Friday, August 12, 2011

Scheriger Qualifies for Olympic Trials!


Scheriger Qualifies for Olympic Trials  

August 12, 2011 - Hendersonville Tenn.  Paige Scheriger just moved one step from her dream  of competing as a swimmer in the Olympics.  

The Pope John Paul II High School sophomore, who trains year round with Excel Aquatics, qualified for the 2012 USA Swimming Olympic Trials by clocking 2 minutes, 35.74 seconds in the 200 breaststroke Monday, 0.25 seconds below the required standard, during a preliminary heat at the USAS Long Course Junior National Swimming Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. 

Previously, her best time had been 2:38.40.

Scheriger finished 17th overall in the 200 Breast in Finals; and then took 30th overall in the 100 Breast later in the week, clocking 1:14.69 in Finals.

The USA Swimming Olympic Trials Meet will be held next summer in Omaha, Neb., from June 25 to July 2.  

"Paige is a wonderful young lady to coach," said John Barnes, her former coach at Excel/Gallatin, a competitive swim squad. "She rarely complained during practice and usually gave 100 percent day in and day out.  During meets she implemented the strategies we worked on in practice; and she is a fierce competitor who loves to get up and race against whoever is in her heat." 

As a freshman last season at Pope John Paul II, Scheriger took fourth in the state 100-Yard Breast. 
In August 2004, Scheriger was placed into Excel/Gallatin's Silver II training squad, having already learned the basics of the sport of swimming for Hendersonville's Indian Lake Swim Club's summer swim team.  Her first coach at Excel was Hendersonville's AJ Miley, who guided her to the 8&Under Southeastern Swimming championship in 2005.   

From there Scheriger progressed through Coach Andreea Ianoli-Mitrofan's Silver I group, and in 2007, Paige won Southeastern Swimming's 10&Under Girl's individual High-Point Award.  Ianoli-Mitrofan's is a former national champion in Romania.  

In April 2009, Scheriger moved into the Gold group at Excel/Gallatin, and began training with Coach Barnes, who as the senior coach at Excel/Gallatin, had been monitoring Paige's training and progress for the past four plus years.  

When Barnes retired from the sport at the end of 2009, Scheriger transferred to Excel/Brentwood to train with a former University of Tennessee All-American Kate Chronic.   

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Riley Gaines is taking the County by Storm!!!

Gaines Making Splash on County Swimming Scene

February 7, 2010….Weather may have postponed the annual Excel Aquatics Mardi Gras Meet by a week; however it only served to give Riley Gaines another week to prepare for the meet.

Gaines, a 9 year old swimmer who trains with Excel Aquatics in Gallatin, stepped up and added two more qualifying times to her total for the upcoming Southeastern Swimming (SES) Short Course Championships at the end of February in Nashville; while adding her first Age Group Sectional Championship cut for that meet which is held in Charlotte NC in March.

Swimming in the 9-10 year old Girl’s category, Gaines added SES times in the 100 Yard Individual Medley (1:21.04) and the 50 Yard Freestyle (0:32.16).  Gaines had gained previous SES cuts in the 100 Yard Backstroke, 50 Yard Backstroke and 50 Yard Butterfly.  It was in the 50 Butterfly that Gaines added an Age Group Sectional cut with a time of 0:34.88.

“Riley joined Excel this Fall, and has made an immediate impact on the county swimming scene,’’ Excel Site Coordinator ShereĆ© Zobl noted.  “She was initially in Coach Mike Ballard’s training squad where she worked to refine her stroke skills, while adding some conditioning and did very well there.”

“After Christmas, the decision was made that based on her performances to move her into Coach Andreea Ianoli-Mitrofan’s squad, and despite being 2 years younger than her new squad mates, Riley hasn’t missed a beat, and she now has 5 SES cuts total.  The AGS cut was a great achievement.”

