February 4, 2012
I would just like to say that this past home meet was a great showing of all your hard work. I can honestly say that I was amazed with all of your swims. I hope that all of you are seeing that hard work over time really does pay off. Lets keep it up!
There are two people that I need to give credit to, Brennah and Dylan. Both came into the meet with the right attitude and got what they set out to do. Dylan crushed his breaststroke time, getting him to Champs. Brennah not only dropped time in every event but also took first in all of her heats. Great job to the both of you. Keep it up!
Now for a little business. We have only a couple more practices, I need to see everybody working their hardest! We have done great this season but I know you all have more in you, I needto see that! So let’s get out to practice, have some awesome workouts, and kill it in those meets!
Great job to the swimmers that participated in the final home meet of the season! Many swimmers from the Bull Shark and Hammerhead groups participated.
It is amazing to see how far everyone has come since the beginning of the season. Most could not swim Fly or Breaststroke; some didn’t even know what they were! Now, most of the swimmers from these two groups can swim all four strokes. They have also learned the IM, diving, relays, and flipturns! The Bull Sharks and Hammerhead Sharks have put in a lot of hours in the pool and their commitment is showing off.
Some of the swimmers from these two groups scored points at the last home meet!
Xandy Arnholt (1 point), Rachel Besse (4 points), Benji Gibson (1 point), Rachel Gill (1 point), Nathaniel Hock (7 points), Tiki Hottinger (1 point), Srah Houpt (12 points), Kate Knapp (11 points), Bobby Otter (21 points), Samantha Rogers (1 point), Madison Roth (1 point), CJ Travis (17 points), Trevor Warthman (10 points), Brenden Workman (16 points).
Keep up the good work and get ready for Y Regionals!
February 3, 4 & 5, 2012
Friday night at the MAST February Invitational started off well with all the athletes who participated. The evening started off with Hannah Sturgeon placing third in the 200 IM and Sarah Gundler completing her first ever 200 IM and placing fifth. The act was closely followed by Alex Fenimore achieving a best time and placing fifth in the 200 IM. Jack McGonagle was up next in the 200 IM, he placed second and dropped close to 9 seconds. Hannah Sturgeon and Maddie Gundler took on the 200 free with Hannah finishing second and Maddie finishing fourth, covering the distance in a personal best time. Alex Fenimore, not wanting to be shown up by the girls, placed second in his 200 free achieving a personal best time, as well. The last swim of the evening was Juli Pintz finishing second in the 500 free.
The success continued in the morning session on Saturday at the MAST Invite. Sarah Martin and Jack McGonagle started the day off with back to back wins in the 200 free. Katie Darby also posted a lifetime best swim in the 200 free dropping close to 5 seconds. Juli Pintz placed fifth in the event while Georgia Moats posted a best time. Martin and McGonagle continued to impress in the 50 breaststroke, both posting best times and finishing second and fourth, respectively. The older kids competed in the 200 breast on Saturday and Pintz finished in 6th place in the event. Martin continued to show her dominance by placing first in the 50 fly as well as the 100 free. Darby finished eleventh in the 100 free posting a best time while McGonagle finished 3rd in the event. After the 100’s, Pintz and Moats competed in the 50 free with Pintz finishing 8th and Moats swimming just over her lifetime best in the event. The last event the Sharks competed in on the day was the 100 back. McGonagle won, Darby placed seventh with a lifetime best time, while Moats finished in third with a lifetime best and Pintz finished in fourth.
Congratulations to all of the Sharks who competed in the meet. Everyone who made the trip down to the Cincinnati area showed just how strong the Sharks can be in the pool!
Meet Recap for MAST Meet
Several Sharks trekked their way down to Milford. Many team members stayed close to home and participated in the home tri-meet against JCBY and MYST. However, about 20 members came down to swim against very good competition, many teams that brought over 50 swimmers. By the end of the meet, the Sharks racked up many personal best times and many other achievements throughout the meet. Of the several notable achievements, Scott Faller had an incredible meet. He dropped time in every event he swam and dropped up to 10 seconds in his 100 free and 100 back, as well as 5 seconds in his 50 breast. The 9-10 boys 200 medley relay of Ethan Miller, Ian Jarvis, Alex Fenimore and Scott Faller came ever so close to achieving a JO cut, falling only .05 short with a couple more meets left. Jack McGonagle set a new team record in the 200 back with a time of 2:31.46.
