Since I missed most of the swimming, I'm told that I missed a lot. Everyone swam their hearts out. Here are a few that stuck out the most:
Aldo Ramirez- Swam his heart out but also helped out others on the pool deck.
Trinity Gilbert- Went out like a shot for the final relay setting a pace for the other girls that led to personal bests for all.
Kersten Sardin- Did an awesome job at her first swim meet ever!
Jenny Melgar- Dropped 6.5 seconds on her IM.
What a whirlwind meet. After a series of technical issues we were finally able to get the meet going. Everyone swam great and we had a lot of time dropped. Here are four most notable swimmers from the night.
David Carey: David is one of our older experienced swimmers. He used his skills to help out all the young and new swimmers figure out their events. He really helped the meet run smooth.
Kaelyn Junious: Kaelyn has been working on her breast stroke. Her improved technique helped her finish a 100 IM in under 1.25.
Josh Childress: Josh is an amazing back stroker. I think we may have found his stroke. Josh placed first in his backstroke event.
Nia James: Nia is very special. At the age of 6 she can swimm all strokes beautifully. This night she swam amazingly well and cheered on her teammates.
What a great scrimmage! White team won! We saw some great sportsmanship, some great starts, and some great swimming. We are happy with how our season has started and now we know where we need to go.
Here are the swimmers of the meet:
Sha'man Spann: Sha'man cheered his heart out. His cheering was infectious to his teammates.
Ava Stevens: Ava also cheered her team on. She was seen encouraging others to cheer as well.
Ja'Zarah Moore: First meet jitters are real! Ja'Zarah swam her first meet and rocked it.
Aaliyah Hooks: Aaliyah hates butterfly. None-the-less she swam it and dropped 4 seconds!
Good morning! I hope everyone got a good night’s sleep after yesterday’s meet. I have a few thoughts I’d like to share:
1) As a team we swam really well. We had a few regional cuts, lots of close races, and many, many swimmers place in the top three in their event or relay. As the meet wore on into the night, swimmers from all teams stopped dropping times, but our kids still fought hard, and many still swim life-time bests!
2) The meet itself was incredibly long, loud, and hectic. We are not used to not having a bull-pen at the conference meet, and, because of this, it was chaotic for swimmers, coaches, and officials. I have never seen as many false starts at a meet than what we saw last night. Thank you all for helping keep the kids out of the stands, staying quiet for the start, and cheering for them.
3) Too many kids, particularly older, experienced kids, missed their events last night. Swimmers standing behind the blocks didn’t step up to their race. This was true for most teams last night; this was mostly an issue of the loudness of the pool deck. However, I was really frustrated and let my frustration and anger get the better of me, especially as the meet wore on. I want to apologize to the swimmers and families for my anger and frustration. I certainly could have done a better job.
4) We got tons of compliments from officials, coaches, and parents about our swimmers' sportsmanship. Most of our swimmers waited in the water to shake hands, and that always stands out against other teams.
5) Overall, I am pleased with how our swimmers performed. We had a good season, and I am excited to celebrate on Friday!
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.