Other swimmers who made a SES Short Course Championship time cut: Paige Scheriger – Senior Girl’s 200 Yard Backstroke; Allie Riley - 11&12 year old Girl’s 50 Yard Freestyle and 200 Yard Individual Medley; Schuyler Daniel - 11&12 year old Girl’s 100 Yard Backstroke and 50 Yard Backstroke; Kathryn Cole - 11&12 year old Girl’s 500 Yard Freestyle, 50 Yard Backstroke and 200 Yard Freestyle.

In addition to Gaines, those who made Short Course Age Group Championship time cuts: Paige Scheriger - 13&14 year old Girl’s 200 Yard Backstroke; Allie Riley – 11&12 Girl’s 100 Yard Backstroke; Kathryn Cole – 11&12 Girl’s 200 Free and 100 Back.

Bradley Gillilan attained a Senior Sectional Championship time cut in the Senior Boy’s 400 Yard Individual Medley.

Event winners were Madison Kolbe in the 13&14 year old Girl’s 50 Yard Breaststroke; Bradley Gillilan in the Senior Boy’s 200 Yard Individual Medley, 200 Yard Freestyle, and 400 Yard Individual Medley; and John Mainland in the Senior Boy’s 500 Yard Freestyle.

12 Sumner County swimmers from Excel Aquatics placed in the Top 8 in a cumulative total of 63 events.  They were:
Madison Kolbe: 13&14 Girl’s 50 Breast (1st); 100 Breast (2nd); 50 Fly (4th); 200 Breast (4th); 50 Back (5th); 100 Back (6th); 200 IM (8th); 50 Free (8th).
Bradley Gillilan: Senior Boy’s 200 IM (1st); 200 Free (1st); 400 IM (1st); 100 Breast (2nd); 200 Back (3rd); 100 Free (5th); 100 Back (5th); 50 Free (8th).
Paige Scheriger: 13&14 Girl’s 50 Breast (2nd); 200 Back (2nd); 200 Breast (2nd); 50 Back (2nd); 50 Fly (3rd); 200 IM (4th); 200 Free (6th); 50 Free (7th).
Kathryn Cole: 11&12 Girl’s 500 Free (4th); 50 Fly (5th); 200 Free (5th); 50 Free (5th); 200 Breast (5th); 50 Breast (6th); 100 Free (6th); 100 Back (6th).
Riley Gaines: 10&U Girl’s 50 Fly (2nd); 100 Back (4th); 50 Back (5th); 100 IM (6th); 100 Free (7th); 50 Free (8th).
Allie Riley: 11&12 Girl’s 100 Breast (4th); 50 Free (4th); 200 Breast (4th); 100 Back (5th); 100 Free (7th); 200 Back (7th).
John Mainland: Senior Boy’s 500 Free (1st); 50 Breast (3rd); 50 Back (3rd); 200 Free (6th); 100 Back (7th).
Austin Beech: 8&U Boy’s 25 Breast (6th); 25 Fly (6th); 50 Back (6th); 50 Free (8th); 25 Free (8th).
Bryce Anderson: Senior Boy’s 200 IM (2nd); 100 Fly (5th); 100 Free (7th).
Maggie Coley: 8&U Girl’s 50 Breast (5th); 100 IM (8th); 25 Breast (8th).
Schuyler Daniel: 11&12 Girl’s 200 Fly (4th); 200 Back (8th).
Leigh Ballard: 10&U Girl’s 100 Back (7th).

The next meet for swimmers working to attain an SES qualifying time will be the District Championship in Brentwood on Feb 20-21.  For those with SES cuts, the SES Short Course Championship is Feb 25-28 in Nashville.

For more information on competitive swimming opportunities in Sumner County, visit, or visit the Gallatin Civic Center and speak with a coach.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Zobl Makes All-Region Team!!

Zobl leads county swimmers at High School Region Meet

January 30, 2010….Eight swimmers from Sumner County High Schools placed in the Top 16 at the MTHSSA Region High School Championship Meet on Friday in Nashville. The Region meet is a qualifying meet where swimmers have to attain a qualifying time standard in order to compete.

