NCA was over 150 strong over two days of competition at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex in Coronado this weekend, representing the team during the start of the most exciting weeks in the swimming world – the Team USA Olympic Trials! B and C level swimmers from all our sites participated in the meet, with some exciting and unexpected events being swum by swimmers of all ages, such as the 400m freestyle.
B and C meets are integral to the development of our team – many swimmers competed in their first ever long course meters (LCM) meet and discovered that there was a whole new world of time standards to be met! Swimmers achieved their LCM B, A, and Junior Olympic time standards. Most importantly, plenty of personal bests were broken and many set themselves a first best time, no longer a “NT” (or No Time). As Coach Rob said, “Now is the Time!” to swim something new and swim it fast!
B/C meets are also a great opportunity for new families to get to know the rhythms of a swim meet. We had many parents volunteer with timing – without it, the swimmers would not be able to have an official result. The weekend was filled with smiles from swimmers, parents, and coaches. It was incredibly exciting to watch Kendyl Stewart swim in the heats of her 100m fly on our phones right before the B/C meet started – seeing that green cap representing in Omaha gave us chills as we watched the next generation swim their first ever 100m fly.
Congratulations to all the newly minted B level, A level, and J.O. qualifiers. We can’t wait for the next opportunity to race!
This past weekend a team of 87 swimmers (up from 54 qualifying last year) traveled to the NOVA June Age Group Championship meet in Irvine. The sun was strong, but NCA brought the heat! It was great to travel out of our LSC, race with prowess, and represent North Coast. We came home with a number of best times, new Sectional/JO/Far Western cuts, event winners, and plenty of lessons learned. Championship meets provide us great opportunities to come together for relays as well. Our 11-12 boys relays were a highlight of the weekend. The team of A. Ladman, B. Ellis, L. Zhu, L. Brown broke the 200 Medley Relay SI record by over 3 seconds with a 2:05.06. This ranks them as the second fastest relay in the nation this year. In the 200 Free Relay, B. Ellis, L. Zhu, B. DiMaria, and L. Brown broke another SI record by over 3 seconds with a 1:52.51. This is currently fastest relay in the nation! And finally, the 400 Free Relay of B. Ellis, N. Parsons, L. Zhu, and L. Brown broke the SI record by over 6 seconds posting a time of 4:03.75, another #1 time in the nation!
Let’s not forget it is not only our teammates that make us better, but our competition as well. Thank you to everyone who cheered and supported our athletes this weekend. And thank you athletes for being gracious and shaking hands with your competitors after each race. We are proud of you! Keep up the great work, JO’s is only a few weeks away!
Please be sure to join us in raising money for Rady Children’s Hospital. Come swim laps to raise money for this great cause. 100% of all proceeds will go to Rady Children’s Hospital.
To donate please visit: give.rchsd.org/goto/radysetswim
You may also click here to download the Sponsor Sheet.
Where: Lawrence Family JCC 4126 Executive Dr. La Jolla, CA 92037
When: Saturday June 11, 2016 10am-11am
For more questions please contact Adam Ladman firstname.lastname@example.org