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Scott Vanderzell

The Titans took to the Southtowns for the Turkey Splash Invitational hosted by TWST on November 21st. The Titans did not swim like they just finished eating a big Thanksgiving dinner as we tallied a total of 8 heat winners (winning a couple coveted bell ringers) and 8 first place finishes! We participated in the 12 & Under morning session, which had some of our younger 8 and 9 year old swimmers sharing a heat with the bigger 11 and 12 year old swimmers. Great job levels 1 and 2!...

Scott Vanderzell

The Titans traveled to Ohio for the Mark J. Braun Fall Classic the weekend of November 19th, 20th & 21st. This was a “Cut Time” meet, meaning the swimmers had to achieve certain time standards to enter. All the swimmers who made the trip were able to participate in an extremely fast meet, seeing some truly amazing races, as well as putting in a bunch of our own. The meet played host to over 50 teams and well over 800 athletes, all swimming at a very high level. The Titans...

Tonawanda Titans

You’re not seeing double with this post, say hello to Lexi and Grace Fredricks! These Grand Island girls always loved the water and after swimming for St. Stephen’s in 8th grade, they joined the Titans Swim Club to further pursue their swimming goals. That seemed to spark their capabilities in the pool because while they attended Mount Saint Mary Academy and swam on their team, they broke school records, won races, earned All-Catholic medals and championships. You can still see their All-Catholic achievement posters hanging throughout MSM’s sports hallway. After...

Scott Vanderzell

The Titans traveled to Downtown Buffalo to compete in the Canadian – American Challenge at ECC’s Flickinger Aquatic Center. Forty-two Titans from Levels 1 to 8 put in some fantastic efforts in the slightly “cooler than we are used” to pool. This meet spanned three days and saw swims in events ranging from the 25 free to the 1000 free! Great swims, supportive teammates, and some fun were on display all weekend. Level 1 had a small but mighty turnout with one swimmer at the Canadian- American Challenge and was...

Scott Vanderzell

The Town of Tonawanda Titans hosted the Halloween Meet the weekend of October 29th to the 31st at the Aquatic and Fitness Center. We saw 9 Teams pulling together 300 plus swimmers throughout the weekend! It was amazing to see this again and a fantastic opportunity to compete against some amazing swimmers. We had a total of 103 Titans in attendance piling up best times, new swims, great relays, and some super team support! Thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard all weekend to make it a...

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It’s time to spotlight another group of Titan alumni swimmers, all from the same family. Andrew, Matthew and Megan are three out the 5 five swimmers in their family that shared some of their best swim memories and achievements with us. Andrew Marsh Andrew attended Jamestown Highschool and then continued on to attend West Virginia University. His impressive swim career only excelled as he transitioned from high school to college. His senior at West Virginia competing in the Big XII Conference Championship, Andrew took 1st place in the 100 yard...

Tonawanda Titans

We’d like to introduce you to former Titans coach, Matt Gianottis. Matt joined Titans as a coach in the early 90’s. His experience as a team swimmer combined with his talented coaching skills helped our swimmers become truly amazing athletes in the water. Matt grew up in Willow Ridge, went to Willow Ridge Elementary, where he started swimming at age six with the Sweet Home Swim Club. His very first swim coach was Debbie Tatar at the Sweet Home Junior High School and then the incomparable Coach Steve Myers. He...

Tonawanda Titans

You’ve seen her swim for Amherst High School, you’ve seen her swim for Titans, you’ve seen her lifeguarding at the AFC and now you can see her swimming for Canisius College. The first time Carolyn started swimming was her freshman year at Amherst. Not only did she love to swim, but she was also a natural in the pool. With the encouragement of her coach, she tried out for Titans and joined as a level 5 swimmer. She quickly moved up levels as her skills and strokes improved. Carolyn now...

Tonawanda Titans

Ten years is a long time to dedicate to anything. Especially when you are engaging and mentoring young people, spearheading key initiatives that expand beyond your team, and simultaneously managing multiple areas of responsibility. We are forever grateful that we can say we had someone in our Titan family that did just that and so much more. This week's spotlight is our very own Titan alumni, OG administrative official, and former coach: Randall Snodgrass Even though swimming is undeniably part of his DNA, Randall did not formally start his journey...

Heather Scibetta

Our next Titans alumni feature is a family act, Alec and James Pokornowski. Both brothers are extremely talented swimmers, with a long history with the Titans. Let us first introduce you to Alec. Alec attended Canisius High School and swam on their varsity team all four years and was captain his senior year. He continued on after graduation to attend Boston University where he also swam for all four years as well. For the past two years Alec currently as a boarding specialist and trainer for a real estate website...