The Blue Team is a group within our Age Group Program. The athletes on the Blue Team have achieved 400 point values for multiple swims credited by the USA Swimming evaluation system. They are capable of following a workout designed for this level. The Blue Team has practice 5 times a week, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Members of this group are encouraged to attend 4 of the 5 practices offered each week.
Askelos@longislandswimming.com - Alexis Skelos is the Head coach of the Blue Team
Woah! What a great meet our swimmers had in Buffalo. Every single Blue Team swimmer swam best times and most importantly we had a great time competing! One of the best things about team travel is the team spirit we see on deck. Our athletes were constantly up cheering for each other. It was easy to see how motivated our athletes were as they swam faster and faster times!
There are two Swimmers of the Meet this weekend, but I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight a little bit more than that.
Zol had a perfect meet – she swam 100% best times, was instrumental on a number of relays, and capped off her outstanding weekend with an incredible swim in the last event – the 100 fly. Zol made her first JO cut! Gavin looked like he had a great time this weekend. He was on deck cheering at every session. His 100 IM was a new Silver cut and a best by almost 5 seconds! Watch out, Julie was on fire once again! She earned finals swims in 6 of her 8 races. Her highest finish was in the 100 back where she placed second in a stunning race to the finish! Kate battled back hard after missing the first day sick. She raced hard on relays, cheered her teammates on, and swam to a best time in the 50 backstroke! Miles had a nice meet and did some awesome racing. His best swim was a split on a relay that was 4 seconds faster than his best 100 freestyle time! Joe finished the meet in 4th place in the highpoint competition. He raced 20 times in 3 days! His best finish was 2nd in the 100 back, but his best race was his anchor leg on the 200 freestyle relay (he split a 29!) Nicholas was the only 8 year old to qualify for finals… and not just once or twice, but three times! His highest finish was 5th in the 100 back and 100 fly earning 28 points for LIAC. Solomon continued his fantastic season with 8 best times and 4 finals swims. His best swim was the 200 free… he made the 11-12 Silver cut and dropped 7 seconds!
Thomas had a big weekend. His butterfly broke through and he earned his first JO cut in the 100 fly! In his 50 fly he dropped 3 seconds to win the bronze medal for LIAC! Isabela was a great team player, racing and cheering hard all weekend long. She swam 6 best times! Her most impressive race was the 50 free where she broke 33 for the first time! Danny was another one of those team players this weekend. He helped out on all 3 relays and closed out the meet with a best time in his 50 free! Amanda raced hard all weekend. She even came to cheer LIAC on during the final night of competition! Her 50 back was a best time! Leni had a lot of fun on her first trip to race in Buffalo. She worked hard in every race, but her 100 back was the best… a PB by over 2 seconds! Isabella represented Blue Team’s 11-12 year olds well. She raced hard to qualify for the meet, swam hard, and had two fantastic races in the 100 and 200 IM’s! Leo was a great teammate to have on deck. He cheered for swimmers in all age groups and raced his way to three best times!
Finally… for the swimmers of the meet… drumroll please….
While there was a lot to choose from this weekend the Swimmers of the Meet were two athletes who had fun, stayed focused, raced hard, and in turn swam amazingly fast… Congrats to Samantha A. and Ethan S.
Sam worked hard all weekend in both her individual and relay events and it showed. She dropped time in 6 events. On the last day of the meet Sam made her first final ever with a best time in the 100 backstroke. She must have been excited because she followed that right up with another best time, an 11 second drop, and her first JO CUT in the 100 fly! Two final swims on the last day can be tough, even for well-seasoned swimmers. 9 year-old Sam swam like a pro in finals… bettering both times and qualifying for JO’s in the 100 backstroke as well. Super Sam!
Ethan was awesome all weekend long. Ethan swam a tough schedule, racing in both prelims and finals in seven of his eight events. His highest finish came in the 50 fly, where he earned the silver for LIAC, but his best race was his 200 IM. Ethan dropped more than 11 seconds and finished 6th. His 2:51 was a new JO cut! Ethan went into the meet with multiple JO cuts, and came out with a few more! He now has JO times in 7 different events! Next stop Florida?! It’s not easy to swim so many times in one weekend, but Ethan was a champ and he raced his hardest every time. His consistency was rewarded as he came away from Buffalo finishing 5th in the individual high point race. Way to go Ethan!
Buffalo was a great experience for our swimmers and we can’t wait to get back to work on the things that will make us even faster the next time we step up to race!
LIAC Fights Through the Snow for FAST Swims at Hydro!
While there might have been more snow in the Bronx than there was in Buffalo, it wasn’t enough to slow down LIAC’s Blue Team as they barreled their way through towards best times.