A couple other very notable achievements came on the girl’s side. Both Sarah Martin and Callie Barnett won the high point awards for their age group. Callie was 16 points clear of second place. Sarah dominated the field, scoring 115 points, second place scored only 77. Gabby Brust finished 3rdin the high point race for 9-10 girls with 61 points, only swimming one of the three days. On the boy’s side, Ian Jarvis finished tied for 4thin 9-10 boys. Jack McGonagle finished in 2ndin the 11-12 boys, only 6 points out of 1stplace.
It was a great meet overall, and as we head toward championship seasons, these final meets become paramount. I look forward to see everyone swim their very best and have great performances, very similar to what I saw at the MAST meet this weekend.
See You at the Pool,
Tri Meet at Lancaster
January 28, 2012
This past tri-meet at Lancaster was a great showing of our talent. I know that the end of the season is always the toughest but you all broke through and showed what great training and hard work gets you.
Boy’s Time Drops
Ian Jarvis… 200 Free, 100 free, 50 Breast
Emmett Ness… 50 Fly
Ethan Ness… 200 Free, 50 back, 50 Breast
Philip Hall… 500 free
Issaac Hansen… 100 IM
Garrison Brown… 100 IM, 50 Free
William Chiacchira… 25 Back
CJ Travis… 50 Free
Aiden Stought… 50 Free, 50 Back
Spencer Kleeh… 100 free
Rick Duffus… 50 Fly, 100 back, 50 Breast
Girl’s Time Drops
Brooke Kauchak… 200 Free, 100 Free
Natalie Saigh… 200 Free
Sarah Martin…100 IM, 50 Back
Kasey Miller…100 IM
Alex Nethers… 100 IM, 50 Free
Carolyn Mestemaker… 200 IM, 100 Free, 100 Back
Emily Kauchak… 200 IM
Shelby Graham… 200 IM, 100 Free, 100 Breast
Emma Graham… 25 Free, 25 Back
Xandy Arnholt… 25 Free, 25 Back
Samantha Rogers… 50 Free
Emma Mortellaro… 50 Free, 50 Back
Rachel Gill… 50 Free
Taylor Emig… 50 Free
Ellie Wade… 50 Free
Tiki Hottinger… 50 Free
Sara Houpt… 50 Fly, 50 Back
Hannah Sturgeon… 100 Free, 50 Breast
Savannah Cloud… 50 back
Katelyn Darby… 100 Back
Hannah Roach… 50 Breast
Sara Dieterich… 50 Breast
North Sprints Invitational
January 21, 2012
The Sharks swam at Columbus North for the annual Sprints Invitational. We were represented by 28 swimmers. We have eight swimmers who placed in the top 10 in their events. Livia Barnett had a 9th place finish, Hannah Dehus finished 4th and 5th, Scott Faler placed 1st,4th,6th,6th, Shelby Graham placed 6th,7th,7th, and 10th, Cheyenna Hansen placed 4th, Austen Hercenberg finished 9th, Riley Love placed 2nd,3rd,4th,5th and Ethan Miller placed 3rd,7th,7th. Everybody seems to be dropping time. So we should be well represented in a few weeks at Champs.
Congratulations to the Sharks that were brave enough to battle the weather and the parents brave enough to battle the roads! Only a few swimmers represented the Sharks in the morning, but those Sharks really tore up the water. By the afternoon the roads had cleared some and more of the Sharks swimmers were able to make the trek to the pool.
Livia Barnett: dropped time…25 Back, 25 Breast…5 points
Ross Barrett: dropped time…50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast
William Chiacchira: dropped time…25 Free
Hannah Dehus: dropped time…50 Free, 200 IM…21 points
Scott Faler: dropped time…25 Free, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Fly…45 points
Hannah George: dropped time…50 Free
Shelby Graham: dropped time…50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 IM…23 points
Caleb Havens: dropped time…50 Free, 50 Back
Austin Hercenberg: dropped time…25 Free, 25 Back, 25 Fly, 50 Free…14 points
Riley Love: dropped time…100 Breast…46 points
Ethan Miller: dropped time…50 Back, 50 Fly, 100 IM…26 points
Kasey Miller: 1 point
Georgia Moats: dropped time…50 Fly
Emmett Ness: dropped time…50 Fly
Ethan Ness: dropped time…100 Free, 50 Breast, 100 IM
Samantha Rogers: dropped time…50 Free, 100 IM
Madison Roth: First Meet
Aiden Stought: dropped time…50 Free
CJ Travis: dropped time…50 Free, 50 Back
Trevor Warthman: dropped time…50 Breast
Reilly Zink: dropped time…50 Free, 50 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly
Great job Sharks! Your coaches are very proud of your accomplishments!
