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Friday, January 30
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Anna Kenna - 2015 National Catholic HS Champion in 100 Back!

·      Anna Kenna is the National Catholic High School Champion in 100 Backstroke!

§ VISAA Top 16 Times report as of January 29th is now posted 

·      Loads of Updates Now Posted:

§ VISAA Division II Invitational Entries, Psych Sheet, Warm-up Schedule, Athlete Roster, Athlete Count and Timeline. 

§ JV Invitational Meet Results and Analysis (below and Coach's Corner) 

§ National Catholic Champs Meet Results and Analysis (below and Coach's Corner) 

§ Analysis of our January 17th Winter Invitational (below and Coach's Corner)

§ New State Champs Qualifiers (Brian Koehr)

§ New Team Records (Anna Kenna 100 Back)

§ New Personal Records

§ Updated Attendance Records thru January 26th  

 § A new album of photos from National Catholics in the Gallery 



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7th Grader Kaela Catabui Singing the Anthem at the JV Invitational

Monday, January 26
Anna Kenna Wins the National Catholic High School Championship in 100 Backstroke!

Wow!  It sure has been a great couple of weeks for Seton Swimming.  From Anna Kenna’s championship swim at National Catholics in Baltimore, to an incredibly fun Junior Varsity Invitational, to Cat Pechie’s big PR in 200 Free at our January 17th Invitational at Central Park, our team is really starting to do well – and just in time for the championship season. 

Coaching a team as big and as active as Seton’s can be an awful lot of work, but it is weekends like this past weekend that remind me of the great joy that the job has brought me over the years.  It was a gift that has me revived and ready for our run toward States. 

National Catholics 

There is so much to talk about, but I simply have to start with National Catholics.  Last weekend (Jan 24-25), we traveled up to Loyola University in Baltimore with seven (7) qualifying swimmers to compete in the National Catholic High School Championship.  We stayed in Baltimore’s Little Italy section and visited several interesting restaurants with our tour guide - the Siren of the Sea, Mr. Heim - but the most fun, of course, was the great swimming.

It was a very fast meet, but not too fast for our girls, all of whom had at least one opportunity swim during the championship finals.  With only six (6) girls and one boy swimmer, we had 11 Personal Records, one new team record – Anna Kenna broke her own team record in 100 Back by more than a second – and an individual National Catholic High School Championship.   

Here are the highlights from the meet

·       Anna Kenna was a star among stars for Seton in Baltimore:

o  Her singularly best performance was in 100 Backstroke, of course.  In prelims, she went a season best 1:00.06 to enter finals as the 2nd seed, with the prime competition coming from a girl from Notre Dame Prep in Baltimore and Bishop O’Connell’s top backstroker, a girl who was not at NoVa Catholics so we didn’t know about her.  Turns out she is a top USA swimmer so she was a force to be reckoned with.  

During warm-up for the Finals, we decided that her best chance was to improve her finish and try to take better advantage of her hips and core during her underwaters – and she was excellent with both aspects in the actual race.  On the breakout off of the start, Anna was already a quarter body-length ahead of the field, and that resulted in a .07 second lead over the ND Prep girl and a .70 second lead over the O’Connell girl at the 50 yard mark.   

The 2nd 50 was all heart from Anna who trains only about 7,000 yards per week.  A typical top USA swimmer may do literally 10 times that amount.  Could Anna hold on for a strong underwater off of her 3rd turn at that level of conditioning?  When all three swimmers hit the 3rd wall together, I knew it was going to come down that underwater and how she hit the finish.  When they broke out, Anna was the length of her head ahead of them – amazing!  And that was all she needed to hold on.  At the flags, she took one more stroke than normal as we worked on in warm-up, she touched hard, and she looked up.  She had won by .24 seconds with a 58.69!  No one could believe, including the two girls that she just beat – Anna came out of no-where in their minds, I’m sure. 

Let’s put that 58.69 in Girls 100 Backstroke in a little perspective:

§  As of January 25th, it is the fastest girls 100 Backstroke swum by any female from an independent school in the State of Virginia

§  It crushed our team record, held by Anna, by more than a second.

