Wow what an incredible 4 days at the USMS 2014 Short Course Yards National Championships held in Santa Clara May 1-4. There is no possible way to convey everything that we saw and did at this meet. We laughed and cried (with joy), danced, jumped up and down, yelled and screamed for our teammates, swam our bodies into exhaustion and just simply had a wonderful time. To be able to have Nationals in our own “backyard” was such a blessing. We took 20 swimmers to the meet, swam 73 individual events and 5 relays and, frankly, the results far surpassed anything we coaches thought we’d see for this young team. I’ve got pictures up on our Facebook site and will get them up on our team photo site asap.
Some of the team accomplishments were:
- This was a first time Nationals meet for 15 of our 20 swimmers
- 11 of our 20 swimmers came away with a total of 16 medals
- All 5 of our relays set new team records
- 36 new team records were set in individual swims
- 37 lifetime bests (in Masters) were set by our swimmers
- 45 personal bests (in their current age group) were set by our swimmers
There were so many highlights to those individual swims and relays:
- Rebecca Arnold medaled in her 50 Breast with a 35.70 for 9th place
- Cassandra Coffee had a strong meet with season bests in all her swims and a blistering 29.21 in her free leg on the relay
- Kayla Coffee (first Nationals meet) had great swims, especially her 50 Back where she was 8th (a medal!!), her 100 Back (11th) and her 50 Fly (12th)
- Margaret De Somma got a new lifetime best in her 50 back and with it, the team record!
- Kate Eby medaled in the 1000 free and hit a lifetime best in her 500 free (crying with joy after that one!)
- Germana Fabbri in her first Nationals did great with lifetime bests in 50 Free, 100 IM and 50 Back. We discovered she has an awesome dive start!
- Anice Flesh, 77, wowed us with her medal placement and her free leg on the relay (a 44.70 for a 50 free!). She took 2nd in the 100 Breast, 3rd in the 200 Breast and 3rd in the 100 IM
- Coach Cokie Lepinski was thrilled with her performances this weekend, getting season bests in all 6 swims, medaling in two events (200 Breast, 200 IM) and having a stellar 50 Fly on the relay
- Michael Lessin had his first meet with Swymnuts and his first Nationals meet swimming the 100 free in his best time and discovering just how brutal the competition is in that event
- Jane Mothersill had her own t-shirt “See Jane Swim” and it seemed to provide some good luck in her 100 Breast with a 4-second drop in time and a new team record. She was also solid in her 100 Free, 200 Breast and 100 IM
- Jack Naylor competed in the 50 Breast in a good time (not his best but still, a 30.77?!?!) and also provided an even faster split on the relay (30.22). Thanks Jack!
- Crystal Pinkston is still on Cloud 9 with her 1000 Free 7th place medal (and a 10 second drop in time) along with a huge drop in her 500 Free and under 8 minutes for the first time ever!
- Coach Susie Powell wowed us with her stamina in the 400 IM and set team records in that and three other events. She also walked away with two medals (400 IM – 7th and 50 Fly 10th)
- Bob Reed had a nice drop in time in his 50 Free (26.78)!
- Lea Reizman was on fire – four swims, for lifetime bests, 4 team records and a 7th place medal in her 50 fly!
- Jana Strycker is our Fly Queen – no doubt! She had a 1:11.59 (12th) and a 30.29 on the 50 good for a medal (9th). She also has a pretty wicked start!
- Erica Sutherland was impressive as always. Let’s start with her #1 finish in the 50 Back in a lifetime best of 30.87. That means she is the National Champion for the very first time (there will be more, trust me). She also had a lifetime best 100 Breast for a new team record and a medal for 9th (1:19.04); a strong 50 free (28.63) and a strong 50 fly (31.43)
- Mimi Willard at her first Nationals scored a 10th place medal in the 100 Back and had 5 of her 6 swims in her best times, setting team records in two of them and narrowly missing a medal in her 200 Free (2:44.69, 11th). She just keeps getting better and better!
- Nick Winer was THE MAN in the freestyle events. He had lifetime bests in the 50, 100 and 200 Free. He dropped 1.6 seconds in his 50 free going 25.99; dropped a WHOPPING 6 seconds in his 100 free (56.31) and swam a very fast 200 Free in 2:12.10 (his first ever 200 Free). He was grinning all meet!
- Marlon Woolf set new lifetime bests in all 6 of his swims, setting team records in the process. Blazing fast 50 free (25.23), 100 free (56.46) and 200 free (2:07.35 a 3 second drop).
The support this team gave to each other was phenomenal. We had an absolute blast and it is a meet I will forever treasurer.