2018 marks our 25th year swimming at the YMCA Aquatic Center. Last year was a great year with multiple new team records and great swims by everyone.
Coach Lucky Meisenheimer started the program in 1993 and my how we have grown! We encourage all Special Olympics swimmers to come out and join our program for the 2018 season. We will use this blog to update information about the team during this year’s season. Make sure you email subscribe by going to the right-hand sidebar and clicking on the email subscribe box. All the links to our website can be found in the right sidebar as well.
Patti Wittick’s mother Peggy Wittick passed away on Oct 17. Pattie’s sister Colleen wanted the team to know. A nice lady she will be missed. Information on the services can be found found by Clicking Here.
On a happier note Gregg Dedic won his age group at the 1st Annual Rowdy and Lucky 1.5 Kilometer open water swim. This is the first official race that has been hosted at Lucky’s Lake Swim. Lucky has requested to have Lucky’s Lake Swim be the host site for the 2022 Special Olympics Nationals open water swim. The aquatics competitions will be held at the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center.
As most of you are aware, the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center has been doing renovations, which is long needed and great. Currently, they are renovating the main woman’s locker room, which is closed. All female swimmers need to use the adult locker rooms at the diving well end of the pool. Both the Men’s and Women’s adult locker rooms are now acting woman’s locker rooms until the renovation is completed. That means the previous men’s adult locker room at the diving well end is now a woman’s. All males need to use the newly renovated men’s family locker room. Look at the signs if you are not sure before you walk in. Thanks
We have been given fourteen slots for the State swimming championships. As always we had more swimmers win gold medals than we have slots available to send athletes. The selection was based on finishes at the area games. To be eligible to go to State games you had to win at least one individual gold medal. Priority was given first to those that had won two individual gold, and they were automatically qualified. Next preference was given to those that won a single individual gold medal and were additionally on the fastest relays. These criteria filled all of our available slots. Please do not complain to the coaches, we have nothing to do with the rules for State Games in the allotment of slots. Feel free to write the state office and voice your complaints, they will carefully place your letter in their round file where it will be promptly turned over to the State Department of waste management which will give it their full attention.
Even if you have not qualified for the State Swim Meet we would love to have you to continue to come to practices.
2018 State championship qualifiers
Men’s Medley Relay
Dedic, Greggory + 50 Back & 100 Back
Greve, Jesse + 100 Free & 50 Free
Soules, Ian + 100 Breast & 200 IM
Westman, William + 100 Back & 100 free
Men’s Freestyle Relay
Vanscoter, Chad +50Free & 50Back
Mallamas, Robert (mike) +50 Breast & 100Breast
Graham, JD + 50fr & 100free
Lanno, Mark +100Free & 50Free
Womens Free Relay
Berquist, Lauren +50free & 100free
Cubillos, Isa +50Back & 50free
Merrian, Taylor +50Back & 50free
Hogan, Nicole +50Back & 50free
Deutch, Steven 400fr & 1500free
Elzeer, Regan 50Back & 50free
Everyone swam awesome today in Area Games with our Man O War swimmers receiving a ton of blue ribbons for their efforts. Two new team records were set with Gregg Dedic breaking the 50 Backstroke record with a time of 35.1 and the Medley Relay blowing away the old record by several seconds with a time of 2:37.7 Members of the relay included Gregg Dedic (backstroke) Ian Soules (Breaststroke) Jesse Greve (Fly) and William Westman (Free). Although the members of the Medley relay have varied over time, the Man O War Men’s relay has been undefeated in the State of Florida for the last 25 years. That is quite an accomplishment for our swimmers.
As soon as we receive the final results of the meet from the county and our official number of slots for State Meet we will let you know who has made the cut. This may take several weeks. Please keep coming to practice. We will be practicing on Tuesday at our regular time. The developmental group will be practicing in the diving well for the rest of the season 7:15pm to 8pm.
For anyone interested in Triathlon competition:
If you are having trouble getting in contact with Hector Torres please reach out to Wynne at 407-928-4336 and she will make sure to connect you with Hector.
See everyone in the water on Tuesday!