The weekend is almost here and we are ready to swim FAST!! All the kids look strong, on top of the water and ready to race! I am sure they have a ton of energy as well at home!!! Here are a few very important things you will need to know for the weekend!!! PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH!
Top 16 seeded relays will swim at finals on Saturday evening. The relays that will be swimming in the evening Saturday are the following:
10 and Under Girls A 200 Free Relay: Boals, Mollering, Meeting, Zaper
10 and Under Girls B 200 Free Relay: Yakam, Bergmann, Duperre, Crumbley
10 and Under Boys A 200 Free Relay: Stevenson, Knettler, Schimming, Richardson
13-14 Girls A 200 Free Relay: Zaper, Wharton, Sadler, Donley
13-14 Grils A 400 Medley Relay: Zaper, Wharton, Donley, Sadler
*****If your swimmer does not have individual events on Saturday AM and their relay is swimming in finals on Saturday night, they do not need to be at the pool until warm ups for finals. Finals warm ups begin at 4:00 pm.
All other relays will be in Saturday morning prelims session.
ALL RELAYS SUNDAY are in the morning prelims!
Warm Up Information:
NAAC'S specific warm up times are the following:
8:00 - 8:25 am Scoreboard end pool Lanes 6-7
8:00 -8:25 am Scoreboard end pool Lanes 8-9
8:25 - 8:50 am Dive well end pool Lane 1
General warm up information from the meet host:
8:00 a.m. assigned warm-ups (three 25-minute assigned sessions followed by one 15-minute sprint warm-up)
8:00 a.m. the eight diving well lanes will also be open for general warm-up and remain open until the end of prelims
9:30 a.m. clear the pool for equipment test and measuring
9:45 a.m. prelims begin - two pool racing - boys on one end and girls on the other
For contesting the Prelims, Boys will be swim their events in the pool closest to the diving well girls will swim their events in the scoreboard pool. Finals will be contested in the pool closest to the diving well.
President’s Day weekend once again provided the backdrop for our age group swimmers to compete in the Regional Swim Championships at Upper Arlington. For some of our swimmers, the Regional Meet is the culmination of a long season of hard work and affords the opportunity for swimmers to post personal best times at season’s end. For others, Regionals is a chance to qualify for the OHJO State Meet and for another chance to compete at an higher level. In all cases though, it is a physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging weekend for our swimmers, and each of competitors should be commended for their efforts over the course of the three-day, six-session meet.
In terms of specific accolades, 39 NAAC swimmers finished in the top 6 of at least one event, and 12 individuals achieved new OHJO state cuts in a combined 22 different events.
We will first recognize our 39 championship heat finalists below:
In addition, the NEW OHJO STATE CUTS attained by our swimmers over the course of the Regional Meet were:
Olivia Bergmann (Girls 11-12): 200 Free
Andrew Bernsdorf (Boys 13-14): 100 & 200 Back, 200 IM, 500 Free
Sydney Boals (Girls 9-10): 50 Breast
Maddy Brandon (Girls 11-12): 50 Free & 50 Fly
Kiara Crumbley (Girls 9-10): 50 Free & 50 Fly
Mike DeAscentis (Boys 11-12): 100 & 200 Free, 100 Back
Olivia Hovorka (Girls 9-10): 50 Fly
Thomas Lennox (Boys 11-12): 50 Breast
Carly Meeting (Girls 9-10): 50 Free
Sydney Sena (Girls 9-10): 50 Back
Abby Yakam (Girls 11-12): 100 & 200 IM
Julia Zaper (Girls 9-10): 200 IM
Our swimmers of the meet!
Carrie Emerman: Carrie finish up her season very well. She has been practicing very hard and she has great swims, really working on her technique. Great Job Carrie.
Caleb Schimming - Caleb went several best times in his events, and placed top ten in most of the events. He showed a willingness to race, and improved all of his strokes.