Placing in the Top 16 in their individual events were:
• Brittany Zobl, JP2HS, 2nd in the Girl’s 50 Yard Freestyle, and 4th in the Girl’s 100 Yard Freestyle.
• Kelsey Wiese, HHS, 5th in the Girl’s 100 Yard Backstroke.
• Abbie Wood, JP2HS, 5th in the Girl’s 50 Yard Freestyle.
• Bryce Anderson, MHMS, 6th in the Boy’s 500 Yard Freestyle.
• Kathryn George, JP2HS, 7th in the Girl’s 100 Yard Butterfly, and 12th in the Girl’s 100 Yard Backstroke.
• Kylie Gallerani, HHS, 10th in the Girl’s 500 Yard Freestyle, and 15th in the Girl’s 200 Yard Freestyle.
• Blaike Alexander, HHS, 15th in the Girl’s 100 Yard Breaststroke, and 16th in the Girl’s 200 Yard Freestyle.
• Alek Nochowicz, JP2HS, 15th in the Boy’s 500 Yard Freestyle.

Zobl, a Sophomore at JP2, was named to the 2010 All-Region Team for her 2nd Place finish at Regions. Zobl was the only swimmer from Sumner County so recognized as All-Region this year.

In addition to swimming for her high school, Zobl trains on a year-round basis with Excel Aquatics in Gallatin with Wiese, Wood, Anderson, George and Nochowicz.

“Brittany had two great swims, and she was not tapered at all for this meet”, Pope John Paul II Assistant Coach John Barnes noted. “She made All-Regions in the 50 Free, and missed All-Regions by only 0.04 seconds in the 100 Free. Brittany is a tough girl who is a joy to coach.”

Zobl also led the JP2 Girl’s 200 Free Relay (Zobl, Sarah Bush, Wood and George) to a 3rd Place finish in the meet; while the JP2 Girl’s 200 Medley Relay consisting of the same girls finished 8th.

The JP2 Boy’s 200 Free Relay of Sam Geist, John Mainland, Shaun David Coppock and Nochowicz finished 6th; while the JP2 Boy’s 200 Medley Relay of Geist, Nick Massa, Coppock and Nochowicz place 12th.

The Hendersonville Girl’s 200 Free Relay of Alexander, Gallerani, Sarahi Pacheco and Wiese placed 7th; and the HHS Girl’s 200 Medley Relay of Wiese, Alexander, Emily Whobry, and Gallerani placed 9th.

The Station Camp Girl’s 200 Free Relay of Alle Hunter, Kristan Cartwright, Caroline McCrory, and Nicole McAfee placed 14th; and the SCHS Girl’s 200 Medley Relay of Jenna Milinsky, McAfee, McCrory, and Hunter placed 16th.

Among the Top 16 Team Scoring at the meet, the Pope John Paul II Girl’s Swim Team finished 8th in the Region, while the Pope Boy’s placed 15th. As a combined team, Pope finished 8th overall.

“While the JP2 girl’s are losing Kathryn George to graduation this spring, we are gaining two of the top 8th Graders in the state who will be attending JP2 next year”, Barnes explained. “The JP2 girls should be better represented at Regions next year if they stay the course, and they should place higher than 8th.”

The State of Tennessee High School Swimming and Diving Championships will be held February 12th and 13th in Nashville.

Full results of the Region meet may be found at For more information on swimming in Sumner County, visit or on Facebook search for “Swim Sumner County”.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Excel Aquatics Fall Fest Meet Results

September 28, 2009…. 23 swimmers from Excel Aquatics/Sumner County, who train in Gallatin, took to the water this past weekend in the Excel Aquatics Fall Fest Swim Meet in Brentwood TN, Sept 25-27.

Two swimmers won three total events between them. Bradley Gillilan won the Senior Boy’s 1,650 Yard Freestyle, coming in at 15:41.26, a drop of 31.49 seconds from his previous best time. Gillilan also won the 500 Yard Freestyle in a time of 4:39.12, another personal best time. Gillilan’s time of 2:01.01 in the 200 Yard Fly was good enough for a 2nd place finish and a Senior Sectional qualifying time.

