On July 5 we visited CCV for our fourth meet of the season. Hard to believe we are two-thirds of the way through our regular season! The hosts won the meet, 1742-1261, though I am proud that we again broke 1200 points in the tough Blue division. The full results can be found here.
Triple-PR swimmers: Maddie Andrews, Ellery Ayers, Matthew Burnside, Madeleine Cullop, Jack Davis, Chris Gilliam, Roger Hart, William Kurz, Hannah Mahan, Airel Ogden, Norah Pascual, Ella Post, Molly Sleman, Keagan Southall, Lucie Tindell, Weston Williams, Madoc Winters.
Quadruple Winners: Ian Stevenson, Zoe Trenz.
Triple Winners: Maddie Andrews, Owen Prusek.
New Personal Best Swims
One of the best aspects of meets for the coaches is reviewing all the best times achieved by our awesome swimmers! That’s because at Ridgetop we celebrate improvement above all else, and the best measure of success for a swimmer in a meet is to set a new personal record (PR) in an event. Many swimmers did so at this meet! In fact, 17 swimmers — listed above — achieved PRs in THREE events, the maximum possible. Many, many other swimmers set at least one PR; getting a best time in a meet is something to be very proud about. Way to go Riptides!
For the second week in a row, the single biggest time drop of the meet was recorded by Alexander Moore; this time he dropped over 14 seconds in the 50 back. Other swimmers with drops of 10 or more seconds were Ashe Romans and Dorothy Romans; the Romans almost made it a clean sweep for the family for the second week in a row, as Connor came just short of 10 sec with a (still impressive!) 9.1 second drop in the backstroke. Also impressive were big drops by Matthew Burnside (16.4 sec combined drop in two events), Jack Davis (14.3 sec total drop in three events), and Matthew Guise (14.2 sec total drop in two events). Many other swimmers lopped off large chunks of time in their events; great job, team!
New Time Standards Achieved
Quite a few swimmers improved their JRAC Speed Classifications at the meet.
- New Champs qualifying times were achieved by: Caroline Boykin, May Brickhouse, Maddie Cassidy, Electra Cimino, Jack Davis, Elise Gresham, Linos Grice, Luke Logan, Hannah Mahan, Ann Haden Payne, Bjorn Petersson, Miles Prusek, Lily Roberts, Tommy Roberts, Christian Sleman, Keagan Southall, Millie Speck, Eliza Sundberg, Lucie Tindell, Madoc Winters.
- New Regular time standards were achieved by: Owen Andrews, Ellery Ayers, Logan Cohn, Matthew Guise, Anne Claire Hart, Roger Hart, Mina Leino, Miles Prusek, Mason Shepherd, Brandon Smith.
- New X time standards were achieved by: Owen Prusek.
- New XX time standards were achieved by: Taylor Biltz, Norah Pascual, Owen Prusek
Having swimmers in a variety of speed classifications in every age group gives the team a lot more weapons in dual meets, so achieving new time standards helps your teammates in a very tangible way!
Ridgetop Top 10 and Records
Molly Sleman set a new Ridgetop record in the Mite Girls 25 freestyle with a time of 17.33 sec, eclipsing the old record of 17.44 set by Kate Farmer in 2010. Wow, great swim! A number of other swims from the meet made it to the Ridgetop All-Time Top 10 list, as summarized below. Congratulations to all these swimmers!
- Molly Sleman: 25 free (1st)
- Norah Pascual: 50 back (4th)
- Grace Phaup: 50 fly (9th)
- Kate Farmer: 50 free (4th)
- Lucie Speck: 50 free (6th)
- Taylor Biltz: 100 free (5th), 100 IM (5th)
- Maddie Andrews: 50 back (5th), 50 fly (9th)
- Owen Prusek: 25 breast (2nd), 25 back (9th)
- William Kurz: 50 free (10th), 50 fly (7th)
- Will Coker: 100 free (10th), 50 back (9th)
- Hank Holland: 50 breast (4th)
The coaches are VERY proud of the energy and sportsmanship of everyone who participated in the meet, whether they are specifically mentioned here or not. Awesome job, everyone!