Message from Coach Kevin - April 15th

Posted by Birmingham Blue Dolphins on Apr 15 2023 at 08:49AM PDT

Dear Swimmers and Parents,

In spite of the fact that I added a completely new set of practices our spring tune-up is full with a healthy waiting list. We will work through the list and try to squeeze in as many of our swimmers as we can …..

Our National Team was nothing short of stellar. The five-day meet is a new challenge for many of our swimmers and we could see exhaustion setting in, but they rallied at every opportunity. Our boys finished tenth and the team finished sixteenth. We are really proud of their performance! Ethan Schwab was a double national champ in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, he was fourth in the 200 IM. Gus MacDonald was third in the 200 breast, fourth in the 400 IM, sixth in the 500 and sixteenth in the 100 breast. Ian Duncan was fourteenth in the 200 back. AJ Farner was sixteenth in the 1000 free and 1650 free. Evan Tack was 15th in the 200 IM.

Our men’s 400 Medley finished tenth (Ian Duncan, Ethan Schwab, Mayer Krieger, Jack Higgins), our 200 Medley was tenth (Evan Tack, Ethan Schwab, Mayer Krieger, Jack Higgins). The 800 free relay finished eleventh (Angus MacDonald, Ethan Schwab, Evan Tack and Ian Duncan), setting a new team record.

On our girls’ side, Samantha Clifford finished fourteenth in the 200 free and Kelley Hassett was eleventh in the 500 and the girls’ 800 free relay finished fifteenth (Kelley Hassett, Demetra Bicos, Avery Anderson, Samantha Clifford).

Mayer Krieger, Patrick MacKillop, Ian Duncan, Evan Tack, Sam Clifford and Kelley Hassett also qualified for and swam in the “C Finals” (Places 17-24) in various events.

For the first time the Y had a special finals heat reserved for fifteen and under swimmers. Unfortunately it is unscored. Avery Anderson, AJ Farner, Jack Higgins, Skyler Jansen and Charlie McCuiston qualified for and swam in those races.

It is a huge meet. Over 200 YMCA teams were in attendance, fewer than half of the teams scored a single point. The RAYS finished forty-fourth and Farmington was fiftieth. We had twenty-four swimmers qualified and twenty attended the meet. AJ Farner was named our BBD “rookie of the meet.”

Our kids were inspired by a visit from Olympian Cullen Jones, who brought his gold medal to provide a little inspiration.

It was a magical week. Thank you to our national team leader, Bill Clifford, for leading our parents.
See you at the banquet!