The LCFY Sharks competed at the Lancaster Invitational on
November 5 and 6, 2011.
The swimmers in the 11 and over age groups achieved new best
times and Y Champs cuts while at the meet.
Sarah Martin led the Sharks with a win in the 11/12 girls 200
freestyle. Martin also swam a best time in the 50 butterfly. Other
best times were turned in by Katie Darby in the 100 IM; Philip Hall
in the 500 freestyle, the 1000 freestyle, and the 100 butterfly,
Adrianna Hansen in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 IM;
Cheyenna Hansen in the 50 and 100 freestyle; and Jack McGonagle in
the 500 freestyle.
Trevor Warthman and Brendan Workman saved the day by replacing
sick and injured swimmers on relays. Although neither boy had much
relay experience, both stepped up to the blocks and swam like pros.
Other swimmers who tried new events included Rick Duffus, Taylor
Emig, Kaiya Hansen, and Ian Murphy.
We all know we can learn from our mistakes. That is what the
Sharks did on Sunday at the Lancaster Invitational. There were more
than average DQs…BUT….the Sharks learned from their
mistakes and racked up some serious points and awesome swims!
Representing the Young Sharks were:
points, personal best 100 Back
best: 100 Back, 25 Breast
Madelyn Gundler ...........personal best 50 Free, 100 Free
Sarah Gundler……………6 points,
personal best :25 Free, 25 Fly, 25 Breast
best: 100 IM, 50 Fly, 50 Back
best: 50 Back
Nore McGonagle…………8 points
best: 50 Free
points, personal best: 25 Fly, 50 Free, 25 Back
Many swimmers swam events for the first time ever or for the
first time after moving up to a new age group! Great job
Sharks…keep up the good work!
The Sharks’ next meet is Saturday, November 19 at the Mount
John Bruce Memorial
The Sharks headed to Worthington
on October 23rd to cap off the 4th weekend in a row of meets. The
John Bruce Memorial Meet was the first time the Sharks have seen
competition in a USA meet. We were well represented with 30
athletes at the meet. Of the 30 athletes we had 14 athletes go home
on Sunday with at least one new personal best swim.
Top 5 finishes were posted by
Sydney King in the 100 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 100 fly; Keely
Lovern in the 100 back, 200 breast; Rowan Moore in the 50 breast;
Kassandra Mestemaker in the 200 Breast; and Abby Brown in the 100
Another great performance was
turned in by Miranda Gessner who won all three of her heats
and got $15 off at the Kast Away store.
Congrats to all who participated,
you all did great!
Sharks Go Mad at
The LCFY Sharks swimmers and
parents experienced the madness that is the Midnight Madness
Relays, held at the Hilliard YMCA on October 1. Despite problems
with the timing system and a slate of wacky relays, Sharks swimmers
still posted some of their best times of the season.
Swimmers from the Sharks continued to close in on their SEOWV Y
Championship qualifying times in their individual events. New best
times were achieved by: Garrison Brown, Scott Faler, Alex Fenimore,
Emily Fouts, Maddie Gundler, Sarah Gundler, Adrianna Hansen, Issaac
Hansen, Sarah Houpt, Georgia Moats, Rowan Moore, Ellie Nethers,
Trevor Price, and Chris Stone.
Keely Lovern, although swimming just off of her best times, led the
team by setting the example for positive attitude and leadership.
Happy and smiling throughout the meet, Lovern helped marshal relays
and made sure that the novice swimmers from the team got to where
they needed to be.
Sharks parents also volunteered their time for this meet as a
courtesy to the host team. April Hercenberg and Kelly Fenimore,
members of the Sharks “white shorts club,” officiated
in steamy, sauna-like conditions throughout the meet. Garret Moore
managed to make sure that each swimmer received a meet T-shirt in
the proper size. And, last but not least, Stephanie Moats and
Ashley Wade volunteered to help corral and contain relay swimmers
in the pre-bullpen staging area.
The Sharks will bring a full contingent of swimmers and parents to
their next meet, the Rocktober Invitational, held in their home
pool at the Licking County Family YMCA on October 15 and 16. With
two strong early season showings on the books, Sharks coaches
expect their swimmers to post fast times in their home pool, and
continue their march toward qualifying swimmers for the end of
season championship meets.
Sharks Rock it on ROCKTOBER 1stmeet vs
Way to start the season out on a
great note Sharks!!! You should all be very proud of your
efforts…and parents….thank you for all of your help
I hope you will enjoy the meet
recaps that the coaches have written. We have really set a pretty
high standard with this first meet…tons of personal
bests…1stswims, and even 5 meet records! Congrats
to Kassandra Mestemaker (100 breast) and Sydney King (50 & 100
back, 100 fly, 200 free). If you can believe this…each of
these team records were less than 1 second away from a YMCA
National qualifying times.
So, keep working hard… and
know that the simple recipe for your success this season is hard
work and focus at practice. Judge your season meet by meet and use
this first meet as your measuring stick.
The Megas have
done real well for their first meet. Ava Brust swam the 50
Free and 25 Back, Hailey Ward, Mia Zink, Nora McGonagle swam the 25
Free and 25 Back, Santi Grandbois swam the 25 Breast and 25 Back.
