2014 meet posts compilation

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WCP FRIENDSHIP MEET REPORT:

Splash Nation,

I’m starting this meet summary at 12:02AM. That’s because all your kids are so ridiculously awesome that it took me 2 FULL HOURS to sort out all the Champs qualifiers, Close Calls, and meet and team records! If they continue on this pace, there is NO WAY I’m going to be able to put this meet report out the night of the meets….fooled ya, I’d never not do the meet report the night of the Meet, because I’m a proud über Splash Nerd!!

Let’s just start out by saying that was no slouch team we faced tonight. They got beat up a bit last year, but a lot of their swimmers were on the low side of their age groups, and they even were short a couple who didn’t make the meet tonight. Props to Williamsburg Community Pool. According to VPSU, since this was a friendship meet, we aren’t supposed to announce the score of the meet. So I definitely will not disclose as a result of that mandate that the final score was 292-201 for the good guys….Oops. Did I just say the score? Drats. I’m going to VPSU jail for sure for that one.

A real solid all-around effort. Lots of people scoring points where I least expected them to come. Others I expected that didn’t quite flesh out. No big deal. But I can say that I was immensely impressed with the progress of a LOT of the new kids. And not just the ones I thought might drown that first few weeks of practice, either, the older ones too!

Let’s look at some of the high points:

RECORDS!

In total, 15 team records were shattered tonight, and 7 pool records fell as well. Whenever you have a meet and you can say that almost a third of the team records were broken, and that’s the first meet of the season, that’s a good night. Just sayin. Since there are so many I’ll list them below, but I will say that they were all over the map…6&Under records, all the way to the 15-18 year olds. So very cool.

CHAMPS

You will all start to hear this word talked about at practice and such, and it represents the list of qualifying times for the season ending championship meet. Usually I don’t feel the need to have an extensive discussion about what that means, but since we had 2 brand spanking new swimmers make the summer ending classic, I guess I just have to throw that out there. The Champs times are a target. In an ideal world, we work hard and so do your kids, and eventually, maybe even a couple years away, all of our swimmers hit those targets and make Champs. But we don’t get kids that just jump in the pool and two weeks later POOF, Champs swimmers! C’mon, really?!

Another little tidbit in the “how far we’ve come” category. In 2010, we sent exactly 8 kids in total to Champs. Tonight we placed 10 swimmers in Champs….IN ONE AGE GROUP. You did not read that wrong. Ten 11-12 year old girls qualified for Champs. Tonight. Your head is about to explode, right? Mine too!

Little Kids

Was it not incredibly awesome seeing all those tiny fishes churning away in those Free and Back events? I especially loved the 4 and 5 years olds going to TOWN on the 25 Free. I mean, did you all see Conor Dannenfeldt? That dude swam last year at 4 and brother is only about a half dozen seconds from cracking the 30 sec mark. What?!?

OK, I could really go on for hours just talking about the accomplishments….. so I will.

RECORDS BROKEN:

Ryan Allison: IM team record (his own), Breast team and Pool Record (his own also), Fly Team (his own) and pool (formerly C. Mazkour from Coventry in 2009!)
Morgan Whaley: 13-14 AND 15-18 IM team records (both her own), and the 13-14 Pool Record (formerly held by Linnea Patterson of Ford’s Colony in 2011), 13-14 Back team record (her own) and the pool record (formerly also held by Linnea Patterson of Ford’s Colony), and 13-14 Fly team and Pool record (both her own).
Carly Damon:6&under Freestyle record (her own) and Pool record (formerly held by Kylie Johnson of Greensprings in 2008)
Julia McGuirk: 9-10 Freestyle Team Record (formerly held by Lexi Rydland in 2013) **FIRST TIME RECORD HOLDER**
Faith Tyranski: 13-14 Free Team Record (formerly set last season by Morgan Whaley) **FIRST TIME RECORD HOLDER**
Kaitlyn Sullivan: 9-10 Breast Pool Record (formerly held by Shelby Watson in 2011)
Shelby Watson: 13-14 Breast Team Record (her own) and 15-18 Breast Team Record (her own as well)
Colin Allison: 15-18 Boys Breast Team Record (formerly held by Steve Eubanks in 2010)
Kylee McGuirk: 6& Under Back team record (formerly held by Alexis Flannigan in 2011)   **FIRST TIME RECORD HOLDER**
Kristian Hansen: 15-18 Team Back Record (formerly held by Steven Eubanks in 2011)

CHAMPS TIMES ACHIEVED:

RYAN ALLISON: IM, BREAST, FLY
KAITLYN SULLIVAN: IM, BREAST, BACK
JULIA MCGUIRK: IM, FREE, BREAST
MACKENZIE FLANNIGAN: IM, FREE, BREAST
HOLLY TYRANSKI: IM, BACK, FLY
SHELBY WATSON: IM, BREAST, FLY
COLIN ALLISON: IM, BREAST, FLY
MORGAN WHALEY: IM, BACK, FLY
TIMMY BROWN: FREE, BACK
CARLY DAMON: FREE, BACK
KYLEE MCGUIRK: FREE, BACK
JOE DILL: FREE, BACK, FLY
LOGAN GRAY: FREE, FLY
ANNA BROWN: FREE, FLY, BACK
GRACE TARANTINO: FREE  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**
SYDNEY CAWTHON: FREE, BACK,FLY  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**
ALEX HANSEN: FREE, BREAST
FAITH TYRANSKI: FREE, BREAST, BACK
NOLAN KLINE: BREAST
ALLY KIGER: BREAST, FLY
NOELLE HUTTON: BREAST, FLY
MAGGIE WATSON: BACK
KRISTIAN HANSEN: BACK
MATTHEW SPALTHOFF: FLY  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**
ANNA SHNOWSKE: FREE, BACK  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**  **FIRST YEAR SWIMMER!! WOW!!**
ALEXIS BROWN: FREE  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**
KELLY BROWN: BREAST  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**
LEXI RYDLAND: BREAST
KIRSTEN FLANNIGAN: BACK, BREAST
ANNA GANN: BACK
BECKHAM DOLLYHIGH: FLY  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**
BELLA TONK: FLY  **FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!**  **FIRST YEAR SWIMMER!! WOW!!**

Wow! That’s a long fracking list! Totally cool the number of first time qualifiers!!

CLOSE CALLS

The close calls list brings attention to swimmers that are less than 3 seconds away from a Champs time in their meets swims. Keep that scroll button rolling, this one is just as big as the last!

MICHAEL SPALTHOFF: IM- 2.95s, BREAST: 2.05sec
NOELLE HUTTON: IM: .13sec!!!
KRISTIAN HANSEN: IM: 1.07sec, FLY- 2.05 sec
LUKE GRAY: FREE- 1.14sec, BACK-.1sec!!!
SCARLETT TSIPAS: FREE- 1.75sec, BACK- .23sec!!!
RYAN RYDLAND: FREE- 1.17sec, BACK-2.54sec
ALLISON MENICK: FREE- 1.6 sec
LOGAN GRAY- BREAST- .22sec!!!
LUCAS TONK- BACK- 1.81sec  **FIRST YEAR SWIMMER!! WOW!!**
MATTHEW SPALTHOFF- BACK- 2.22sec
ALEX HANSEN- BACK- 1.34sec
GRACE TARANTINO- FLY- 1.13sec
KOLE TSIPAS: FREE- 1.57sec
MATT SHNOWSKE: FREE- 1.03sec  **FIRST YEAR SWIMMER!! WOW!!**
BECKHAM DOLLYHIGH: FREE- 1.25sec
ARIANNE TORRES: FREE- .36sec!!  **FIRST YEAR SWIMMER!! WOW!!**
ALLY KIGER: FREE- .5sec!
KIRSTEN FLANNIGAN: FREE-.10sec!!!
LEXI RYDLAND: FREE- .35sec!!
BELLA TONK: FREE- .69sec!, BREAST: 1.68sec  **FIRST YEAR SWIMMER!! WOW!!**
ANNA GANN: FREE- .75sec!
KELLY BROWN: FREE- .44sec!!, BACK- .87sec!
ALEXIS BROWN: BREAST- .16sec!!!
RYLEE BROWN: BREAST- 2.41sec

I also wanted to point out some very cool performances from some newer swimmers:

Honorable Mention:
FIRST YEAR MAGIC:
SARAH COOK- FREE: 3.36sec
CAMERON MASSEY- FREE 3.16 sec, BREAST- 4.56sec
ARIANNA TORRES- BREAST – 4.27 sec (DQ for one hand touch)
TAYLOR BALDWIN- BREAST- 4.52sec (not exactly first year, but she’s been gone a bit!)

