Tiger Cubs athletes. "She consistently comes to Tiger Cubs 1 dryland to demonstrate proper form and help lead the younger athletes," begins Coach Sharon. "Sofia is a great mentor to our younger kids and helps them transition to the team and a new training group."  

A 3rd grader at Brooks School Elementary, Sofia's favorite subject is Science. Swimming for about 1 1/2 years, Sofia's favorite stroke is Breaststroke and her favorite event is the 200 IM. Her advice to teammates?  "Believe that you can do it," says Sofia. And she's proving she - and those around her - can do it every day!

Congratulations, Sofia! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Chris Tran
This week's Tiger Champion is Chris Tran. A member of the Tiger Pride training group, Chris is a recent addition to FAST. Learning to persevere and adapt to the Tiger Pride training, Chris pays attention to the details and strives to do what is right... not because a coach is watching, but because it's the right thing to do. "Chris brings a great attitude to the pool each day," begins Coach Chas. "He makes each day a quality day - both for himself and for his teammates."

An 8th grader at Fall Creek Valley, Chris's favorite subject is Math. When not in the water, Chris loves to run. Swimming since the age of 7, his favorite stroke is Fly and his favorite event is the 50 Fly. His advice to his teammates? "Keep working hard in practice," he begins. "And always do your best." Chris is proving that his best just keeps getting better as he pushes a little harder with each practice.

Congratulations, Chris! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Alex Nguyen
This week's Tiger Champion is Alex Nguyen. A member of the Tiger Cubs 2 training group, Alex has been swimming for about 3 years. A talented swimmer, Alex loves helping those around her become better. "Alex is simply someone who lifts you up," begins Coach Tamisa. "She walks on deck and makes me and her teammates smile."  

A 3rd grader at Cumberland Road Elementary, Alex's favorite subject is Reading. Out of the water, Alex also loves to play the piano. At the pool, her favorite stroke is Breaststroke. Her favorite race? "FAST Fridays," she says. Alex loves competing in all events. The advice she gives to others? "If you see someone who needs help," says Alex, "try to help them." A positive, uplifting child, Alex seeks to bring out the best in others while doing her best. What a great teammate to have on deck!

Congratulations, Alex! You are a Tiger Champion!


Lee Balkcom
This week's Tiger Champion is Lee Balkcom.  Although relatively new to FAST and the Tigers 1 training group, Lee has been swimming for about 6 years. At the pool almost every day, this soft-spoken and respectful young man has become a staple of the Tigers 1 group. "Lee works hard every day to improve in the pool," begins Coach Karen. "He helps those around him to maintain a positive attitude, even when the sets get hard."  Lee is an asset to the Tigers 1 group.

A homeschooled 6th grader, Lee's favorite subject is History. His favorite stroke is backstroke and his favorite event is the 100 Back. Away from the pool, Lee also enjoys reading and building with Lego's.  The advice Lee has for his teammates? "Swim FAST," says Lee. And, swim FAST is certainly what he's doing.

Congratulations, Lee! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Taichi Kataoka
This week's Tiger Champion is Taichi Kataoka. Swimming with the Tiger Pride training group, this is Taichi's second time receiving Tiger Champion honors. A strong leader in and out of  the pool, Taichi doesn't hesitate to rise to a challenge." His effort and dedication have propelled him forward these past few months," begins Coach Chas. "In dry land and in the water, he is pushing his training limits daily and helping his teammates as well." Taichi is an asset to the Tiger Pride training group.

A 7th grader at Fall Creek Junior High, Taichi's favorite subjects are Math and Gym. His favorite stroke is freestyle and his favorite event is the 100 Free. The advice Taichi has for his teammates? "If you want to better, come every day," says Taichi. "If you miss a day, you might miss learning something big." A great attitude for a great athlete!

Congratulations, Taichi! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Frankie Ramey
This week's Tiger Champion is Frankie Ramey. Swimming with the Tiger Pride training group, Frankie has demonstrated a great amount of growth over the past season. Wanting to be held accountable, Frankie raised her expectations about what she could achieve. "Her grit and determination are now shown daily," begins Coach Chas. "She is focused on making changes to her swimming each day." Solidly working towards her new goals each day, Frankie is an asset to the Tiger Pride training group.

A 5th grader at St. Simon, Frankie's favorite subject is Science. Her favorite stroke is Breast and her favorite event is the 50 Breast. When not in the pool, Frankie likes running cross country. The advice Frankie has for her teammates? "Tell Coach when you want to step up," says Frankie. "Then, they can help you and correct you." A great attitude for a highly coachable athlete!

