Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? I’ve always spent a fair amount of time scrolling down the meet schedule to locate meets. It was a little cumbersome but before long I was pretty good at it. Then it was pointed out to me that I had been ignoring the little note above the search box at the upper right hand corner. It says: “Use the SEARCH BOX below to locate meets quickly.” I wish I had found it earlier. You can instantly pull up any NCS meet from 2007 to 2012 by simply typing in the sanction number, the city, all or part of the meet name, the host club, or even the meet director or meet referee – and it is really fast! I may never “scroll over” that list again.
The North Carolina Swimming 14 and Under Age Group Championships featured several outstanding performances, including a National Age Group Record in the 13-14 Girls 100 yard backstroke by MAC’s Kathleen Baker, swimming unattached. Baker, who broke the state record in the preliminaries, shattered her earlier mark but also eclipsed the national standard with a time of 52.87. Baker also broke state records in the 100 free (49.88), the 100 breast (1:02.26), and the 100 fly (53.46).
Kayla Tennant of STAR Aquatics broke an individual state record in the 11-12 Girls 100 fly with a time of 57.42. In addition, Tennant teamed up with Makena Markert, Emily Schoonhagen, and Kat Morrison to set new state records in both the 11-12 Girls 400 free relay (3:41.95) and the Girls 400 medley relay (4:03.24). STAR Aquatics also set new state records in the 11-12 Boys 400 free relay and the Boys 400 medley relay. Levente Bathory, Charles Taylor, Tucker Burhans, and Cameron Davenport swam a 3:39.42 to set the new mark in the free relay. Bathory, Taylor, and Burhans teamed up with Zach Weir to break the state record in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:03.38.
MAC’s 13-14 Girls relay team set a new meet record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48.07. Relay team members included Lauren Wallace, Sara Stranick, Alyssa March, and Nora McCullagh.
Click the following link for complete meet results: GSA Website
Click the following link for a list of top ten individual rankings by category: Top Ten Individual Scorers
North Carolina Swimming received the sad news that it had lost a long time official. George Aitken died last Monday after a prolonged battle with cancer. Services were held on Saturday. George was an official in the Durham area for years with several teams. His wife served as a meet director for THAT. His sons, James and Michael both swam for North Carolina Swimming teams and went on to swim for ACC
Four NC officials were selected to officiate at the USA Swimming Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool Dec 16-17 in Atlanta, Ga. The event featured the best swimmers in the USA against a strong European All-Star team in a dual meet battle for bragging rights.
Dave and Lisa Olack, Mike Hoffer and Wayne Shulby attended the event and represented NC swimming. The event was a college meet dual meet format.
“The meet was pretty awesome” says Mike Hoffer. “These are some of the best athletes in the world and it was amazing to be over the lane when they were swimming”, added Hoffer. The meet was contested using Fina rules and the timeline was determined by the television. “This was a new experience for me”, says Hoffer, “and it was great to be exposed to that level of competition.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – SwimMAC Carolina is the decisive team champion in the 2012 Club Excellence rankings. Scoring 59,856 points, Coach David Marsh’s club took top honors for the first time. The Dynamo Swim Club finished in 2nd place with 50,882 points followed by the Mission Viejo Nadadores in 3rd position with 47,588.
The following clubs achieved the coveted Gold Medal level for 2012:
1. SwimMAC Carolina, 59,856
2. Dynamo Swim Club, 50,882
3. Mission Viejo Nadadores, 47,588
4. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, 46,072
5. North Baltimore Aquatic Club, 44,005
6. Swim Atlanta, 38,388
7. Sarasota YMCA Sharks, 33,104
8. First Colony Swim Team, 32,765
9. Bolles School Sharks, 32,554
10. Lakeside Swim Team, 31,970
11. Curl Burke Swim Club, 31,928
12. Germantown Academy A.C., 31,508
13. Carmel Swim Club, 29,897
14. Y Spartaquatics Swim Club, 29,141
15. North Coast Aquatics, 28,856
16. Rockville-Montgomery S.C., 25,951
17. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, 24,383
18. Nashville Aquatic Club, 23,808
19. Santa Clara Swim Club, 22,874
20. Crimson Aquatics, 22,462
Three clubs have achieved the Gold Medal level for the first time this year: First Colony Swim Team, Y Spartaquatics Swim Club and Crimson Aquatics. Of the 306 teams that submitted applications for this year’s program, a record 88 clubs achieved the criteria for Gold Medal eligibility.
There were several key changes to this year’s program. The most notable being:
- Only 18 & Under athletes are eligible to participate
- The number of Gold Medal teams has increased from 16 to 20 teams
- Scoring was added in the Women’s 1500 Free and the Men’s 800 Free
- Scoring was added for participants in USA Swimming’s Open Water Nationals, and
- The dates for eligible performances are based on the 2010-2011 swim year, not the calendar year as in the past.
Clubs have been selected as Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal clubs according to the following parameters:
Gold Level: The top 20 point-scoring clubs eligible for the Gold level.
Silver Level: The remaining clubs ranked through #100 and not achieving Gold status.
Bronze Level: Clubs ranked #101 through #200 and not achieving Gold or Silver status.