§  It was faster than Kevin Koehr’s backstroke time at the same point in his career.  Kevin was an All-America backstroker who swam on scholarship at Virginia Tech – and he’s a boy.  On the last weekend of January, 2004 Kevin went 58.91 in a meet at the Freedom Center.  

§  Her first 50 split was 28.31 and her second 50 split was 30.38.  With the level of conditioning typical of a USA swimmer who is training hard, it is typical for the 50 splits to be only one second apart.  In other words, she is fully capable of going :57 with nothing more than some basic conditioning.

§  The All-America Consideration time for girls 100 Backstroke is :56.62 – and Anna is only a freshman. So congratulations to Anna. 

Anna is Seton’s 5th individual National Catholic HS Champion following:

·       Kevin Koehr – 100 Backstroke

·       Nevin Cook – 100 Breaststroke (3X) and 200 IM

·       Jameson Hill – 200 Free (2X) and 500 Free (2X) plus twice voted National Catholic MVP and holder of two National Catholic HS records.

·       Alex Doonis – 100 Free 

o  But Anna did far more than just win an individual championship though.  She also took 6th place in 100 Free with a very fast 55:28, and she lead off two relays that qualified for the championship final.  In the 200 Medley Relay, she split 27.57 in 50 Back, easily the fastest split in the meet, and in the 200 Free Relay, she cut .56 seconds from her 50 Free PR to go a very fast 25.57!

o  All-in-all, it was quite a weekend for our freshman swimmer, Anna Kenna!

·       Our Girls 200 Medley Relay of Anna Kenna, Emily Heim, Alex Sinner and Claire Kenna is really starting to gel.  They took 5th place with a 1:54.70 – a 4.11 second PR!  Anna led-off with a her meet-fastest backstroke, as usual, but it was the other three girls that really improved – a lot!

o  Emily Heim split 33.11 in finals, a time that was .91 seconds faster than any time since last year at States.

o  Alex Sinner spent much of the season working to solidify her spot on this relay, and boy did she do it Sunday.  Here 28.27 split is easily the fastest on the team so far this season

o  And Claire Kenna rocked the anchor let with a 25.75.

o  Times are getting faster as we approach States, but using the Top 16 Times report through January 20th, that would be the 2nd fastest time swum by an independent school relay so far this season.  Unfortunately, the fastest has been swum by our Division II rival, Hampton Roads Academy.

·       Our Girls 200 Free Relay of Anna Kenna, Dani Flook, Kimberly Rector and Claire Kenna also qualified for the championship finals, ultimately taking 7th place.

o  The sum of their 50 Free PRs was 1:46.54, but together, they went 1:45.47.

o  All of them had tremendous splits, particularly Anna on the front end and Claire on the back-end, both with an identical 25.57!

·       Claire Kenna showed that she is so much more than just a sprinter – she’s a breaststroker!  In fact, after this weekend, I’d have to say that breaststroke is her best stroke! 

o  She entered the meet with a PR of 1:14.53, so imagine our surprise when we looked up at the scoreboard after her Preliminary swim and saw a 1:12.66!

o  In the Finals of 100 Breaststroke, she repeated that 1:12 again and took 8th place.

o  Claire also took 12th place in 50 Free with a 26.35.  I can easily see her breaking :26 from a standing start in the next two (2) weeks.

·       Kimberly Rector’s 500 Free sure was fun to watch.  She’s been fighting all year to get back to her PR in the event, and it took a fight with a strong swimmer from Mount de Sales Academy to pull it out of her.  In the Consolation Finals, Kimberly let the girl get a small lead and just hung on her hip for the first half of the race – and then she made her move.  The last 150 was very exciting with Kimberly holding her off to take 9th place with a 5:35.78, easily her best time since States last year.  Kimberly also took 16th place in 200 Free.

·       Our Girls 400 Free Relay of Dani Flook, Alex Sinner, Emily Heim and Kimberly Rector took 10th place.o  Both Alex and Emily were swimming this event immediately after 100 Breaststroke, so I was very pleased with their splits even though they’ve gone faster, and Kimberly swam right at her best time.o  But it was Dani Flook who was the stand-out in this one.