Congratulations, Frankie! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Lucas Beaulieu
This week's Tiger Champion is Lucas Beaulieu. Swimming with the Tigers 1 training group, Lucas has wasted no time fitting into this new group. Bringing an infectious smile and great attitude to the pool each day, Lucas can often be seen picking up extra equipment, helping out teammates, and doing whatever needs to be done to help the training session run smoothly. In the water each day, “Lucas shows grit and sportsmanship each day,” begins Coach Karen. “He trains in a higher lane than he thought he could, makes the intervals, and encourages those around him.” Solidly working to get better each day, Lucas is an asset to the Tigers 1 training group.

A 5th grader at Sand Creek Intermediate, Lucas’ favorite subject is Math. When not at school or at the pool, Lucas loves to run. At the pool, his favorite stroke is Backstroke and his favorite event is the 100 Back. The advice Lucas has for his teammates? “Kick harder; swim faster,” he says. Great advice to take to heart each day!

Congratulations, Lucas! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Addie Adams
This week's Tiger Champion is Addie Adams. Swimming with the Tiger Cubs 1 training group, Addie is the first member of this training group to win the Tiger Champion Award!  At the pool whenever she can, Addie has become a leader in the Tiger Cubs 1 group. “She is a great listener,” begins Coach Sharon. “She always tries her hardest at everything she does.” Working to get better each day and helping those around her to do the same, Addie is an asset to the Tiger Cubs 1 training group.

A 1st grader at Hoosier Elementary, Addie’s favorite subject is Reading. When not at school or at the pool, Addie loves to play with her dog, Max. At the pool, her favorite stroke is Backstroke and her favorite event is the 50 Back.

Congratulations, Addie! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Addy Fought
This week's Tiger Champion is Addy Fought. Swimming with the Tigers 1 training group, Addy moved to Tigers 1 at the begininng of this past short course season. A highly coachable athlete, Addy rings a sense of determination to each practice and gives her best effort, both in and out of the water. Determined to improve, Addy can often be seen before practice begins in the stands working on her form for push-ups and planks.  "Addy requested to move to a higher lane, so she could be challenged," began Coach Karen, "And, then stepped up to the challenge and made the faster intervals and stayed on task." Addy is a great asset to the Tigers 1 and her attitude, determination, and grit will take her far.

Going into 6th grade at Noblesville West Middle School, Addy's  favorite subject is Reading. Swimming since Kindergarten, her favorite stroke is Free and her favorite event is the 50 Free Her advice to teammates? "Always think you can and do your best every day." Great advice to take to keep in mind each day!

Congratulations, Addy! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Victor Herbert
This week's Tiger Champion is Victor Herbert. Swimming with the Tigers 1 training group, Victor has been swimming for almost 4 years. Victor was originally nominated by Coach Sharon for his attitude and work effort displayed at meets. Since the original nomination, Victor has brought this improved attitude to practice as well. "Victor has become a very coachable athlete," begins Coach Karen. "He is actively looking for feedback and has changed his demeanor with his teammates to be very supportive and encouraging." Victor has become a great asset to the Tigers 1. His transformation in attitude, determination, and grit will take him far.

Going into 7th grade at Fishers Junior High, Victor's favorite subject is Math. At the pool, his favorite stroke is Butterfly and his favorite event is the 50 Free. Away from the pool, Victor practices marshal arts, plays video games, and loves to eat.  His advice to others? "Try to find something to improve every time you swim," says Victor. "And, always be positive." Great advice put into practice each and every day!

Congratulations, Victor! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Claire Francis
This week's Tiger Champion is Claire Francis. Swimming with the Tiger Pride training group, Claire was nominated for the Tiger Champion by Coach Chas. "Claire has started to develop an understanding of what it takes to be a champion," Coach Chas stated. "She is developing a voice during practice and is helping raise the level of training in her lane." Claire is focused on not only making herself a better swimmer, but those around her as well.

Going into 7th grade at Fishers Junior High, Claire's favorite subject is Math. At the pool, her favorite stroke is Breaststroke and her favorite event is the 50 Breast. Away from the pool, Claire likes to play basketball. What does she want her teammates to know about her, "I like cows," says Claire. Her advice to them? "Push yourself," she begins. "Don't ever count yourself out." Great advice from our newest Champion to remember each and every day!

Congratulations, Claire! You are a Tiger Champion!
 

Cora Henegar
This week's Tiger Champion is Cora Henegar. Swimming with the Tiger Cubs 1 training group, Cora was nominated for the Tiger Champion by Coach Sharon. "Cora is always asking questions and wanting to get better," begins Coach Sharon. "She listens very well and is open to changing how she swims her strokes in order to improve."  In attendance at almost every Tiger Cubs 1 practice, Cora always has a smile on her face, laughs a lot, and makes practice fun for those around her.