In addition to these categories that we will update every meet, we will also be having a special section called MONSTER time cuts. These are kids who make BIG strides in one meet. Unfortunately since this is the first meet, we can’t really have a time cut, so please tune in for MONSTER TIME CUTS next meet!

I’ll wrap this meet report up by saying that today was amazing and hosting the first meet of your season is never easy. You all made it look easy by being such great volunteers and chipping in all over the place. Thank you all so much for giving it your all. And gives those coaches a great big pat on the back, they have worked wonders with these troopers already! For all the new parents, we hope you had a great time, and you are officially now fully indoctrinated citizens of SPLASH NATION, with all rights and privileges pertaining thereto!

That is all.

The Splashfather

FORDS COLONY MEET REPORT:

Splash Nation,

I want to start off this meet report with a look back into yesteryear.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is our scorecard from 2011, when we faced off against these very same Ford’s Colony Killer Whales in a friendship meet. This was my very first year as part of the leadership of the team as the VPSU rep and recruiting coordinator. Our kids swam hard that night at home, but we were absolutely outswum by this Division 1 team to the tune of the final score you can see above, 328-111. You get 52 points just for putting a kid in each heat to swim. I remember looking at that scorecard and wondering, “how do we get to where they are”……..

Well, folks, we’re there. We, the new upstart promoted from Division 3, just took a team that was battling in Division 1 last year TO THE WIRE, with a final tally of 256-235!! The score after the 9-10 Breast stroke was 116-96 Stonehouse! If not for some bad matchups which I will take the fall for, and a bad swimming break here and there, I actually believe that this meet was winnable. Looking at that 2011 scorecard above, that seems almost unfathomable.

But I’ll tell you how we did it. You. You listened to me when I told you that you should sign your kids up for the team, because it would be so fun and an experience your kids would cherish forever. Some of you followed my urgings to get your kids into year round swimming, whether that was Rec Racers, WAC, Coast Guard Blue Dolphins or the Y, and your kids have all just gotten so great. And most of all, you’ve all embraced the concept of Splash Nation, a group of families banded together with the common goal of having tons of fun, and giving our kids top notch quality swim instruction. It’s Because of YOU that we closed the gap on this team we faced just 3 years ago from a 217 point loss to a 21 point one. Absolutely remarkable.

Hold on, did you hear that? THAT will be the sound of the collective gasps of the division when they see the scorecard of this meet. Stonehouse just threw down the gauntlet. We aren’t going to be like those teams that go up a division and scratch and claw and get blown out every meet (::cough, cough, Wellington, cough, cough). We are… well we are actually really good! Don’t kid yourselves, folks, this is NOT a loss. In the W-L column, maybe, but this is a victory for the program, and a MESSAGE to Division 2. And that message is that we can go toe-to-toe with any of them, AND WE WILL.

If you decide to go onto the team Dropbox folder (if you need an invite, email me) and view the meet scorecard (and I hope you do, not only does it allow you to get a sense of how your child is doing but also, if you are new, takes you another step down the road to understanding how this whole meet thing works), some of you will be elated, but I am sure more than one of you will be a little dismayed and disappointed in some of your kid’s times….but not to worry. This is the first actual competitive meet. We’ve got 4 more coming up where that came from! What goes up, must come down (it doesn’t really, but I thought that was real quippy and clever).

The key to turning that frown upside down is to make sure that your child is getting to practice ON TIME (8:30ready to jump in on M/W/F for the little guys and girls, 9AM for the big kids, 8AM with goggles on ready to jump in on Tues/Thurs, and 845 for the big kids), and ready to swim EVERY DAY, Monday through Friday. There are some of you, especially parents of the older kids, whose children we would LOVE to see a bit more frequently at the pool. We could have lots of laughs, do a little swimming, show them some tips on how to swim faster, take some Selfies, it would be smashing!

So enough of my blathering, I’ll get to the business of talking about our accomplishments. First I’d like to establish a new set up for the reporting of team accomplishments. I will now be breaking up the reporting of accomplishments into two pieces: Champs, Close Calls and Records, which I will do the night of the meet, and Monster Time cuts and Best times, which I will do the next morning!

In this meet, we collected another 18 new champs times from 16 swimmers. For 1 of these swimmers, Jacob Becker, this is his first Champs time of the season, and for 1 swimmer, Lucas Tonk, this was his first Champs time ever! 2 swimmers (Faith Tyranski and Kaitlyn Sullivan) have now collected all 5 of their available Champs times. For the second year, we will also be placing a 6 year old (Kylee McGuirk) into Champs in the Butterfly.

We now officially have more Champs swimmers so far this season, than we were able to collect the entirety of last season! Fourteen new team records were set, with two of them being the two Women’s relay teams.

Here’s the rundown:

NEW CHAMPS:
SYDNEY CAWTHON- IM
ANNA GANN- FREE, FLY
ALEXIS BROWN- BACK
MACKENZIE FLANNIGAN- BACK
GRACE TARANTINO- FLY
LUCAS TONK- IM
NOELLE HUTTON- IM
HOLLY TYRANSKI- FREE
KAITLYN SULLIVAN- FREE, FLY
JACOB BECKER- BREAST
RYAN ALLISON- FREE
SHELBY WATSON- BACK
MORGAN WHALEY-FREE
COLIN ALLISON- FREE
FAITH TYRANSKI- IM
KYLEE MCGUIRK- FLY

CLOSE CALLS (within 3 secs of Champs time)
ANNA BROWN- IM- 1.61sec
BELLA TONK- IM- .37 sec!!
MATT SHNOWSKE- FREE- 2.46 sec
MAGGIE WATSON- FREE- 2.15 sec, BREAST- 2.27sec
LEXI RYDLAND- FREE- .26sec!!
KELLY BROWN- FREE- 2.06sec, BACK- 2.31sec
BELLA TONK- FREE- 1.23sec
RYLEE BROWN- BREAST- 2.62sec
KIRSTEN FLANNIGAN- BREAST- .75sec!, FLY-2.84sec
ALLISON MENICK- BREAST- .50sec!!
RYAN KLINE- FREE- 2.63sec
LUKE GRAY- FREE- 1.33sec, BACK- 2.46 sec
SCARLETT TSIPAS- FREE- 1.84sec, BACK- 1.1sec
RYAN RYDLAND- FREE- 1.83sec, BACK- 2.34sec
CAMERON MASSEY- FREE- 1.69 sec
CAMERON POLAND- FREE- 2.47sec
ALEXIS BROWN- BREAST- 1.55sec
LOGAN GRAY- BREAST- 1.97sec
MIKE SPALTHOFF- BREAST- 1.99sec
LUCAS TONK- BACK- .23sec!!!, FLY- .28sec!!
ALEX HANSEN- BACK- .39sec!!
JACOB BECKER- FLY- 1.67sec
KRISTIAN HANSEN- FLY- 1.96sec

RECORDS:
6&UNDER 25 FREE: KYLEE MCGUIRK (broken last week by Carly Damon)
9-10 MENS 100 IM: RYAN ALLISON (own record)
9-10 MEN’s FREE: RYAN ALLISON (formerly held by Riley Moore)
9-10 MEN’s BREAST: RYAN ALLISON (broke own record)
9-10 WOMEN’s FREE: KAITLYN SULLIVAN (broken by Julia McGuirk last week)
13-14 WOMENS 100 IM: MORGAN WHALEY (own record)
13-14 WOMEN’s FREE: MORGAN WHALEY (broken by Faith Tyranski last week)
13-14 WOMEN’s BREAST: SHELBY WATSON (own record)
13-14 WOMEN’s FLY: MORGAN WHALEY (own record)
15-18 WOMEN’s BREAST: SHELBY WATSON (own record)
15-18 WOMENS 100 IM: MORGAN WHALEY (own record)
15-18 MEN’s BREAST: COLIN ALLISON (own record)

WOMEN’s MEDLEY RELAY: (HOLLY TYRANSKI, SHELBY WATSON, MORGAN WHALEY, KAITLYN SULLIVAN)
WOMEN’s FREE RELAY: (JULIA MCGUIRK, MACKENZIE FLANNIGAN, FAITH TYRANSKI, ALEX HANSEN)

A sidenote: The Women’s Medley Team came a second away from beating the Ford’s Colony Pool Record. Considering that quite a few Division 1 teams have come into that pool, that’s a HUGE accomplishment!!

Ok, folks, I’m signing off. Next week we travel to Powhatan Secondary for a matchup against the Sea Stars! Keep your eyes peeled for the Signup Genius! See you all at practice tomorrow (I hope dearly!)

That is all.

