BAAC Achieves Personal Bests and Qualifying Times for Head Coach Mike Cutler’s Swim Meet Debut

Buffalo Aquatics Board of Directors
Oct 18, 2018

BUFFALO, NY, October 18, 2018 -  The Buffalo Area Aquatic Club (BAAC) started the USA Swimming short course season this past Saturday with the STAR Super Series Meet #1 at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center at Erie Community College.

It was the swim meet debut for new head coach, Mike Cutler, who recently relocated to Buffalo from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The team finished 3rd place in the women’s division and 4th place overall. The swimmers had great team spirit and delivered many noteworthy achievements:

Top Point Leaders:

  • (96) points for Katarina Umansky with 1st place in four 8-under events and one 3rd place
  • (83) points for Maya Huntress with 1st place in four 10-under events
  • (82) points for Lauren Golden with 2nd place in four 10-under events

Impressive Rookie Starts:

  • Rookie of the meet goes to Madeline Loeffler with 1st place in four 8-under events in her first competitive swim meet!
  • Other first time swimmers included Lillian Harris, Devon Maritime and Julia Burg with new times set in ten events

Top (3) Finalists:

  • 8-Under: David Sabol, Katarina Umansky, Madeline Loeffler
  • 10-Under: Veronika Puzanovova, Lauren Golden, Maya Huntress
  • 12-Under: Celia Morey

Most Improved:

  • Cadence Pisa dropped (26) seconds in the 50 Breast!
  • Amelia Jermak dropped (20) seconds in the 100 IM
  • Luca Alessi dropped (14) seconds in the 50 Free

In addition to all of the great times posted, several BAAC swimmers qualified for the Niagara Swimming Short Course Qualifier (Silver) and Championship (Gold) meets based on ages as of the STAR meet:

Silver Qualifiers:

  • Luciana Alessi – 50 Back, 50 Breast, 100 IM
  • Julia Burg – 50 Breast
  • Celia Morey – 50 Free, 50 Back, 100 IM
  • Reagan Peiper – 50 Breast
  • Cadence Pisa – 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM
  • Katarina Umansky – 50 Back, 100 IM

Gold Qualifiers:

  • Luciana Alessi – 50 Free
  • Lauren Golden – 50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM
  • Maya Huntress – 50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM
  • Cadence Pisa – 50 Free, 50 Back
  • Veronika Puzanovova - 50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 IM

The team will be competing next in the Tonawanda Titans Halloween Meet on October 26th-28th at the Town of Tonawanda Aquatics Center.