COACHES’ CORNER

PINEY CREEK HEAT - 2022
 
Thank you to everyone for making this season so special.  This was my 14th year coaching Piney Creek and we continue to win as a team by doing things the right way.  We have stayed true to keeping our swim team a Piney Creek community program and keeping it a program that anyone from the Piney Creek community can join.  Our coaches do a remarkable job of building a love for the sport of swimming - this is evident in the growing number of our kids who have dedicated themselves to swimming on club swim teams during the school year and how large of a group of 13-18s we have.   I am proud of the number of kids who continue to come back and swim until the age of 18.  We absolutely dominated the 15-18 Championships - winning both Girls and Boys Age Group Trophies.  The 15-18s broke 10 team records.  These kids love each other and it is such a joy for me to see them continue to swim with each other in the summer.
 
We won the MHSL Division A Championship by doing things the right way.  We don’t have tryouts.  We don’t recruit.   We take anyone able to swim that lives in Piney Creek.   Yet we won and that is pretty special.   I loved our spirit and fight at Championships.   The energy under our Coaches tent only existed in our tent.  Our enthusiasm and team spirit was extraordinary.   It is too bad that the lightning happened when it did, because I wish everyone had seen our 15-18s put on a clinic in the 200 Freestyle Relay. 
 
We had 98 swimmers participate in yesterday’s Championships and all of them played a role in our win.   Congratulations!  
 
 
Parents
Your role is so vital in our success.  Thank you for encouraging your kids to swim and supporting them throughout the season.  We can’t do it without you.  In particular I would like to thank the members of our board.  Molly - Thank you for taking the lead.   Mary - Thank you for not disappearing and continuing to be our rock.   Pat - Thank you for fighting the good fight for us and Summer Club Swimming as our Parent Rep.  Greg, Andy & Krista - Thank you for your patience and attention to detail during two very long and hot days behind the computer this week.  Rob - Thank you for figuring out a way to have a coaching staff this large.  Thank you to my wife Jenifer - she supports my ability to coach 175 kids and my two daughters.  Above all - thank you to everyone to talked to their swimmer about swimming and supported them.   
 
 
Coaching Staff
I am very proud of my coaching staff.  All of them did an amazing job working with our kids.  They run practices, run around and find kids during meets, and most importantly - they serve as fantastic role models for our swimmers.  I would like to thank each one of them for the time and energy they put into coaching this year.
  • Anna Ambruso - 6 & Under
  • Audrey Logan - 6 & Unders
  • Sophia Smolenski - 6 & Unders
  • Annelise Thomas - 6 & Unders
  • Chae Phillips - 8 & Unders
  • Antonio Goris - 8 & Unders
  • Daniel Yi - 8 & Unders
  • Katie Cohen - 9-10 and 8&U
  • Kristina Domashevich - 9-10 and 8& U
  • Emma Goodwin - 9-10 and 8&U
  • Alex Burkhardt - 9-10 and 8&U
  • Jadyn Phillips - 9-10 and 6&U
  • Isaac Yi - 11-12
  • Josh Nieves - 11-12
  • Cassie Scott - 11-12
  • Kelly Saindon - 11-12
  • Erin Wehrle - 13-14
  • Jordyn Richey - 13-14
 
Coaches Award
We are looking for the following from our Coaches Award winners:
  • Positive Participation in practice and meets.
  • Sportsmanship in the pool, on the pool deck, and in the locker room
  • Performance in the pool
This award is not based on age, points scored, or improvement.  It goes to those who gave the most back to the team both in and out of the pool.  They embody the summer club swimming experience. 
 
Our First Winner is Levi Helland
This kid brings positive energy and a very strong work ethic to the pool every day.   He dances on the blocks and high fives his teammates.   He comes over to talk to me before he swims and wants feedback after he swims - he is 10 years old.   Levi makes his teammates better and he supports them with endless positive energy.   One of my favorite moments of the entire season was the 9-10 boys 50 Freestyle at prelims at Smoky Hill.   Levi and Sam Kaufman were next to each other, both had great races and tied to the hundredth of a second.   They both looked at the scoreboard twice and then Levi dives over to Sam with a huge smile on his face and give Sam a giant high five and a cheer.   It was one of the more pure moments of sport I have watched.  Levi had a great season and a fantastic Championship meet, finishing in the top 3 in the 50 Free, 50 Fly and 100 Free.   He is an absolute joy to coach and I hope he continues to bring energy to everything he does.
 