Great first time swim…looking forward to more fun times and
meets to come. Coach Nick
The Bull Sharks and
Hammerhead Sharks set the tone for the rest of the season
and have 24 reasons to celebrate after Saturday’s first home
meet of the season. Each of the 24 swimmers had a fantastic meet.
It was the first meet for: Bobby Otter, Caleb Havens, Nathaniel
Hock, CJ Travis, Max Calhoun, Taylor Emig, Rachel Gill, Trevor
Warthman, and Brenden Workman.
As the coach for these two
groups, I could not have bee more proud of how each swimmer, new
and returning, performed. The focus of our practices has been what
is expected of a swimmer in a meet and very few beginner mistakes
were made because of the hard work and dedication of the swimmers.
They spent the last two weeks swimming their hearts out in order to
succeed in their first meet, and succeed they did. I would like to
thank the returning swimmers for their awesome job helping with new
swimmers. I would also like to thank the parents for helping with
volunteering for the meet as well as getting swimmers where they
needed to be. I could not have done it without you.
Let’s have a kick booty
season and show everyone what sharks are made of! Coach
I would just like to say that I
am very pleased with the results of this meet. I know that
everyone did their best and you know, it really showed. Whether you
were a veteran or a rookie, you all came out and showed the other
team what you were made of. As good as we did there were a few
mistakes that can not be over looked. Don’t let them get you
down though. This was our first meet of the season and there were
bound to be mistakes. We need to take these mistakes and turn them
into learning experiences. I can’t count on my hands and feet
how many times I have been DQ’d.
I would like to give a shout out
to one of our guys, Dylan McColley. Dylan did an outstanding job
this weekend. He made easy work of both the competition and his
times. Honestly Dylan, I didn’t know you had it in you. How
about you swim that fast in practice? ;-)Coach
Whiteshad a Great meet. Our group had 4 goals to
accomplish at this swim meet.
- Not to miss Flip turns for Free
- To do Streamlines for Free
and Back off every wall
- If they were in a relay they had
to do an exchange correctly.
- Make sure they did not miss any
Great whites not only achieved
this but as a group dropped in every race but 4 out of 36 events.
16 races were swum by the Great Whites that were never swum before!
As a group we dropped 103seconds. So congrats to Spencer Kleeh,
Rick Duffus and Ian Murphy for finishing your first meet with our
team! Congrats to all the returning swimmers that dropped time in
your events Madelyn Gundler (2 events never swam before and
dropped 7 seconds), Issaac Hansen (dropped 14 seconds), Conner
McColley (dropped 26 seconds and swam a new event), Ethan (dropped
8 seconds and swam a new event) and Emmett Ness (dropped 15 seconds
and swam 2 new events), Sarah Dieterich (dropped 17 seconds), Emma
Holbrook (dropped 3 seconds), Natalie Saigh (dropped 15 seconds and
swam a new event) and Ceridwyn Hunter (dropped 2 seconds).
Excellent job Great Whites, your coach is very proud of you keep up
the Great work!
Bronze Sharks Set Early
The Bronze swimmers from the LCFY Sharks set the pace for the team
during the first meet of the season with best times and SEOWV
Championship qualifying times. The performance was even more
impressive given that that the Sharks have only had three weeks of
practice in which to prepare for this meet.
Ethan Miller led the 9/10 age group with three outstanding swims,
qualifying for Y Champs in the 100 meter IM, the 50 meter
backstroke, and the 50 meter butterfly. Additional qualifiers from
the 9/10 age group were Caillie Barnett (50 meter breaststroke),
Gabby Brust (50 meter breaststroke), Madi Cartnal (100 meter IM),
Lauren Cummons (50 meter backstroke), and Alex Fenimore (50 meter
backstroke). Two Bronze swimmers from the 11/12 age group also
achieved Y Champs cuts: Sydney Bednarski (100 meter freestyle) and
Curtis Boren (200 meter freestyle).
The Bronzes have historically sent the vast majority of the group
to Y Champs each season, and the 2011-2012 Bronzes are already well
ahead of previous seasons and are well on their way to sending
every swimmer in the group to Champs. Further, some of the swims
this weekend were already close to setting new team records and
qualifying for the YMCA Great Lakes Zone Championships. It’s
no longer a question of if the records will fall and Zone
cuts will be achieved this season—it’s a matter of
when. Coaches Cathy & Chris
Way to start the season out on a great note. After only 3 weeks of
practices we had some great swims. Congrats to those of you who had
1sttime swims: Katie Bradshaw, Lauren Rutherford, Josh
Moore, Miranda Gessner, Emily Kauchak, Brooke Kauchak, and Keely
Lovern. 44 personal bests were set at this meet and 5 meet records
(Kassandra Mestemaker 100 breast & Sydney King 50,100 back, 200
fr, and 100 fly!
I really enjoyed seeing all of your competitiveness..loved the 200
fr and 100 fly events! Sweet time drops from Rachel Baughn 100 back
(4 sec), Aver Bednarski 100 breast (6 sec), Josie Bunstine 100 back
(8 sec), Philip Hall 200IM (20 sec), Sam Wagner 100 fr breaking a
minute (59.89), Chris Stone 100 fr (5 sec), and Wyatt Wortkoetter
200 fr (6
Previous meets and