·       Dani Flook’s shining moment for the meet was in the Finals of the Girls 400 Free Relay when she led off with a 100 Free PR of 59.96, beating her previous best by 2.46 seconds!  Dani also took 19th in 100 Back and 24th in 50 Free with a .33 second PR.

·       Emily Heim, besides her great relay swims, had PRs in both of her individual events.  In 100 Breaststroke, she dropped .07 seconds from her State time last year to go 1:13.94 and in 50 Free, she cut .04 seconds from her PR.  She placed 13th and 39th in the events, respectively.

·       Alex Sinner scored in both the 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke, taking 15th place in each.  After that great butterfly relay split, I think we’re going to see how she might do in 100 Fly this coming week!

·       Brian Koehr was the odd-man out this weekend – literally. 

·       Brian Koehr was the odd-man out this weekend – literally. 

o  Brian had the distinctive honor of being Seton’s only boy to qualify for the meet – and he sure made the best of his opportunity.  While the Girl’s Prelims were on Saturday morning, the Boy’s Prelims were Saturday afternoon.  So after lunch, all of the girls came back to the pool to cheer Brian in his attempts to get State cuts in both the 50 and 100 Free. 

o  Their cheering must have really worked, because he crushed the cuts in both events.  First, in the 50 Free, he cut .51 seconds from his PR to 23.91, and then in the 100 Free, he cut .53 seconds from his PR to go 53.56.

o  Congratulations Brian for being Seton’s first male State Qualifier!

o  That time is pretty fast, so it got me wondering where it ranked among his brothers (other than Kevin).  It’s been a sort of right of passage when Koehr boys break :55 because that means they are faster than their mother was at Notre Dame ;-), but there’s also a not-so-quiet competition amongst themselves.  While I’m happy to report to Sean, Dan, Brendan and Patrick - Brian just beat all of you!



Monday, January 26
Seton’s 8th Annual Junior Varsity Invitational Was a Big Success

Earlier last week, I announced the Varsity team that will compete in the post-season for Seton where no more exhibition swimming is allowed.  Several years ago, after having the season for nearly half the team end abruptly at this point, we hatched the idea of a fun, season-ending meet for all of the members of Seton’s Junior Varsity team. 

The Junior Varsity Invitational was the result of that plan.  We had been running the State Championship meet for several years in a row at that point – how hard could this one be?  So we set out on a journey to create an annual event at the beautiful Fitch Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility, which was brand new at the time.   

The meet continues to grow.  On Saturday, we had 198 swimmers from 11 teams that traveled from as far away as Chesapeake, VA for a fun-filled meet where I do all of the announcing personally.  Fortunately, National Catholics was in Baltimore, so it was a short trip for me back down to Warrenton after the Girls Prelims to help get everything set up. 

The meet got off to a great start when Seton 7th grader Kaela Catabui sang the National Anthem.  She was wonderful!  I hope you all saw her picture on the home page.  And the fun continued, even through challenges with the CTS system.  When you get timers and stroke and turn judges dancing to the Romantics, you know people are having fun. 

I was very excited for the future of Seton Swimming while I watched so many young swimmers swim so well.  There were so many great swims that it is going to be impossible to mention all of them here, but here are the ones that struck me the most as I was announcing during the meet:

·       Ben Dealey, 9, just blew me away.  I saw this great butterfly, and I yell over to Mr. Dealey who was working the laptop, “Quick, who’s that?”.  How exciting it was for me to find out that his son had improved so much that I didn’t even recognize him.  Ben cut 2.94 seconds from his 50 Fly PR to take 11th place.  He also cut 4.04 seconds from his 50 Breast PR for 9th place and .07 seconds from his 50 Free PR for 20th place.

·       Caroline Griffin, 7, is going to be a good one, I can already see that.  She lowered her 50 Back PR leading off a relay by 1.66 seconds to go 34.18 – that’s very fast for a 7th grader.  She also cut .90 seconds from her 50 Fly PR.  That 50 Fly PR was good enough for 9th place.

