Monday, January 22, 2007

Excel Swimmers at Baylor Meet

Excel Swimmers Heat up the Pool in Chattanooga Swim Meet

January 22, 2007……Excel Aquatic’s youth movement was in full force this past weekend at the Baylor Invitational Swim Meet in Chattanooga TN. Swimmers participating from Sumner County were Allie Riley, Madison Kolbe, Alyson Gomer, Jimmie Joe Boone, Paige Scheriger, Caroline McCrory, Brittany Zobl, Haley George, Kathryn George, and Katie Mize.

Hendersonville’s Jimmie Joe Boone led the contingent by improving his time in all 9 events he competed in, adding a significant 53.20 second drop in the 11&12 Year Old Boy’s 500 Yard Freestyle. “Jimmie Joe has been working hard to change his stroke technique, and is working hard at practice. I think we are seeing the results of his efforts, and we look forward to continued improvement from Jimmie Joe.” Excel Assistant Coach John Barnes stated.

In the 10&Under Girl’s category, Hendersonville’s Madison Kolbe and Paige Scheriger placed in the Top 5 in all of their events, 8 each. Both had significant time drops coming in the 100 Yard Butterfly. Scheriger has qualified for a total of 12 events in the upcoming Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championships. Kolbe has qualified for a total of 7 events as a 10& Under, however she will be aging up to the 11&12 year old category just before the Championship meet and is now closing in on obtaining the cut in the older category in the 50 Yard Breaststroke.

Riley, 9 year old from Hendersonville, showed continued improvement in her strokes and events. “Allie is a first-year swimmer at this level and has been working a lot on her strokes and conditioning. She is progressing quite nicely, and we expect her to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.” Barnes noted.

Gomer, an 11 year old from Hendersonville, dropped times in 6 of her 8 events, with significant drops in the 100 Yard Individual Medley, 100 Yard Backstroke, and 100 Yard Freestyle. “Alyson has gotten more aggressive in her attitude towards racing, and we are seeing real nice time drops as a result.”

Among the older group of swimmers at the meet from Sumner County, Brittany Zobl improved in 6 of her 7 events. In the 13&14 Year Old Girl’s 100 Yard Backstroke, Zobl took home a second place finish with a personal best time of 1:03.33, dropping 2.48 seconds and obtaining a Senior Girl’s SES Qualifying Time. Other notable time drops came in the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 200 Yard Backstroke in which she obtained a 13&14 Year Old Girl’s SES Qualifying Cut. Brittany stepped up quite nicely at this meet, and put together some good swims. She will continue to improve the more she swims the events of 200 yards and greater.”

White House’s McCrory dropped times in 5 of her 8 events, and swam the 13&14 Year Old Girl’s 200 Yard Breaststroke and 400 Yard Individual Medley for the first time in her career. “Like all of the kids who train with Coach Andreea Ianoli-Mitrofan, Caroline is continuing to improve in terms of technique and racing ability.”

Kathryn George, a Freshman at Pope John Paul II High School, took home first places in the 13&14 Year Old Girl’s 100 Yard Butterfly and the 200 Yard Butterfly. Kathryn also swam to a new SES qualifying time in the 100 Yard Breaststroke, brining her qualification event total to eight. Haley George, a Junior at Pope John Paul II High School, improved her times in the Senior Girl’s 200 Yard Freestyle and 50 Yard Freestyle. Katie Mize, also a Junior at Pope John Paul II High School took home a 3rd place in the Senior Girl’s 200 Yard Individual Medley and a 4th Place in the 200 Yard Butterfly.

Those interested in working on their stroke technique and water conditioning before the start of the summer are invited to join Excel Aquatics for their annual Spring Tune-Up for Summer League Swimmers to be held April 16 through May 19th. Contact Shereé Zobl at 826-3943 for more information.

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