The Splashfather

POWHATAN SECONDARY MEET REPORT:

Splash Nation,

There are meets you expect to win. There are meets you are pretty sure you’ll lose. And then there are meets like tonight. Meets where a bunch of your top swimmers are on their vacations, and then the team is decimated by injuries and illness, where you are swimming kids up two age groups just to grab a third place, and the team just WILLS itself to a win. Tonight was one of those nights.

From the get go, this one was a nailbiter. We had word out of Powhatan this past week that they had a ‘million swimmers’ out this week. Frankly I didn’t see that. Everyone I expected to see, I saw in those heats. Given the extent of our swimmers out (we had 25 of 101 registered swimmers out, due then various issues listed above), when I looked at the matchups and where we had holes (like only having 6 of 11 11-18 boys available to swim 30 events, and not all the fastest 6 either), it looked very bleak. We would have to hope that they ended up short on swimmers themselves in a couple key spots, we not make many glaring errors, guess right on some matchups, and get some BIG swims from some unexpected heroes. We didn’t hit the mark on all those ‘keys to the meet’, but we won enough of them to slink away with a 253-230, limping all the way to the finish line victory. For our FIRST EVER DIVISION 2 VICTORY!!

I will tell you that I’ve NEVER, in as long as I’ve been doing this (ok, it’s not THAT long, but it’s long enough), been in a meet with as many lead changes as this one. You always hear about exciting NBA games where there were 10 lead changes. There were LITERALLY 13 lead changes in a 52 event meet. And we pulled ahead at the 9-10 Breast and nursed a 3-5 point lead for like ten events. I almost had my very first anxiety induced vomiting bout through the middle two sections of the meet. I’m pretty sure I threw up in my mouth a little just once around event 30! I know that a lot of you don’t yet understand (and may never want to) the way in which the meet is scored, but I can say from personal experience that tracking the score takes a bunch of kids swimming and turns it into watching a chess match, a back and forth Final Four Basketball game and tug of war all wrapped into one sporting event. It’s completely gut-wrenching. I highly recommend it.

With what we had left at our disposal for the roster, after what I was almost assured was the start of the Zombie apocalypse (I told Caren Damon that if one more kid called in sick, I was going to Home Depot instead of the meet to buy plywood so I could start barricading my windows before the Zombie virus epidemic climbed out of control—thank goodness I didn’t learn of Kristian Hansen bowing out for feeling too sick to swim until event 6), to do what we did tonight told me yet another thing about this team at our official halfway point of the season. That this team fights all the way to the finish. That they take the event laid before them, no matter what the circumstances, and they swim their tails off. This meet was won with a collection of moments, such as:

-Jacob Becker (swimming up) and Logan Dannenfeldt swimming clean legal IM’s to lock down 2nd and 3rd in the 11-12 IM.
-Ally Kiger swimming up two age groups to take 3rd away from their 2nd fastest 15-18 swimmer in IM.
-Kaitlyn Sullivan swimming the fastest 9-10 50 Breast and second fastest 100IM in the league so far, breaking two team records in the process, and locking down 15 points total for the team (a Dad has to brag on his kid at some point)
-Timmy Brown sensing Coast Guard Swimmer Parker Muench in his rear view mirror gaining on him and turning on the jets to hold on to first place in the 25 Free (You may beat me one day, but that day is not today!). This is after a false start heat in which Timmy swam his whole 25, and then instead of getting out of the pool to head back to the starting line to swim again, he swam ANOTHER 25 Free back down the pool to get back to the blocks (“Wait, you guys walked backed to the blocks? That’s it I’m taking away all your ‘man cards’.”)
-Scarlett Tsipas cutting a second off her best 25 Free time to take first by, you guessed it, just under a second!
-Go-to guy Dylan Howard sealing the deal with a win in 9-10 Free, thrust there to try and challenge for 3rd due to having to distribute the 9-10  boys group all over the roster to cover holes
-Andrew Damon snapping up a key 3rd place point in 11-12 50 Free
-Scarlett Tsipas and Arianne Torres completing a legal 1-2 finish in 25 Breast when we had fallen behind
-Dylan Howard and Logan Dannenfeldt again locking down points by sealing the 11-12 second and third place points.
-Lexi Rydland swimming up to 13-14 Breast, and responding with a 3 second time drop from her already Champs qualifying time!
-Carly Damon and Kylee McGuirk, the dynamic damsels of destruction, doing what they have done all season, delivering 24 points combined in the 6&under events and the 8&under fly
-Cole Siegel’s 10 second time cut from his 50 Back, grabbing 3 points standing in as top backstroke for an under the weather Kristian Hansen.
-Sarah Becker’s clutch 2nd place finish for another 3 points in the 15-18 50 Back
-Anna Brown gathering every last bit of energy she had to will herself to the wall in a bang-bang finish in the 50 Fly.
-Dylan Howard jumping up an age group yet again and stealing a difference maker 2ndplace in 11-12 50 Fly,( ‘New nickname: ‘Guts before Glory’ Howard)
-Morgan Whaley eliminating their best swimmer Angelique Vo in the 50 Fly with what I’m sure they felt was 5 easy points…PSYCHE!
-Bella Tonk swimming up an age group to take another point in that same race
-And probably the story of the night, Anthony Tarantino shaving another close to 5 seconds off his 15-18 50 Fly after an improvement the week prior of 9 seconds (which is really not that big of a deal when you think of it, a lot of kids come into swimming at age 15 and get themselves within a second of their very first Champs time in the toughest stroke of all to genuinely master at any age……NOT)
-And there were tons of swims where I expected the results, but the kids brought it and assured that there were no surprises in my forecasting (Mackenzie Flannigan, Faith and Holly Tyranski, Sydney Cawthon, Maggie Watson, Joe Dill, and the list goes on and on)

There were SO many of these scenarios, and you see the score. The meet is LOST without all of them. Truly, a Total team victory!!!

I’m only scratching the surface, because in the 2nd and 3rd heats, kids were whacking time off their swims left and right. Although not everyone got the time they truly wanted, everyone came ready to swim and fired up. And it showed.

As much as I would love to rundown the close calls and Champs times, we are missing the memory stick onto which the meet was saved. Powhatan Secondary also has all the files, but I’ll have to wait for them to send it to me in order to break it down and give you all the 411 on both Champs and close calls, and in Monster Time Cuts (I’d rather eat a box of nails than wait for the times, but it is what it is).

So I’ll sign off here by saying AMAZING work to everyone on a hard fought and gritty victory. In the spirit of Slider of Top Gun, “Gutsiest Meet I ever saw, man”.

Thanks to all you parents who make sure these meets are meticulously executed and easy to watch, and you are appreciated more than you could possibly imagine.

LET’s KICK THIS THING INTO OVERDRIVE! Get those kids to practice early and often, these are the three weeks where we really build on what these guys have learned and hone their skills, and maybe even expand into some strokes they haven’t done. Again, I don’t see some of my Junior coach leaders nearly as often as I’d like to. Some actually need the work, too, so do what has to be done, (to include but not limited to promises for Starbucks Frappacinos), so we get max participation heading into the tail end of the season.

We have some upcoming and exciting team building events too, and our Events Posse will be going over those very soon in separate communication.

That is all.

Jeff

TWO RIVERS MEET REPORT:

Splash Nation,

Man, that was the most stressful easy win I’ve ever sat (or stood, actually) through, and it had NOTHING to do with the actual swimming! Things were going along swimmingly (pardon the pun), and then right at the end of the Breast stroke events, the starting system battery goes dead. So now, instead of doing what I normally do, wave my hands like a crazy person at the swimmers and yell KICK and SHOOT as if they could even hear me, I’m scrambling around setting up extension cords, announcing events, and trying to recharge the starting system BETWEEN starts….JEESH. But it did one good thing and that is that it made me just sit there and watch all the swimming, no stopwatch in hand, no score being kept, and it all took care of itself!

For those of you who didn’t hear, we locked down our second victory with AUTHORITY, with a solid 290-198 win. Back by popular demand is the walk down memory lane graphical representation. This one just 2 years ago, when Two Rivers was down with us in Division 3:

Oh, how the worm turns. To turn the tables on them like this was pretty sweet, especially with the Splash defector Craddock family on the other team. (I’m foolin, we all totally love the Craddocks, even if they uprooted mid-season and bailed on us and took their 6th overall Champs placing Breaststroker daughter with them….not bitter, though, LOL)

To be fair, they had some of their A1 superstars out on vacation, but we were missing some big guns, too. Ally Kiger and Morgan Whaley are off at a beach somewhere comparing notes on cute guys, and our lockdown duo of 6 year olds Carly Damon and Kylee McGuirk are off somewhere…well, being goofy little 6 year olds. In a full staffed meet, I still think we take them down.