Our Second Winner is Caroline Laughlin
Caroline had the best attendance of any 15-18 girl on our team and as a result dropped the most amount of time at Prelims.   She went a 1:04 in the 100 Fly after a 6 second drop.   She took off 8 seconds in both her 200 Free and 200 IM.   She is endlessly positive and always has a big smile on her face.  All of that is awesome and deserving of this award, but it is the joy that she bring me that also keeps me going everyday.   I pick up Caroline every morning and bring her to practice.   We talk about swimming, her lifeguarding job and the music on the radio.   She is not my daughter, but she is very special to me.   Caroline’s father and I won state championships together at Cherry Creek High School.   Her father, Grier was the backstroker and I was the breaststroker on a 200 Medley Relay team that won a state championship by 7 seconds and was the 2nd fastest 200 Medley Relay in the United States in 1990.   Her Dad passed away when she was very little, but Piney Creek has been kind enough to allow me to coach her here and watching her turn into the amazing swimmer that she is has been an honor.  Thanks for being so awesome, Caroline. 
 
 
18 Year-olds
I would like to recognize six amazing individuals who are 18 and will not be able to return to swim next year.
 
Keegan Bergquist
Keegan has improved maybe more than any Piney Creek swimmer in history. 
 
Cassie Scott
Will be a sophomore at Davenport College.   Sick at Championships, but still finished 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke.  She went a 1:10 in the 100 Breast on Tuesday, under a high school state qual time, something she never achieved in high school and is great role model to show that constant improvement is possible if you are willing to commit to it.
 
Annelise Thomas
Will be a freshman at the University of the Pacific.   One of the absolute best swimmers ever at Piney Creek.  She leaves with 11 Piney Creek Team Records and set 3 league records this week.  She will continue to swim at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with Jadyn Phillips.   Congratulations Annelise.
 
Kristina Domashevich
Will be a sophomore at Colorado School of Mines.  She was a Valedictorian at Smoky Hill High School.   This girl has been the heart of our 15-18 girls for the past four years.  She is the glue that keeps everyone together.   Everyone loves Kristina.  She always gives her best effort and leaves Piney Creek with 4 team records.   She also been an amazing coach and seems to run the pool.
 
Joshua Nieves
Will be a freshman at the University of Utah.    Josh is a remarkable swimmer and it has been a honor to watch him grow from a little 11-12 here to breaking records over the past two seasons.   He went a 57 in the 100 Breaststroke and a 21 in the 50 Freestyle.
 
Isaac Yi
Will be a freshman at the University of Colorado at Denver.  Isaac is awesome.  This kid gives it his absolute all everytime he dives in.   He was 4th yesterday in the 100 Fly and 2nd in both the 100 Back and 100 Breast.   Man did he try to beat his brother yesterday in that 100 Breast.   We had 3 guys break a minute in the 100 Breaststroke on Tuesday - in a summer club meet.   Isaac is the cause of that.  He has set the tone for others to following since he was 11 years old.   
 
I am lucky to have been able to coach all of these amazing kids for so long.   Thank you.
 
 
New Records
Please stand up if your name is on that record board.  You have to be crazy fast to have your name on that wall.  You have to be even faster to break a League Record.  We had 7 swimmers break records this season.  Thank you to Scott Thomas for his hard work with these awards.
 
Kate McKinnon - Rewrote the 11-12 Girls Record Book
50 Freestyle - 27.94 - League and Team Record - Taylor Johannsen & Maggie Robben
100 Freestyle - 1:00.75 - Maggie Robben
50 Backstroke - 33.46 - Lizzy Wiley
50 Butterfly - 30.19 - Annelise Thomas
100 IM - 1:13.45 - Maggie Robben
 
Charlie Newton - 13-14 Boys
100 Freestyle - 57.94 - Isaac Yi
100 Backstroke - 1:04.34 - John Berry
 
Jake and Sam Baker - 15-18 Boys
200 IM - 2:11.32 - Sam Baker, Daniel Yi, Alex Kohlman, Charlie Patch
 
Daniel Yi - 15-18 Boys
50 Freestyle - 24.23 - Alex Kohlman
100 Breaststroke - 1:03.84 - Josh Nieves - Team and League
200 IM
 
Annelise Thomas - 15-18 Girls - All League Records
100 Backstroke - 1:05.16 - Her own record - Lindsey Painton League
100 Butterfly - 1:04.98 - Caroline Piehl and Jen Oster
200 IM - 2:25.80 - Maggie Robben
 
Katie Cohen - 15-18 Girls - League
100 Breaststroke - 1:13.10 - Her own record
Katie has 12 Piney Creek Team Records - the most of any swimmer to ever swim here.
 