January 20, 21 & 22
The Sharks weekend at the Kelly German Memorial meet in Worthington started off with 6 swimmers on Friday night. Hannah Sturgeon, Adrianna Hansen, Issaac Hansen, Philip Hall, Jack McGonagle, and Avery Bednarski all posted best times in one of the events they swam. All 6 swimmers went home for a short rest to return the next day to compete again.
On Saturday, despite the icky weather and flat tires, all of the swimmers showed up ready to compete. Top twelve finishes were turned in by Carolyn Mestemaker, Avery Bednarski, Rowan Moore, Jack McGonagle, Philip Hall, and Sarah Martin. Even though Adrianna Hansen, Lauren Cummons, Brooke Kauchak, Emily Kauchak, Abby Jarvis, Conner McColley, Kate Plaugher, Katie Darby, Emma Mortellaro, Kellie Lonzo and Alexa Specht did not finish in the top twelve and make it back to finals, they all had great swims in the morning sessions and several of them turned in personal best swims. Congrats to all that competed on Saturday, you guys rocked the pool!
After a day like Saturday, we weren’t sure how it could get better on Sunday. The kids swam well on Sunday morning with Avery Bednarski, Carolyn Mestemaker, Rowan Moore, Jack McGonagle, Philip Hall, and Sarah Martin all making back to the final session. Sarah Martin had to earn her way in to the top 6 in the 50 free with a swim off. She was able to earn 6thplace and had a time drop in the process. The event to watch in finals was the 13-14 200 breaststroke with Carolyn Mestemaker dropping almost two seconds and placing third, Avery Bednaski dropping 11 seconds and placing 8th, and Rowan Moore dropping nearly 7 seconds and placing second. Congrats to everyone who competed on Sunday! You guys continue to prove that anything is possible in the pool!
Saturday Sessions Two and Three
The Sharks came out of their long winter training session swimming faster than ever, and that was made very evident in Worthington this Saturday at the Kelly German Invitational. There were so many great swims of note, let’s get right to it. The meet started with three great 100 breaststrokes from Riley Bunstine, Gabby Brust, and Ian Jarvis. All three dropped time and they all swam very good races, finishing strong and passing opponents in the last length. Madi Cartnal, Callie Barnett and Alex Fenimore finished in the top 6 of the 50 Fly. Hannah Sturgeon dropped over two seconds in both her 100 IM and her 50 back, earning her champs cut in the 50 back. I want to give a special congrats to Ian Jarvis, who had 6 individual swims on Saturday. He swam the 100 breast, 50 back and 100 IM twice due to the prelims/finals format. He dropped time every time he jumped in the pool! Quite an accomplishment for a young swimmer, and it should not go without recognition.
Ian’s swims, and all of the swims this weekend, showed me that this group is swimming really fast, and everyone is still tired. I can’t wait to see you guys swim when Cathy and I let you rest a little bit. It is important that we begin to take care of the body by eating healthy, avoiding injurious activities, and focusing in practice. We only have a few weeks left! I can’t wait to see how everyone swims at the end of the season!
Sharks Rock on Sunday Afternoon at Kelly German
Sunday afternoon saw some of the fastest swims of the meet for the LCFY Sharks. Nine 10 and under swimmers represented the team, and the results were impressive: best times for all, new team records, new qualifying times, and medals and ribbons galore.
The 50 breaststroke started the session soundly for the Sharks with best times by Caillie Barnett, Riley Bunstine, Madi Cartnal, Issaac Hansen, and Dylan McColley. Dylan’s time was good enough to qualify for finals, where he finished 12th overall.