So down to brass tacks, how did the meet go in the all-important improvement category? The full analysis will come together in the best times and Monster time cuts report, but on brief analysis, it looks pretty good. We did an especially great job of converting some of our close calls to Champs times, especially for the young kids. And I’ll go ahead and call out three very special Champs times, as they were first time ever qualifiers!!

First up is Siri Rydland, who a year ago would spend half practice in her Mom’s lap crying and not wanting to get in the water. CONGRATS SIRI, on your 6&Under 25 Backstroke Champs time! (and when you ask this Siri a question, she doesn’t give you a snarky reply, she just flashes you a sheepish grin and hides behind her Dad’s leg!)

Next up is Luke Bascom. Luke was a close call for the 6&U backstroke last week, but decided he would totally fool us, do an end around, and qualify for the 6&U Freestyle instead! In his spare time, Luke likes hanging out in his back yard fort and loving on his baby sister (who is about 4 years away from joining the team, very much looking forward to that). CONGRATS LUKE, on your first ever Champs time!! Now let’s nail down the second!

Finally we have Matt Shnowske. Matt and his sisters Anna and Claire are new swimmers to the team this year. Boy am I glad I dropped THAT flyer in their mailbox! Sister Anna has already raked up 2 Champs times, and Matt didn’t want to make Mom drive all the way to Fort Eustis in August for just 1 kid, so he blasted the 7-8 25 Free Champs time by a full second. He also has close calls this week in breast and back, so let me shake the Magic 8-ball here…..just a sec….here, it says, “ALL SIGNS POINT TO CHAMPS”. Very good omen. CONGRATS MATT, on your first ever Champs time!! Now go watch your little brother.

BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE!

We also had 9 swimmers qualify in new Champs events (with our second 6&under qualifier in an 8&under event, Timmy Brown in Breast), and 1 swimmer get his first Champs time of the year, Ryan Rydland! Great job guys!!

So plugging that into my Champs-o-meter, we now have a total of 40, count em, FOUR ZERO Champs qualifiers!! Sweet Mother of pearl! And we have another 9 in the Close Call pool who have not qualified in any other events, which if they managed to shake a leg and punch through, we’d have exactly HALF the team in Champs. Crikey!! We are looking pretty thin for the Summer Awards meet!!! Me likey!

Given that astounding potential stat, it is only fitting to give a great big e-pat on the back to Coach Brett, and his travelling wilbury’s, Coach Brook, Coach Julia, and Coach Colin. And let’s not forget all the junior coaches that have been showing up to work with the smaller ones too. Together they have taken another huge batch of new swimmers and artfully crafted them into merciless swimming machines! So if you see the coaches at practice tomorrow, and I know you will ALL be at fun practice tomorrow (maybe even Alex and Kristian??), please sneak up behind them and shove them into the water…no wait, that was my set of instructions if we lost tonight….here we go, tell them how great of a job they are doing and how much you appreciate them. And then push them into the water. As long as Brett doesn’t have his phone on him.

So here are the new Champs cuts, close calls, and new records, set by Kaitlyn Sullivan, Ryan Allison, and the Girls Free Relay team!

CHAMPS
LUKE BASCOM- FREE- ***FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!***
TIMMY BROWN- BREAST
NOELLE HUTTON- FREE
LOGAN GRAY- BREAST
LUCAS TONK- BREAST
ALEXIS BROWN- BREAST
LEXI RYDLAND- FREE
SIRI RYDLAND- BACK – ***FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!***
RYAN RYDLAND- BACK
MAGGIE WATSON- FLY
MATTHEW SHNOWSKE- FREE  ***FIRST TIME QUALIFIER!!***
BECKHAM DOLLYHIGH- FREE
LUKE GRAY- FLY

CLOSE CALLS
BELLA TONK- IM- .93sec! BREAST- .41sec!! BACK- .8sec!  (WE OBVIOUSLY ARE NOT YELLING LOUD ENOUGH WHEN BELLA SWIMS…..)
CONOR DANNENFELDT- FREE- 2.00sec
RYAN RYDLAND- FREE- 1.62sec
CAMERON MASSEY- FREE-1.78sec, BREAST-1.46sec
SCARLETT TSIPAS- BREAST- 2.94sec, BACK- .62sec!
ALEXIS BROWN- IM- 1.11sec
KELLY BROWN- FREE- 2.69sec, BACK- 1.2sec
ANNA GANN- IM- .68sec!
JACOB BECKER- BACK- 1.93sec
MIKE SPALTHOFF- FREE- 1.3sec
MATT SPALTHOFF- BACK- .69sec!
ARIANNE TORRES- FLY- 2.96sec
ALEX HANSEN- BACK- 1.36sec
KRISTIAN HANSEN- FLY- 1.59sec
NOLAN KLINE- FREE- 1.84sec
MAGGIE WATSON- FREE- 2.06sec
KIRSTEN FLANNIGAN- FREE- 2.79sec, BREAST: 1.53sec, FLY- 2.87sec (….OR FOR KIRSTEN EITHER!!)
LEXI FLANNIGAN- BREAST- .85sec! BACK- 2.0sec
MATTHEW SHNOWSKE- BREAST- .55sec! BACK- 2.73sec
ANTHONY TARANTINO- 2.55sec
GRACE TARANTINO- BACK- 1.91sec
AIDEN TARANTINO- BACK- .47sec!!
BECKHAM DOLLYHIGH- BACK- 2.15sec

RECORDS

KAITLYN SULLIVAN- 9-10 GIRLS FREE- TEAM RECORD (BROKE OWN RECORD)
KAITLYN SULLIVAN- 9-10 GIRLS FREE- POOL RECORD (FORMERLY SET BY RACHEL CHALSMA OF VILLAGE GREEN, 2008)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 BOYS 100IM- TEAM RECORD (BROKE OWN RECORD)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 BOYS 50 BREAST- TEAM RECORD (BROKE OWN RECORD)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 BOYS BREAST- POOL RECORD (BROKE OWN RECORD)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 BOYS 50 FLY- TEAM RECORD (BROKE OWN RECORD)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 BOYS FLY- POOL RECORD (BROKE OWN RECORD)
200 GIRLS FREE RELAY- KAITYLN SULLIVAN, SYDNEY CAWTHON, ALEX HANSEN, FAITH TYRANSKI (SET TWO WEEKS AGO AT Ford’s Colony)

I also wanted to call out a few folks who really helped this meet be fantastic and the awe-inspiring kaleidoscope of awesomeness that we have come to be known for. If you didn’t notice, we had brand new flags made that are custom imprinted with our Splash logo, and come with their very own storage cart. They are nylon, not plastic, and should last us for years, and were the work of Mike Cawthon, who researched, ordered and then actually strung them together and constructed the aforementioned storage reel so they don’t get all jacked up and tangled when we are done with them. Thanks Mike!!!

I’d also like to single out volunteers Scott Kiger, Christianne Allison and Lisa Dill. Lisa saw we were going to be short a scorer in the second half, and she selflessly agreed to work BOTH halves of the meet. Scott Kiger’s daughter Ally is actually on a girl’s retreat (she took Morgan too), and he showed up anyways and volunteered! Christianne heads up the concessions effort, which means her job at home meets usually starts at 2PM, and doesn’t wrap until a half hour after the meet is wrapped up. So obviously that was not enough for her, and she served as a second half stroke and turn judge to go along with that. Totally awesome, and thank you guys, and thanks to ALL the rest of the volunteers and stand in volunteer coordinator Jenn Gray (the cold water was awesome by the way!).

I’ll spare your heavy lids any further words, except to say, nice strong awesome effort, and lets come to practice this week with a mad dog attitude, hell bent for massive time drops next week when we face likely undefeated Coventry!!

That is all.

Jeff Sullivan,
Team President

 INDIGO PARK MEET REPORT:

Splash Nation,

What a fantastic way to wrap up our dual meet season!! For those of you who did not stay to the end (and that can’t be a lot of you, from the quantity of kids who made the ‘victory jump’ into the pool after the final score was announced), we emerged from this meet victorious (not unexpectedly) to the tune of Stonehouse 316-Indigo Park 169, by far our healthiest victory of the season. And we actually did a lot of crazy things in this meet, roster juggles to try and get straggler Champs times, swim ups in places we hadn’t (and never needed to) swim up in, swimming Morgan and Shelby in the same Breast stroke race together (I’m still trying to find out where I signed off on that, lol)…things that should have made the score closer. Still a solid win, but not so drastic a gap. So the fact that we stillpounded on the Stingrays is a testament to the fact that a lot of the swimmers in heat 1, and indeed throughout the roster, threw down some totally radical times, dude!

