TEAM BUZZ, from the coaches...

 

Senior group:   With our Senior group in the midst of the current high school season, we had 2 members of the group compete in the "Deck the Halls" meet to get fresh times in them seldom offered 1000 and 1650 freestyles. Excellent results from both Ashlyn Walter and Carson Smith. Carson went 9:44.80 and 16:17.60 respectively, both nice drops from previous swims! Ashlyn swam to 11:17.53 and 18:42.85 respectively, and setting new Team Records in both races!

This goes along with our Senior Group performances in the USA Swimming 18 & Under Championships held at Miami Univ. a few weeks ago. At that meet, Libby Grether set new Team Records in the 100 back (56.70),and the 200 back (2:01.73), just missing Junior National cuts in both events! Following the Team record theme, Carson Smith swam to a 1:39.26, setting both a new Team Record but also making his first Junior National cut!  Excellent performances!

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Orange Group: Our swimmers have taken this unusual season by storm, approaching each meet with determination and confidence as if it is a championship meet. But this is no surprise, as they are a fierce and competitive group every day in practice. On a daily basis I see them pushing themselves to make faster pace cycles, working both their strengths and weaknesses, and bringing as much focus to their practice races as they do their meet races...we have on many occasions seen "best times" in races at the end of a long practice. More importantly, they both push and support each other to be their best. Here is a quick summary of their meet accomplishments so far:

Turkey Classic Meet: All swimmers pretty much had best times across the board with a combined total of 12 JO cuts and 2 Zone cuts achieved! There are several others on the verge of JO cuts and a swimmer on the verge of a sectional cut!

Distance Meet: All swimmers had best times with a combined total of 7 JO cuts and 1 Zone cut! I was especially pleased with the swimmers who had never raced a 400 IM before. They attacked that race like they had swum it a dozen times and three swimmers (including one who had never raced a 400 IM) even had best times in the 100 fly portion of the 400 IM!

As our season training focus starts to shift from heavy endurance to sprinting and race refinement, I look forward to what they will bring to the table in our remaining meets. Overall, every single kid in this group has grown as a swimmer and as a teammate and they should be extremely proud of themselves!

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White group:   Swimming in our 2nd  Ohio Swimming Virtual Meet,  "Deck the Halls", our group did an excellent job racing distance events for the first time! 

Making Junior Olympic cuts in the 500 free were Emmett VanBuskirk, Eric Loustaunau, and Will Adams! Achieving Junior Olympic cuts in the 400 IM were Emmett VanBuskirk, Eric Loustaunau, and David Shaw! Just missing the JO cuts were Will Adams (400 IM), Emi Horta (500 free), and David Shaw (500 free)..

Our group swam at nearly 100% best times as well as picking up 18 more best times in the front end splits of both the 500 free (100 & 200 splits), and the 400 IM (100 fly). 

Picking up a best time in the 100 free (Addie Ryan), new best times in the 200 free (Ava Ketchum, Audrey Ehret, Stella Hensley, Addie Ryan, SoonShin Asao-Kim, AJ Lutz, Rylan Schuster, and Tag Smith). Setting best times in the 100 fly (Maria Butler, Audrey Ehret, Ava Ketchum, Will Adams, SoonShin Asao-Kim, Emi Horta-Ibarra, Eric Loustaunau, David Shaw, and Emmett VanBuskirk!

 
 
Spring/Summer Session (Long Course)
Planning is underway for our 2021 season!  We will open registration on March 15th at 6pm for RETURNING SWIMMERS and March 22nd at 6pm for NEW SWIMMERS.  We will be holding swim evaluations for new swimmers on March 17th and 18th from 5:15pm to 6:00pm at the Dublic Rec Center Pool.  We will post swim evaluation scheduling info by the 10th of March.   Stay tuned for more information!

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