Meet Recap: MV Championships 12 & Under

Mary-Catherine Ivey

12 & Under Champs ▪︎ April 9 - 11, 2021 ▪︎ Gladstone, MO


The Blazers had an outstanding meet at the MV 12 & Under Champs session in Gladstone, MO. This is the way to end a season; with strong performances and team spirit! We are excited to keep this momentum going into our summer long course season!


Age Group - Coach Shawn Lynn-Bequette


Age Group had ten swimmers representing the Blazers last weekend in Gladstone and they swam lights out! Three swimmers qualified for Champs during our long short course season (Henry Heise, Teni Oyetunji, Amber Stringer) and seven swimmers were invited to compete, given their event ranking in MV Swimming (Ila Clark, Ava Le Grotte, Clara Hotze, Ellie Wallace, Ella Taylor, Adi Pradeep, Daniel Weisburg). Well done, AG Blazers!


Teni Oyetunji – 3rd place in the Girls 10 & Under 50 Breaststroke with a time of 43.14!

Teni also had a 27.88 sec drop in the 200 IM with a time of 3:09.44 and achieved a new Champs cut in the 100 Fly (1:31.44).


Blazers finishing Top 8:


Ila Clark – 7th place in the Girls 10 & Under 100 Backstroke (1:23.92 prelims; 1:24.08 finals) and achieved a new Champs cut with a :09 second drop in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:29.29!


Amber Stringer – 7th place in the Girls 10 & Under 100 Free with a new Champs cut (1:10.31)!


Henry Heise – 8th place in the Boys 10 & Under 100 Fly with a new Champs cut (1:33.72), Henry also had a 15.95 sec drop 200 IM with a time of 3:07.27, a new Champs cut in the 100 Backstroke (1:24.57) and the 200 Free (2:41.75)!


Age Group Performance Highlights:


Ava LeGrotte – 100% best times [100 breaststroke 1:44.10, 100 Fly 1:43.08, 200 Free 3:06.15)

Daniel Weisburg – 12.33 sec time drop 100 Fly [1:52.27]

Adi Pradeep – 13.62 sec time drop 100 Fly [1:47.51]

Clara Hotze – New Champs cut 50 Backstroke [38.63]

Ellie Wallace – 100 Free [1:19.22]

Ella Taylor – 200 Free 16.33 sec drop [2:52.14]


Swimmer of the Meet:

Ila Clark & Henry Heise


An overall exceptional performance from Age Group! Standout swims everyone!



Junior II - Coach Uldis Tazans 


It was a long awaited championship meet with ups and downs on the way. It was electrifying to see these younger swimmers race and support their teammates. We had a great group of swimmers attending the swim meet! All of the 18 JII attending swimmers achieved at least 1 personal best time. I am proud of each and every one of the swimmers for their dedication and hard work during practices. I am looking forward to the summer season! Go Blazers!


Swimmer of the Meet:

Sasha Weiner

Outstanding performance. Sasha swam a total of 7 events and placed in the top 3 in all of her events (five first place finishes (50 Fly, 100 Back, 100 IM, 50 Back, 50 free) and two second place finishes (100 fly and 200IM). 100% best times.



Casey Carpenter-Ross

Outstanding performance. Casey swam a total of 7 events and placed in the top 3 in all of his events (four first place finishes (200 Back; 50 free; 50 Back; 100 Back), two second place finishes (100 Fly, 200 Free) and one third place finish (100 IM). 100% best times.


Junior II Performance Highlights

Championship meet breakdown:


JII had a total of 29 top 3 finishes.

88% of all swims were best times

48 swims at the finals - 94% of those swims were best times at the finals


Total 29 top 3 finishes:

  • 9 1st place finishes
  • 12 2nd finishes
  • 8 3rd place finishes


Junior I Performance Highlights - Coach Andrew Schmidt  


Junior I had 82% best times and outstanding performances overall at the 12 & Under Champs session!


Matthew Warren

11-12 Boys Missouri Valley Champion:

  • 100 IM
  • 50 Breaststroke
  • 100 Breaststroke
  • 200 Breaststroke

KCB Team Record in 11-12 Boys 200 Breaststroke

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