I’ll get to all that in a bit, but first I wanted to share a moment I had last fall. I was at a cookout at the Matkins place, and there were a few Splash Nation citizens in attendance. There were also some Wellington residents in attendance. Well, we all got into a discussion about moving up to division 2, and how Wellington moved up to division 2, and how they had got their butts handed to them up there and had to come back down to Division 3, and one Gregg Rippel (he’d had a couple, so I’ll blame it on the juice) made it abundantly clear how we (Stonehouse) were going to similarly get creamed this summer by the teams in Division 2.

Ah…… not quite.

Not only were we competitive with the teams in our division, we actually beat 3 of them, lost a tough and close battle with the team that came down from Division 1, and hung around until the late Backstroke with the team that I think we will wake up to find they put a pretty good lick on Ford’s Colony and are Division 1 bound. Of course, I knew it all the way, even back last fall. What I didn’t know is how we would get from there to where we are now. What I didn’t know is we would lose one of our perennial Champs 13-14 swimmers who moved out of the neighborhood. And I also didn’t know we would pick up a multi-Champs threat in Cameron Massey. What I didn’t know is that our 11-12 Boys division would be decimated by defections of a handful of solid and reliable swimmers. I also didn’t know our deepening 9-10 boys group would routinely swim up and deliver clutch swims week after week.  What I didn’t know is that we would lose 22 swimmers, and I also didn’t know that we would replace them with 25 swimmers who would contribute all over the scorecard in ways that are barely imaginable if I hadn’t seen the same thing happen last season too.

So the results were what I expected, but not anywhere near how I expected them. And that is what made this season as enjoyable and rewarding as it was, and very much like last season. For those of you who will not be joining us at the Summer Awards meet, obviously practice for you at this point is optional, but we encourage you to finish the week with us. I know that a lot of you will be heading off on family vacations, and if you don’t have swimmer’s in Champs, I hope that you will still join us at the Chick-fil-A spirit nighttomorrow night at the Mooretown Chick-fil-A, and also, if you are back in town or still in town, at the Splash Bounce House Throw Down which will be announced soon for July 30th. And of course, I fully expect to see as many of you as possible at the Splash Bash, our super awesome don’t-know-how-you-could have-this-much-fun party and awards ceremony currently scheduled for August 5th.

If you ARE coming to the Summer Awards meet (and if you still want to attend, it’s not too late, this is a meet that focuses on all the swimmers out there that do not have Champs times! Let me know NLT tomorrow if you’d like to join us!), then this week, after our fun day tomorrow, which will be attended by a VERY special guest, we will be back at it trying to hone in on your swimmers specific strokes that they will be trying to push for a best time, and for some, a possible birth in the Champs meet. A good time will be had by all.

So back to the swimming. There were just a TON of incredible swims out there tonight. I felt like I was getting this all to a system that I could use to help cut down on the lateness of getting this report done. I even sent my daughter off with the horde to Sno-to-go so I could get an early jump on sifting through the facts and figures. No such luck. There was just too much awesomeness to be able to fit into my system. I think the handle broke off my system, in fact.

Let’s start with the coolest fact, and that is that from the time all your kids stepped into the pool the day after Memorial Day, in a spectacle that can only be likened to watching a giraffe on roller skates, the team that jumped in and took warmups today looked like a pool full of lethal swimming ninjas!! I really wished I’d videotaped that first practice so I could split screen it with warmups today. Stupendous!

Next I’ll proceed to the new Champs times. There were a lot of folks on the cusp in the last few weeks, and this is the day the dam broke. We had 15 separate swimmers who achieved new Champs times. A couple of those were gimmies of some of our best swimmers filling out their dance cards with events they haven’t been able to swim all summer. But we also had FIVE (not a typo) swimmers who qualified for their very first ever Champs meet, including 3 that are new to the team this year. Congratulations to:

Cameron Massey, who decided he would rather qualify in the event that combines ALL the strokes (Individual Medley) before qualifying for any one of the strokes that make up the IM. Congratulations to Cameron Massey on his first ever Champs time!!

Kole Tsipas, who came out of nowhere after struggling with his freestyle stroke to then cut about 7 seconds off and get his first ever Champs time! Congrats Kole!!

Conor Dannenfeldt, whose folks gave him and his brother the ultimatum that they would have to qualify for Champs in this meet because they weren’t altering vacation plans to stay for the Summer Awards meet, totally NAILED it by sailing comfortably into the wall below the Champs time in the 25 Free….as a 5 year old!! Congrats to Conor on his very first Champs time!!

Aiden Tarantino, a very young 6, who wasn’t even sure he thought he could do swim team based on his swim prowess coming into the season, surged through and locked down a 25 Backstroke invite to the big dance! What a journey! Congrats Aiden on your very first Champs time!!

And finally, Arianne Torres, who decided enough was enough and converted two of her close calls from last week into not just one, but two First ever champs times in the 8&Under Breastroke and Butterfly. Congrats to you Arianne, on your first (couple) ever Champs times!!

And obviously congrats to all the swimmers who added Champs times to their collections (way better than Pokemon).

For those of you on the close call list, and it is substantial, I hope you are joining us at the Summer Awards meet this Saturday. As of today, our Champs qualifier count is 47!! Two more qualifiers, and we will officially have HALF the team in Champs. Remember when I threw that notion out a few weeks ago? Sounded far-fetched, didn’t it? Totally within grasp. You know how may qualifiers we had 4 years ago? TEN. Pick up your jaw off the floor.

Lastly, I’ll close with the records that were broken. 6 team and 6 pool records were broken just tonight. They are listed below, so I won’t go into them in detail, except to draw attention to Ryan Allison, who now owns all team AND all but one pool record at Stonehouse for ALL 9-10 events. That is a pretty impressive feat, especially when considering that we have had a lot of Division 1 teams come through our pool on a friendship meet and establish some seriously low times. Our team as a whole has broken 21 out of 52 established Stonehouse team records this season, and crashed 13 pool records.

Here are the details:

CHAMPS:

ALEXIS BROWN- IM
CONOR DANNENFELDT- FREE ****FIRST TIME QUALIFIER****
KOLE TSIPAS- FREE ****FIRST TIME QUALIFIER****
MATT SHNOWSKE- BREAST
AIDEN TARANTINO- BACK. ****FIRST TIME QUALIFIER****
BECKHAM DOLLYHIGH- BACK
ARIANNE TORRES- BREAST, FLY. ****FIRST TIME QUALIFIER****
CAMERON MASSEY- IM.  ****FIRST TIME QUALIFIER****
SCARLETT TSIPAS- BREAST
SYDNEY CAWTHON- BREAST
MORGAN WHALEY- BREAST
ANNA GANN- BREAST
RYAN ALLISON- BACK
JACOB BECKER- FLY
MACKENZIE FLANNIGAN- FLY

CLOSE CALLS:

JACOB BECKER- IM- 1.65 sec, BACK- .99sec!
KRISTIAN HANSEN- IM- 2.13sec, FREE- .22sec, FLY- 1.03sec
SCARLETT TSIPAS- FREE- .77sec!
ARIANNE TORRES- FREE- 2.5sec
MAGGIE WATSON- FREE- 1.33sec
BELLA TONK- FREE-1.8sec, IM- 1.47sec, BREAST-.79sec
CAMERON MASSEY- FREE- .53sec!, BACK-1.09 sec
CAMERON POLAND- FREE- 1.53sec
LOGAN DANNENFELDT- BREAST- 1.39sec, BACK- 1.49sec
MATT SHNOWSKE- BACK- 1.28 sec
SARAH COOK- BACK-2.51sec, FREE-1.34sec
ALEX HANSEN- BACK- 1.28sec
ALLY KIGER- IM- .72sec! BACK- .71sec
NOLAN KLINE- FREE- .70sec!
JOHN BASCOM- FREE- 2.59sec
HANNAH HOWARD- FREE- .22sec!!!
KIRSTEN FLANNIGAN- .97sec!, BREAST- 1.62sec
KELLY BROWN- FREE- 1.93sec
RYLEE BROWN- BREAST- 1.46sec
HOLLY TYRANSKI- BREAST- 2.3sec
RYAN KLINE- BACK- .83sec!
LINDSAY MEADOWS- BACK- 2.84sec
JULIA MCGUIRK- FLY- 1.15sec
LEXI RYDLAND- FLY- 1.87 sec

RECORDS:

