Champs: Fast Swims, Zone Qualifier, Team Record, Great Season
The Licking County Family YMCA Sharks Swim Team sent a squad of just over 50 swimmers to compete at the SEOWV Summer Championships held at Kenyon College on July 16. By the time the water stilled at the end of the day, more than 30 Sharks swimmers had achieved best times, a new team record was set, two Sharks achieved SEOWV league Star times, and a Sharks swimmer had qualified for the Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championships. The team finished third in overall standings despite sending less than a full squad to the meet.
Gabrielle Brust and Bryson Hauenstein set the tone for the team’s performance during the morning session, which featured the 10 and under swimmers. Brust, swimming in the 9/10 girls’ age group, achieved Star times in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle and continued to close in on team records and Zone time standards in those events. Hauenstein led the way for the 8 and under boys with a team record setting performance in the 25 yard butterfly.
Sarah Martin saved the best for last, achieving her YMCA Zone qualifying time late in the meet. Entered at nearly five seconds over the time standard in the 100 yard butterfly, Martin’s goal was to drop time and continue to edge closer to qualifying. Martin started the race very fast, and continued to hold her pace throughout. She finished with a six and a half second time drop, more than enough to qualify for Zones. Martin also dropped time in her 200 yard individual medley to continue her march toward Zone qualifying in that event as well, and earned league Star time status in both the 100 yard butterfly and the 200 yard individual medley.
Brust, Hauenstein, and Martin were not the only Sharks with best times. Best times were also achieved by Caillie Barnett, Curtis Boren, Josie Bunstine, Wyatt Bunstine, Madi Cartnal, Lauren Cummons, Katie Darby, Hannah Dehus, Brandon Eckstein, Alex Fenimore, Kayla Fenimore, Emily Fouts, Gracie Gessner, Maddie Gundler, Sarah Gundler, Alexis Hercenberg, Austin Hercenberg, Emma Holbrook, Zed Huff, Abby Jarvis, Ian Jarvis, Brooke Kauchak, Emily Kauchak, Joe Larson, Ben McNutt, Georgia Moats, Rowan Moore, Alex Nethers, Ellie Nethers, Trevor Price, Joel Roth, Hannah Rush, and Sam Wagner.
The summer season finished for most of the team at Champs, and many of the Sharks will take a break to rest and recharge in preparation for the winter season, due to start in the middle of September. The summer season saw records come tumbling off the charts at every meet--how many more will come down next season?
Break Out Swims at USA Regionals
The LCFY Sharks sent one of the smallest squads of the season to the USA Regional meet in Bowling Green, Ohio. Five swimmers competed for the Sharks at the meet held from July 8 to July 10, 2011.
Curtis Boren, swimming in the 11/12 boys age group had a break out meet, with best times in all of his events. He narrowly missed qualifying for finals in events on the final day of the meet in the 100 meter backstroke and the 200 meter freestyle.
Rowan Moore also just missed finals in multiple events, and continued to drop times and expand his event selections, with solid swims in the 11/12 boys 50 and 200 meter freestyle, 50 and 100 meter backstroke, and the 200 meter individual medley.
Philip Hall qualified for finals in the 13/14 boys 100 meter butterfly with a new best time, and was first alternate for the 50 meter freestyle on Sunday.
Ian Jarvis was the top competitor for the Sharks with a seventh place finish in the 9/10 boys 100 meter breaststroke. Jarvis also swam a best time in the 9/10 boys 50 meter backstroke and qualified for finals in the 9/10 boys 200 meter individual medley.
Abby Jarvis also swam best times in the 11/12 girls 50 meter freestyle and was close to best times in her 100 meter breaststroke and 200 meter individual medley.
Sharks Bring “A” Game to Cambridge
From the moment the first relay dove off the blocks at the Cambridge Classic, it was obvious that the LCFY Sharks had brought their “A” game to the meet. The Sharks posted best times in individual events and relays throughout the meet, and continued to position themselves for fast seed times at the SEOWV YMCA League Championships to be held in July.
Although only ten 10 and under swimmers represented the team, the morning session still finished up with 10 Sharks holding heat winner ribbons, three third place finished overall, and more than 30 time drops. Two of the most memorable swims came in the girls’ medley relays. The 8 and under girls’ medley relay started the meet off with a bang, dropping time and moving up in placing to ultimately finish third. Inspired by the swim, the 9/10 girls’ medley relay also dropped time and moved up to third in the final placings.
The 11 and over swimmers competing during the afternoon session continued the momentum, led by outstanding performances from Avery Bednarski, Curtis Boren, Josie Bunstine, Wyatt Bunstine, Hannah Dehus, Ben McNutt, and Rowan Moore.
Bednarski, still recovering from a shoulder injury, posted best times in the 50, 100, and 200 meter freestyle, the 50 meter breaststroke, and anchored the 11/12 girls’ 200 medley relay. Boren and Wyatt Bunstine had break out meets, posting best times in all of their events, and swimming best times on both the 11/12 boys’ medley and free relays.