Silver Medal winners from NCS: Marlins of Raleigh, YMCA of the Triangle Area Swim Team, Raleigh Swimming Association and STAR Aquatics
Bronze Medal winners from NCS: North Carolina Aquatic Club, Duke Aquatics, New Wave Swim Team, YMCA Seahorse Swim Team, Greensboro Swimming Association and Northwest NC YMCA Riptyde
The program recognizes USA Swimming clubs for their commitment to excellence in performance. In addition to recognizing the top club teams, the program provides grant funding for resources that enable clubs to expand and/or enhance the services they already provide to athletes. A total of $330,000 in grant dollars will be distributed to the 100 Gold and Silver-level clubs. Final grant awards will be announced by April 20.
Click here to view the complete 2012 Club Excellence Program results.
Hello IMX CAMP Attendees, Parents and Interested Parties:
I have been asked what the $150 cost covered and did not cover. The $150 will cover the swimmer’s lodging, the facility rental, the apparel gifts, the meals throughout the camp and a few other odds and ends. As not all swimmers can be “maintained” on the same level of food intake, it is recommended that athletes who need large amounts of sustenance, bring along additional appropriate snacks.
Jim Riggs will be instructing a Stroke and Turn Clinic for those that are interested in becoming an official. The class will be offered starting around 12:00 PM between the prelim and finals session at the Stingray Winter Invite. If you are interested in taking the class or have questions, please contact Jim.
Stroke and Turn Clinic
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Between Preliminary and Final Sessions (12:00 PM) at the Stingray Winter Invite Meet
Upper Palmetto YMCA (map)
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Rock Hill, SC
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Junior Nationals Great Meet for NC Swimmers
SwimMAC Carolina led the way for the North Carolina delegation at Junior Nationals which concluded yesterday at the University of Texas pool in Austin. With 20 swimmers competing, MAC showed their strength by placing 3rd in combined men and women’s scores. The women place 4th overall and the men placed 2nd to the Bolles School Sharks. For the men, the 200 Free Relay set new NAG Records in the 17-18 and 15-18 age groups with a 1:21.30. The men’s 400 Free Relay also set a new NAG record in the 15-18 age group with a 2:56.93. Relay swimmers included Peter Brumm, Logan Heck, John Manchester, Ryan Wilkinson and Kyle Darmody. Congratulations to these young men on some outstanding swimming!
Swimmers competing for MAC at the meet included Lauren Rhodes, Linsay Cooper, Nora McCullagh, Maija Roses, Elsa Welshofer, Nicole Emery, Maria Sheridan, Caroline Bryant, Logan Heck, Peter Brumm, Ryan Wilkinson, Kyle Darmody, Sean Corcoran, Lane Bretschneider, William Wheeler, John Manchester, Kevin Glenn, Billy Murch Elliott, Thomas Hetzel, and Currie Murch Elliott. Swimming Unattached-MAC were Alexandra Martelle and Kathleen Baker.
RSA was represented by Henriette Stenkvist, Hannah Moore, Andrew Henry, William Deforest, Victoria Tschoke and Ryan Cade. DUKE was represented by Garrett House. YSST was represented by Sava Turcanu; WOW had Travis Johns and Matthew McPeters; YWNC was represented by William Young and Ryan Deberry. WAVE had Daniel Dozier and Sean Yeh and SSS had Kurt Wohlrab swimming. Swimming Unattached-GSA was Daniel Le and Unattached-NC was Kyle House. Congratulations to all our Junior National swimmers!
With 10 officials on deck and 46 athletes who competed at the AT & T 2011 Winter Nationals, North Carolina Swimming was well-represented in Atlanta over the weekend. Working a national deck for the first time were Jerry Branner, Jeff Foltz, and Lou Mondelli. They were joined by Dave and Lisa Olack, Suzanne Heath, Joel Black, Chris Kitchens, Jon Fox and Mike Hoffer.
In the competition pool, many North Carolina swimmers achieved their goals in this special long course meet – set up to assist swimmers in qualifying for Olympic Trials to be held later this year.
Representing their college or club teams were the following:
ECU Kylie Francis, Attila Kiraly
MAC Nick Brunelli, Roy-allan Burch, Andrea Georoff, Eugene Godsoe, Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Cullen Jones, Matthew Josa, Eric Knight, Micah Lawrence, Katherine Mills, Greg Pearsall, Tim Phillips, Josh Schneider, Kevin Swander, Davis Tarwater, Nick Thoman, Nelson Westby
MOR Nicole Giamber, Benjamin Miller
NCSU Hannah Freyman, Marifrances Henley, Katelyn Linker, Jake Matysek, Julianna Prim
NSS Scott Robison
STAR Kathleen Baker, Faith Johnson, Caroline Neil, Alistair Stephens-Pickeral
UNC Nicole Barczak, Steve Cebertowicz, Thomas Luchsinger, Brett Nagle, Kathleen Nolan,
UNATTACHED Erika Braun, Collin Burchins, Charity Byrum, Jordan Denmark, Andrew Ellwanger, Charlie Houchin, Kyle House, Elliot Keefer, Justine Mueller
Bill Martin has been named executive administrator of North Carolina Swimming. In that capacity he will work with coaches, clubs, officials, and LSC committee members to manage and coordinate information flow for various NCS activities and to promote the sport of swimming in North Carolina. He is currently transitioning into the position and is working with committee members to better understand the systems and processes.
Bill is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in business administration and an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has extensive experience in sales and marketing, as well as sales administration, and has owned and published a youth sports magazine for the past five years. As the father of two teenage swimmers, Bill has been involved in swimming for several years as a meet volunteer for swim clubs in Georgia and North Carolina.
Bill’s new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.