KAITLYN SULLIVAN- 9-10 IM POOL RECORD (formerly held by Morgan Whaley)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 IM POOL RECORD (Formerly held by Jared Houser-Greensprings)
KYLEE MCGUIRK- 6&UNDER FREE TEAM RECORD (set last week by Carly Damon)
KYLEE MCGUIRK- 6&UNDER FREE POOL RECORD (formerly held by Carly Damon)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 50 FREE TEAM RECORD (broke own record)
FAITH TYRANSKI- 15-18 FREE TEAM RECORD (formerly held by Brook Byrd)
CARLY DAMON- 6&UNDER BACK TEAM RECORD (broken earlier this year by Kylee McGuirk)
CARLY DAMON- 6&UNDER BACK POOL RECORD (formerly held by Meghan Degrandpre, Ford’s Colony)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 BACK TEAM RECORD (formerly held by Riley Moore)
RYAN ALLISON- 9-10 BACK POOL RECORD (formerly held by J. Saloman, Coventry)
MORGAN WHALEY- 13-14 FLY, TEAM AND POOL RECORDS (broke own records)
MORGAN WHALEY- 15-18 FLY, TEAM AND POOL RECORDS (formerly held by Brook Byrd)

Like I said earlier, practice is still open to all who wish to attend, and at tomorrow’s ‘fun practice’ we will have a very special guest, so come out with us and celebrate our winning inaugural season in Division 2!!

Thanks go out again to all the coaches and to all the parents to make sure that this meet, like all the others, ran immensely smoothly. You all really stepped up and made sure we got the job done all summer long, and it’s greatly appreciated!

So once again, if you are not currently signed up for Summer Awards meet on Saturday, you may do so here:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0845a9ad28a46-summer

We also ask that if your swimmer achieved a Champs time tonight, please go on the Signup and remove them from their Champs events, and schedule them instead in other events.

THAT IS ALL.
Jeff Sullivan

SUMMER AWARDS WRAP UP

Splash Nation,

Sorry I haven’t given you all the full rundown on the Summer Awards Meet. That is primarily because it just ended about an hour ago yesterday! For those of you not tuning into Facebook, the Summer Awards meet had to be cut short at the 13-14 Backstroke events and then each pool had to run their own events today to see if any of the remaining events yielded any additional times. (SPOLIER ALERT: THEY DID!!). So NOW I can deliver to you a full and comprehensive accounting of this year’s Summer Awards Meet.

First let’s talk numbers. I really thought this year would be the year we slipped in this meet. I mean we have almost half our swimmers already qualified for Champs. So we are simply running out of swimmers to get a really strong turnout at this meet, right?

WRONG.

We actually had 43 swimmers register for this event. Very nice. This week (on my guidance) is also a week where I advise families to go ahead and just go on vacation so they don’t miss dual meets, so that’s a really strong number. The event count, though, was down about 20 events. We also had some of the more likely swimmers to score very highly in the meet off on those vacations. Serious chunk of points off building sand castles and stuff. Then the last 5 events or so get bagged and we lose all our 11-12 and 13&up relays, where we expected to make some SERIOUS bank. Trouble with a capital T, right?

WRONG.

Your Splash Swimmers have defied logic and the odds AGAIN. Last year with one of the largest turnouts ever and most of our very close swimmers on hand, we scored 4th out of 19 teams. Guess where we scored this year, with all the handicaps listed above? 4th once again out of 19 teams! If we don’t drop those last events and the relays, I think we definitely pass Kingswood, too….that’s right, Division 1 Dual Meet Champion Kingswood. And this is how it happened:

Tough start:  In events 1 and 2, Jake Becker and Lexi Flannigan don’t get the times I’m sure they were looking for. Joe Dill swims a pretty decent 2:02 IM, but gets DQ’d for a very close call non-simultaneous arm stroke. On the Flip side, Carly Damon, Kylee McGuirk and Arianne Torres all swim legal IM’s!

First Shockers: Aiden Tarantino cuts six and a half seconds from his 25 Free and grabs 10th (seeded 23rd). Siri Rydland also cuts 2.5 seconds off her best and takes 3rd overall (seeded 11th)

To prevent myself from writing a meet report that could rival War and Peace, I’m going to abridge this by showing the highlights by event (this is a chronicle, feel free to skip to the bottom below the italic text for more summary if you don’t want all the spectacular detail):

JACKSON HAMBLIN: 7 year old 25 FREE: seeded 16th, places 9th
HANNAH HOWARD: 7 yr old 25 FREE: places 6th
SCARLETT TSIPAS moves from 4th to 3rd in 8 year old 25 free, Arianne Torres gets 10th
WILLIAM HAMBLIN cuts 4 seconds off his 50 Free!
JAKE DAVIS moves up in 9 year old 50 Free to 11th
LEXI FLANNIGAN jumps a spot in 50 Free to 8th Place
DYLAN HOWARD AND JAKE BECKER go 7th/8th in 10 year old 50 Free, both with time cuts
CLAIRE SHNOWSKE cuts a ridonkulous 7 seconds off her 10 year old 50 Free
CARLY DAMON and KYLEE MCGUIRK take 10th and 12th in 8&under Breaststroke. Lindsay Meadows also cuts 7 seconds off her best
DYLAN HOWARD almost goes sub 1 minute in the 10 year old Breast and takes 4th (seeded 9th) His first attempt this season was 20 seconds slower than that, and this one is is 5 seconds faster than his best. RYAN RYDLAND also places 8th.
CLAIRE SHNOWSKE has another Monster time cut, shearing 13.5 seconds off her Breast time
JACK CRANK cuts another absurd figure off his Back, 14 seconds
LINDSAY MEADOWS nets points with a 6th in 7year old 25 Back
CHAMPS TIME!! MATT SHNOWSKE drops 1.5 seconds in 25 Back and collects 2nd place and his 3rd Champs time in his rookie season. KOLE TSIPAS also took 9th.
JAKE DAVIS cuts 6 seconds to grab 9th in 9 year old 50 Back. He was seeded 13th.
LEXI FLANNIGAN cuts time…not enough for Champs, but moves up for a nice 4th place
JACOB BECKER carries a similar story into a 3rd place in 10 year old 50 Back
BELLA DILL chips in points in 10 year old Back with a 10th place finish
SCARLETT TSIPAS turns her first attempt at 25 Fly into a 10th place finish
MATT SHNOWSKE AND TIMMY BROWN take 7th and 8th in 25Fly in their first ever try. They are both within 2 seconds of Champs
DYLAN HOWARD continues a solid day with a 7th place in 9-10 50 FLY
CHAMPS TIME!!  ALEXIS BROWN, only at Summer awards so she can swim relays, goes sub 50 in the 50 Fly for a 3rd place finish. Julia McGuirk had an amazing race and was an easy winner, but DQ’d for a reason we can’t figure out yet.

and the RELAYS….now relays are a big moneymaker in this meet. We maxed out all we could, and it paid off! The relay team of Connor Sullivan, Aiden Tarantino, Max Gaidmore, and Conor Dannenfeldt placed 7th, and the team of Matt Shnowske, Kole Tsipas, Timmy Brown and Joe Dill placed 4th in the 8&Under Boys Free Relay, Anna Shnowske, Siri Rydland, Lindsay Meadows and Hannah Howard placed 7th, and Scarlett Tsipas, Arianne Torres, Carly Damon and Kylee McGuirk placed 4th in the 8th &Under Free Relay.

In the 9-10 relays, the Boys got a little antsy and DQ’d on an early takeoff, but the Girls team of Alexis Brown, Bella Dill, Lexi Flannigan and Julia McGuirk claimed a key 2nd place victory!

At the break, we are in 5th place. I’m really not sure how, but that’s the deal, and I KNOW we are pretty well stacked for the PM session, so this is pretty exciting, we’ve also managed to add two Champs times!

The second session got REALLY interesting. Let’s run down that timeline:

GRACE TARANTINO AND LEXI RYDLAND start the scoring with 6th and 7th place finishes in the IM
LOGAN DANNENFELDT carves a second and a half off his 50 Free for a 10th
CHAMPS TIME!! KIRSTEN FLANNIGAN swims a gutsy 50 Free and squeaks in for a Champs time, and a 4th place finish. KELLY BROWN is close on her tail in 8th.

And then the CAMERON MASSEY show started.

CHAMPS TIME!!  CAMERON MASSEY continues his impressive rookie campaign by lopping off over a second in the 50 Free for our breakout 1st place finish!