Jillian Velto - JIllian dropped time in a few of her events, and demonstrated a much better understanding of the fundamentals we practice every day. She improved her turns, starts, and finishes.
Marisa Downs- Tough weekend with swims in the morning and evening that produced lots of best times. A great reward for a hard worker and a great kid.
Lauren Bernacki and Livy Meeting both swam well and stepped up big time at the end of the year! They both had great time drops and swam really well.
Patrick Daly and Diarmuid Hutchinson had huge time drops at regionals as their hard work this year paid off! Both boys had a great outlook and went out there and swam fast!
Jada Johnson- Jada had a great many and achieved many best times. The best part of the meet was watching her get that " racing attitude" back and approach each of her races with desire and drive! Nice work Jada!
Jane Taylor- Jane had a great meet!! Her 500 free was incredible and she dropped almost 13 seconds by racing with correct distance strategies and purpose! Super job Jane!!
Shraddha Pingali- Shraddha had a super meet of racing! She achieved many great racing applying all her good practice habits into racing! She had a break through and achieved many best times! Keep up the good work!
Andrew Bernsdorf- Andrew had amazing swims and picked up 4 new very difficult 13-14 cuts. Most impressive was his 500 free and 200 IM double. After competing in the 500 free and achieving his JO cut he turned around and swam immediately 20 minutes later and dropped an additional 2 seconds from his prelim swim to achieve his JO cut in his 200 IM! Great work Andrew!
James Grodesky- Wow! James had a great meet! He swam a total of 14 races between prelims and finals and had 13 out of 14 best times!! He dropped a total of 23 seconds in his 200 free and 24 seconds in his 200 IM! Nice work James!!
Congratulations to all of our boys and girls throughout the 14 & under age groups, and best of luck to those swimmers going on to compete in either individual events or relays in the State Meet!
On Sunday, February 9, NAAC hosted the Kicker Classic. The Kicker Classic is the second meet that NAAC has hosted this season, and it was both well-attended and well-received. It is no surprise that many of our own swimmers competed in this meet and – again , no surprise – many of our swimmers fared quite well.
Our Swimmers of the Meet!
Breakers: Reese Baldwin: 1 minute drop on her 25 FR! Reese has come along way from starting out this fall. Sarah McKee: What a great meet for Sarah. Heat Winner in both of her events and drop tons of time.
Ripples: Josh Emerman: Josh has really been working hard in practice and it paid off this meet. Great swims!
What a GREAT MEET! I was very impressed with all the swims. We had great streamlines/finishes and got up to RACE. I love that the kids tried new events and did such a great job. The Breakers and Ripples looked great and their hard work is paying off from practice.
Ripples and Breakers, keep up the great work at practice and get ready to swim fast at your Championships!
I did want to give some credit to Breaker Rory Lindholm for being our only no-breather at practice last week. Not only did he do it once, but twice in practice and then in the meet.
Olivia Shuff- She improved all of her times, and made all of her swims much smoother and more efficient through dedication in practices.
Juliet McDevitt- Juliet demonstrated better stroke technique, as well as executed a flawless breaststroke pullout in her 50 Breaststroke swim.
Mikey Jauchius- Mikey dropped more than 15 seconds in his 50 Free, as well as improved all of his other times as well, doing so with the best technique he has had all year.
Tommy Jauchius - Tommy demonstrated fantastic turns in both his freestyle, and backstroke, as well as dropping time in all of his events.
Mimi Economous: for her hard work and amazing attitude all year which culminated in awesome swims at the meet.
Midori and Kelly Shur- both ladies have worked really hard throughout the season and saw their efforts pay off with huge time drops across the board. Kelly dropped 22 seconds in her 200IM while Midori dropped 19 in her 100 IM. Great job ladies!
Gage Ford: Gage had a great meet and stepped up ready to race! He had best times in all of his events!! Not only were his swims great
but his flip turns were some of the fastest I have seen this season form the Typhoon group!