Katie & Daniel - National High School All-Americans.  Daniel 96th in the United States in the 100 Breaststroke with a 56.25.   Katie 5th in the United States splitting a 28.7 in the 50 Breaststroke in the 200 Medley Relay.  Both learned how to swim in this pool.  
 
 
Fun Team Awards
 
Most Improved Overall:
Boy - Miles Thomas - 8 & U Boys
Had never swam on a team before, ended as a two event All Star
 
Girl - Meliah Ricketson -  11-12 Girls
Won a Championship in the 11-12 Girls Medley Relay.   Championship finals in the 50 Breaststroke and 4 All Star Times.   Great strokes and strong work ethic have lead to outstanding performance.
 
 
Relays of the Year:
Girls - 11-12 200 Freestyle Relay
Caroline Kaiser, Porter Sicheri, Emily Gianatasio, Kate McKinnon
Won by 6 seconds.  Never lost all summer.
 
Boys - 15-18 200 Medley and 200 Free Relays
Antonio Goris, Josh Nieves, Daniel Yi, Isaac Yi
League records in both relays last year.  Also Smoky Hill Team Records 
 
 
Performances of the Year:
Annelise Thomas - 3 League Records in 1 Day - 100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 IM.
 
Katie Cohen - 200 Freestyle & 100 Breaststroke - team record in every breaststroke record 8&U through 15-18.  Won her 8th League Championship in a breaststroke event.  Won the 200 Freestyle 4 years in a row.  
 
Jake & Sam Baker - 200 IM at Championships
 
 
Age Group Awards
 
6 & Unders 
Boys:
MVP - Thomas Ambrosio
Highest finisher - 4th in 25 free at Championships
Girls:
MVP - Aiyanna Williams
League Champion in the 25 Breaststroke - only 5
 
 
7-8
Boys:
MVP - Brody Roush
All Star Qualifier in the 25 Free.  2nd place yesterday.  Very strong all around swimmer.
Girls:
MVP - Alexis Ross
League Champion and All Star Qualifier in the 25 Free.  2nd in the 50 Freestyle.
 
 
9-10 
Boys:
MVP - Sam Kaufman
League Champion in the 50 Backstroke.   Huge improvement this season.  So fun to coach.
Girls:
MVP - Callie Rice
All Star Qualifier in 50 Back, 50 Breast, 100 IM - Championship finals in all three
 
 
11-12
Boys: 
MVP - Marshall Adams
Won the 50 Butterfly and 100 IM.   Will swim at the USA Swimming State Championship in two weeks.   Good luck. 
Girls: League Champions!
MVP - Kate McKinnon
The best 11-12 girl in Piney Creek history.  Excited to watch her continue to achieve in the pool.  Also a super awesome person.
 
 
13-14
Boys:
MVP - Charlie Newton
Three event winner - 100 Fly, 100 Back and 100 Free.  2 team records
Girls:
MVP - Emily Cohen
2nd in the 200 Freestyle with a time that converts to a high school state qual time, 3rd in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 breaststroke. 
 
 
15-18 
We won the age group trophy for both the 15-18 Boys and the 15-18 Girls.   This is the best 15-18 group in MHSL History.  They scored 1303 points our of our 3181.   We had at least 4 boys and 3 girls in every Championship Final.   The Boys finishes 1-6 in the 100 Breaststroke.
 
Boys:
MVP - Daniel Yi
Never lost a race the entire summer.  The #2 recruit in Colorado.  The Athletic Face of Smoky Hill High School. 
Girls:
MVP - Kristina Domashevich
Swam at every meet all season and made a huge difference as a leader, a role model and coach.
 
 
Thank you for an outstanding season.
 
Scott Cohen