AMALIA TSIPAS continues the trend, cutting time en route to a 12th place finish.
CHAMPS TIME!! KRISTIAN HANSEN finally finds his way to the pool and proceeds to blast down 3/4 of a second for his second Champs time and first place overall. Breakout senior swimmer ANT TARANTINO also places 8th, with a best time.
The next race featured 4 swimmers shooting for 11-12 50 Breast, including RYLEE BROWN going for her first Champs time this season….and coming up just a hair short! Her time would only be 0.18 seconds off the mark!!! KIRSTEN FLANNIGAN and HOLLY TYRANSKI would finish right behind at only .33 sec, and .69 seconds off champs respectively for the 4th, 5th and 6th place spots!
LOGAN DANNENFELDT would swim the next heartbreaker,  placing 5th and just another .18 sec off the Champs Mark!
CHAMPS TIME!! CAMERON MASSEY then went BEAST MODE, slashing his 50 Breast a full 2.5 seconds to jump from 5th seed for another 1st place and his second Champs time of the day!
AMALIA TSIPAS logged a second time cut and a solid 6th place contribution in her 50 Breast, followed by KRISTIAN HANSEN and ANTHONY TARANTINO with 4th and 7th place finishes.
After Logan DANNENFELDT’s 7th place 50 Back, and KELLY BROWN and LEXI RYDLANDS 8th/13th finish points, that’s when it all went wrong……

THUNDER.

So with some of our most promising swims still to come, the rain saved Kingswood and Queenslake from us swallowing them up in the relays. Lucky them.

You can see in that last run of PM events, we scored a LOT of points in the session. In fact, we did so well, we surged into 4th place, passing Coventry (YES!), which is where the scoring ended….

So what happened to all those events? Well, all of those swimmers showed the next day at Kingswood to make them up (thanks for the help, Klams!) , and we locked down two more CHAMPS times with Colin Allison picking up his Champs sweep in the Back, and Lexi Rydland getting her triple Champs in only her second ever 50 Fly race!!

So that’s how it all went down. Really great day, and just symbolic of how this whole season went, as far as rising to the occasion goes. The best times rate was 48 out of 85 swims for a season best 56.7%, and a lot of those, as indicated above, were some pretty monster cuts.

I want to really thank you all for making the day so effortless, and for those who helped me make sure that Connor made it to the blocks and was watched over while I was overseeing the events!
A special thanks also to the coaches, who arrived at that meet around 630, parents who assisted in putting up and taking down the tents (especially Anne “Doppler” Flannigan, who used her weather sense to suggest we take down all the tents and be ready to pack up, which we did and had everything all packaged up and ready to go right as the rains hit!) and those that hauled equipment and coolers to and from!

Looking ahead to Champs, it’s important to see where we are, and where we came from. Last year was an immensely successful year by any possible standard of measure. We had 33 total qualifiers in 99 events, up from 21 the year prior. I couldn’t sing the praises of that team loud enough last year, and we converted those swims to an amazing and shocking 9th place finish in Champs.

Stand by for this. Heading in to Champs this year we have 47 qualifiers in 134 events. BOOM. we just turned in our Champs entries, and it took up 3 pages. Someone calm me down.

BOLD PREDICTION: STONEHOUSE TAKES 8th OVERALL, EDGING FORD’s COLONY. UNDER 50 POINTS FROM 7th PLACE!!!

On Champs day, I will be running a play by play using a post on Facebook, so stay tuned to that. Some of you may want to join Facebook using some kind of alias and join our Facebook site just so you can tune into this, because it is assured to be a Fast and Furious ride!

On a separate note, we hope that EVERYONE in town on Wednesday night will come over and bounce with us at Bounce House, we typically have a killer turnout, and it helps the team pay for all these MONSTEROUS entry fee bills we pay for Champs and Summer awards!!

That is All. (Sweet Mother of Pearl, thank you)

The Splashfather

POST CHAMPS:

Splash Nation,

As I sit here, tapping out this last final meet report on my keyboard, just a few hours away from our final event of the season, the Splash Bash, I’m thankful. Many of you look at what I do in connection with team as admirable, impressive, determined, and more than one of you, I’m sure, thinks I’m a bit over the top, or just plain nuts. But until you have set in my shoes, you have no idea what it feels like to wear them. Being involved with this Nation, this family, and leading this has been one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Five years ago, I was in the same place as many of you, probably even more removed than any of you from not only this team, but the sport of swimming as a whole. We joined this team, as many of you did, on advice from a neighbor, Jenn Gray (thanks Jenn!!!), that it was a lot of fun. And we have never looked back. We were just as clueless when we joined as many of you were when you first joined. We had no swimming history in our family aside from a little lifeguarding. We really didn’t have a lot of friends in the neighborhood and at one point we contemplated putting our house up for sale to get closer to my work and our old Navy friends. But then something happened. We got to know people on the swim team. We made great friends. And we were introduced to a sport that has no losers, no judgments, and an amazing level of support (or even more so) for even the slowest and least talented swimmer on the team. We got involved. I heard that we had a whole neighborhood in our master plan of Stonehouse who couldn’t join our team because of rules. I stood side by side with Kim Watson and we made our case, and changed the rules. And now the Glen is part of our team. When Kim decided she needed to turn some focus to her family and business, I reluctantly took the reins, but decided if I was going to do this, I was going to give it my all.

I wanted to continue to mold this team into a place where every child has at some point been cheered on as loudly as if they were THE most important swimmer in the pool. Our team doesn’t play favorites. No one gets picked on. All our kids are loved on, encouraged and hugged. They are extraordinary teammates, because YOU are extraordinary parents. Bask in the moment of this realization and connection to this wonderous thing called Stonehouse Splash, because it is beautiful.

I believe, and I don’t want to push religion on anyone or anything, that God has a path for us in life, and is always steering us toward where we are meant to be. There is no reason why I should or would ever have become the ‘Splashfather’. I’ve never led a youth sports organization, or any other non-profit cause for that matter. I was guided here, and it was who I am meant to be in this time to help me on my journey through life. I am always happiest when I have high fived one of our swimmers (hopefully mine, but that doesn’t always work out, lol), after a Monster time cut performance, or when I’m pouring over our teams statistics, or when I’m typing my 1000th word at 2AM extolling your . The excitement of all of those moments flows through me like electricity.

And if there was ever a sport I would want my child to be involved with, and was going to rank the pro’s and con’s, I’d have to say one of the top pro’s in any sport would be that it could save my child’s life someday. This really is far more than a sport. Far more than practices and meets, ribbons and medals, champs times and monster time cuts. It’s life and death. If as a result of what we have taught your children, whether they are 5 or 18, they can extricate themselves from a dangerous situation in the water that ultimately would have claimed their life, would you say that every shift spent at concessions, every hour spent at officials training, every 730 wake up call to get to practice, every single painful or annoying thing that you have ever bemoaned about swim team was 100% worth going through? I do.

I know that was a long intro almost completely unrelated to the Champs meet, but I wanted to frame the final event of this season, and all of my emotions toward it, in that light. That everywhere we have been, and now where we are is a tremendous gift that you have all given me. And I thank you all for that.

I woke up on Sunday morning at 5:15AM , and immediately scanned my phone for Accuweather. My last peek around 11 had Thunderstorms in the forecast for 11AM, 2PM, and 5PM. Nothing had changed in 6 hours. Not good. I grabbed a quick shower and was off to Fort Eustis in about twenty minutes after about ten minutes of, “Im not forgetting anything, right?” As I pulled into Fort Eustis security, Karen ‘Recon’ Tyranski called me and let me know she found us a nice dry spot for our tents right next to the entrance to the pool deck. Sweet.

I was the announcer for the morning session Sunday, so I had to be on deck for first warmups, a full hours before any of the rest of our team did. You see, because of our monstrous size, we had now become an ‘anchor’ team in warmups, meaning we were given our lanes first, and other smaller teams were filled in the rest of the lanes. That made me smile. Warmups were uneventful, I intro’d the meet to the sound of the Olympic march in the background, ran through the National Anthem, and we were off.

Now, we are still a young team. So despite the fact that we do have some numbers in 11-18,  we are still a bit thin in a lot of places in the AM session. Well, not as thin as 1 swimmer (2011), but thinner than many. So I got to hang out a whole event for 11-12 boys IM to just settle in. Our first race was 11-12 IM, and we got off to a decent start, Mackenzie Flannigan holds her seed, and Sydney moves WAY up to 14th from 20th, but my heart aches a little for Holly Tyranski, who falls down out of ribbons with a tough race. We move on to 13-14 Boys, with The Natural. Cameron Massey is having a solid race, but after his fly is over, he turns over on his stomach transitioning to Backstroke. First Champs jitters no doubt. No biggie. Then we get our first medal of the day, and two more points places as Morgan Whaley, Shelby Watson and Faith Tyranski, all three with time cuts. New team record for Morgan. Very nice. At this point I’ll switch over to chronicle mode, which seems to have become necessary to capture the essence of the highlights of these big (though once not so big) meet results:

EVENT 8: Mackenzie continues a strong morning cutting time in Free and moving up to 17thto in the points in 19th. I get a cramp in my finger trying to update my running Facebook with the SIX swimmers times in this one event. SIX!!! And half of them are still only 11! SNAP!