·       RJ Kenna, 7, is the last in a long line of Seton athletes, and he’s already starting to show signs of being able to follow in his brother’s footsteps.  He went 40.58 in his first attempt at 50 Breaststroke to take 8th place.  RJ also took 14th and 15th in 100 IM and 50 Fly, respectively.

·       Patrick Murray, 9, showed how dramatically he has improved this season with a 18.18 second PR in 100 Free!

·       David Catabui, 9, looked stronger than I’ve ever seen him as he cut through the water in 50 Free and 50 Back.  He had PRs in both of those events, by .82 seconds and by 8.19 seconds, respectively.

·       Justin Fioramonti, 7, like his brothers, continues to make his parents look good.  He’s another hard-working Fioramonti boy who knows that, if you work hard-enough, you can even overcome your father’s genetics.  I really like what I saw in his 100 Free where he lowered his PR by a whopping 2.68 seconds.  His 50 Free also looked very strong with a .70 second PR.

·       TheresA Hartung, 11, has made such a great impression on me with her improvement this year, that I can even spell her name correctly now.  She had a 5.05 second drop in 100 Free and 1.78 second drop in 50 Free.

·       John Paul Kleb, 10, showed me some real potential in Butterfly after his 2.16 second PR to go 34.19.  Can’t wait to work with him some more on it next season.

·       Peter O’Donohue, 8, continues to improve on how well he can take advantage of his significant length.  He went 1:09.20 in 100 Free, an improvement of 1.53 seconds.  And in 50 Fly, he went 37.32, an improvement of 1.71 seconds.  I think Peter is going to score some serious points for us in the future.

·       Katharine Rowzie, 7, is going to be another good one for Seton.  Her 1:16.94 in 100 Free was 2.93 seconds faster than she’s ever swum before.  In 50 Back, she cut another big 1.65 seconds.

·       Edith Barvick, 8, kept getting my attention from the announcers stand, particularly during her 1:23.98 100 IM where she showed me that she has potential in all four (4) strokes.  Edith also had a big 2.01 second drop in 50 Back. 

Here are the other swimmers that wrapped up their season with Personal Records.  Remember, there are probably a lot of swims not mentioned here because, to get a PR, you have to have a previous time, and we don’t normally swim some of these events:

·       Katie Albin, 7, was super in 100 Free, lowering her PR by 1.34 seconds

·       Kaela Catabui, 7, didn’t just sing well, she also swam well.  How about a 7.23 second PR in 100 Free!

·       Drew Dalrymple, 7, is going to be a good one for us.  He broke :40 in 50 Fly for the first time with a 1.17 second PR.

·       Katie Dealey, 7, cut another .31 seconds off of her 50 Free PR.  Her 34.15 is starting to get pretty fast!

·       MacKenzie Farmer, 9, has developed a pretty strong butterfly, and it showed with her .28 second PR.

·       Rosie Hall, 9, has improved consistently all year long and that continued on Saturday when she cut 1.74 seconds from her 50 Back PR and .66 seconds from her 50 Breast PR.

·       Dominic Hartung, 7, is another one who has come a long way since the beginning of the year.,  I like that 2.65 second PR in 100 Free and that .79 second PR in 50 Free.

·       Therese Pechie, 8, jumped into the meet at the last minute and used the opportunity to PR in 100 IM, by 1.01 seconds and in 50 Fly, by 1.00 seconds.

·       Bernadette Hassan, 8, always raises her hand when I ask for a volunteer to try something new – like 50 Fly where she cut 2.00 seconds from her PR. 

And here were some other great swims from the meet:

·       Phillip Ashton, 10, swam for the first time at Seton as a sophomore, and has shown tremendous improvement in all four (4) strokes as evidenced by his 1:18.94 in 100 IM.  I have also been very pleased with how fast his freestyle is getting.

·       Nicholas Foeckler, 9, brought his own cheering section to the meet so that they could see the dramatic levels of improvement that he has experienced since the beginning of the season.  I’m sure his brothers could not help but be impressed with his freestyle and backstroke.