Brittany Zobl, a Sophomore at Pope John Paul II High School, won the Senior Girl’s 50 Yard Freestyle in a time of 0:25.70, just a fraction off a personal best time.

Four swimmers who attend High School in Sumner County attained an astounding 24 High School State Qualifying times between them. High School State times have to be re-attained each year.

Zobl attained cuts in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, and 200 Individual Medley (IM). Zobl also attained Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championship Times in the 200 Free and 200 IM.

Kathryn George, a senior at Pope John Paul II High School, attained cuts in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, and 200 IM. George also attained Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championship Times in the 200 IM.

Alek Nochowicz, also a Senior at Pope John Paul II High School, attained cuts in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Back, and 200 IM.

Bryce Anderson, a Sophomore at Merroll-Hyde Magnet School, made his State cuts in the 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly, and 200 IM. Anderson also attained Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championship Times in the 200 Free, 200 Fly, and 1,000 Free.

Top 8 Finishes:

Bryce Anderson - Senior Boy's - 3rd 1650 Free, 4th 500 Free, 8th 200 Fly

Mary Grace Anderson - 8&U Girl's - 6th 100 Free, 7th 100 IM

Austin Beech - 8&U Boy's - 3rd 50 Back, 5th 25 Free, 5th 50 Free, 8th 25 Back

Schuyler Daniel - 11&12 Girl's - 5th* 50 Fly (*or 3rd?)

Ben Ellis - 8&U Boy's - 7th 50 Back

Kathryn George - Senior Girl's - 3rd 100 Back, 3rd 100 Fly, 5th 100 Free, 5th 200 Fly, 5th 200 IM, 8th 100 Breast, 8th 200 Breast

Bradley Gillilan - Senior Boy's - 1st 500 Free, 1st 1650 Free, 2nd 200 Fly, 6th 200 Breast

Emily Harris - 8&U Girl's - 8th 25 Back

Erica Harris - 8&U Girl's - 3rd 100 Free, 5th 100 IM, 5th 50 Free, 5th 50 Back, 5th 25 Free, 6th 50 Back

Madison Kolbe - 13&14 Girl's - 4th 200 Breast, 5th 50 Free, 5th 400 IM, 5th 1000 Free

John Mainland - Senior Boy's - 8th 1000 Free

Makensie Moses – 10&U Girl’s – 2nd 500 Free

Taylor Moses - 13&14 Boy's - 4th 1650 Free

Alek Nochowicz - Senior Boy's - 5th 1650 Free, 5th 1000 Free

Allison Riley - 11&12 Girl's - 7th 500 Free

Paige Scheriger - 13&14 Girl's - 2nd 100 Breast, 2nd 200 Breast, 3rd 200 IM, 3rd 400 IM, 4th 50 Free, 4th 200 Back, 6th 500 Free, 7th 200 Fly

Brittany Zobl - Senior Girl's - 1st 50 Free, 2nd 100 Free, 3rd 200 Back, 4th 100 Back, 6th 200 Free, 6th 200 IM, 8th 400 IM, 8th 100 Fly

Also participating in the meet: Caroline Allen, Maggie Coley, Riley Gaines, Jacob McCrory, Michael Treesh, and Anna Zikovich.

“Our 8&Under swimmers have done great, many placed in the Top 8 in their events, and our 10&Unders were real close in a lot of events,” Coach Barnes pointed out. “We are proud of how hard they work and their excitement in swimming.”

“At Excel Aquatics/Sumner County we work with swimmers at all levels of training, and we focus on leaving no one behind. Coaches have told me that if you had watched Gillilan as a new 6 year old swimmer, you wouldn’t think he would eventually be competing at the Senior National level, and yet through technique and dedication, he is now the top Long Distance swimmer in Middle Tennessee and is being recruited by major colleges across the nation. We did not leave Gillilan behind all those years ago, and now he is inspiring the current young swimmers who train with us to strive to compete with him one day.”

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