Swimmer of the Meet:
NYSA: Alex Pette
NYSA Season Starter- "Get off the blocks and RACE!!"
Junior A kicked off the 2017-2018 short course season on Saturday 9/30 at the New York Sharks Aquatics Season Starter in Suffern, NY. The meet was split by age groups, 9 & Under, 10 year olds, 11 year olds, and 12 year olds. It was fun to watch swimmers compete solely against their single age groups!
The goal of this meet was not to necessarily achieve our best times, but instead just an opportunity to get up off the blocks. No fast suits, no rest, just racing. For some of our Junior A swimmers we haven’t been “off the blocks” since July!! Most swimmers competed in the 200 IM, 100 Free, and a fun 50 event. Our goal was to use the 200 IM and 100 Free to set ‘benchmark’ times for the beginning of the season. “Let’s see where we are at!!”
Full Meet Results for Junior A CLICK HERE!
Amanda Baiker- In her final meet on Junior A, (Amanda has been moved up to Elite thanks to her hard work in practice!!) Amanda went 2/3 in best times and dropped 9.31 seconds in her 200 IM…What!?
Frank Brzozowski- Frank went 1 for 2 in best times and achieved 1 New Time in his 200 IM. His first legal SCY 200 IM!
Joseph Cash- Joe went 1 for 2 in bet times and swam his first legal 200 IM! He finished 3rd in the 50 Free for 11 year olds boys going 30.20!
Nick Castano- Nick swam 2 for 3 best times including a 4 second drop in his 200 IM!
James Darcy- James finished 1st in all of his races for 9 year old boys including a new best time in his 100 IM!
Regan Fried- Regan was on fire swimming 3 new best times, breaking 2:50 in the 200 IM and winning the 50 Fly!
Sebastian Gomez- Sebastian continues his quick rise through the LIAC ranks. This summer Sebastian was on Junior Team and almost qualified for LC Zones! He is now learning the ‘ins and outs’ of higher level swimming and swam 2 best times and 1 New Time in his 200 IM! He dropped 7.52 seconds in his 100 Free alone!
Isabel Gonzalez- Isabel swam 2 new best times including a great 100 Free going 1:05.91! This is great for Isabel as she has been working hard in the middle lanes of Junior A adjusting to the intense training increase from Blue Team to Junior A.
Lily Gormsen- Lily swam 1 new best time in her 200 IM dropping 5.71 seconds breaking the 3:00 mark for the first time!
Kevin Hertel- Kevin swam 1 new best time in his 200 IM, going 3:06.95. This was Kevin’s first new best time in the event since last season, the harder work is paying off!
Thomas Huh- Thomas brought the house down at this meet (and he probably doesn’t realize how GREAT he actually swam!)! He went 3/3 in best times, including a 6.97 second drop in his 50 Back. That is a huge drop for any race…let alone a 50!
David Kushnirsky- David went 3/3 on best times including two 1st place finishes in the 100 Free and 50 Breast. His 200 IM was awesome dropping 7.05 seconds!!
Makani Lam- Makani swam 1 new best time in her 100 Free breaking 1:08, going 1:07.98. She finished 4th in the event and 3rd in the 50 Breast.
Sarah Larsen- Sarah has been working hard in practice in one of the two fastest lanes in the group. The hard work is paying off with 3 new best times! A nice 4.27 drop in her 200 IM as well as 2 2nd place finishes in the 100 Free and 50 Back!
Cherry Lee- Cherry swam 1 new best time in the 50 Breast and finished 3rd in the event!
Toby Leng- Toby swam 2 new best times including an AWESOME 13.82 second drop in the 200 IM…WHAT?!
Henry Ma- Henry has quietly been working really hard, having graduated from the first lane in practice. He dropped 3.60 seconds in his 100 Free and won the 50 Back for 9 year olds!
Mary McDonald- Mary had herself a day going 3/3 in best times with a 10.83 second drop in the 200 IM and a 5.25 drop in the 100 Free!
Lauren Nam- Lauren went 1/3 in best times dropping 1.58 seconds in her 200 IM. She also finished 7th in the 50 Back.
Patrick O’Hagan- Patrick finished 2nd in the 100 Free and 3rd in the 50 Fly!
Ellie Pamatat- In her last meet as a 10 year old (Her birthday was the next day, 10/1!), Ellie took Gold in two events, the 100 Free and 50 back dropping time in both!
Annette Park- Annette went 1/3 in best times dropping 0.68 in her 100 Free finishing 10th and 8th in the 50 Back.
Alex Pette- Alex was lights out at this meet. She has been doing a phenomenal job in practice and it is showing! She went 3/3 in best times and dropped 9.42 seconds in her 200 IM! She dropped a total of 9.95 seconds on the day!
Aimee Quinlan- Aimee has been working hard in practice as well and it showed in her 200 IM where she dropped 5.62 seconds going 2:52.99!
Erica Sava- Erica has been working double time, swimming with her Junior High team as well as her LIAC team. She went 2/3 in best times, breaking 2:50 in the 200 IM for the first time!
Samantha Schnappauf- Sam had been battling some illness the week leading up to the meet. In classic Sam form, she did not complain and toughed it out like a Trooper. She squeaked out a PB in the 50 Fly going 35.61 and finishing 3rd.
Andrew Simons- Andrew has been awesome in practice and it showed here! He went 3/3 in est times including a 6.98 second drop in his 200 IM! He totaled a drop of 11.72 seconds on the day!
Savanah Strabuk- Savanah swam 2 new best times in the 100 Free and 200 IM. She dropped 4.71 seconds and 4.55 seconds in those races! She also finished 6th in the 50 Fly.
Tyler Wu- Tyler has been fighting to stay in the fastest practice lane and his swimming in the meet showed the results of some of his hard work! He went 3/3 in best times! He also finished 4th in the 50 Breast!
Hannah Yan- In her first LIAC meet, Hannah finished 9th in the 50 Breast. Hannah is working to adjust to the new training she is getting with the Junior A group!
SWIMMER OF THE MEET: ALEX PETTE – What a day Alex had! Best times all around, but more importantly, she learned that her hard work day in and day out at practice leads to results she wants to see!
LOOKING AHEAD: A few more weeks of hard training then we head to Chappy’s for some racing in our home pool! After that we are headed to HYDRO in early November where our 10 & unders will be competing in their first 500!