·       Gianna Gonzalez, 8, is another 1st year swimmer at Seton who has improved a ton!

·       Ryan Hall, 9, is nearly breaking :30 in 50 Free in his first year of swimming.  He’s so big and strong – I’m really looking forward to continue to help him develop as a swimmer for Seton.

·       Chris Hartung, 11, will definitely be moving to the big pool next year.  He made perhaps the most improvement of anyone on the team, but he was so helpful in demonstrating stroke concepts that I was teaching that I decided to let him be the “big fish in the little pond”.  1:10 in 100 Free for a new swimmer is really good!

·       Ruthie Hartung, 9, smiled most of the season – I would have too had I learned as much as she did.  Ruthie is a really good swimming student, and it will pay off for sure as she gets older.

·       Jeremy Kleb, 7, is going to be a leader on this team when he is older – I can already see it in him.  He also looks like he’s going to score a lot of points in Butterfly.

·       Anne Konstanty, 7, is always the first one to practice every morning.  She just quietly works and tries to apply whatever concept I’m trying to teach.

·       Marcie Van de Voorde, 7,  was awfully smiley this year – she must have been having fun getting better! 



Monday, January 26
Loads of Great Swims at Seton’s Winter Invitational at Central Park

It really says something about the quality (and quantity) of our parent volunteers that we can host a meet seven (7) teams – without the Head Coach!  Well that’s what we did on Saturday, January 17th.  And I really appreciate the ability to get away with my wife’s family to celebrate her parent’s 55th wedding anniversary.  Thanks so much! 

And how exciting it was for me to return home and see 66 new Personal Records – and a boy’s victory over Fredericksburg Christian!  I wish I could have been there for that! It looks like Battlefield had a pretty good team, particularly on the girl’s where we are pretty strong this year.  I would have loved to have seen that first girl’s medley relay where we out-touched them by only .69 seconds.  I think I would have also enjoyed watching Anna Kenna beat Courtney Jones from FCS in 100 Fly – Courtney is a very good swimmer. 

Here’s the way the scores turned out: 

Boys

Battlefield                 166          Seton                                       119

Seton                        159          Fredericksburg Christian          127

Seton                        144          John Paul the Great                 131

Seton                        190          Wakefield                                 72

Seton                        214          Wakefield Country Day            41

Seton                        229          Ad Fontes                                 3

Girls

Battlefield                 166          Seton                                       117

Seton                        156          John Paul the Great                 110

Seton                        184          Fredericksburg Christian           80

Seton                        202          Wakefield                                 47

Seton                        212          Ad Fontes                                37

Seton                        212          Wakefield Country Day            27 

From what I could see from the results, and from what I heard from the other Coaches, here are the most impressive swims from this meet:

·       What has Mrs. Fioramonti been feeding those boys?

o  Joe Fioramonti somehow cut 14.77 seconds from his 100 Fly PR – how do you do that?  He also cut .95 seconds from his 200 IM PR.

o  Justin Fioramonti somehow cut 10.42 seconds in 100 Breast.

o  Matthew Fioramonti somehow cut 9.21 seconds in 100 Fly.   He also cut .81 seconds in 50 Free, which is pretty big – he’s now going 26.62.

o  Mark Fioramonti had very strong performances in his first ever attempts at the 200 and 500 Free

·       Alex Ceol clearly had a nice swim in 100 Breaststroke with his 4.14 second PR.  Alex also cut another .44 seconds from his 50 Free

·       Kalli Dalrymple took her first shot at the 200 Free and did so well that her performance bumped her onto the post-season Varsity team – nice work Kalli!

·       Tommy Flook looks like he had a great swim in 500 Free, cutting 25.50 seconds and breaking 6:00 minutes – very nice Tommy!  He also cut .90 seconds from his 100 Breast PR

·       Dominic Hartung lowered his 100 Breast PR by 39.25 seconds and swam a completely legal stroke – way to go Dominic!  I also really like Dominic’s 8.99 second PR in 100 Free and his .67 second PR in 50 Free – he broke :40! 