EVENT 9: The Natural tickles the points range with an 18th finish in 13-14 Free.

MEDAL! EVENT 10: We once had a kind of soft, very raw swimmer on the team two years ago, decided to go swim WAC and came in like 58th place for almost 5 meets when she first started. Her name was Faith. I was reminded of that swimmer a little when I saw Faith Tyranski medal as 13 year old in the 13-14 Girl’s Free. That couldn’t be the same Faith…..could it??? Loved seeing Alex somewhat magically stay on her best time in the free despite sleeping through practice all summer…if only….

EVENT 11: See Comments for Alex above, replace “all” with “for half the”. So much talent!!

EVENT 14: Lexi Rydland swims her seed and gets 10th in Breast stroke. As an 11 year old. I’m not sure she could have identified a breaststroke from a lineup 15 months ago. Huge jump up for Kelly Brown too, to get in the ribbon group!

EVENT 15: The Natural moves up 5 spots to get in the points in 13-14 Breast. When does his unending string of incredible performances end??

MEDAL! EVENT 16: Shelby Watson gets beat out by Angelique Vo of Powhatan for third basically because she trimmed her nails the night before…. .01 seconds. Good medal though! New team record.

EVENT 17: Colin Allison swims right around his time, but drops 4 seeds…tough break!

MEDAL! EVENT 20: Holly Tyranski rebounds from IM by nailing her seed time. Medal at 11, nice!! Sydney Cawthon also ribbons at 12th!

MEDAL! MEDAL! EVENT 22: Awesome race, Morgan is just fractions of a second from snaring her first ever first place medal, and Faith is not far behind in 4th in 13-14 Back. New team record for Morgan.

EVENT 26: Great effort by Bella Tonk in 11-12 Fly,  with girls who literally looked twice her age. Needless to say they were surprised to look iver and find her at the wall already at the finish….13th place.

MEDAL! EVENT 28: Morgan is…well, Morgan. Unfortunately National Top Ten Butterfly swimmer Joelle Vereb is Joelle Vereb. Morgan takes the 2nd place medal in a race she made closer than it should have been. Shelby also claws up to 13th with a solid time cut.

MEDAL! MEDAL! So going into the Relays, with a little bit of ups and downs, we are actually two points ahead of projections. The Relays almost go exactly as planned for us, except that the Girls Medley moves up to 3rd, and the Boys break the Free Relay Record. The Girls Free Relay takes sixth and medals also…first ever time we have earned multiple medals in the relays!!

At this point we are in 10th. It looks like my Bold prediction for 8th overall and striking distance of 7th is in sincere jeopardy, right? Well I’ve got a secret….we are even better in the 10&Under races! Watch this…..you can see the medal designations above, this is about to get crazy. RAPID FIRE!!

MEDAL! EVENT 35: Men’s 10 &under IM: Ryan Allison sets another team record (what else is new).

MEDAL! MEDAL! EVENT 36: Women’s 10 &under IM: Kaitlyn Sullivan just out of reach but swims to seed for 3rd place, Julia Mcguirk moves up into the medals at 6th. Alexis Brown puts it in turbo and moves into ribbons from 18th!!

MEDAL! EVENT 37: Boys 6&under Free: Timmy Brown makes it look effortless sometimes. Good solid races by Luke, Conor and Ryan also.

MEDAL! MEDAL! EVENT 38: Kylee and Carly live up to their billing as two of the best 6’s by Medaling 1st and 3rd!! Anna Shnowske also ribbons in 12th.

EVENT 39: Medal breather. Joe Dill, 7, cracks the top 10, and Beckham Dollyhigh has a good race for 20th.

EVENT 41: Logan Gray cuts 2.5 sec in free. That’s a LOT in Champs.

MEDAL! MEDAL! EVENT 42: Kaitlyn Sullivan AND Julia McGuirk go 1-2 in Free—BEAST MODE!! Anna Brown and Alexis swim right next to the other, both get into the points as a result.

EVENT 43: Nolan Kline gets into the ribbons with an 11th place finish.

EVENT 44: Scarlett Tsipas loses her goggles on the dive, tough break.

MEDAL! EVENT 45: 9-10 Breast- You could tell he wouldn’t be denied. Ryan Allison powers past both the challengers for a FIRST PLACE finish in Breast. Logan and Lucas swim well, and Jacob Becker has a great time cut

MEDAL! MEDAL! EVENT 46: Kaitlyn and Julia…get used to hearing that for awhile! Kaitlyn takes first overall, and Julia is shortly behind in 3rd! Alexis Brown continues her career day moving up to 14th.

MEDAL! EVENT 47: Timmy Brown is literally in 5th place in this race…right up until the wall, when the rest of the kids start to get nervous about it, Timmy relies on his training, strokes his count and reaches up and there’s the wall, and he sneaks into 2nd place on fundamentals!!! Additionally Aiden Tarantino cuts an astonishing 3-4 seconds and ends up in the points. Dude’s father was helping him swim at the beginning of the season.

MEDAL! MEDAL! EVENT 48: Kylee and Carly again…get used to hearing those names together as well…I’m already writing records in pencil on the big board waiting for these two. 1st and 5th respectively!!

EVENT 49: 7-8 Back- Solid race for Joe Dill, second overall 7 year old finisher at 8th place. BAM. Beckham Dollyhigh also moves all the way up to 11th!

EVENT 50: 7-8 Back: nice time cut for Scarlett, she ends up 22nd

EVENT 51: 9-10 Back, new Ryan this time, Ryan Rydland has a nice 1.5 second time cut. Lucas Tonk has a solid race too.

EVENT 52: 9-10 Back, Maggie Watson and Anna Brown are 10th and 12th and the 4th and 5th overall 9 year olds in the race.

EVENT 53: 7-8 Fly, Nice finish to a solid day for Joe Dill, setting him really well for next year, taking 9th and breaking the 7-8 Fly record once held by Riley Moore!

EVENT 54: 8&Under Fly: I had to change that to 8& Under, because the only girls we have in this race are Carly Damon and Kylee McGuirk. 6 year olds in the 8&under race!!!

MEDAL! EVENT 55: 9-10 Fly- Another event, another team record. VERY fast race, and Ryan Allison responds to hold onto his 4th seed placement and medal.

EVENT 56: 9-10 Fly: Anna Brown wraps up the day of points with a solid 12th place.

I mean look at that! When they were announcing awards, the little kids parked in front had to be getting irritated, because every 30 seconds, someone was stepping over them to get to the medal podium. I don’t have the stats on who actually was the top scoring team in the PM session, but I’d be surprised if we weren’t first or second. This masterful performance vaulted us all the way from 10th at the break to 7th. SEVENTH. Above Ford’s Colony. And above Division 1 FIRST COLONY.

It really is almost unfathomable. I keep telling myself that there is going to come a day when I will just have to do one of these meet reports where I lament and console our team. That day was not Sunday. A few Stats:

We scored 588.50 points Sunday. Last year we scored 437 points. That was also 15 points more than I optimistically projected. Unreal.

Over a third of our swimmers are in the lower half of their age group and another third have times that will project them in the top 6 of the age group above them with their CURRENT TIMES.

In total, compared to our seedings, we moved up 51 total seeds on the day.

I counted 49 total best times out of a total 104 swims, which I am sure is off, but close. Just about half, on a day where it seemed the pool was a little slow.

11 team records were broken on the day, most from swimmers breaking their own records, but the Mens Free Relay (Ryan Rydland, Ryan Allison, Cameron Massey and Colin Allison) and Joe Dill’s Fly were both old records.

There will be some in the league that will be totally on their heels when they rifle through these results, and rightfully so. Im not going to lie, outpointing Ford’s Colony is very special. Even though First Colony was missing a few superstars, our points total really cannot be denied.

With all of you who have said they are going to head off to WAC or CGBD in the fall, or will try and squeeze some Rec Racers or Y in your schedule, all I can say is that I cannot wait until I see this team swimming again next Summer (wait….didnt I say that last summer?)

Going back to the top, I’m just so amazed at what we’ve been able to accomplish, and so proud of all your kids, as if they were my own.

….shoot, I’m late for the Splash Bash….see you tonite!!

That is All.

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