Josie Bunstine, competing in the 13/14 girls’ age group, continued to develop her versatility, expanding her event list and dropping time in both the 200 meter breaststroke and the 200 meter individual medley.
Dehus, swimming in the 11/12 girls’ age group, posted a huge time drop in her 100 meter freestyle, only to find out she had false started. Although disappointed that her time would not count, Dehus quickly refocused and went on to post best times in the rest of her events. She also posted fast split times in both the 11/12 girls’ medley and free relays.
Moore also posted best times in all of his events. Although known primarily as a breaststroker, Moore continued to develop his versatility, posting best times in the 11/12 boys’ 100 meter individual medley, 50 and 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter butterfly, and 50 meter breaststroke.
McNutt, who will be heading off to college at the end of the summer, provided some of the fastest swims of the day for the team, with best times in the 15 and over boys’ 50, 100, and 200 meter freestyle, and the 100 meter backstroke.
One team record was set by Philip Hall at the meet, in the 13/14 boys’ 200 meter butterfly.
Sharks Take Chunk Out of Records at Creekside
The Creekside Blues and Jazz Blast saw huge numbers of new team records for the LCFY Sharks swim team. Sharks at the meet set 19 new individual records, with 16 of them set by swimmers in the 10 and under age groups.
Alex Fenimore led the shark pack, with new 9/10 boys’ records in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle, the 50 meter butterfly, the 100 meter backstroke, and the 200 meter individual medley. Teammate Ian Jarvis, also in the 9/10 boys’ age group, set new marks in the 50 meter backstroke and the 100 meter breaststroke.
Nor were the 8 and under and 9/10 girls to be outdone. Riley Brust led the way with three new records in the 8 and under girls’ age group. Bunstine, who will join the 9/10 girls at the end of the summer, set new marks in the 100 meter backstroke, the 100 meter breaststroke, and the 200 meter individual medley. Maddie Gundler, also in the 8 and under girls’ age group, added new records in the 50 and 100 meter butterfly.
The 9/10 girls continued their quest to clear the board of old records this season. Gabby Brust set new marks in the 50 and 100 meter butterfly, and Kelsey Seas lowered records in the 50 meter breaststroke and 200 meter individual medley.
Other records were set by Philip Hall in the 200 meter backstroke, and by Jack Barrett in the 200 and 400 meter individual medley.
The Sharks are swimming fast in every pool they see with a month to go before the end of the season. How fast will they be in Kenyon College’s high tech pool at the SEOWV League Championship in mid-July?
LCFY at Hilliard
Despite the monsoon like conditions, the SHARKS showed up ready to swim in Hilliard on Thursday. Parents drove through pouring rain and lightning and swimmers had to wait an hour just to warm up. The extra rest must have done them good because they rocked the pool!
Lucy Dickson had an excellent first meet. She swam in the 20 Medley Relay, 50 Free, and 50 Back.
Other swimmers in attendance also had a fantastic meet and many swimmers dropped time. Below are the swimmers that attended and events in which they dropped time:
Ellie Nethers: 25 Free
Alex Nethers: 100IM, 100 Free, 50 Breast
Sarah Gundler: 100 IM
Maddy Gundler: 100 IM, 50 Free, 25 Breast
Caillie Barnett: 200 Free, 100 Free
Alexis Hercenberg: 100 Breast
Sam Wagner: 200 Free, 50 Free
Joe Larson: 100 Back
Trevor Price: 50 Free, 100 Free
Congratulations swimmers. Keep up the awesome hard work!
School’s Out, Sharks Meet Goes “By the Book”
The LCFY Sharks hosted their first home meet of the summer season less than a week after the end of the school year for most of the swimmers. And, the Sharks had a textbook performance with four new team records and a host of personal best times.
Wyatt Wortkoetter, competing in the 13/14 boys’ age group, led the way with records in the 200 meter freestyle and the 100 meter butterfly. Sydney King set a new mark in the 15 and over girls’ 100 meter freestyle, and Bryson Hauenstein set a new record for the 8 and under boys’ 25 meter backstroke.
The 11/12 girls’ 200 medley relay turned in one of the most exciting performances of the meet. The relay, consisting of Emily Kauchak (backstroke), Brooke Kauchak (breaststroke), Sarah Martin (butterfly), and Hannah Dehus (freestyle) raced head to head with a talented squad from LTPY. Although behind after the breaststroke, Martin managed to pull the team nearly even on butterfly, and Dehus raced to close the remaining gap by the end of her leg. Despite a heroic swim, Dehus was just out-touched at the wall, and posted her best ever 50 meter freestyle time.
Swimmers with new best times included Caillie Barnett, Livia Barnett, Curtis Boren, Gabby Brust, Madi Cartnal, Savannah Cloud, Katie Darby, Hannah Dehus, Makenna Dunlap, Brandon Eckstein, Gracie Gessner, Maddie Gundler, Sarah Gundler, Philip Hall, Emma Holbrook, Zed Huff, Abby Jarvis, Ian Jarvis, Brooke Kauchak, Emily Kauchak, Sydney King, Joe Larson, Riley Love, Keely Lovern, Sarah Martin, Georgia Moats, Alex Nethers, Ellie Nethers, Lily Plaugher, Juli Pintz, Trevor Price, Joel Roth, Hannah Roach, Hannah Rush, Kelsey Seas, Shelby Seas, Sam Wagner, and Skyler Yonker.
