VSC Racy @ Chehalem Aquatic Center

Coach Taylor VSC Head Coach

9 VSC swimmers competed this past weekend at the 2022 CST Summer Invite. The meet was held in Newberg at the Chehalem Aquatic Center. And about 230 competitors, representing 9 other teams, were also on hand, almost twice as many as at our last meet. So, our VSC swimmers certainly found plenty of quality competition at this Short Course Meters (25M) facility.

Our VSC Swimmer of the Meet Annie Morrison-Garcia posted 6 new lifetime best times in as many swims, dropping significant amounts of time, many from what were already fast times, in each one. Right off the bat, Annie broke the 40 second barrier in the 50M Fly (:39.19) and the 35 second barrier in the 50M Free (:34.97) in her first 2 races.

She followed that up by breaking the 3 minute mark in the 200M Back the first time she ever swam the event (2:59.49). She then went on to lop another 3 ½ seconds off her 100M Free time (1:15.26). To close her meet, Annie also broke the 40 second barrier in her 50M Back (:39.92). And then, in her maiden voyage in the event, Annie recorded this gem of a 200M Free (2:47.25). Check out these 50 splits: (:39.47-:42.79-:42.48-:42.51). Now that's how to swim a 200!

Annie was not alone in posting fast times. Claiming our VSC Fast Swims of the Meet were Elsie Holmes, Ingrid Morrison-Garcia, Eryn Paskey and Riley Stevenson. 6 year old Elsie, while competing in her 1st swim meet ever, swimming in her 1st event ever, posted a scorching :30.06 in the 25M Back to claim the Bronze against the 8 year olds. Now that's how you open the show as competitive swimmer! BOOM!!!

Ingrid also posted 6 new lifetime best times in her races, as did her sister. But it was her 100M Breast that really stood out (1:37.46). Eryn toughed it out all 3 days of the meet, despite her sore, aching back. And in her final swim on Sunday, Eryn actually won the 50M Back (:37.38). Wow! How fast would she have swum if she had been feeling good? And speaking of winning, Riley rounded out our VSC Fast Swims with her victory in the 200M Breast (3:34.13).

Miles Kuhn was our hands down VSC Most Improved Swimmer of the Meet. Miles did swim faster than he ever has in all 6 of his events, with many of those swims even exceeding his Coach's expectations by a wide margin. But it's what he produced in his 50M Free that places his whole weekend in perspective best. A month ago, Miles swam the 50Y Free in :46.56 at the Hood River meet. He swam the same event this weekend in :46.32 – in meters! Think on that one a minute. Hmmmmn. Way to race, Miles!

Claiming our VSC Red White & Blue Fast Swims of the Meet were Nicholas Batchelor, Lila Leal and Liam Wilkins-Reaney. Nicholas dropped a bunch of time in 2 of his events, with the 50M Free (:36.03) clearly representing his biggest drop. Lila Leal also lopped-off a bunch of time in most of her swims, but it was her 100M Back (1:46.93) which made heads roll the most. And last, but certainly not least, there was Liam, who was also swimming in his 1st swim meet ever. And while swimming in his first race ever, Liam slashed through the entire field to win his 50M Breast (:50.89) heat.

As always, our VSC Post-Meet Reports can be viewed in the Events tab of our team website. (It may take a day or 2 to get these reports posted right after the meets. Some host teams are quicker than others getting the Meet Results out.) Simply go to where you normally sign-up for a meet and Select the Performance Reports event. You will see the pdf files listed there. They are also permanently stored in our Events tab Archive, under the meet by its name. Simply select Past & Archive, then enter the meet dates.

Take the time to review these reports. They give a clear picture how a swimmer is doing. And the more everyone gets familiar with them, the more everyone will understand their own performances. These reports will also be posted on the Bulletin Board @ the Marshall Pool, at the end of the Viewing Room hallway, to the right.

Included are the National USA Swimming Time Standards, which begins with B Times and extend all the way up to AAAA Times. A separate report has been included to show which VSC swimmers have made these times, if any. You will also see the Complete Meet Results from the meet, as well as just our own VSC Meet Results by itself. There is a Team Rankings report which is self-explanatory. And there is the Hytek Points report, which scores each swim individually according to National average times - 1 being the lowest and then extending to up over 1,000 points per swim for Olympic Trials Qualifiers. And Coach Taylor's Meet Awards from the meet will be there as well.

Next, we compete locally in Camas, and, then, the following weekend in Portland. Be certain to enter either/both meets ASAP! Those Entry Deadlines are rapidly approaching.

Go VSC!