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!
South Suburban Swim Conference Red Division Championship
Homewood Flossmoor High School
999 Kedzie Ave
Flossmoor, IL 60422
4:00pm - Arrive
4:30pm - Warmup
5:30pm - Start
SWIM HARD AND HAVE FUN! GO SEA DEMONS!
Our meet against HF was full of strong races across the board. HF was probably our strongest competitor this season, but we still managed to race hard, drop time, and win some races. Swimmers of the Meet are: Ruben, Jadyn, Charles, and Corri.
Ruben's perseverance is infallible. He'll swim anything we put him in and he'll work his tail off to do well. Ruben also stepped up by filling in spots in two relays without complaint; he is a role model for the younger swimmers. Jadyn, similarly, was incredibly helpful today. When a teammate was feeling ill and distressed, Jadyn was the first one to bring her a towel and sit with her. She also dropped an impressive three seconds on her 100 backstroke!
Charles swam a great race in the 100 IM, narrowly placing second, but still dropping almost a second off his best time. Competition always brings out the best in Charles, and it was fun to watch him race. Corri not only stepped up and swam as an alternate in the medley relay, but she also dropped two seconds in every individual event she swam! She has been hitting a wall for the last few meets, and she finally broke through it!
Nice job swimmers!
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.