What a meet! If you aren't aware, Lemont is a "heavy" pool. That means the pool is filled with well water that is naturally enriched with heavy metals that makes the water feel thicker, or "heavy." That being said, if you don't train in the water, it is really hard to drop time competing in it. Us coaches look for far more than just dropping time when considering swimmers of the meet, but they did a good job of making it easy this night. Here are the swimmers of the meet:
Nia James: Nia is such a hard worker. She has really been working on her butterfly and it paid off. Nia dropped her butterfly time from 37 seconds to 29 seconds. That's huge.
Jenny Melgar- Jenny has also been pushing herself to her limits. She really showed through by dropping 2 seconds in her IM.
Sha'man Spann- We don't always look for time drops. Grit and determination are also important factors. Sha'man has been illegal in breaststroke for a long time. However, I pushed him to work on it and he swam it successfully!
Josh Childress- Another quality we look for is enthusiasm. Josh embodies enthusiasm. He got confused and missed his event, but found a way to swim anyway. Even if it didn't count for time, we are proud of him.
Practice this week will be at
The Kroc Center
1250 w 119th
Chicago, Illinois 60643
normal times for all levels today and Wednesday.
Tuesday ALL LEVELS are 6-7 only.
12 and under need to be walked in by an adult.
Eisenhower pool is still not repaired yet. We are trying to line up pool rental at the Kroc's Center for practice this week. Waiting to hear back from them as to availability. STAY TUNED for updates. Party on Thursday as planned, however there will not be any "pre-party" swimming; just the banquet! Arrive at 6:00!
Due to unforeseen mechanical problems, we have been notified that the pool will be closed next week. We will still attend our away meet on Thursday. Please sign up for that. We apologize for any inconvenience.
This was our first meet away from home and our team couldn’t have made us prouder. It’s clear that they have been too comfortable at home because most of the swimmers dropped significant amounts of time. I do not have the results yet, but we swam against two other teams: Mannheim and the Tigersharks. We definitely held our own taking many first place spots. It was especially hard to pick 4 swimmers, partly because we only had 13 swimmers attend, and partly because they all did so good. In the end, these are the 4 swimmers who took the spotlight.
Aaliyah Hooks- Aaliyah was phenomenal and dropped 7 seconds on her freestyle as well as dropping 1.5 seconds on her breaststroke. She really took to heart some coaching that said to swim hard into the wall.
Andrea Medina- Andrea is a beast. She has been working tirelessly leading her lane in practice and it really showed through at the meet. Andrea took first place in her freestyle event. The other swimmers didn’t stand a chance.
Jordan Steen- Jordan was a powerhouse of performance. He not only took first place in the breaststroke, but he also dropped 7 seconds. As if that wasn’t enough, he also dropped 5 seconds off his butterfly.
Charles Stewart- Charles never fails to wow us with his first place victories. Tonight was definitely no different. He took first in his events, but that wasn’t why he was chosen. Charles was chosen because he set the tone for the 200 freestyle relay so well that his team had nearly an entire lap lead in the race. It was absolutely amazing to watch.
A USA swimming club team for athletes ages 6-18, located in Blue Island, IL.