Emily Borchers: Emily had a great meet and had many best times. She also stepped out of her comfort zone and tried new events in which she looked amazing swimming! She is getting closer to breaking that minute in her 100 free swimming it in a 1:00.13!!!!!
Of special note, the following 48 swimmers finished in the top 3 of one or more individual events:
Additionally, congratulations are in order for Natalie Duperre for earning a new OHJO state cut in the Girls 9-10 50 Fly!
t but his flip turns were some of the fastest I have seen this season form the Typhoon group!
A few dozen NAAC Eagles flew south recently to Cincinnati to compete in the TYR Sport Invitational. The TYR Invitational boasts some of the best competition in the state of Ohio and is an excellent marker against which our swimmers can measure themselves. In this case, 10 of our swimmers performed well enough to score points for our team in the meet, 4 achieved new OJO state cuts, and one swimmer – Elyse Bergmann – established two new team records!
First, the swimmers that placed high enough in individual events to score points for the club were:
Newly achieved OJO State Cuts at the TYR Invitational were:
Elyse Bergmann – 50 Back
Mike DeAscentis – 100 IM
Abby Yakam – 50 Free
Emma Yakam – 100 Breast
Our swimmers of the meet!
Kiara Crumbley: Kiara for her awesome meet and continued hard work and effort in practice that leads to great swims at meets.
Olivia Young: Olivia had many great swims at the TYR meet including many best times but also implementing the things she has been working hard on practice like fast turns! She continues to drop time in the 100 fly and is one of the few younger swimmers to compete in this "tiresome" event!!
Jimmy Lapsley: Jimmy continues to shave time off that 50 back and is getting closer and closer to the JO cut. He works hard and is always wanting to be the best he can be for his competitions!
Dylan Ferencz: Dylan had an amazing TYR meet. He had incredible swims and dropped 2.5 seconds in his 200 free and Almost 21 seconds in his 200 IM.. Keep up the hard work Dylan!
Thomas Lennox: Thomas swam with determination this past weekend at TYR. He had best times in several events and went out and dropped 16 seconds in his 500 free! Keep up the good work Thomas!
Last, but certainly not least, special congratulations again to Elyse Bergmann for setting two new Girls 7-8 team records
50 Back (37.06) & 200 IM (3.01.60)!!!!
Keep up the good work swimmers! Championship meets are just around the corner!
Kelly German Meet!
Too many NAAC swimmers to count braved the elements over Martin Luther King Day weekend to swim in the Kelly German Memorial Meet. Held at Thomas Worthington High School Pool, this meet has historically produced fast times for many of our swimmers, and this year was no exception. In this case, one team record was broken, five swimmers achieved new OHJO state cuts, two others achieved Central Zone cuts, and 11 NAAC competitors took first place in at least one event or more! Swimmers who finished in the top six of an event in either the Ultimate or Premier Challenges were:
Nathan Apple and Sydney Bering are swimmer of the meet! They both had great swim this weekend and you could tell that they are putting together everything from practice. Great Job and Great Work in practice. Keep up the hard work!
Ty Wunderlich, who dropped time while maintaining his technique, and looking the best he has all season.
Jenna Wagoner, she has dropped time recently and improved her freestyle, along with swimming longer and trying newer events.
Hanna Wagoner, she has taken the time to develop all of her strokes and it has been improving her times as well.
Evelynn Morris, she had a challenging meet by swimming quite a few events, dropping time and trying new events.
Lara Barker: She works hard every time she is at practice and she was able to swim best times in each of her events this weekend.
Julia Zaper- Had a great meet and placed highly in a number of her events. She had great swims in finals and showed she is tough and knows how to race in all of her events!
Elliot Simpson- Has been one of the most consistent swimmers during practice. He is always positive and always asking what he can improve. That attitude payed off big time this weekend with big drops in a number of events!
