Our meet this Wednesday against the Mighty Krocs was very fun. We had some close races, some great wins, and a lot of improvements! Swimmers of the meet are: Felix, Alexis, Emily, Fabiola, and Ally.
Felix earned the title because he dropped 2 seconds in his 50 free to win the race by a hundredth of a second! That is exactly why we practice and what hard work in the pool leads to. Alexis joined the team this season as an 8th grader, and stepped up to the plate to swim fly - for the first time in a meet - in his medley relay. He also dropped time in his 100 free and 100 back, and out-touched someone by one second in his backstroke.
Emily has been working very hard at practice, and it showed today in the meet. Her flip turns and dives were really good, and she was able to do breast in the medley relay and as an individual event. We're very proud of her progress! Fabiola has been a beast for the last two meets, doing butterfly whenever we need her to, and dropping time in everything else. At this meet, she won the 50 back after dropping 6 seconds off of her previous best time!
Ally Rojas was the bonus swimmer of the meet when she filled in a final leg of the 18 and under medley relay, and managed to race and pull ahead of the competition and win the relay as a 12 year old! She was able to dig down deep and be competitive, and it was awesome to witness.
Last night's meet saw many improvements from our previous week's meet. Our starts and turns were better, our relays were tighter, and more swimmers dropped time and won races. Because of this awesomeness, it was hard to pick swimmers of the meet, Our swimmers of the meet for last night were all girls - Daniela, Camila, Ashley, and Laura.
Sisters Daniela and Camila both had great meets at Tinley, especially considering that they used to swim for Tinley! Daniela dropped 7 seconds on her 100 free, winning the race by 15 seconds. She also dropped 12 and a half seconds on her 200 IM, winning the race by 17 seconds overall! Camila was a loud cheerer at the meet, and raced very hard. She closed the gap and had a great flip turn in the final 200free relay, despite her goggles falling off.
Laura and Ashley are examples of what hard work can accomplish. Laura raced her first ever 100 backstroke, and was able to out touch her competition for 3rd place right at the end of the race. Her first 100 freestyle was also very smooth and gave her a great time to start with. Ashley, who always has a great attitude and tries very hard in practice, completed her first ever 100 butterfly. 2 years ago when she started swimming, Ashley could hardly finish a 50 fly, and last night she muscled her way through a 100 fly - probably the toughest event in the lineup. We're so proud of the swimmers and the progress they've been making so far this season!
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.