Counting math as her favorite subject, this 6 year-old home-schooled swimmer also likes to build things with her Legos. Swimming for over a year already, Cora's favorite stroke is Butterfly and her favorite event is the 100 Fly. Her advice to her teammates? "Don't do the wrong kick," she says. Our newest Tiger Champion is paying attention to details, learning how she can improve, and striving to be her best each day. She's a great example to follow each and every day!

Congratulations, Cora! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Emma Schumacher
This week's Tiger Champion is Emma Schumacher. Swimming with the Tiger Pride training group, Emma has been relentless in her training and tenacity to swim bigger and faster throughout the past two seasons. “Emma has worked to become a better teammate and continues to develop a better understanding of how to be a positive part of TPs training,” begins Coach Chas. “Emma’s coachabilty and focus during training and meets has helped to demonstrate what evolutions are possible with the drive to achieve.” Working to get better each day and helping those around her to do the same, Emma is an asset to the Tiger Pride training group.

A 7th grader at Fishers Junior High, Emma’s favorite subject is Music. When not at school or at the pool, Emma loves to read and wants to learn to play the ukulele. At the pool, her favorite stroke is Butterfly and her favorite event is the 200 Fly. Her advice to other swimmers? “If you’re doing something hard, realize you’ve done harder stuff and you can get through this.” The Tiger Value that is most important to Emma? “Sportsmanship,” she states, “because it helps the whole team get better.”

Congratulations, Emma! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Jaylyn Henegar
This week's Tiger Champion is Jaylyn Henegar. Swimming with the Tiger Pride training group, Jaylyn has had an evolution in her training in the past few months. “Jaylen has always been an attentive and hard-working swimmer, but within the past month she has elevated her workouts to a completely different level,” begins Coach Chas, “I’ve asked her to step it up and train at a higher level. And, she has.” In addition to stepping up her training, Jaylyn has stepped up her attendance and her leadership. Working to get better each day and helping those around her to do the same, Jaylyn is an asset to the Tiger Pride training group.

­Swimming since she was 9 years-old, this home-schooled 8th grader’s favorite subjects are History and Writing. When not at school or at the pool, she liked to write books and code. At the pool, Jaylyn’s favorite stroke is Backstroke and her favorite event is the 200 Back. Her advice to other swimmers? “Make every practice count.” Great advice to take to heart from our newest Tiger Champion!

Congratulations, Jaylyn! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Mia Wilson
This week's Tiger Champion is Mia Wilson. Swimming with the Tiger Pride training group, Mia was nominated for the Tiger Champion by Coach Chas. "Mia has consistently been an awesome teammate - always positive, kind, a good friend, great to be in the lane with, and always cheering on her teammates," begins Coach Chas. "Working hard in and out of the water, Mia constantly displays the Tiger Champion values."

Attending school at Fishers Junior High, this 7th grader's favorite subject is English. At the pool, Mia counts Backstroke as her favorite stroke and the 200 IM as her favorite event. Away from school and the pool, she loves playing with animals and coloring. While racing, Mia's advice to her teammates is to "not worry about those around you, but focus on your race." When not racing herself however, Mia displays her favorite Tiger Value - Sportsmanship. She's a great example to follow each and every day!

Congratulations, Mia! You are a Tiger Champion!

 

Konstanty Nowacki
This week's Tiger Champion is Konstanty Nowacki. Since moving to the T1 training group at the beginning of the season, Konstanty's attendance has continued to improve.  And, the more practices he attends, the more engaged he becomes.  “Always one to ask questions, Konstanty is actively searching for ways to improve his swimming - both in and out of the water,” begins Coach Karen, “As we strive to instill Tiger Values in our swimmer, Konstanty displays Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, Respect, and Sportsmanship at every practice.  He is showing the others in Tigers 1 by his actions and attention to detail what it means to be a Tiger.” Konstanty is an asset to the Tigers 1 training group.

­Swimming for about 2 years, this 5th grader at Riverside Intermediate School counts Social Studies as his favorite subject. When not at school or at the pool, Konstanty likes to read, write, and play the recorder. At the pool, he likes swimming all strokes and his favorite event is the 200 Free. His advice to other swimmers? “Swim fast even when you’re tired.” He also wants his teammates to know that “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Your attitude matters.” Great advice to take to heart from our newest Tiger Champion!

Congratulations, Konstanty! You are a Tiger Champion!