Cascade Age Group Challenge report from Coach Ben:
Lucas had a great first meet of the season, swimming two very fast 50’s. Lucas has really come around this year and works hard in the pool. It’s no surprise he did well!
Pierre-Andre swam 50 back, 50 free and a grueling 50 fly. Fly is not an easy stroke to learn and Pierre has been working on putting it together in practice. Keep it up!
Domenic was at his first competition of the year. It is never easy to get up in front of so many people and perform! Domenic had two very fast 50m races, what stood out for me was his great flip turn in the 50 free!
Lucas pummeled his two best times, including a very impressive 5 second drop in the 50 free. Lucas has really come around and started to put good effort into each practice. Great work!
Tyler crushed his personal bests in the 50 free and 50 back, results of dedicated work in the pool every day. Tyler also swam with Pierre in the 50 fly, not an easy race. Great job!
Alexandra continues to impress, both in practice and at competition. She annihilated her 50 free best time, dropping over 8 seconds, a great result. She also improved her 50 back. Great job Alex!
Ava swam two days of this swim meet. She swam the 100 backstroke for the first time and also swam a new best time in the 100 free! Fun fact: Ava has swum at every swim meet so far, great dedication!
Cascade Age Group Challenge report from Coach Don:
Nick swam a strong 400 free dropping four seconds which qualified him for Age Group Trials. His biggest improvement was in the 100 fly dropping 16 seconds and his best finish was 6th in 50 back.
Aydan at her first big meet! She had a great weekend braving many events for the first time. She made her first top 25 in the 400 free. Well done.
Emma was back in action with four second swims in: 50 fly finishes 6th, 50 back gains one spot to finish 11th, 50 breast 16th and 50 free 8th. Her racing times qualify her for Senior Provincials.
Neo had a busy weekend. He had some club records as a target, not an easy task, and he made his mark on four of them! Making finals on all his races he stepped up on the podium four times for: Gold in 100 fly and three bronze in 200 free, 100 free & 50 back.
Amanda was gliding beautifully in her 200 free for her best improvement of 28 seconds. Her technique is improving so well.
Miriam the funny girl in the group has been consistent in practice which helped her to perform 100% personal best times!
Avi has really focused in training, bringing her to race for 100% personal best times. Also getting really smooth in the water helped her to drop 55 seconds in the 200 Free for another MQT and two “B” times in 50 free and 100 back.
Josh braved for the first time the big distance in the 1500m free finishing 7th, his best result of the meet. His improvement of two seconds for 50 back put him in his first final! His biggest improvement was in the 200 free dropping 18 seconds.
Alex is really quiet in training but pays attention to details to improve his strokes, helping him to race for 100% personal best times. He qualified for Age Group Trails in the 400 Free. His best finish was ninth in the 50 free.
Aidan managed to get to his first final in 50 back gaining one spot to finish 12th. His biggest improvement was in the 200 free dropping 21 seconds.
Sean had a great weekend. He qualified for Age Group Trials in the 400 & 1500 free. A remarkable improvement on his racing times of just over 70 seconds in his races.
Kassandra is always smiling at the pool. She is fun to coach and works hard and is on her way to great performances! She raced a beautiful butterfly for the first time and improved her 50 free by 3 seconds.
Avery also qualified for Age Group Trials in the 400 free with an astonishing improvement of 117 seconds! She also collected two more “B” times in 50 & 100 back.
Emily raced for 100% personal bests. She swam all her races with nice technique and braved the 200 free for the first time.
Well done team for the amazing performances you gave to your parents and coaches! Keep up the nice work and more surprises will come.
Distance Challenge Time Trials results
Our Times Trials was a success! Thanks to all the parents who helped out to make this possible. The distance challenge is to challenge all the swimmers and give them experience in the longer events. Those events are the ones that swimmers need to race in order to get their MQT for the Age Group Trials.
Congratulations to Aidan who grabbed his MQT in the 200 IM and 400 free. Also Avi added two more MQTs in the 200 IM and 400 free. The biggest drop in the 400 free goes to Lucas with a mind-blowing drop of 199.40 seconds, followed by a drop of 184.38 seconds for Domenic and Pierre-Andre with a drop of 114.30 seconds.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!!