Meet information for the 2018 ESSZ Age Group Sectional meet on March 15-18 at the Georgia Tech McAuley Aquatic Center is now available on the host team’s website. You can visit the Southern Crescent Aquatic Team (SCAT) website for meet information, hotel information, etc. Meet information can also be found on the NCS 2017-2018 short course meet schedule page under the MEETS tab above.
NCS clubs have experienced some bitter cold weather during the past several days but it hasn’t slowed them down. New Wave Swimming even practices outdoors. Borrowing from a familiar phrase, Neither snow nor sleet nor icicles on the starting blocks stays these swimmers from the swift completion of their appointed laps. Yes, the pool is heated to a comfortable temperature, but those WAVE swimmers must be a hardy bunch (see video).
Judging by their “frozen” smiles, swimmers from East Carolina Aquatics, pictured below, seemed to enjoy the cold and snowy weather.
North Carolina swimmers excelled at the Speedo Junior Nationals in Knoxville this past week. Olivia Carter of Enfinity Aquatics (EAC) capped off a week of outstanding performances with a new Junior Nationals Short Course record in the women’s 200 fly with a time of 1:53.94. Carter also won the 400 IM and placed second in the 200 IM. A trio of Marlins of Raleigh (MOR) swimmers each claimed a first-place finish. Madison Homovich won the women’s 1650, Ashley McCauley won the women’s 200 breast, and Zach Brown was the top finisher in the men’s 200 fly. Earlier in the week Homovich earned a second-place finish in the 500 free and a third in the 400 IM.
The SwimMAC women, on the strength of outstanding relay performances along with several individual top ten finishes easily captured the women’s team title. The SwimMAC women were led by Sinclair Larson’s second-place finish in the 200 back and a third in the 100 back and Julia Menkhaus’ second-place in the 200 Fly. William Chan’s second-place in the 100 breast and Jack Walker’s third in the 200 free paced the top finishers for the SwimMAC men, which finished second in team scoring.
Other notable individual performances were a second-place finish in the men’s 1650 and a fourth in the 500 free by Ross Dant (YSST), fourth-place finishes by Maddy Flickinger (MAC) in the women’s 200 back, Tim Connery (MAC) in the men’s 100 breast, Grace Countie (MOR) in the women’s 50 free, and fifth-place finishes by Olwyn Bartis (MAC) in the 500 free, Abby Arens (MOR) in the 100 breast, and fifth-place finishes by Julia Menkhaus (MAC) in the 100 back and 200 back.
Click the following link to view the USA Swimming recap along with a complete list of meet results.
2018 NCS Zone Team/Select Camp: Staff Application Form
North Carolina Swimming annually selects up to six Assistant coaches to serve as staff members for the Southern Zone Long Course Age Group Championship, this year to be held in Midland, TX. Coaches report to the Head Zone Team Coach and work in tandem with the Head Coach to select and supervise the member of the Zone Team as well as selecting the athlete’s meet events, and encourage all athletes selected to perform to the best of their abilities.
Assistant coaches will also have the opportunity to serve as staff members for the annual North Carolina Swimming Select Camp April 27 – 29, 2018 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. The camp is for 120+ athletes 14 & under selected based on thier performances at the NC Age Group Championship meet as well as the ESSZ Age Group Championship Meet.
Assistant coaches may be called upon to present educational information while attending the Select Camp and will receive a stipend for their participation. At the camp, assistant coaches help lead athletes in pool and dry land workouts and supervise them over the 2-day camp along with the Head Coach, a Manager and several chaperones.
If you have questions or would like further information on either Select Camp or Zone Team, contact Head Coach Jonathon Watson. [(919) 395-9585 / email@example.com.
The 2017 NCS Awards Banquet on Saturday night, Sept 23, at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh capped off a full day of activities for NC Swimmers and their families. In the morning, over 70 senior athletes attended an Athlete Workshop at NC State that featured Ceallach Gibbons of USA Swimming and coach Gary Taylor of NC State.Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthony Ervin
In the afternoon Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin conducted a clinic for over 50 NCS All Star swimmers before hustling to a meeting with NCS coaches and then serving as special guest speaker at the banquet. A crowd of over 300 athletes, parents, coaches, and officials were on hand for an autograph session, to listen to Ervin’s inspiring words, and to recognize the accomplishments of some of NC Swimming’s top athletes and coaches.
