Not only have we completed our first home meet of the season, but we also saw amazing sportsmanship and time drops from our team! We want to take a moment to really recognize how impressive it is to the coaches to see our swimmers shaking hands with their opponents and staying in the water until everyone has completed their races. Those actions reveal good sportsmanship as well as strong team unity.
The swimmers of the meet are: Corri, Ace, Aylin, and Jose. Corri not only dropped three seconds in her 25 fly, which she has been working on tirelessly in practice, but she also accidentally swam the event twice due to a confusion in the line up. Corri was a real trooper and did her best in both events! Aylin is a new swimmer to EASC, and she dropped an incredible 20 seconds in her 25 free. She has shown significant improvements in her stamina and also her technique over the last month!
Ace is one of our new swimmers who has been working tirelessly at practice. His work has really turned into improvements in the pool! During his 100 free, he dropped 7 seconds while also doing flip turns at each well without breathing into any of them! Jose, a new swimmer whose family has been on the team for some time, has been stepping up his game significantly. He dropped time in both of his events because he has been taking the drills we have been doing in practice to heart. By applying his techniques from practice into his races, he has showed incredible growth!
We are so proud of our team and look forward to more outstanding swims, continued sportsmanship, and greater improvements as the season progresses.
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!
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.