The USA Swimming Mini Champs was an extremely fast meet with many 8 years swimmers setting meet records and making Summer 2008 JO Cuts. William Cerbone, Liam Naturale and Zack Wolbert competed against swimmers from PA, NJ, NY and DE.
William Cerbone swam in the 6 and under age group and swam the 25 breast and 50 free with close to best times. He was one of only a few 5 year olds in the meet.
Liam Naturale swam the 50 free with a best time of 46.91, the 25 breast with a best time of 27.82, 25 back with a time of 26.27, the 100 IM with a best time of 1:57.82, 25 free with a time of 21.08, 50 breast with a best time of 1:05.08, the 25 fly with a best time of 22.83, and the 100 free with a best time of 1:47.71. Liam placed in the top 16 in 7 out of 8 of his events.
Zack placed 4th overal in high points only loosing to first place by less than 10 points and he did not finish a race lower than a 4th. He swam the 100 fly in a new team record and Junior Olympic time of 1:22.09 (2nd place), the 25 breast in a new team record time of 18.94 (3nd place)(Old record was 19.50 set by B.J. Conklyn in 1996), the 50 fly in a new team record and Junior Olympic time of 34.29 (2nd place), the 100 breast in a new team record time of 1:37.18 (3rd place), the 100 IM with a best time of 1:26.00 (4th place), the 50 breast in a new team record and Junior Olympic time of 41.72 (3rd place)(Old record was 42.00 set by Brendan Walsh in 1999), the 50 free in a best time and Junior Olympic time of 31.54 (2nd place), the 100 free with a in a new team record time of 1:15.09 (2nd place), the 200 IM in a new team record time of 3:07.71 (4th place).
It was a great weekend and the boys had a great time.
With this weekends USA Swimming MINI Champs our Winter Season is wrapping up. It has been a “GREAT!” season with too many great swims and broken records to talk about. Our Girls team was League Champs which was the first time since 1990 they have won the overall title. Our boy were in 2nd place and look good for next year to move to 1st. We had a lot of fun and a great group of parents helping out when ever they were asked. As we move to the Spring Swim Team Season keep the following in mind.
If you continue to swim through the Spring, Summer and Fall you will be on the top of your game next year. There are so many swimmers who within 1 full year become great champions and great team members. So if you can work it out keep swimming even if you are doing a spring or summer sport. Swimming is a skill that takes a long time to perfect and taking time off can make it difficult to come back in the fall as a top swimmer.
Spring Swim Team Starts Monday March 31st. We expect to have a strong Spring Team with a good number of local “High School” stand outs joining. We are going to try to get as many swimmers as we can to join USA Swimming (It is not required). There are a few great meets with USA Swimming this spring that will help all swimmers to get some great competition.
The USA Meets are posted on our Meet Schedule on our team web site. Make sure you sign up before the deadline as they close very fast. I do expect to have close time lines as short as 72 hours after they are posted in the more popular USA Meets as we have been shut out in the past. 2 meets that I would like to see a large number of our swimmers attend are the GAAC Meet which is a sort course yards meet and the Princeton Meet in June. These are great meets and there is great competition at these meets.
We are once again going to host our Mayfly Swim meet. The date and time are posted on our meet schedule. We are also going to host the Pocono 500 meet on Monday April 28th. There is going to be no entry fees for this meet and no awards.
IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR SPRING OR SUMMER DO SO ASAP AS THE FORMS ARE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE.
Good Luck to William Cerbone, Liam Naturale and Zack Wolbert this weekend at MINI