February Swimmers of the Meet

What an absolutely fantastic February of swimming our Buckeyes put together.  We had a lot of racing with our 14-unders at the Dayton Raiders & Regional Championships and our High School swimmers finishing the school season with Sectionals, Districts and States!

Our Age Group swimmers kicked off the month by traveling to our favorite hosts, Dayton Raiders.  The single age meet is a great confidence builder with many of our swimmers qualifying for finals.  We were super proud of our swimmers efforts in the pool and their terrific support of each other throughout the week-end.  two swimmer stood our with BIG meets. First, Elena Benz, age 8, competed in her first 100 free, 50 breast and 50 fly AND earned best times in the 50 free, 50 back and 100 IM.  This is Elena's first winter of swimming, and she has come a long way from her first meet this past fall. Way to go Elena!  Next, Wyatt Hanley, age 11,  had a HUGE meet with best times in 7 of his 8 swims and and finals in all swims.  What we loved most about Wyatt's meet was his attention to his coaching.  He really focused on the details & then finished each race asking for more improvements in his technique.  Way to go Wyatt!!

The Age Group swimmers closed the month with a fabulous Regional Championship meet.  21 of our swimmers walked away from the meet with a full slate of best times!  We also finished the meet as the team with the highest percentage (71%) of best times, crushing all of our competition by a wide margin!!  In the end we chose four of our many stand out swimmers to receive swimmer of the meet recognition:
Ashley Sallows, age 12,  picked up six new JO cuts time in all & finaled in all 7 of her events. Her swims included huge drops in the 200 back (17 seconds), 200 free (4 seconds), 50 back (2 seconds) and 100 fly (2 seconds).  Congratulations Ashley!
Jacy Mox, age 14, had a great meet with a full slate of best times, finals in both backstrokes and a 20 second drop in the 500!  Jacy is also a terrific team leader, providing a calm voice of 'maturity' to our energetic Scarlet group. WTG JACY!!
Thaine Nederveld, age 13, put together a fantastic meet with drops & finals in all of his races.  His standout swim was by far his MILE, with impressively steady splits and a full MINUTE drop.  Way to go Thaine!
Sam Evers, age 13,  had a huge leap in his training just before Regionals and it paid off in a full slate of best times and two finals swims.  His focus on his own swimming was terrific, utilizing race strategy and technique to his advantage.  We are very proud of you Sam, congratulations!!

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