Sunday, March 18, 2007

Scheriger Attains a Top 16 National Ranking

Paige Scheriger attains National Ranking at Swim Meet

March 18, 2007……Several thousand swim fans at the Southeastern Swimming Short Course Championship Meet this past weekend in Nashville saw Indian Lake Elementary 5th Grader Paige Scheriger lead a contingent of Excel Aquatics swimmers to a 3rd Place team finish at the Meet. 45 teams, comprising 872 swimmers from Tennessee, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle competed in the Championship Meet.

Scheriger won Gold in 6 of her 7 individual events in the Girl’s 10&Under category (scoring 137 of 140 possible point). In doing so, she set 4 Excel Team Records, won the Meet’s High Point Trophy for 10&Under Girl’s, and achieved a nationally ranked Top 16 time in the 100 Yard Breaststroke during the preliminary heats with a time of 1 minute, 16 seconds, and 24 hundredths.

Scheriger took home Gold in the Finals in the 100 Yard Backstroke (1:10.68), 200 Yard Individual Medley (2:32.22), 100 Yard Individual Medley (1:10.45), 200 Yard Freestyle (2:14.06), 100 Yard Breaststroke (1:16.37), and 50 Yard Backstroke (0:32.65). Scheriger’s lone Silver was in the 50 Yard Breaststroke (0:35.49).

Scheriger shattered the Excel Aquatics team records in the 100 Yard Individual Medley and 200 Yard Individual Medley, records that have stood for over 10 years since former Hendersonville High School and current University of Florida swimmer Samantha Vanderbilt set them in October 1996. The records Scheriger broke in the 50 Breaststroke and 100 Yard Breaststroke were set in early 2002 by Jax Painter, a current Franklin High School swim star.

“When you consider that Excel Aquatics is 24 years old, and has a long history of developing champions in the pool, Paige’s accomplishments is noteworthy.” Excel Assistant Coach John Barnes noted.

Also representing Hendersonville and Gallatin at the Championship Meet were Excel swimmers Madison Kolbe, Katie Mize, Brittany Zobl, and Jimmie Joe Boone. “Paige and her training partners did wonderful this weekend at the championships. Coach Andreea Ianoli-Mitrofan has done an exceptional job with them and the rest of her squad this year.” Barnes concluded.

Excel Aquatics will be conducting a Summer League Tune-Up for summer swimmers beginning on April 17th. For more information contact Sheree Zobl at (615) 826-3943.

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