The Sharks will compete against Hilliard YMCA on June 16th, and will go on the compete at the Creekside Blues and Jazz Blast in Gahanna June 17, 18, and 19. There are sure to be more fast and exciting swims as the Sharks show the competition what they’re made of over the rest of the summer.
LCFY at Lancaster
The LCFY Sharks kicked of the summer season with an awesome meet! Congratulations to Riley Love, Emma Holbrook, Brandon Eckstein, and Lauren Cummons for an excellent first meet. All swimmers have put in some hard work and long practices and many swimmers set personal best times.
Riley Bunstine 200 Free
Madi Cartnal 200 Free
Curtis Boren 200 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back
Hannah Dehus 100 IM, 100 Free
Rowan Moore 100 IM, 50 Breast
Ellie Nethers 25 Free
Alex Nethers 50 Free, 100 Free
Alex Fenimore 50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back
Skyler Yonker 50 Free
Joe Larson 50 Free, 100 Free
Caillie Barnett 50 Fly, 50 Breast
Kelsey Seas 50 Fly, 100 Free
Philip Hall 100 Fly, 500 Free, 100 Breast
Brooke Kauchak 500 Free
Emily Kauchak 50 Back
Trevor Price 100 Back, 100 Breast
Sarah Gundler 25 Breast
Maddy Gundler 25 Breast
Emily Fouts 100 Breast
Coaches Teresa, Cathy, Kenzie, Kalani, and Susan are proud of the accomplishments the swimmers earned this week at Lancaster. Let’s keep up the good work!
Sharks Sprint into Summer at OSU
The LCFY Sharks competed at the OSSC Spring Into Summer Invitational June 4 and 5th. Held at The Ohio State University’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the meet offered the Sharks the opportunity to swim both short course and long course events.
Sydney King led the way for the Sharks with a win in the 200 meter backstroke, and seconds in the 200 meter individual medley, and the 100 and 200 meter freestyles on the way to earning the high point award in the 15 and over girls age group.
Nor was King the only finals qualifier. Teammate Keely Lovern scored points for the team in multiple events, as did Curtis Boren, Spencer Bowman, Gabrielle Brust, Riley Bunstine, Josie Bunstine, Madi Cartnal, Makenna Dunlap, Alex Fenimore, Kayla Fenimore, Brooke Kauchak, Emily Kauchak, Sarah Martin, Rowan Moore, Kelsey Seas, and Wyatt Wortkoetter.
King set new team records in the 100 freestyle, the 200 individual medley, and the 200 backstroke, while Wortkoetter set a new mark in the 200 butterfly.
Rowan Moore, swimming in the 11/12 boys age group, had one of the most exciting swims of the meet. He swam a personal best time in the 50 yard breaststroke during the preliminary heats in the morning and found himself tied for 10th place. During the swim off to earn the final slot in the final heat, Moore dropped another second to the deafening cheers of his teammates—and was just touched out at the wall. Although disappointed at not making the top heat, Moore came back to swim the consolation final—and was faster than many of the final heat swimmers.
Although one of the smaller squads at the meet, the Sharks finished twelfth among more than twenty teams in overall standings. Their next meet is a YMCA dual at home against Zanesville and Liberty Powell.
Sharks Red Hot at Arctic Splash!
The LCFY Sharks set new team records at the Kentucky Clippers Arctic Splash on May 21-22, 2011. Alex Fenimore led the way with six team records, closely followed by Caillie Barnett with five new standards for the team.
Fenimore, competing in the 9/10 boys age group, set new Sharks records in the 50, 100, and 200 meter freestyle, the 100 meter backstroke, and the 50 and 100 meter butterfly. Barnett, who competed in the 9/10 girls age group, set new records in the 50 and 200 meter freestyle, the 50 meter backstroke, and the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke. Additional 9/10 girls records were set by Gabby Brust in the 100 meter freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke.
Two 8 and under swimmers also set new team records. Madelyn Gundler new new Sharks records in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle and the 50 meter butterfly. Teammate Riley Bunstine set records for the Sharks in the 50 meter backstroke and the 50 meter breaststroke.
Sydney King also set records for the team in the 15 and over 100 meter freestyle and the 200 meter individual medley.
Other notable swims of the weekend were turned in by Keely Lovern. Although the 200 meter breaststroke was not one of her specialties, she still swam well enough to finish third overall in that event, and finished second in the 200 meter individual medley. Madi Cartnal, swimming in the 9/10 girls events, also had top 16 finishes.
The next meet for the Sharks is the OSU Invitational, held in Columbus June 4-5. The Sharks already have one great meet in the books: what will they do next?