·       Ruthie Hartung cut 11.27 seconds from her 100 Free PR to go 1:23.20 – a huge improvement from the beginning of the year!

·       Mary Heim looks like she had a heck of a meet with four (4) PRs!  She cut 8.86 seconds in 200 IM, 5.39 seconds in 50 Back leading off a medley, 1.10 seconds in 100 Breast, and .33 seconds in 50 Free leading off a relay.  That’s quite a day Mary!

·       Mark O’Donohue is really starting to get fast.  He went 58.81 in 100 Free after a .12 second PR.  He also cut 4.03 seconds in 100 Back.

·       Peter O’Donohue made great first-ever attempts at the 200 IM and the 500 Free – great job Peter!

·       Bridget O’Malley cut 30.74 seconds from her 500 Free PR – that’s a lot.  She also managed to cut a whopping 8.72 seconds from her 100 Fly PR!

·       Cat Pechie made me very proud with her 2.58 second PR in 200 Free.  I soooo sorry that I missed it Cat!

·       Paul Pechie – I really liked that 7.72 second PR in 200 Free and that .75 second PR in 100 Free!  58.82 in 100 Free is not too shabby!

·       Andrew Quinan had a big drop in 100 Breast, lowering his PR by 4.41 seconds to go 1:15.49 – that time is starting to get pretty competitive in the DAC.  Andrew also cut .23 seconds from his 100 Free PR leading off a relay and .02 seconds from his 50 Free PR to break :26 for the first time!  :25-high sounds so much better than 26-low, right Andrew!

·       Martin Quinan continues to impress me with his freestyle.  While I was gone, he cut another 5.60 seconds from his 500 Free PR.

·       Dominic Wittlinger has clearly learned something about Backstroke – he cut his 50 Back PR by 5.88 seconds leading off a medley!  He also cut 1.68 seconds in 100 Back and .69 seconds in 100 Free. 

Here are the Personal Records that I saw in the results that I have not already mentioned:

·       Philip Ashton had PRs in 50 Back leading off a medley by .12, in 50 Free by .45, and in 100 Breast by a whopping 4.77!

·       Ashley Cackett dropped 5.85 seconds in 200 Free

·       Kaela Catabui dropped a big 3.01 seconds in 50 Free and 1.52 seconds in 100 Breaststroke

·       Tim Costello has gotten pretty fast in sprint freestyle this season, and that continued at this meet with a .22 second PR.

·       Ben Dealey dropped 1.90 seconds in 100 Back and .23 seconds in 50 Free.

·       Katie Dealey had a really big drop in 100 Back – 5.46 seconds!  She also cut 1.12 seconds in 50 Free – that’s huge at this point in the season.

·       Patrick Dealey completed the Dealey Family PR streak with three (3) of his own – by 6.08 seconds in 200 IM, by 1.59 seconds in 100 Fly, and by .52 seconds in 50 Free leading off a relay.

·       Gianna Gonzalez cut a ton off her 50 Free time – how about 2.50 seconds to break :40 for the first time.

·       Caroline Griffin is getting really fast for a 7th grader – in 100 Free, after dropping another 1.46 seconds, she went 1:11.08

·       Patrick Hall cut 1.44 seconds from his 100 Breast PR

·       Rosie Hall had a really big PR in 100 Back where she swam 7.71 seconds than ever before.  She also cut nearly a second (.96 actually) from her 50 Free PR.

·       Ryan Hall lowered his 100 Breast PR by .74 seconds.

·       Bernadette Hassan smiled her way to a 1.02 second PR in 50 Free.

·       Sean Kellogg lowered his 100 Breast PR by 3.41 seconds

·       Anna Kenna cut .01 seconds from her 200 IM PR.

·       RJ Kenna had a big 3.63 second drop in 100 Back.

·       Jeremy Kleb had a nice .76 second PR in 100 Back.

·       John Paul Kleb also looks like he had a nice swim – in 50 Free, he cut .10 seconds.

