Our final dual meet of the year was against the Chicago South Swim Club! It was a fun meet, and the swimmers truly raced well. Our swimmers of the meet are: Rose, Gisselle, Josiah, and Romeo.
Rose dropped a second on her 50 freestyle and 10 seconds on her 100 IM! Awesome! Gisselle shed 5 seconds off of her 50 breaststroke and 2 seconds off the 50 backstroke, finally breaking 1:00 on her backstroke! Romeo dropped 6 seconds in his 50 free and 13 seconds on his 50 backstroke! Josiah has been a great role model for the younger swimmers, demonstrating great racing while helping them prepare for their events. We are so proud of our swimmers after this fun season!
Our next meet is conference, and the lineup will be posted today at the pool. Again, not every swimmer will swim conference.
Our second meet was a fun one. Almost everybody tried a new event - many of us swam breaststroke for the first time! In addition to that, we honed our skills with improved starts, turns, and finishes. Swimmers of the Meet are: Olivia, DJ, Bobby, and Paulina.
Olivia tried two new events at this meet: the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle. She swam with 13 and 14 year olds in both events, and she won both events. Olivia's consistent efforts in the pool constantly impress us, and these efforts pay off big time in competition! DJ earned the title because of his outstanding swims in both of his relays and his very close victory in the 50 freestyle! Bobby dropped an AMAZING 36 seconds in his 50 freestyle! He kept his head down and moved quickly through his race! Paulina tried a new event, the 100 breaststroke, and we are so proud of her successes in the pool. We are so impressed by Paulina's enthusiasm and dedication to learning and improving!
Our first official meet of the season was fun! Our returners had great races and our new swimmers improved a lot from the Red and White meet! Swimmers of the Meet are: Gian, Aliyah, Aaliyah, and Ryan.
Gian dropped 22 seconds off of his 50 freestyle from the Red and White meet! He also dropped 4 seconds from his 50 back! He has been really focusing during practice, and it is paying off! Aliyah faced her fears and swam not only her event, the 50 backstroke, but also she stepped up and swam the 50 freestyle as well! She finished both races with a big smile on her face, and we are so proud of what she was able to do! Aaliyah also faced her fears of diving off the block; she shaved many seconds off her diving reaction time and proved to herself that she can accomplish her goals if she trusts herself. Finally, Ryan hit all of his flip turns in the backstroke, even though his group has not covered them yet. It goes to show that he has been paying attention and modeling himself off of the older, more experienced swimmers.
We're so proud of all of our swimmers, new and returning; we are looking forward to a great season!
Our Red and White Meet last week was a success! Our new athletes and parents learned about how meets are run, how to show good sportsmanship, and how to compete. Ultimately, the Red Team won, so the sea demon statue will be painted red again! Swimmers of the Meet are: Sophia, Amari, Jessica, and Caleb.
Sophia is a returning swimmer who was incredibly helpful at the meet; she showed new swimmers how to line up and cheer during the meet. She also had great dives and dropped time in both of her events! Amari stepped up at the end of the meet, filling in a spot in the backstroke events and being helpful during the meet. Jessica had a great backstroke race, and during her freestyle, she kept her face down like we do in practice. Caleb earned the title for his 25 freestyle. Caleb dropped over 20 seconds from what he was doing in practice!
Overall, all swimmers did something to be proud of. Some swam their first races; some overcame their fears of competition; some dropped time; and some learned more about their teammates. We are looking forward to the rest of the season of learning, fun, and competition!
As the season winds down with final duel meet behind us, we want to take a moment to thank everyone who has been part EASC thus far. Everyone - swimmers, parents, and coaches - has put in so much time and energy in making our team as amazing as it is. All of the coaches are beyond proud of the progress each swimmer has made and is looking forward to the seasons to come. Our final meet against Burbank was a great way to end the dual meet season. We had swimmers dropping time, trying new events, and most importantly, showing great sportsmanship.
The swimmers of the meet were: Jenny, Olivia, Carter, and Jordan. Jenny has been
swimming with us for multiple seasons and is the younger sister of our very own
coach Alan. She dropped time in all of her events, most notably dropping ten
seconds in her 100-yard free style. Olivia, also a veteran EASC swimmer, was a great
asset to her relays and dropped time in both her individual events.
Carter has joined EASC again, after taking a few seasons off, and has been putting in
the time and energy. He swam some amazing races, dropped time, and was a great
cheerer for our other swimmers. Jordan, another EASC returner, stepped up this
meet by swimming in the age group above his usual in both of his relay events,
helping to gain many points for our team.
Congratulations to all! We are so proud of you.
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.