The team raced to the finish in the 100 butterfly, represented by Gabby Brust, Madi Cartnal, and Alex Fenimore. All three swimmers qualified for finals with huge time drops in their morning swims—and then proceeded to go even faster at night. Alex continued to close in on his Junior Olympic time in his 100 butterfly and set a new 9/10 boys team record in to finish third at the meet. Gabby finished fourth in the 9/10 girls 100 fly, and Madi Cartnal raced to a second place finish with a new team record and USA AAA time.
The 9/10’s weren’t done yet. Gabby Brust qualified for finals in the 9/10 girls 100 backstroke, and finished second overall with a Junior Olympic qualifying time. Alex Fenimore narrowly missed finals in the 9/10 boys 100 backstroke and dropped six seconds. Other best times in the event included Riley Bunstine, Issaac Hansem Austin Hercenberg, and Lily Plaugher,
50 freestyle was another strong event for the team, with best times turned in by Caillie Barnett, Riley Bunstine, Austin Hercenberg, Dylan McColley, and Lily Plaugher, Madi Cartnal and Gabby Brust qualified for finals in the event, finishing third and fourth.
The Sharks have just under seven weeks to go to Y Champs—how much faster will they go?
Tri Meet with Marion at Hilliard
January 7, 2012
The Sharks competed at the HURY this past weekend. It was highlighted by Issaac Hansen, Riley Zink, Shelby Graham, Scott Faler, and Adrianna Hansen who all have achieved their AA qualifying times. We had some close calls by some other swimmers on reaching their AA and Zone times.
We had swimmers get their personal best times at this meet against some good competition too. I have to give a lot of credit to Adrianna Hansen who swam the 500 Free for the first time in a time of 6:54.58. Everybody is improving and it is starting to show. DQ’s were made and we all will learn from our mistakes. So we can now put this meet behind us and focus on the two meets coming up the Kelly German and Sprints.
The Sharks swam another successful meet over the weekend. There were 29 swimmers that represented the Sharks Swim Team. Several swimmers achieved their AA time, which allows them to compete at Champs, while others earned a personal best in some events. Adrianna Hansen swam the 500 Free for the first time and did excellent. Carolyn Mestemaker came off a two-year hiatus and rocked her first meet of the season. Alex Rosenburg and Ana Dorenbusch also swam their first meet this weekend. Some of the Bull and Hammer Sharks swam Breaststroke for the first time and while it did not go quite as planned they still gave 110%. Everyone did very well at this meet and both, Coach Nick and I, are very proud of you.
Northwest Ohio Winter Invite (Bowling Green)
January 6-8, 2012
One of the two meets the Sharks swam at this weekend was held at Bowling Green State University. The Swimmers that made the long drive all had a very good meet. Everyone who swam at the meet achieved at least on personal best time. Even our ‘elderly’ swimmer Juli Pintz got a lifetime best in her 200 free.
We had a few swims that highlighted the weekend. Caillie Barnett achieved a JO cut in the 100 free on Sunday dropping over three seconds from her best time. Avery Bednarski continues to impress this season dropping 40 seconds in her 500 free. Sarah Martin also continues her great season by winning a very close race in the 100 free. In addition to this Lily Plaugher swam the 100 breast in the afternoon in the girls open event. She managed to finish 5thin the 12 and under category and dropped a lot of time. Way to go Lily!
Congratulations to everyone who swam at BG. You all did an amazing job and are headed towards a very successful end to the year this year.
December 18, 2011
The LCFY Sharks swam a great meet at the Penguin Plunge. Many dropped times, and many swam events for the first time. We had a lot of swimmers who were not able to attend because of illness. This made the relays all kinds of crazy but the swimmers adapted and had awesome swims.
