CIA Earns 2021 Age Group State Title

Jason Kemp

 

WHAT. A. WEEKEND!

First, congratulations to ALL the swimmers for the amazing effort and a true show of force! By our count on meet mobile CIA swimmers beat their seed time 227 times with more than 20 first place finishes… WOW!

CIA has now won Short Course Age Group State FIVE years in a row. This is not luck, and this is not an accident. This is because of our culture and the resiliency of our swimmers, our parents and our coaches. A coaching staff that just won Age Group Coaching Staff of the Year for the 2nd year in a row!

The past year has been tough on the entire swim community. We know that no one in our CIA family ever had a doubt that when our pools closed last summer and we were literally practicing in a lake. When our practice times, locations and durations had to be “adjusted.” And not a doubt when we attended a fraction of the meets with minimal competition this short course season. When insult was added to injury and we were forced to watch them compete online. We all thought that everything was good, right? Maybe there was some doubt…

This Long Course season we are looking to be back in Ashworth, Drake, Hoover, Easter Seals, Mercy One and Valley. We are actively in the process of interviewing for another full-time coach. Although we are not ready to say we’re back to “normal” we are going to say the foundation is set to be back stronger and better than ever. CIA is a family and there is only one reason for that, you!

The CIA Board would like to thank every single Age Group swimmer and parent for your dedication to our sport and our wonderful club. We would also like to give a big shout-out to the AMAZING COACHING STAFF that has not only provided first class coaching but also implemented the protocols that ensured the safety of our swimmers while at practice during this pandemic.

The season is not over. As we prepare for an extremely competitive Senior State this week, we are looking for parent volunteers to help support. Please support our club in this effort. CIA will end the short course season at Speedo Sectionals a couple weeks after Senior State.

We hope you enjoy the accomplishments and celebrate the great swims. If Age Group State was your last “stop” this short course season we look forward to reloading this spring for a great long course season!

 

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