In our Inaugural Santa Rosa Junior College Invitational, we did amazingly well!
The team exceeded my expectations by a mile! We had 26 Personal Records set!
I want to thank everyone who participated, both Parents and Swimmers.
Most Memorable Moments:
Reilly Welsh and Captain David Mertz showing and went straight to cheering on their teammates!
Megan Ference's 200 Free (first time ever swimming it) she goes under 2:20 with a 2:16.01 placing her 4th!
Rachel Prides 100 Breast she went out strong and held off everyone taking 1st in the event!
JV Girls 200 Free Relay ( Brianna Andersen, Ava Kirby, Linda Jacobson, Michelle Sedgwick) They dominated winning the event by over 10 seconds! In fact the JV girls dominated ALL meet, way to go! They're our Future and that future looks Bright!
JV Boys, swam amazingly well all meet, they didn't look like JV swimmers at all! I don't think they will be JV for long either!
Varsity Girls 400 Free Relay swam away from everyone in the field, with an outstanding leg from Freshman Megan Jones, the team took over and never looked back she told herself "We are not loosing this!" - Megan Jones 9th Grade.
Captain Alex Lewis had a great meet all PR's but his 100 Breast was outstanding with a low seeding he came back strong and finished 7th overall for us!
Jeremiah McManus our only swimmer in his events took 4th overall in the 200 Free with a time of 2:08.33 faster than his best last year by a full second and half!
Trevor Jones had 2 very strong swims for us in 2 very difficult events 500 free and 100 back, he took 3rd overall in both and posted a PR in the 100 back!
Varsity Boys 200 Free Relay took 3rd ( Max Owens, Dante Martinez, Edgar Garcia-Medina, Trevor Jones) and Trevor Jones added another PR 24.92 to his Cache of swims!
Varsity Boys 400 Free Relay took 3rd! ( Max Owens, Dante Martinez, Alex Lewis, Trevor Jones) Ales Lewis just missed breaking the 1:00 mark by .12! but still did a best time and Trevor Jones had the fastest time at the end of long day 54.11!
The team won the Invitational!
We scored over 1100 points as a team!
Way to Go everyone!!!
Area's of Improvement:
1) There are 2 reasons for which swimmers can leave a meet early: a medical emergency for the swimmer, or an emergency for a family member) For my 3 years no one has been allowed to leave early. This sends the wrong message to teammates, "I'm done who cares about the rest of it" Not my goal for the team. And if I let swimmers go and a relay swimmer gets hurt or sick I have no back up swimmers. You all have the practice schedule and meet schedule and are expected to be there.
2) I was told by one of our Captains we left a huge mess of trash in our area. We are expected to do our part in keeping our team area clean and the way we found it, if not better than we found it.
3) Cheering, we had the 6 people cheering for teammates. Swimming is something I love a lot, I have seen swimmers overcome amazing feats when they didn't think they could because 1 person cheered for them. Now imagine how much better that same person would do with a roaring team cheering for them, hard to let that many people down. On the other hand if they didn't do well and their team congratulated them anyway all before they got to the Coach! We have all had good races and not so good races but your team can make it better, we win together we suffer together!
Well Done, Panthers. What a GREAT start to the season.