The following swimmers represented the Sharks. Next to their name are time drops and if they finished in 10thplace or better overall:
Xandy Arnholt: 25 Fly – 7thplace
Caillie Barnett: 25 Free – 6thplace
50 Breast – 5thplace
100 IM – time drop, 4thplace
Livia Barnett: 50 Back – time drop, 3rdplace
25 Back – 9thplace
Avery Bednarski: 50 Breast – time drop, 6thplace
50 Free – time drop, 6thplace
100 Free – time drop, 2ndplace
Sydney Bednarski: 100 Back – 9thplace
Curtis Boren: 50 Free – time drop, 5thplace
100 Free – time drop, 3rdplace
50 Breast – 7thplace
Spencer Bowman: 50 Back – 6thplace
50 Breast – time drop
Josie Bunstine: 50 Breast – 2ndplace
50 Fly – 5thplace
50 Free - 8thplace
Riley Bunstine: 50 Back – time drop
50 Breast – 7thplace
100 IM – time drop
Madi Cartnal: 100 Free – 2ndplace
50 Fly – 2ndplace
100 IM – 2ndplace
William Chiacchira: 25 Breast – 7thplace
Lauren Cummons: 100 Free – time drop, 4thplace
100 IM – time drop, 5thplace
Katie Darby: 100 Back – time drop, 10thplace
Sarah Dietrich: 50 Free – time drop
100 Free – time drop
50 Fly – time drop
Scott Faler: 50 Free – time drop, 1stplace
25 Back – time drop, 5thplace
Sarah Gundler: 50 Breast – time drop, 4thplace
25 Breast – 4thplace
Adrianna Hansen: 100 Breast – time drop, 9thplace
200 Breast – 2ndplace
50 Fly – time drop, 7thplace
Issaac Hansen: 50 Free – time drop
50 Back – time drop
50 Fly – time drop, 9thplace
Kaiya Hansen: 50 Free – time drop
Rachel Howe: 100 Breast – time drop
100 IM – time drop
Brooke Kauchak: 50 Back – time drop, 5thplace
50 Fly – time drop
50 Free – 9thplace
Emily Kauchak: 50 Back – 8thplace
Kellie Lonzo: 100 Free – time drop
Sarah Martin: 50 Back – 2ndplace
50 Breast – 5thplace
50 Fly – 2ndplace
Ethan Miller: 100 Free – time drop, 7thplace
50 Back – time drop, 4thplace
100 IM – time drop 5thplace
Kasey Miller: 100 Free – time drop, 3rdplace
Rowan Moore: 50 Free – time drop, 4thplace
50 Breast – 2ndplace
50 Fly – 5thplace
Kate Plaugher: 100 Free – time drop
Lily Plaugher: 50 Back – time drop, 4thplace
50 Breast – time drop
50 Free – time drop, 4thplace
Hannah Roach: 50 Free – time drop
50 Breast – time drop
Hannah Sturgeon: 100 Free – time drop, 6thplace
100 IM – time drop
Mia Zink: 50 Breast - 7thplace
25 Free – time drop
25 Breast – time drop
Reilly Zink: 50 Free – time dro p
Penguin Plunge is always around flu season and the Holidays so we always end up scrounging for swimmers the day of the meet to fill in for others for Relays. This year was no exception. In the Morning session we had to scratch three relays, but the kids swam well! Our first relay was a 400Fr with Adrianna Hansen (1:10.79), Rick Duffus (1:36.68), Kasey Miller (1:09.38), and Sydney Bednarski (1:07.68) for a time of 5:04.50. Second 400Fr relay consisted of Emily Kauchak (1:08.72), Curtis Boren (1:13.44), Spencer Bowman (1:06.44), and Brook Kauckak (1:06.31) with a time of 4:34.91. Our last relay of the morning was an 800Fr relay with Josie Bunstien (2:29.32), Rowan Moore (2:29.15), Avery Bednarski (2:16.22) and Sarah Martin (2:15.69) for a final time of 9:30.38.
Once the individual events started the sharks showed how hungry they were! Rachel Howe dropped 4 seconds in her 100IM (1:41.50), and 9 seconds in her 100Br (1:38.91). Duffus swam the 100IM, 50Br and 100Fr all for the first time and now has times in those events! Bowman in her 50Br dropped 5 seconds with a time of 42.88. Avery Bednarski had the meet of her life dropping in every race starting with her 50Br dropped from 42.14 to a 37.50. Avery had her second drop of the day in her 50Fr .22 seconds for a time of 28.82; and her third came in her 100Fr with a new time of 1:03.15. Great job Avery! Kaiya Hansen dropped 3 seconds in her 50Fr with a final time of 44.22! Curtis and Rowan both dropped tenths of seconds in their 50 frees and Curtis again had tenths dropped in his 100Fr. Katelyn Darby dropped over 3 seconds in her 100Bk for a final time of 1:25.56. Adrianna swam her first 200Br with an impressive time of 3:20.81 then dropped in her last two events 50Fly and 100Br. Great Job Adrianna! Sarah Dieterich had a great meet dropping in three of three events dropped 7 seconds for a final time of 38.81 in the 50Fr and her second dropped happened in her 100Fr dropping 6 seconds with a final time of 1:31.50 her last drop happened in the 50Fly dropped a whole second. Great Job Sarah! Kate Plaugher and Kasey both dropped time in their 100Frees 2 and 3 seconds respectively. Kasey then swam her first 100Br for a time of 1:42.06. Brooke had another great meet dropping a few tenths of seconds in both the 50Bk and 50Fly!
The afternoon session went great! We had lots of swimmers swimming new events for the first time and swimmers that were dropping time left and right. Reilly Zink (1:32.37) and Ross Barrett (1:47.85) both swam the 100IM for the first time. While Riley Bunstien (1:33.78), Hannah Sturgeon (1:29.16), Caillie Barnett (1:22.25) and Lauren Cummons (1:24.96) all dropped time in the 100IM. Ethan Miller swam the 100IM as well but had an amazing drop of 22seconds for a new time of 1:29.32! Moving along to the 100Fr Reilly Zink (1:21.10) and Ross Barrett (1:42.06) again had a new event to swim along with Hannah Roach (1:46.50) and Benjamin Gibson (1:58.98). Dropping time for the Sharks were Kellie Lonzo (1:20.35), Hannah Sturgeon (1:15.79), Lauren Cummons (1:14.78) and Ethan Miller (1:19. 45).
Livia Barnett (47.25) and Lily Plaugher (49.78) did a great job representing our 8 & unders in the 50Bk. Xandy Arnholt (23.73) swam 25Fly for the first time! Sturgeon (44.94) swam the 50Fly for the first time and Issaac Hansen (49.72) dropped six seconds. Xandy (26.56), William Chiacchira (27.85), and Dylan Gibson (49.12) swam the 25Fr for the first time and Mia Zink (33.35) dropped 3 seconds. Erin Kennedy (1:12.82), Samantha Rogers (47.95), Hannah George (51.71), Caleb Havens (55.60), Benjamin Gibson (58.00), all swam the 50Fr for the first time! While Hannah Roach (43.27), Reilly Zink (36.78), Lily Plaugher (39.96), Scott Faler (38.20), and Issaac Hansen all dropped time for the Sharks. Mia Zink (1:05.66) swam the 50Br for the first time, while Xandy (30.08), William Chiacchira (30.13) and Dylan Gibson (1.17.55) swam the 25Bk for her first time. Scott Faler (22.58) was the only one to drop time in the 25Bk for the Sharks. Ross Barrett (50.97), and Benjamin Gibson (1:06.37) were the only two new swimmers swimming the 50Bk. Riley Bunstien (43.80), Ethan Miller (41.39) and Issaac Hansen (48.22) all dropped time swimming the 50Bk. Dylan Gibson (53.52) swam the 25Br for the first time. Mia Zink (29.84) dropped time in the 25Br. Hannah Roach (49.01) and Riley Bunstien (46.61) were the only two swimmers to drop time in the 50Br.
The relays were at the end of the day. Even though we still had a few kids that didn’t make it we had extra to fill in and only had to scratch one relay! Our first relay was our 8& unders mixed 100Fr. Xandy (24.79) lead off with a great start! Then Livia (22.03), William (26.94) and Mia (37.56) for a final time of 1:51.27!
The 200Fr relays were up next. Relay D was Ross (42.88), Samantha (48.28), Benjamin (58.12), and Caleb (1:04.35) for a final time of 3:33.63. Relay C was Reilly Zink (37.21), Scott (38.44), Hannah Roach (50.23), and Sarah Gundler (44.71) for a final time of 2:50.58. Relay B consisted of Ethan (35.94), Madelyn Gundler (37.94), Lily Plauger (41.50), and Riley Bunstien (38.41) for a final time of 2:33.79. Finally Relay A consisted of Caillie (34.16), Issaac (38.22), Kelli (39.47) and Madi Cartnal (33.94) for a final time of 2:25.79.
