Message from coach kevin- March 21st

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins on Mar 21 2023 at 09:23AM PDT

Dear Parents and Swimmers,

Our athletes have been the perennial Great Lakes Zone Meet champions. They haven’t even finished second since 2011. They were in fine form this weekend. The championship banner they won represents thousands of hours of teaching and practice and it manifest itself in many stellar performances. It was great to see so many swimmers compete in their first zone championship as well as those who have been there many times. It appeared that our families had a great time at the pool and away from the pool as well.

Our Zone Champs:
Brody McCuiston 10 and under 200 IM, 100 back, 100 IM and 50 back
Ozan Saraydar 10 and under 50 fly (and he’s only 9!)
William Quarrier 10 and under 100 breast and 50 breast
Malin Murphey 11-12 50 back
Jack McCuiston 11-12 100 IM
Skyler Jansen 1000 free
Matt Garza 1000 free
Angus MacDonald 200 free
Caroline Lee 1,650 free

We won several relays. The boys’ 9-10 200 medley relay of Brody McCuiston, Will Quarrier, Ozan Saraydar and Eric Dunn set a new team and Great Lakes Zone record.

We added two new girls to our National Team: Skyler Jansen and Demetra Bikos! Congratulations!

Mayer Krieger set a new team record in the 200 fly at the “Day-After” Meet.

Middle School League Meet champs…Quinn O’Neill 200 free and 50 fly (Bodhi Chinnaiyan was second), Charlie Michael 100 IM and 50 breast (Oliver Grake was the runner-up to Charlie in both races), John Hofley 100 back.

Now we are set up for the last two meets of the season: MAGS in Grand Rapids and Nationals in Greensboro. To those swimmers who have completed their season…..enjoy your break and follow your teammates.

Spring Tune-Up:
In spite of the fact that we are in the whirlwind championship season we need to plan for spring and summer. We have had a lot of interest in the spring session which begins in late April and ends right before Memorial Day weekend. Summer begins the Tuesday after Memorial Day. While we know many of our athletes will be doing another spring sport or doing a tune-up with their summer club in the spring, a lot are looking to us. You will be receiving a survey soon asking about your interest in a spring program. We have some pool time, but we will try to secure more if the interest is there, so please answer the survey promptly. Older swimmers who plan to swim in the summer program are expected to train in the spring.

The success we have enjoyed in the last few weeks is because of the work the swimmers have done over a long period of time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t just happen. Swimming is an unforgiving sport!