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!
This was a great last dual meet of the season! Races were close, relays were fast, and most swimmers dropped time on their events! It was great to see the everyone on the team cheering and showing a lot of sportsmanship at the meet. Our swimmers of the meet are: Liam, Mateo, Esmeralda, and Genevieve.
Liam was a big help when he swam up in both of the 9-10 boys relays! He was very flexible and showed his ability to help the team. He also dropped 1 second to win the 25 backstroke in his age group. Mateo dropped 1 second in his 100 fly, and 25 seconds in his 200 IM! He has been practicing his turns everyday in practice and it really payed off.
Esme was an awesome help in both of her relays, and was able to drop 2 seconds to win her 100 backstroke, which is really difficult because she wasn't in a close race with anyone. Genevieve dropped 3 seconds in her 100 free and had a great 100 breast despite her goggles falling off. Gen was a huge help in both of her relays as well!
We are so proud of all of our swimmers, and we're looking forward to seeing everyone swim at conference!
Our meet this Monday was a success; we beat Bradley Bourbonnais by 3 points! There were a lot of very close races and strong swims from most swimmers. Swimmers of the meet are: Madelaine, Hailey, Chiquita, and Chris.
Madelaine has been working very hard in practice, and her performance on Monday proved that. She dropped 8 seconds on on her 50 freestyle and 13 seconds in her 25 butterfly! Hailey dropped 11 seconds in her 50 freestyle and 3 seconds in her 25 backstroke. Both of them have great attitudes in both meets and practices!
Chiquita dropped 24 seconds in his 100 free, and dropped 1 second in his 50 fly, narrowly out-touching his competition for first place! Chris dropped 7 seconds in his 100 free and 17 seconds in his 200IM! Both of these boys have been working incredibly hard in practice and we are so proud of them.
Our final meet of the season is next Wednesday at Reavis High School. Please sign up by Monday.
Our meet last night against CSSC was very successful. Over 90% of swimmers swam lifetime best times in at least one event, and many swimmers tried new events! Although there were many great swims across the board, swimmers of the meet are: Ally, DJ, Juan, and Giselle.
Ally had a great race in her 50 free, dropping 3 seconds and placing a close second behind a CSSC swimmer. She also dropped 2 seconds on her 50 breast! Ally was essential to all of the relays she swam for, and was the anchor of the first place 12 and under 200 free relay. As always, Ally was positive, showed strong sportsmanship, and was a great teammate.
DJ did not swim best times in his individual events, but his technique was the best we've ever seen and he raced really well in his 50 free and 50 back. He placed second in his 50 free, and first in his 50 back. DJ's attitude at the meet was incredible; he was always cheering for teammates and was very positive. In the first place 12 and under 200 free relay, he did swim his best 50 free time, and was absolutely critical to the success of that relay!
Juan has been training up two levels in practice, and it is really paying off. He dropped 4 seconds on his 50 free and managed to swim a 50 butterfly for the first time in his life! We are so proud of the progress he has been making and we love his willingness to challenge himself and never complain.
Giselle has been working very hard in practice to become one of the strongest new swimmers on the team. Her hard work paid off last night when she dropped 13 seconds in her 50 free! It is very difficult to drop that much time on such a short race. Giselle also tried the 50 fly for the first time last night, was always ready for her races, and showed good sportsmanship after each of her swims.
We, as always, are very proud of our swimmers and are excited to swim against BBSC next Monday!
I apologize for the last post! At our meet a few weeks ago, we saw a lot of improvements across the board! However, our swimmers of the meet are: Gabe, Noah, Kennedy, and Gali.
Together, Gabe and Noah dominated the 9-10 boys 50 free. Gabe dropped 3 seconds in his 50 free to win the event overall, and Noah came in a close third after an awesome flipturn! In both the medley and the free relay, these boys were incredibly helpful to their team, and both were always ready for their events and excited to compete.
After an unfortunate DQ in the 100 free, Kennedy recovered and dropped 21 seconds in her 100 backstroke! We love to see swimmers persevere, believe in themselves, and succeed the way Kennedy did at that meet! In addition to her swims, her positive attitude is always infectious to her teammates. Gali was a strong anchor to her first place medley relay and her first place free relay. She won the 9-10 girls 50 free by over 3 seconds! She also swam a 100IM for the first time, placing second after Brooke R.
Congratulations to all of the Sea Demons on their successes! We look forward to seeing more this Wednesday against CSSC!
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.