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 Reno Aquatic Club – 2019/2020 Season Recap

USA Swimming’s season runs each year from September 1 – August 31. In a normal year, the short-course season takes place September – May and the long course season happens during the summer. With the COVID-19 shutdown, Reno Aquatic Club lost half of our competitive season. Despite not being able to compete since February, RENO still had an outstanding year!

The 2019/2020 season was an interesting one to say the least. Not only did the shutdown happen, but we also lost Northwest pool for two months last fall. Let’s hope the 2020/2021 season goes smoother!

The challenges the team faced during the 2019/2020 season will only make RENO stronger and more resilient. I am very proud of how the swimmers have handled the adversity, and I am thankful for an outstanding coaching staff that has done a tremendous job over the last year.  

As we move into the 2020/2021 season there are still a lot of unknowns, but I am confident Reno Aquatic Club is in a position to continue to be successful and continue to strive towards our goal of being the premier swim team on the west coast.

Below are some significant accomplishments achieved by Reno Aquatic Club swimmers. I am looking forward to seeing more names on this list, new records set, and more top swims in next year’s recap!

Team Records

Reno Aquatic Club has been producing fast swimmers for the last 47-years. As a result, RENO’s team records are very fast. In an abbreviated season, eight team records were set including three ALL-TIME Reno Aquatic Club Records.

ALL-TIME Records

100-yard backstroke: Emma Karam (52.75) broke Marshi Smith’s record of 54.47 set in 2003

200-yard backstroke: Emma Karam (1:54.93) broke her own record of 1:58.25 set in 2019

200-meter backstroke: Emma Karam (2:15.28) broke her own record of 2:15.55 set in 2019

15-16 Girls Records

50-yard freestyle: Emma Karam (23.70) broke McKenna Meyer’s record of 24.13 set in 2013

100-yard backstroke: Emma Karam (52.75) broke Katelyn Buono’s record of 57.05 set in 2019

200-yard backstroke: Emma Karam (1:54.93) broke McKenna Meyer’s record of 2:01.53 set in 2014

200-yard fly: Emma Karam (2:03.07) broke Leah Zucker’s record of 2:03.57 set in 1993

200-meter backstroke: Emma Karam (2:15.28) broke her own record of 2:15.55 set in 2019

Congratulations Emma! Click here to view RENO’s records.

Top-10 RENO

Just like the team records, RENO’s Top-10 times are very fast! It is very competitive to break into the Top-10. Throughout the season, there were a total of 64 swims in the Top-10.

Compared to previous years, the amount of RENO's top-25 swim for last season was impressive. In the shortened 2019/2020 season, RENO swimmers produced one more top-10 swim than 2017/2018 (64 versus 63). With only half the season completed, RENO was on pace to surpass the total number of top-10 swims in 2018/2019. In the 2018/2019 season RENO had 111 top-10 performances. 

Congratulations to the following swimmers:

ALL-TIME Girls – Short Course

Emma Karam: 1st – 100 back; 1st – 200 back; 2nd – 100 back; 3rd – 50 free; 3rd – 100 fly; 4th – 200 fly; 6th – 200 free; 6th – 500 free; 7th – 200 IM; 9th – 100 free

ALL-TIME Girls – Long Course

Emma Karam: 1st – 200 back; 4th – 200 free; 7th – 400 free

ALL-TIME Boys – Short Course

Ian Belflower: 5th – 200 fly; 9th – 100 breast

9-10 Girls – Short Course

Marni Kraemer: 6th – 50 breast; 8th – 50 back; 9th – 200 free; 10th – 100 free; 10th – 200 IM

9-10 Boys – Short Course

Oliver Raker: 4th – 500 free

13-14 Girls – Short Course

Addison Crain: 9th – 100 back

Ella Palmer: 3rd – 100 back; 6th – 1000 free; 6th – 1650 free; 6th – 200 back

Izzy Porter: 10th – 100 fly

15-16 Girls – Short Course

Emma Karam: 1st – 50 free; 1st – 100 back; 1st – 200 back; 1st – 200 fly; 2nd – 100 fly; 3rd – 200 IM; 4th – 200 free; 5th – 100 free; 5th – 500 free; 5th – 400 IM; 10th – 1650 free

15-16 Girls – Long Course

Emma Karam: 1st – 200 back; 3rd – 200 free; 5th – 400 free

15-16 Boys – Short Course

Ian Belflower: 2nd – 200 fly; 3rd – 100 breast; 4th – 100 fly; 4th – 200 breast

Aidan Pflieger: 9th – 1650 free; 10th – 1000 free; 10th – 200 breast

17-18 Boys – Short Course

David McLean: 9th – 200 fly

Click here to view the Top-10 lists.

USA Top-10

RENO’s Emma Karam had two swims that ranked her top-10 in the country for her age group (15-16 girls). Both 100 yard and 200 yard backstrokes were the 4th fastest in all of America last year. Way to go!

Pacific Top-25

Reno Aquatic Club is a member of Pacific Swimming. Pacific is a USA Swimming Local Swimming Committee (LSC). There are 59 LSCs in the country and Pacific consistently ranks as one of the most competitive LSCs in America. Annually, Pacific publishes their age group top-25 rankings. Several RENO swimmers had top-25 swims in their respective age groups.

9 – 10 Girls – Short Course

Marni Kraemer: 12th – 200 free; 12th – 50 breast; 16th – 200 IM; 17th – 100 breast; 19th – 100 IM; 21st – 100 free; 21st – 50 back; 23rd – 500 free

9 – 10 Boys – Short Course

Oliver Raker: 20th – 200 free; 22nd – 200 IM; 23rd – 500 free

13 – 14 Girls – Short Course

Addison Crain: 20th – 400 IM; 22nd – 100 back

Ella Palmer: 4th – 1000 free; 9th – 1650 free; 11th – 100 back; 11th – 200 back; 20th – 500 free

15 – 16 Girls – Short Course

Katelyn Buono: 12th – 200 back; 20th – 400 IM; 23rd – 100 back; 25th – 200 IM

Emma Karam: 1st – 100 back; 1st – 200 back; 3rd – 500 free; 4th – 200 free; 4th – 200 fly; 5th – 400 IM; 8th – 50 free; 8th – 1650 free; 8th – 200 IM; 14th – 100 fly; 18th – 100 free

15 – 16 Boys – Short Course

Ian Belflower: 7th – 200 fly; 16th – 100 fly; 22nd – 100 breast; 23rd – 200 breast

Aidan Pflieger: 6th – 1650 free; 8th – 1000 free

17-18 Boys – Short Course

David McLean: 24th – 200 back 

Off to College

Reno Aquatic Club had one graduating senior last year, David McLean. David graduated from Bishop Manogue and he’s currently swimming for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations David!

Summary

Despite an unprecedented 2019/2020 season, Reno Aquatic Club swimmers still produced some outstanding results. Hopefully meets will resume in the near future, and we will continue to make progress and keep the positive momentum the team has built over the last few years. 

Congratulations to all RENO swimmers, and I am looking forward to even better results in the future.