Our first official meet of the season is complete and on the books! The Sea Demons not only swam amazing races, but also had cheering that could be heard throughout the entire school! We also want to give a huge shout out to the swimmers for being flexible with the meet's delayed start. Our team were awesome listeners and helped the coaches make sure everyone was where they needed to be. Just as in the Red and White meet, we have four swimmers that stood out to the coaches for things such as their sportsmanship, swimming performances, personal improvement, and/or team spirit. Swimmers of the meet are: Josh, Eddie, Arrow, and Ava.
First up we have Josh. Josh not only swam his first dual meet of the season with ease but he also was a cheering machine! Josh was always at the other end of the pool cheering on his team and getting the crowd to join in as well! Eddie is our next swimmer of the meet. Eddie swam his first dual meet with EASC and totally rocked it! He started his 100 backstroke behind, but Eddie was able to use the technique we have worked on in practice, kicking it into high gear which allowed him to get second in the event.
Arylyn (Arrow) is an 11 year old who has been swimming with us for two seasons and was able to show her dedication to herself and the team this past meet. Arrow jumped in to swim her 100 backstroke and after the first 50 got a terrible leg cramp. She was in so much pain she yelled to the coaches that she couldn't finish but with support of her team and the confidence in herself she finished her swim! Finally, we have Ava who is 6 years old. She did not let her age slow her down. When our 9/10 relay needed someone to join the lineup, Ava was ready and willing to step in. She not only swam her heart out but also swam 50 yards as opposed to her usual 25!
The Red and White meet started our winter season off with a bang! We had some amazing races made by both teams including many swimmers doing personal bests and working on skills that have been shown in practice. Each meet we pick four swimmers as the "swimmers of the meet." These swimmers are picked based on leadership, swimming, and team spirit. This was our first meet of the season, and although it doesn't count as an official meet, too many swimmers to count had amazing races! It was incredibly challenging to pick swimmers of the meet with so many time drops and so much sportsmanship being shown. The swimmers of the Red and White meet are: Chiquita, Mauricio, Izzy, and Joseline.
Two returning Sea Demons earned the title at the meet. Chiquita swam his fastest time at the Red and White meet in the 100 free. He was there cheering on his teammates and helping to make sure that new swimmers knew what to do. He was a huge help to White team! Izzy was also a huge help to the white team, not only by swimming an incredible personal best in her IM, but also by stationing herself at the shallow end making sure to cheer for everyone!
There were two new swimmers who also earned the title. This meet was a first for Joseline and although she was nervous, with the help of her teammates, she swam her first meet and even asked to but put in an extra event! Mauricio also swam a great meet but his flexibility and willingness to help the team is what really stood out. He is an 8 and under but when our 12 and under relay needed a replacement, he was willing to step up and help!
There were many great swims across the board, and many time drops (which is AWESOME for the first meet of the year!). More importantly. we saw excellent sportsmanship and a lot of excitement from all swimmers during the meet. This is going to be an exciting season!
Below is the roster for the Red & White scrimmage meet this Wednesday, October 4th. If you have not done so yet, please sign up for the meet on the Meet Sign-Up page by Monday.
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.