Great Job to everyone that swam at the Penguin Plunge! Coach Susan and Coach Kalani were very excited to watch you all! All the Coaches should be proud of all you have achieved!
LCFY Sharks Meet recap for the Springfield Y Invite
December 2-4, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Spencer Bowman and Gabby Brust made the early journey to the Springfield Y on Friday night to swim some longer events. The evening started off with a great swim by Gabby in the 200 Free. Her goal was to break 2:30 and to make a zone cut in the event. She achieved both of those swimming a 2:28 and getting second place overall. Spencer swam the 500 and the 200 and was a little bit off of her best times in both events. Congrats to both young ladies who competed and swam very well Friday night.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Saturday saw several good swims from all the Sharks that travelled out to Springfield for the SPY Invitational. The 10 & unders made the 90 minute drive out to Springfield for the early session and they did not show any signs of grogginess. Gabby Brust and Callie Barnett finished in the top 6 in the 50 free. Also, Gabby finished 6thin the 50 breast and 3rdin the 100 IM, while Callie finished 5thin the 50 Fly. Kelli Lonzo finished 5th, right ahead of Gabby in the 50 breast with a time of 42.00. The boys also did very well. Scott Faler finished in the top 6 in the 25 breast and free in the 8& under age group. Ethan Miller was 2ndin the 100 IM 4thin the 50 free. We had lots of high finishes but we had even more time drops and it was fun watching the morning kids swim fast.
The afternoon session was just as exciting and we had more kids in the afternoon swimming new/challenging events. Josie Bunstine and Phillip Hall started off the meets with positive swims in the 400 IM. Sarah Martin had four great swims, dropping time in every event she swam, and never finishing out of the top 5. She also won the 100 fly. It was a great meet and watching the kids swim fast was even more rewarding. The team will be at the Penguin plunge in two weekends and Christmas training will pickup very soon. Until then, work hard and get ready for the holidays!
Swimmingly, Coach Chris
Sharks “SPY” Top Swims at Meet
The LCFY Sharks kept their eyes on the prize on Sunday at the SPY Winter Invitational. Although fielding fewer than 40 swimmers, the Sharks still swam well enough to finish fourth in the overall team standings, and qualified additional individuals for the SEOWV Y Championship meet.
New Champs qualifiers include: Curtis Boren (100 free), Josie Bunstine (200 breast), Scott Faler (25 back and 25 fly), Philip Hall (200 breast), Adrianna Hansen (100 free, 100 back, and 50 breast), Spencer Kleeh (50 fly), Ethan Miller (100 free, 50 back, and 50 fly), and Kasey Miller (100 free).
Sarah Martin continued to close in on qualifying times for the Great Lakes Zone Championships. Martin, competing in the 11/12 girls age group, dropped time in the 100 free, 100 back, and 50 breast, to put herself within a few seconds of qualifying in each of those events.
The “No Pain, No Gain” award for the day goes to Rowan Moore, who managed to cut his foot during warm ups, requiring three bandaids and waterproof tape to stop the bleeding. The cut was sore and made pushing off starts and turns difficult, but Moore still swam right on his best times of the season.
The Sharks next compete at Penguin Plunge on December 18.
November 19, 2011
What can I say about the Mt.Vernon meet? It was crazy, fun, and fast times. Everybody who swam at the Mt.Vernon meet did very well. Just about everybody got a personal best time. Everybody has minor things that they need to work on from this meet to swim even faster.
Congratulations to the Sharks that swam an excellent meet at Mt. Vernon on November 19. Several swimmers swam events for the first time and many swimmers swam their personal best times. All the hours they put in at the pool through the week is really showing off in the pool come meet time. The following swimmers represented the Sharks in Mt. Vernon:
Xandy Arnholt, Rachel Baughn, William Chiacchira, Rick Duffus, Brandon Eckstein, Taylor Emig, Scott Faler, Emily Fouts, Benji Gibson, Dylan Gibson, Emma Graham, Nathaniel Graham, Olivia Grandbois, Sarah Gundler, Issaac Hansen, Kaiya Hansen, Caleb Havens, Emma Holbrook, Spencer Kleeh, Sarah Martin, Connor McColley, Dylan McColley, Jack McGonagle, Ian Murphy, Ellie Nethers, Bobby Otter, Trevor Price, Kelli Prior, Lauren Rutherford, Natalie Saigh, Aiden Stought, CJ Travis, Trevor Warthman, and Brenden Workman.