Our swimmers were off the blocks racing hard right away. There were tons of best times in Butterfly and Backstroke – which was great to see, considering that’s what we’ve been working on. Our body position gets higher and higher in the water each time we race. We will continue to work on holding fast hand speed and maintaining a steady kick. Breaststroke and Freestyle are coming along nicely too.
The Swimmers of the Meet for Hydro are Eileen B. and Jin C. Each of these swimmers went 4 best times through the course of the weekend. Eileen had a very busy schedule, swimming 2x 50’s, 2x100’s, a 200 and a 500! That’s 1000 yards of racing in just two days! Eileen’s 100 fly earned her 7th place and was a personal best by more than 2 seconds. Her 500 earned 5th place and was another 4 second drop from just 3 weeks ago at Thanksgiving! Way to go Eileen! Jin kept the snowball rolling as had some major time drops as well. Most impressive was his 100 backstroke where he swam more than 11 seconds faster than his previous best time! He also had two great races in the 100 Freestyle and 100 IM. The freestyle was a new Silver Cut, and the 100 IM earned him 10th place! Nice work Jin!
Congrats to all of our swimmers who competed at Hydro. We have spent a lot of time this fall learning the little things: streamlines, fast flip turns, dolphin kicks away from the wall… As we head into winter training its important for our athletes to remember to do these skills every day. That way we can move our focus to learning and improving our technique and racing strategies while we swim. We can’t wait to get back to work!
Blue Team Buttery Biscuits Blow Past Best Times at Thanksgiving Classic
The Thanksgiving Throwdown was on hiatus this year, but Blue Team dubbed themselves the Buttery Blue Biscuits anyhow and threw down a pound of best times this weekend.
The Friday night into Saturday afternoon format was different for our athletes, but time of day didn’t matter for Blue Team swimmers as they attacked each and every race! On the whole our 100 freestyles were amazing! Gabby must have really been kicking our butts the past two weeks because we raced those 100’s like they were 25’s… all out fast from the start, and we never slowed down. We also had a few swimmers close out Friday night with their first 500’s of the season. Blue teamers went the distance and dropped an average of 20 seconds each in the event! Wow!!!
It was an exciting weekend of racing because in addition to improving times, several new swimmers qualified for Buffalo. There are 30 swimmers who made at least one Buffalo cut this fall… That’s amazing! Buffalo is just one step in our ladder of success, so we will keep working hard and challenging ourselves… Maybe we can get all 50 Blue Team swimmers to Silvers this year!
Swimmer of the Meet honors for this meet go to two swimmers who have been consistently throwing down crazy fast times this year. Congrats to Nicholas K. and Julie C. Earlier this season, Nicholas was one of our first swimmers to qualify for JO’s. After this weekend he is our first Blue Team swimmer to qualify for FLORIDA!!!! What’s even more exciting is that Nicholas is only 8. He had to make the 9 year old cut time in the 100 Fly – and he did it! Way to go Nicholas… we’re so proud! Julie has been on absolute fire this season. She is currently leading the way for Blue Team with 6 JO cuts! This weekend Julie dropped more than 30 seconds across 6 events. She turns 11 right after JO’s but we will definitely be taking a look at those 11 year old Florida cuts and setting some new goals for the second half of the season. Awesome job Julie!
With almost 3 weeks until our next meet, we have some time to refocus, recommit to drylands and training, and get ready to race again. Keep up the good work Blue Team! Being your best takes hard work and dedication, but as they say the proof is in the pudding… or maybe it’s in the biscuits.
Incredible IM... Much to Learn We Still Have... Swimming Faster Already We Are... Having Fun Are We!
LIAC's Blue Team swimmers had another incredible weekend of racing last weekend at Hydro and Gael. After weeks of Individual Medley training it was finally time to put our IM skills to the test. Our swimmers did not disappoint with 100% of Blue Teamers swimming best times in their 100 and 200 Individual Medley events! Not only were we faster than last short course season, but the attention to detail was dynamite! We have been working so hard on activating our streamlines and "TTRPA"ing our way in and out of every wall, it was impressive to see these details in action during race situations! It's amazing how easy it is to remember the little things when you focus on them every day in practice! In addition to remembering the details, our swimmers came to race. There were a lot of first time 100 Butterfles and 200 IM's and not one swimmer shied away from the challenge.
