SUMMER IS fLYing BY!
GREAT WORK SWIMMERS!
Ashley Mauzy set three new team records at the VSI Senior Champs in Richmond: the 17-18 girls 100 meter back, 100 meter fly, and 400 meter IM. Ethan Navarro nabbed a 6th place finish in the 400 meter free with a AAAA swim, and Steven Mills dropped 4 seconds from his personal best 200 meter fly. Luke Weisenstein chopped a whopping 10 seconds from his best 200 meter breaststroke. Evan Navarro sheared almost 3 seconds from his 100 meter breaststroke and Devin Creger had four personal bests and swam four AAA times.
LY swimmers are cruising through the Summer Long Course meets. Summer Awards in Christiansburg saw JC Gordon set four new team records - 8 & under boys 50 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 50 fly, and 100 fly. Brother John-Michael Gordon picked up an AG Championship qualifying time in the 200 backstroke. Tanner Gage picked up an additional qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke. Brendan Murray chopped 30 seconds off his 400 freestyle while his brother Matthew was shedding 38 seconds from his 400 free. Daniel Murray took over 12 seconds off his 200 backstroke. Evan Navarro had a personal best in the 100 fly with a 6 second improvement, while Austin Orange picked up an A time in the 100 free and dropped over 7 seconds from his 200 breast. Joshua Bodine raced to over a 5 second improvement in his 200 freestyle, while Makenzie Chenault took over 3 seconds off her 200 backstroke. Makayla Pendleton took over 5 seconds off her 200 free and almost 6 seconds off her 400 IM. Holly Peterson picked up "B" times in her 100 breast and 200 IM. Sutton Schonfelder dropped over 2 seconds from his 200 freestyle, while Lexi Plogger took over 12 seconds off her 100 fly. Emmie Summy sheared time from her 50 free to race to an "A" time, while Madison Sitton took almost 5 seconds off her 200 freestyle. Ashley Sennett chopped a whopping 8.5 seconds off her 200 breaststroke while little brother Kyle raced to a 25 second improvement in his 400 freestyle. Congratulations to everyone and GOOD LUCK to all our swimmers who are going on to Virginia Senior Champs and Age Group Champs!
Congratulations to LY graduates! Blake Nowakowski will be graduating from Jefferson Forest and continuing his education in the fall at the College of William and Mary. Blake Proffitt will graduate from EC Glass and go on to swim for the College of Charleston. Evan Navarro finishes up an AA degree at CVCC and will go on to attend the University of Virginia. And Haley Jennings will graduate from Jefferson Forest and leave the pool deck for the halls of James Madison University in the fall. LY will miss all of them, and we wish them well as they forge into the exciting future!
At the recent season ending banquet where LY celebrated the accomplishments of all its swimmers, Evan Navarro wrote an inspiring reflection of his year, which I share with you here:
"For myself, swimming with LY is not just about making it to the next level of championship meet, or getting a gold medal. This past year with LY has shown me what swimming at the National level is really about. Although I didn't achieve my goals, I realized that those who actually put forth the effort and show work ethic in practice are those who are getting the most out of the experience. It's not always going to reveal itself as a big time drop or a successful championship meet, but as the respect you gain from both yourself and your true friends increases, you begin to realize that swimming, just like anything else worth doing in life, is worth putting your heart in to. Whether it's overcoming a disease like diabetes or a conflicting school schedule, commitment to the sport even when you feel like quitting is what sets the true-hearted athlete above the rest."
CONGRATULATIONS! To Blake Nowakowski who was recently recognized as a Scholastic All American by USA Swimming. Blake was also recognized along with Blake Proffitt and Ashley Mauzy as Swimmers of the Meet at the final High School meet this season held at the Jamerson Family Y. Blake Nowakowski was also the VHSL Conference Swimmer of the Year and the silver medalist in the 200 IM at the Eastern Sectional meet!