A very special thanks to the parents for helping Coach Susan and Nick get everyone where they need to go and making sure the swimmers were at the blocks and ready to swim.
November 11-13th, 2011
Congratulations to all of those who competed this past weekend at the Mason Fall Invitational. The weekend was highlighted by four team record breaking performances. Gabby Brust in the 200 IM, Alex Fenimore in the 100 Fly, Sydney King in the 1650 Free, and Wyatt Wortkoetter in the 200 fly.
Even though it is November and we have started to hit some pretty hard training, the Platinum and Gold groups performed very well. They came out with a few personal best swims, and four top 3 finishes. Those top threes were all swum By Sydney King. The platinum group is also very proud of Sam Wagner’swarm down at the hotel pool with his diving mask on. Even without the high speed Mason pool, Sam was able to warm down faster than anyone else in the hotel pool. Congrats to Platinum and Gold!
The silver group ended up with a lot of new personal best swims and 4 top finishes. Sarah Martin won the 100 breast and placed third in the 100 IM. Rowan Moorefinished 2ndin the 50 breast and 3rdin the 100 breast. They were also highlighted by Avery Bednarski, who had a personal best every time she entered the pool. Congrats to Silver!
The bronze group turned in the most top three finishes on the team by far. They achieved 14 top three finishes at the meet including 4 wins, 7 second place finishes and 3 third place finishes. Those were all achieved by Gabby Brust, Madi Cartnal and Alex Fenimore. These swims were all done in, what seemed like, the middle of the night. The bronze group, aside from the top three finishes, had an unbelievable meet. Almost every one of their swims was a personal best, and they continue to look better and better technically. Congrats to Bronze!
Mason has always been a great meet. The water is fast the swimmers get to go away for a weekend. The coaches get great food. All and all everyone is happy!
Great Whites swam a great meet all the following kids swam there best times in these events.
Madelyn Gundler 50Fr, 100Fr, 200Fr, 50Bk, 100Bk, 50Fly, 100IM and 200IM;
Issaac Hansen 50Fr, 100Fr, 200Fr, 50Bk, 50Br, 50Fly, 100IM, 200IM;
Conner McColley 50Fr, 100Fr, 200Fr, 200Bk, 100Br, 200Br;
Emmett Ness 100Bk;
Ethan Ness 100Fr, 50Bk, 100Br, 100IM.
Tiger Sharks that swam their best time in the following events are:
Livia Barnett 25Fr, 50Fr, 25Bk, 50Bk
Lily Plaugher 25Fr, 50Fr, 25bk, 50Bk, 25Br, 50Br, 25Fly, 50Fly
Ross Barrett 100Bk, 50Br
Dylan McColley 50Fr, 200Fr, 50Bk, 100Bk, 50Br
Hammerhead Sharks that swam their best time in the following events are:
Sarah Gundler 25Fr, 50Fr, 25Bk, 50Bk, 25Br, 50Br, 25Fly, 50Fly
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:
Caillie Barnett……………11 points, personal best 100 Back
Livia Barnett………………personal best: 100 Back, 25 Breast
Scott Faler…………………17 points
Madelyn Gundler ...........personal best 50 Free, 100 Free
Sarah Gundler……………6 points, personal best :25 Free, 25 Fly, 25 Breast
Issaac Hansen…………….personal best: 100 IM, 50 Fly, 50 Back
Kate Knapp………………..personal best: 50 Back
Nore McGonagle…………8 points
Ellie Nethers……………….personal best: 50 Free
Lily Plaugher………………7 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 Vernon YMCA.
John Bruce Memorial Meet
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 fly.
Another great performance was turned in by Miranda Gessner who won all three of her heats and got $15 off at the Kast- A-Way store.
Congrats to all who participated, you all did great!
Sharks Go Mad at Relays
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 Liberty
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 and support
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 Susan
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 Tim
All Great Whites had a Great meet. Our group had 4 goals to accomplish at this swim meet.
Not to miss Flip turns for Free and Back
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 events.
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 103 seconds. 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 Pace
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
Silver, Gold, Platinum
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 sec)! Teresa