Current NC State swimmer, Justin Ress, who swam the second fastest time in the world this year in the 50 back and who recently earned three Gold medals at the World University Games, was on hand as the recipient of the Willis Casey Award. That award was presented by his former coach at the Marlins of Raleigh…and the 2017 NCS senior coach of the year, Paul Silver.
Award caps and towels were presented to NCS Top Five swimmers and NCS All Star swimmers in attendance. Listed below are several special awards that were also presented.
|Age Group Swimmer of the Year (Highest National Ranking by NCS Athlete)|
|Open Water Swimmer of the Year|
|Willis Casey Award (Top International Ranking by NCS athlete)|
|Andy Craver Determination Award|
|Age Group Coach of the Year|
|Franke Bell Senior Coach of the Year|
|NCS Team of the Year|
|Phillips 66 Service Award|
BECAUSE OF EXTENSIVE FLOODING AND HURRICANE DAMAGE IN THE WILMINGTON AREA, THE AWARDS BANQUET WAS RELOCATED TO NC STATE UNIVERSITY.
The banquet will be held at the McKimmon Conference Center located at Western and Gorman Street on the campus of NC State University. The banquet is on Saturday evening, Oct 6, 2018 from 6:30-9:30. There will be a meet & greet with guest speaker and Olympic Silver Medalist Kristy Kowal beginning at 5:30.
There should be plenty of free parking in a large lot in front of the McKimmon Center. Enter through the main entrance and the meet and greet will be in the lobby.
BANQUET REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
The list above includes swimmers who have achieved All Star Status in at least one of four ways. (please see details below)
- NCS Top Five short course times in at least two strokes (must be AAAA or better)
- NCS Top Five long course times in at least two strokes (must be AAAA or better)
- National Top Ten list by individual age group (short course or long course)
- Open Water All Star recognition
- Each NCS swimmer who achieves NC Top-5 “AAAA” times in two or more of the following categories: distance freestyle, sprint freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, or individual medley for Short Course Yards is a NCS All Star upon verification by the NCS All Star Committee. The recognition period will begin September 1 of the previous year and end August 31 of the current year.
- Each NCS swimmer who achieves NC Top-5 “AAAA” times in two or more of the following categories: distance freestyle, sprint freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, or individual medley for Long Course Meters is a NCS All Star upon verification by the NCS All Star Committee. The recognition period will begin September 1 of the previous year and end August 31 of the current year.
- Distance Freestyle (Freestyle events 400 and longer for 17-18, 15-16, and 13-14; 200 and longer for 11-12 and 10&Under) and Sprint Freestyle (Freestyle events 200 and shorter for 17-18, 15-16, and 13-14; 100 and shorter for 11-12 and 10&Under) are considered distinct ‘strokes’ , along with Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and Individual Medley.
- Each NCS swimmer who individually achieves at least one USA National Age Group Recognition Top 10 Time in either Short Course or Long Course is a NCS All Star.
- Swimmers are recognized as an NCS Open Water All-Star based on the Open Water All Star selection policy.
The Top Five lists below include those listed in the season-ending NCS Top Five times by age group in at least one event. There is a separate list for short course Top Fives and long course Top Fives. Each athlete listed will receive a Top Five swim cap.
Congratulations to the NCS swimmers listed below who qualified to attend the 2017 Southern Zone Select Camp, and also to the NCS coaches who were selected to the camp staff. The camp was held at the University of Louisville on May 25-28.
28 male and 28 female athletes were selected in each of the four Zones. Selected girls must be age 12-13 at the time of performance. Selected boys must be age 13-14 at the time of performance. 14 athletes of each sex were selected based on 2016 Long Course Meters (LCM) IMX point scores according to the following:
Seven girls age 12 and seven boys age 13
Seven girls age 13 and seven boys age 14
Then, the fastest swimmer in each Zone in each Long Course Meters (LCM) Olympic event (including the 800 and 1500 for both sexes) is invited for a total of 14 additional male and 14 additional female athletes. If a swimmer was already selected based on IMX score, the next fastest swimmer is selected in that event.
|Charlotte Hook||TAC||Zac Cairns||NCAC|
|Madeline Menkhaus||MAC||Tim Connery||MAC|
|Sydney Morgan||NCAC||Ben Duckworth||EAC|
|Caroline Pape||TYDE||Noah Henderson||STAR|
|Katie Rauch||ATOM||Boyd Poelke||MAC|