·       Brian Koehr had two nice PRs.  In 200 Free, he cut 2.04 seconds and in 100 Back he cut .94 seconds.

·       Anne Konstanty cut 2.99 seconds in 100 Back.

·       John O’Donohue led off a medley relay and lowered his 50 Back PR by 1.00 seconds

·       Meghan O’Malley continued to improve in 100 Fly, lowering her PR by another .11 seconds.

·       Therese Pechie cut another .15 seconds from her 50 Back PR leading off a medley relay

·       Michaela Pennefather lowered her 50 Back PR by 3.09 seconds leading off a medley relay too.

·       Vivian Zadnik lowered her 500 Free PR by 4.75 seconds. 

Results from a Small Group We Sent to Richmond on Jan 16th

On Friday night before our Winter Invitational, we sent some “A” Relays and some Seniors down to Richmond to join Collegiate for a fun opportunity to get in a few more swims:

·       Dani Flook took advantage of the opportunity to cut another 3.19 seconds from her 200 IM PR.

·       Anna Kenna had a chance to swim Breaststroke for the rare time and lowered her PR by 1.83 seconds.

·       Brian Koehr also swam Breaststroke and lowered his PR by 1.12 seconds to 1:10.81 

New Qualifiers for the VISAA State Championship Meet

As of right now, the individual qualifiers for States are:

·       Dani Flook

·       Emily Heim

·       Anna Kenna

·       Claire Kenna

·       Kimberly Rector

·       Alex Sinner

·       Brian Koehr 

We also have a number of relays that have qualified.  The meet is February 13-14th in Richmond.  I have a block of hotel rooms reserved. I’ll do my best to publish a draft of our State meet entries very soon so we can start planning logistics. 

We are really pushing hard in practice during the month of January – do everything you can not to miss practice so we can all be ready for the last three (3) championship meets starting with our VISAA Division II Invitational this Saturday. 

The Remainder of the Championship Season

This National Catholic High School Championship was the first of four (4) championship meets for us this season.  The remaining three (3) meets are over the next three (3) weekends, including:

·       The VISAA Division II Invitational Championship – Saturday, January 31st at the Freedom Center

·       The DAC Conference Championship – Saturday, February 7th at St. Michael the Archangel

·       The VISAA State Swimming and Diving Championship – Friday and Saturday, February 13-14th at the Collegiate Aquatic Center in Richmond. 

Entries and information are posted for the Division II Invitational next Saturday.  All Varsity swimmers should be on deck ready to stretch by 12:39 p.m. at Freedom.  Non-varsity swimmers are of course welcomed to join the team on deck – but wear your uniform. 

See you at practice! 

Coach Jim Koehr



Tuesday, January 6
Imagine

You are a 7th grader on the Seton Swim Team. 

Not only is it your first year at Seton, it may even be your first year at school.

Maybe you’ve swum for your summer league team, or maybe you’ve never swum competitively at all, but swimming for the big, bad perennial champion high school team is a really big deal for you.   You may even find it intimidating – you may be worried that you will never be good enough.

But you came out for the team and are starting to find your way.  You are starting to see yourself getting better, and you are starting to build a little confidence.  You’ve made some friends, many of whom are on the swim team. 

The Coach puts you in an exhibition relay with some upper classmen.  They are much bigger than you – you look up to them.  It seems like it will be forever before you will be as big – or as good – as they are, but you hope the day will come. 

You may be nervous because you’re never quite sure when your relay event will come up - so you find them on deck early to make sure that you don’t miss the event completely and let them down.  The Coach might be mad if you miss your event, so that adds to your worry.   

You are entered as the last swimmer in the relay, so you stand by the blocks and cheer for the big boys on your relay while they swim, nervously awaiting your turn.  When the time comes, you step up on the block – it seems so high – can’t I just dive from the deck?  But what will people think?  So you climb up and when your teammate comes in, you muster the courage to dive in. 

You swim with all of your might – all you hear is the splashing of your stroke and all you feel is your heart beating harder.  You finish the race – I did it! 

Then you look up and the other swimmers on your relay are already gone.



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