There were so many options for Swimmer of the Meet this meet it was hard to pick just one girl and one boy. Ultimately we went with two swimmers who have been quietly working and steadily improving throughout the season. Anoushka G. takes home the honor for the girls. Anoushka has shown a lot of determination so far this season. She approaches every practice and race with a positive "can do" attitude that not only helps her succeed but is infectious to those around her. She never shies away from a tough set, and is excited to step up on the blocks and race each time. Anoushka dropped a total of 29 seconds in her 6 events at Hydro. Preston C. wins the Swimmer of the Meet title for the boys. Preston is another swimmer who comes to both practice and meets consistently ready to work hard. Preston's hard work works - he dropped more than 30 seconds in his 6 events at Hydro! Preston has been steadily improving all season by not only focusing on his technique but in challenging himself to train and race at a higher level. Keep up the good work Preston and Anoushka!
After this weekend there are now 15 Blue Teamers who have qualified for Buffalo with 3 or more cuts each, and 14 additional swimmers with 1 or two cuts each. As of now Blue Team will have a total of 111 splashes in Buffalo! We also leave this weekend with several new JO qualifiers! Our Buttery Blue Biscuits, Stuffed Blue Turkeys, and Sticky Blue Yams will be hard at work over the next week preparing for the annual Thanksgiving Classic! Its a fun meet and we can't wait to see what kind of fast swimming they THROWDOWN!
Do a PB? How about 230 of them?!!!
Do a PB! We're not talking about sandwiches here...
PB = Personal Best and Blue Team lived up to the Chappyism this weekend as our swimmers raced to 230 Personal Best times... incredible! Don't be fooled... these big swims didn't just happen from a snap of the fingers. Blue Teamers have been working hard on all 4 strokes these past few weeks. We have spent a lot of time focusing on body position (chin up chest up hips up toes up) and solid flip-turns with a good "overstroke" in backstroke. That paid off! Our swimmers looked like speedboats on top of the water and there were no backstroke DQ's!!!!! Our freestyle also looked great - with many swimmers racing their first or second 200 freestyle and dropping lots and lots and lots and lots of time!
As always there is still room for improvement. We will continue to work on swimming through the line in breaststroke and on driving our feet faster as we kick in butterfly. The season is young... and so is our group... so there's plenty of time! We will all be swimming the 100 IM at the next meet so get ready to watch us show off our IM training.
The Swimmers of the Meet for Chappy's big Race are Ashlyn T. and Joe F.Ashlyn is a leader every day in practice. She reads the clock, stays on top of the set, and has been challenging herself to get a little more uncomfortable as she trains. Ashlyn's hard work was rewarded this weekend when she swam 100% best times. Joe has really amped up his training this year. His attention and focus when we work on technique is helping him improve tremendously. When it's time to work hard at practice Joe pushes himself to race faster. This effort helped him this weekend as he also swam 100% best times, and finished the meet with 3 new "A" times!
Congrats to Joe, Ashlyn, and the entire Blue Team on a fantastic Chappy's Big Race. We now have 12 swimmers on the plane to Buffalo (qualifying in 3 events or more). Another 15 or so of us have arrived at the airport with one or two events each... we just need to punch that ticket! Keep working hard Blue Team... Hydro is only two weeks away! #Hardworkworks #SwimfastSwimLIAC !
Blue Team Blasts into the Short Course Season!
September 30th was a super Saturday for Blue Team! Our swimmers travelled up to Rockland to make our first splash of the season...
Racing this early in the season isn’t something we always do, but we’re glad we did. In just a few hours we saw a lot of proof that what we’re doing in practice is working! The coaches were encouraged to see the swimmers take the things we teach and work on in practice every day and bring it to race situations. There were lots of activated streamlines – not just off the starts, but off of our turns as well! The effort on head position on our backstroke starts was tremendous. In the 100 free the swimmers did a great job turning on their feet and keeping their heads down inside the flags. All in all we saw a lot of really great things happening as far as technique, racing, and details go.
The season is young, and there is still work to be done, but this was a great first day off the blocks and we look forward to even more improvement in a variety of events at Chappy’s Big Race in a few weeks!
This season we will select Swimmers of the Meet for each meet. At least one boy and one girl will take home the honor. Swimmer of the meet does not necessarily go to the swimmer who swam the fastest or dropped the most time, but could also go to the athletes who demonstrate something extraordinary during one or more races.
Blue Team swimmers of the meet for the NYSA 12 & Under Fall Classic go to Zol B. and Thomas M. Both of these swimmers have been working very hard in practice. They listen to feedback from the coaches and try to make changes that will help them get better. Zol dropped time in each of her events (a total of 12 seconds!), qualified for Buffalo in the 50 backstroke, and is now close to qualifying for Buffalo in two more events! Thomas flew through his 100 freestyle – swimming 18 seconds faster than last year in the event! He dropped another 12 seconds total in his other two events and is also close to making his second Buffalo cut!
Way to go Zol, Thomas, and the entire Blue Team! Keep having fun, training hard, and swimming fast!