July 14-15 we visited Three Chopt for the last meet of the regular season. Despite the meet being postponed due to weather, almost everyone made it back to close out the regular season in style with some VERY fast swimming! Despite battling hard and winning a number of relays, we fell a little short: the final score was 1310-1560 in favor of Three Chopt. The full results can be found here.
Triple-PR swimmers: Owen Andrews, Mollie Bowman, Jeff Green, Anne Claire Hart, Patrick Hinkle, Jackie Milley, Charlie Prideaux, Andrew Russell, Parker Shepherd, Lucie Speck, and Nate Winters
Quadruple winners: Taylor Biltz, Colin Fenster, Ian Stevenson, Zoe Trenz
Triple winners: Will Coker, Chris Gilliam, Hank Holland, William Kurz, Frances Melvin, Parker Shepherd, Kathryn Strait
New Personal Best Swims
The best measure of success for a swimmer in a meet is to set a new personal record (PR) in an event, and many swimmers did so at this meet. This week, an amazing eleven swimmers (listed above) equalled or bettered their best times in three individual events, the maximum possible. Many other swimmers set at least one personal best time. Getting a best time in a meet is something to be very proud about!
The largest single drop of the meet was recorded by Camilla Burnside, who dropped a over 32 seconds from her previous best 50 butterfly time, recorded earlier this summer in the meet against Westwood! Not far behind Camilla was Victoria Wright, who dropped over 28 seconds in her 50 fly to dip under one minute for the first time. Well done, ladies!
A number of swimmers achieved new JRAC standards at the meet.
- New champs qualifying times were achieved by: Jeff Green, Anne Claire Hart, Finley Holland, Luke Logan, Jackie Milley, Grace Phaup, Reese Pugh, Mason Shepherd, Molly Sleman, and Paul Sundberg.
- New Regular time standards were achieved by: Owen Andrews, Casey Fenster, Ellie Grace Robinson, and Nate Winters.
- New X time standards were achieved by: Owen Andrews and Taylor Biltz.
There were a lot of impressive time drops to get those new standards! I can’t remember the last time there were 10 new qualifiers in a single dual meet. Perhaps the most impressive new time standard was that of Reese Pugh, who dropped 6 seconds to qualify for champs in the 50 breast. This was Reese’s first QUAL time in her age group. 6-year-old Paul Sundberg likewise qualified for Champs for the very first time by going a best time in the 25 free. Congratulations to all these Riptide swimmers!
Ridgetop Top 10 and Records
A new team record was set: Hank Holland shaved 0.3 sec off the team record previously held by Luke Saunders in the Intermediate boys 50 freestyle. This swim and quite a few others made it to the Ridgetop All-Time Top 10 list, as summarized below. Congratulations to all these swimmers!
- Aidan Cassidy: 25 breast (7th)
- William Kurz: 100 IM (7th)
- Taylor Biltz: 50 back (4th)
- Kate Farmer: 100 IM (2nd)
Intermediate Girls and Boys
- Emily Pilc: 50 free (4th)
- Frances Melvin: 50 fly (10th)
- Schuyler Biltz: 100 IM (6th)
- Kathryn Strait: 50 free (5th)
- Hank Holland: 50 free (1st, new record)
- Ian Stevenson: 50 back (8th)
- Charlie Prideaux: 100 free (9th), 50 breast (7th), 50 fly (9th)
The coaches are proud of the energy and sportsmanship of everyone who participated in the meet, whether they are specifically mentioned here or not. Well done, everyone!