Meet Recap: JRAC 2014 Championship

The 2014 JRAC Championships were held July 24-25 at the NOVA Aquatics Center. After spending much of the meet in 7th place, Ridgetop surged into 6th place on the final day on the strength of our showing in the butterfly and free relay events. The full results can be found here.

Quadruple-PR swimmers: Will Coker, Tory Farmer, Frances Melvin, Carter Payne
Triple-PR swimmers: Anna Bowles, Logan Cohn, Colin Fenster, Ian Fraser, Hank Holland, Ben Melvin, Turner Phaup, Miles Prusek, Hayden Schwartz.
Double winner: Frances Melvin
Single winners: Tory Farmer, Chris Gilliam, Hank Holland, William Kurz, Ryley Ogden, Brandon Smith, Ian Stevenson

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  13 swimmers (listed above) equalled or bettered their best times in three or more individual events.  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 Rory Notley, who dropped over nine seconds from his previous best 50 back time to take 4th place in the event! Not far behind Rory was Lucie Speck, who dropped over 7.5 seconds in her 50 fly to claim 5th place. Well done!

Current best times, sorted by name, are found here. Use them to set goals and measure your progress.

New Standards

A number of swimmers achieved new JRAC standards at the meet. Bolded names are swimmers who will remain in the same age group next year and so will benefit from swimming in their new speed classification.

  • New Regular time standards were achieved by: Madeleine Cullop, Ella Davis, Casey Fenster, Ian Fraser, Anna Gilliam, Jeff Green, Rory Notley, Carter Payne (2), Charlie Pilc, Ella Post, Mason Shephard (2), Brandon Smith, Lucie Speck.
  • New X time standards were achieved by: Will Coker (3), Tristan Frantz, James Fraser, Chris Gilliam (2), William Kurz, Frances Melvin, Turner Phaup, Hayden Schwartz, Parker Shepherd, Brandon Smith, Ian Stevenson (2).
  • New XX time standards were achieved by: Schuyler Biltz, Tory Farmer (2), Colin Fenster, Hank Holland, Frances Melvin, Ryley Ogden, and Sebastian Ramirez (2).

Tristan Frantz dropped almost 3.5 seconds to claim his first X time as well as a 3rd-place medal in the 50 fly; all told he has dropped 8 seconds in this event since 2013 Champs, getting first R and then X times along the way. Wow! And now 13-year-old Will Coker will start next year with an additional three X times in his age group. Nice job!

Ridgetop Top 10 and Records

Ten new team records — eight individual and two relay records — were set. Four individual records were set by Zoe Trenz, three by Hank Holland, and one by Schuyler Biltz; these are listed below. In addition, the two Senior mixed relays both set new records: Tory Farmer, Zoe Trenz, Ryley Ogden and Colin Fenster in the Medley Relay and Zoe, Colin, Ryley and Ian Stevenson in the Free Relay.

New swims in the all-time Top 10 are shown below.

Midget Boys

  • William Kurz: 50 back (8th), 50 breast (8th)

Junior Girls and Boys

  • Taylor Biltz: 50 back (3rd)
  • Sebastian Ramirez: 50 free (6th)
  • Tristan Frantz: 50 fly (10th)

Intermediate Girls and Boys

  • Emily Pilc: 50 back (9th)
  • Frances Melvin: 50 free (2nd), 100 breast (5th)
  • Schuyler Biltz: 50 free (1st, new record)
  • Will Coker: 50 free (7th), 50 back (9th)
  • Brandon Smith: 50 free (8th)
  • Chris Gilliam: 50 back (8th)
  • Hank Holland: 50 free (1st, new record), 50 breast (1st, new record), 50 fly (1st, new record)
  • Jeff Green: 50 breast (10th)

Senior Girls and Boys

  • Ryley Ogden: 100 free (3rd), 50 fly (5th)
  • Zoe Trenz: 50 free (relay leadoff; 1st, new record), 50 back (1st, new record), 50 fly (1st, new record), 100 IM (1st, new record)
  • Kathryn Strait: 50 back (7th), 50 breast (6th)
  • Abby Holland: 50 breast (4th)
  • Ian Stevenson: 50 back (7th), 50 fly (4th), 100 IM (5th)
  • Charlie Prideaux: 50 free (8th)
  • Tory Farmer: 50 back (3rd), 50 fly (5th), 100 IM (4th)
  • Colin Fenster: 50 back (4th), 100 breast (3rd), 100 IM (3rd)

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!

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