TYPHOON: What a great weekend the typhoon swimmers had! Each of you were spectacular! It was hard for me to chose, keep up the great work!!
Lauren Sadler and Kennedy Gabor: Not only did both of these girls have amazing swims and all best times but what impressed me most were their finishes on the 50 free! Both Lauren and Kennedy went in hard to the wall, head down with no breathing in from the flags, extended and rolled it in to out touch all their competition and achieve a best time! Keep up the great work!!!
Emily Borchers: Emily also had all best times and dropped huge amounts in events! Emily takes practice and meets very seriously and works hard to make adjustments to her strokes and it is paying off! Keep it up Emily!!
Abby Yakam: Abby is continuing to develop each of her strokes and is finding out that even though she is amazing at breaststroke she can compete and do very well with other events!! She had great swims in numerous events and is becoming quite the 200 freestyler! Nice work Abby!
Congratulations to all of our NAAC swimmers for their performances at the Kelly German!
TRIPLE CROWN MEET!
NAAC swimmers resumed their winter season over the first weekend of the new year in the annual Triple Crown Meet at Upper Arlington High School. This meet’s unique format allows swimmers of different ability levels to compete and to score points for their club in various tiers according to entry seed times. Our club took full advantage of this format and 45 swimmers earned top six finishes in their respective divisions thereby scoring points for NAAC. Even more impressively, 9 of our swimmers scored enough points to finish in the top ten of their age group for total individual scoring.
Our role call will start with these 9 standouts:
Elyse Bergmann (Girls 8 & under) - 1st place Ashlyn Morr (Girls 8 &under) - 10th place Sydney Sena (Girls 9-10) - 6th place Sydney Boals (Girls 9-10) - 8th place Julia Zaper (Girls 9-10) - 10th place Olivia Bergmann (Girls 11-12) - 4th place Cy Richardson (Boys 9-10) - 8th place Kam Kist (Boys 9-10) - 8th place Mike DeAscentis (Boys 11-12) - 10th place
Now featuring our swimmers of the meet!
Rio Hall: She did a great job in her 25 FLY. She didn't get DQ and drop 8 seconds. GREAT JOB RIO!
Jonathon Hammond: He had a great meet. He looked great in both his Back and Free!
Nathanael Schimming: What a great finish to his 2 day meet. He drop time in all his events and even finished on his back for Backstroke.
Andre Demesa: Another Breaker swimmer that swam both days and finished with some new times and strong swims. Great Job Andre!
Carrie Emerman: Carrie had her best swims of the season. She looked very strong in the water and her technique was great.
Yasemin Bilgin: Yasemin has been working very hard in practice and BLEW AWAY her time with a 19.06 in her 25 Free.
Owen Kunstmann: What a GREAT TWO day meet! Owen had some great time drops and very strong swim for the weekend finishing up with the 100 IM.
Conner Lofthouse: Conner had a great BRESTROKE swim as well as finishing hard in the 100 IM.
Carolyn Daly, she showed great improvement from the last meet, and dropped time. Her strokes and fundamentals have improved, and she responded to every point of focus with enthusiasm.
Sydney Sena: She works hard at every practice, has an amazing attitude, is supportive of her teammates and was rewarded with great swims this weekend.
Chris Rogers: He listens to instruction, implements what he is told and swims fast as a result.
Sydney Boals: Sydney had a great meet! She had personal best and came very close to acheiving some of her JO times.She stepped up and showed us she knows how to race!
Patrick Daly: Patrick's hard work and great attitude at practices is really paying off. Patrick had a terrific meet and acheived many best times!!!
Mike DeAscentis: Mike continues to look strong in the water! He continues to drop time in his events and is showing great improvement with his turns and underwaters!
Austin Wharton: WOW! Austin was ready to race! He has been training hard and to the best of his ability even with a broken toe the last couple weeks. It sure did pay off with him achieving ALL best times in all his events!!!
The following list identifies all of our swimmers who scored points for the club in the meet: