Week 2 brought some of our younger swimmers to Orlando to show off their stuff!
Following the example of the older swimmers the previous week, LIAC worked together on relays to rack up points towards the team total. We had 12 relay teams take home medals for their top 3 finishes.
Day 1 started with the 200 Medley Relay and 3 Bronze Medals for LIAC: 13-14 Boys Ryan, Justen, Billy, and Tyler, 11-12 Girls (Alex, Bridget, Cavan, and Brooke), and 10& Under Girls (Abigail, April, Brooke, and Brianna). On day 2 the 11-12 Girls and Boys both took 2nd in the 400 Free Relay (Bridget, Brooke, Alex, Cavan & Matty B., Spice, Alvin, and Brian). The 13-14 relays must have been inspired by their teammates because they both got up and raced to first place finishes in the same event! (Isabela, Joanie, Sophia, Briana, and Ryan, Tyler, Hans, and Billy). The boys relay was a new 13-14 LIAC and Metro record! One gold medal wasn’t enough for the 13-14 relays as the same 8 swimmers sprinted their way to gold again in the 200 Freestyle relay the following day. The 11-12 Girls followed suit as the same set of swimmers snagged the silver. The final day’s 400 medley relays were highlighted by a Silver medal from the 10 and under Girls team of Abigail, April, Brooke, and Briana, and another Gold from the team of Tyler, Justen, Hans, and Ryan.
If there’s one way to get a team going it’s relays – but LIAC also raked in the medals in individual events.
LIAC swimmers won 7 gold medals. Isabela A. was a middle distance machine taking home gold in the 200 and 500 freestyles. Tyler Walters swam 5 seconds faster than ever before to take the win in the 200 backstroke. Matty B. finished off the meet on Friday night swimming 7 seconds faster than his prelims time to win the 200 backstroke and break the team record in the process. In addition to taking gold in the 50 fly Joanie Cash Money set a new team record with her win in the 50 yard freestyle. Bridget’s gold medal 400 IM was a new team record and a 1000 point swim. That swim has her currently ranked 1st in the country for 11 year old girls!
There were some stellar swims that resulted in eight silver medals. Billy the Kid led the way with 3 silver medals in the 200 free, 500 free, and the 1650 where he dropped more than 25 seconds! Isabela A. continued the freestyle frenzy finishing with a silver medal in the 1650. Min dropped two seconds to score silver in the 200 breaststroke. Briana G. busted through the 5 minute barrier in the 500 dropping 4 seconds and securing silver. Cavan cruised to silver in her 100 fly as did Justen in the 50 Breaststroke.
8 athletes earned bronze medals. Ryan in the 500 free, Cavan in the 50 fly, and Brianna R. dropping 3 seconds to take third in the 500 free. Briana and Bridget each brought home double bronze - Briana in the 200 free and 400 IM and Bridget in the 200 Breast and 100 IM. Eduardo, aka Spice, had an incredible 200 fly taking off 4 seconds, grabbing the bronze, and swimming to what will be a top 5 ranked time for 11 year olds this season!
Aside from finishes in the top 3 LIAC had 52 unique individuals contribute to the team total by scoring points with their finals swims. Inspiration came from everywhere as each best time encouraged another.
As always, LIAC was impressive in the freestyle events. At every distance from the 50 to the mile, LIAC swimmers showed hard work and attention to detail during training pays off. Brooke H sprinted her way to a best by over a second in the 50. Emma improved by a second in the 100. Elias had an excellent 200 free taking off 5 seconds from his best. The 500 and the 1650 were where LIAC really shined. In the 500 free Ava dropped 7 seconds, Alex broke 5:20 for the first time, and April finished 3 seconds ahead of her best in 8th place. In the 1650 Dimitry dropped 8 seconds , Michael swam a 700 point swim, Sophia dropped 5 and Victoria dropped 14 seconds. Not to be out done, Ilan swam an astonishing 59 seconds faster than his previous best time! Wowza!
At LIAC we pride ourselves not just on fantastic freestyle but on having well rounded swimmers – so it was no surprise when our swimmers excelled in the IM events in Orlando. In the 100 IM Matt Z dropped 4 seconds. In the 200 IM Abigail and Brian each swam 6 seconds faster and Brooke B. and Regan each dropped 3 seconds. In the 400 IM Cavan took off 9 seconds and Riley and Alvin each dropped 6.
LIAC swimmers continued to feed off the energy of the meet, focusing and fighting to be their best. Hans was on fire, finishing with 6 best times in finals. Kailey had an impressive 200 breaststroke swimming 5 seconds faster than ever before. Inspired by their 11 year old teammate Elias and Emma dropped time in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. AJ, JC, and Alvin attacked their 200 breaststrokes achieving amazing swims as well.
Nick and Isabella were enjoying the finals environment and it showed in their 200 backstrokes as they finished 4 and 2 seconds ahead of their bests respectively. Aidan represented the 10 and unders well with his awesome 2 second drop in the 100 backstroke.
When it came to the butterfly events our swimmers were flying! Olivia won her heat in both the 100 and 200 fly. In the 200 Sam stepped up and swam 8 seconds faster earning an 800 point swim in the process! Also in that event Victoria dropped 7 seconds, Tyquann dropped 4, Jack and Emma dropped 3, Margo and Ari dropped 2, and Colin took off 1 second. In the 100 fly Ethan subtracted a stunning 5 seconds from his best, Sean dropped 4, William dropped 2, and Sophia dropped 1 second earning 4th in the event! In the 50 fly Praise dropped under 30 for the first time, and Eva and Madison both swam personal bests in the event as well.
At the end of the weekend LIAC swimmers with 2851 points in total earning the second place combined team award, and first place team award for the ladies. It was a fantastic meet made even more memorable by the camaraderie and team spirit demonstrated by all. We are so proud of all you have achieved this season and we look forward to a bright future of fast swimming!
March Madness? That’s nothing compared to the incredible short course season that our LIAC athletes have just capped off! Over the past two weeks our swimmers travelled down to Orlando for the NCSA Junior Nationals and Age Group Championship meets to show off the true meaning of Strong Island!
NCSA Junior Nationals
Team Finish: 5th
Women’s Finish: 4th
Men’s Finish: 12th
High Point Accolades: Kristen Romano 1st, Maggie Aroesty 2nd,
NCSA COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Ferris
The 1000 freestyle was up first and our swimmers started off with a bang – busting out best times left and right! Joanna kicked it off for the ladies with a new personal best by 9 seconds! Her time earned her 19th place and is more than 30 seconds faster than where she started the season last year. On the men’s side CJ had a great swim – dropping 7 seconds to finish in 18th place. Adam and Javi followed suit dropping 4 seconds each.
In the 200 Freestyle Relay the team of Chloe, Maggie, Lauryn, and Kristen sprinted to a 6th place finish. Just a few heats later those same ladies re-organized to round out the evening with a 4th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay.
After the first night’s events LIAC was in 11th place of more than 80 teams. That meant we would need some fast morning swims to put ourselves in scoring positions for finals… Our athletes did just that swimming a slew of best times in the morning. Claire, Alice, CJ, and Adam all swam best times in the 200 fly, as did Michael in the 200 back.
Orry had a huge swim in the morning – dropping 2 seconds in his 200 fly, swimming his way into the A final with a new Metro Record of 1:47.51. At night he moved up two spots to finish in 6th place!
Maggie was our top finisher of the night – bringing home gold and defending her 100 Breaststroke title. Keeping the medal podium full of LIAC swimmers Kristen raced hard and swam to a Silver medal in the 200 backstroke.
Timmy and Jason also scored for LIAC finishing in 10th in the 400 IM and 17th in the 100 breaststroke respectively.
Kristen, Chloe, Lauryn, and Maggie got back together for another relay – this time the 800 freestyle. They swam an outstanding race bringing home the Gold in a new LIAC and Metro Swimming record time of 7:13.02!
Day 3 proved to be another successful one for LIAC. Maggie started the night off with a 3rd place finish in the 50 breaststroke. Kristen raced hard in the B final of the 50 fly. Then it got real as both got up to race in the A final of the 400IM. Both swam best times and went under the previous LIAC and Metro Records. In the end Kristen came away with the win followed by Maggie taking the Silver. What a race!
Other impressive swims on Day 3 came from Timmy (17th 500 free) Jason (12th 50 breast, 21st 500 free) Sam and CJ (best times in the 200 and 500 freestyle events).
To finish off the night Chloe, Maggie, Lauryn, and Kristen were back at it swimming to another new Metro Record in the 400 freestyle relay!
Friday was St. Patrick’s Day and LIAC got into the spirit - we were dressed in green and going for gold!
There were lots of best times on the board Beth and Adam (100 back), Chloe and Joanna (500 free), Chloe and Beth (100 fly), and Michael (200 breast). We had some great races in finals with Kristen swimming the 100 back 100 fly double (taking 13th and 5th respectively), Jason grabbing 19th in the 200 breaststroke, and Timmy taking 14th in the 100 fly.
Maggie defended her second title of the weekend winning the 200 breaststroke in personal best and another LIAC and Metro Record!
The boys finished off the night scoring big points with a 10th place finish in the 800 freestyle relay. The team of Timmy, Adam, Jason, and Christian swam a time of 6:44.51 to beat the previous Metro Record set by LIAC back in 1994!
It was a long week, but LIAC certainly didn’t disappoint with our swims on Saturday. Chloe and Sam started the morning with best times in the 50 freestyle and 200 IM respectively. Then it was time for the 1650 - a LIAC signature event! On the ladies side Lauryn and Joanna both swam best times – earning 23rd and 29th place finishes. For the men CJ and Javi both had fantastic races dropping almost 11 seconds each! Adam also went a personal best finishing in 28th place. Timmy capped off a strong week with a 5th place finish in the Final heat swimming at night.
Maggie and Kristen were back in the A final of the 200 IM taking out a tough heat and racing hard to the finish. Maggie touched the wall in a personal best of 1:57.19 tying for first place and another LIAC and Metro record!
The same relay team of Kristen, Maggie, Lauryn, and Chloe dove in for one last short course race together and came home with the Silver in another LIAC and Metro Record!
It was a great first week in Florida for LIAC and our swimmer’s were rewarded for their efforts with just a few accolades. Kristen raced hard all week. After 20 races in 5 days, her 5th and 15th place finishes on the final night of competition clinched the high point award and proved that you’ve got to be in it to win it! Coach Dave was also recognized for his efforts with the NCSA Coach of the Year award! LIAC swam hard as a team and finished the meet in 5th place with 13 new Metro records! LIAC swimmers now own two thirds of the Metro 15& Over Short Course records on the ladies side. What a short course season for our National Teamers! Congratulations – we can’t wait to see what the Long Course season holds – stay hungry LIAC!
All practices, stroke clinics, and lessons are cancelled today due to the weather. Stay safe and warm!
Long Island Aquatic Club