Saturday, January 15, 2005

Baylor Swim Meet Results

Brittany Zobl and Kyle Lee Excel In Chattanooga Swim Meet

January 15, 2005……15 members of Excel Aquatics who train in Gallatin traveled to Chattanooga for the recent Baylor Swim Club Invitational, Jan 7-9th. Making the trip from amongst those who live in Hendersonville and Gallatin were Bryce Anderson, Mary Catherine Binkley, Eric Duke, Nathan Fulps, Nikki Fulps, Kathryn George, Kyle Lee, Chelsa Messinger, Katie Mize, and Brittany Zobl.

“At our younger level, both of the Fulps, George, Zobl, and Anderson train with Coach Andreea Ianoli-Mitrofan. They are doing phenomenal in their development. Coach Andreea was a Romanian Swimming National Champion in the 800 Free, 400 IM, and 200 Breaststroke. Her college thesis was written on the training of the Female Swimmer in the 800 Meter Freestyle. She is quickly becoming the new Gold Standard of coaching Sumner County swimmers in the 11 to 14 year old age groups.” Excel Assistant Coach John Barnes announced.

Brittany Zobl, a 11 year old Sumner Academy student, dropped times in all 8 of her individual events. Notable drops occurred in the 100 Breaststroke, 100 Backstroke, 100 IM and 50 Butterfly. “Brittany, and the rest of her training squad, had great time drops. She is just off her Southeastern Qualifying times in the Backstroke events, and should get those soon if she keeps listening and learning from Coach Andreea.” Barnes stated.

Kyle Lee, a Junior at Hendersonville High School, had time drops in 6 of his 8 events. Lee took first place in the 200 IM, second in the 200 Backstroke, 200 Free, and 200 Breaststroke; third in the 100 Breaststroke, 100 Free, and fourth in the 200 Butterfly. “This was a great meet for Kyle, he’s been training well in practice, setting the pace for the rest of his squad. Just 8 days before this meet he completed an 11,000 yard workout, and recently started a dryland workout program.” Barnes noted. “He’s not rested, and yet he turned in best times in many events, that’s hard to do at his level of intense training.”

Other swimmers with notable time drops were Nikki Fulps (200 Free, 2:31.80, dropping 14.09 seconds); Nathan Fulps (50 Free, 0:29.79, dropping 1.06 seconds); Kathryn George (200 IM, 2:28.63, dropping 3.87 seconds); Bryce Anderson (50 Back, 100 Fly, 200 Free, and 100 Back with more than 3.8 seconds drop in each); and Eric Duke (100 Back, 1:08.21, dropping 0.94 seconds).

“All of our kids swam well, some of the older kids were off a bit from their personal bests, and that is too be expected with where we are at in the training cycle we are following. The older ones are looking forward to the State High School Meet and USA Swimming Sectionals, and will be tapered for that. Overall our older girls, Chelsa Messinger, Katie Mize, and Mary Catherine Binkley are progressing very well with their training.”

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