Table of contents
- 2.1. It Helps Build and Sustain Communities
- 2.2. It is Fun
- 2.3. It Highlights the Importance of Individual and Team Contributions
- 2.4. It Exposes Your Kids to the Power of Traditions
- 2.5. It Provides a Forum to Reward Improvement and Results
- 2.6. It Keeps the Kids Occupied and Mostly Out of Trouble
- 2.7. It is Inter and Intra-Generational
- 2.8. It Requires Lots of Parent Involvement
- 2.9. It Exposes Kids to a Sport for Life
- 2.10. It Might Help Identify the next Katie Ledecky or Jack Conger
- 2.11. Planning for Next Year
- 3. A Weekend in Robin Hood
- 4. Division E Relay Carnival
- 5. Robin Hood Dual Meet
- 7. Back to our So-called Lives
- 8. A Tie? Really????
- 10. Pool Records
- 11. Sweeps!
- 12. All-Star Qualifying Times
- 13. Good Start for the LadyBugs in 2012
- 14. Fear the Bug!! Garrett Park Wins Division E Relay Carnival
- 15. Ladybugs Keep Rolling in Week 4
- 16. Garrett Park is Upset-Minded
- 17. Garrett Park is 1-1 after week 2
- 18. Don't underestimate the 6th seed!!
- 20. Garrett Park is 2-0 for 2010
- 21. Ladybug Sweeps against Olney Mill:
- 22. Garrett Park Starts 2010 Strong!
- 23. Garrett Park swims to first win of the 2009 Season
- 24. Bugs Bounce Back!
It's literally all over but the All-Star meets next weekend. Most of us Ladybug parents sat in slightly numbed silence as we realized another MCSL season was in the books. For the first time in anyone's memory, the Divisional meet featured cool temperatures and drizzle and rain versus searing 90 degree heat. It was a toss-up on which the parents and kids liked more or less, but Germantown was a wonderful location for a major meet and the pool facilities were great. Woodcliffe showed they were the class of the Division again and Germantown had a great meet, resulting in the Ladybugs securing third place. So when all the points are counted, Garrett Park will tie for second place with Germantown in the Division, which seems fitting since we tied at our dual meet earlier in the summer. Given the first and runner-up teams usually get monster trophies at the the all-star meet next weekend, we are hopeful that we won't have to share the runner-up trophy with our neighbors from the north. Next year should be interesting either way both teams move up to the rarified air of Division D.
So if we pause to think about why MCSL families allow their lives to be thrown into total disarray between Memorial Day and the last week of July each summer, ponder the following list:
It Helps Build and Sustain Communities
Most MCSL teams swim in a neighborhood pool and Garrett Park is a great example. Practice time means the bicyle racks are full because the pool is just down the street for many swimmers. As the swimmers get older, you see the intersection of the three swimming communities that most year-round swimmers belong to: club, MCSL and High School. This summer after the big storm was a great example of how swim teams helped each other out. We were just one of many teams that was fortunate enough to have access to another community pool while ours was out of commission that weekend.
It is Fun
You only have to watch the slide show of pictures that most teams show at their banquets and see all of the smiles to know that the kids are having a good time. Everything from hanging out in between events at meets to the social activities seem to bring out the best in everyone.
It Highlights the Importance of Individual and Team Contributions
One of the interesting challenges of coaching swim teams is obviously getting the best of the individual swimmers, while also making decisions that are best for the team. Constructing line-ups for meets appears to be a science in and of itself, ensuring that points are maximized by putting kids in events that maximize points for the team. It means that sometimes that the kids don't always swim their percieved "best" strokes, but ultimately they learn that sometimes putting the team first means swimming where you contribute most to the team results.
It Exposes Your Kids to the Power of Traditions
Like most communities, swim teams have traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation. It runs the gamut from the cheers, the Divisional team recognition (see the pictures above of the t-shirts with customized nicknames), the music, the dance moves and even the food served at the concessions. Over time, the older kids and families with mutiple kids on the team take on the responsibility for passing on the traditions to the latest batch of pre-teamers.
It Provides a Forum to Reward Improvement and Results
Results, or how the swimmer placed in their race, is key to team success. Swimming, iike most distance sports, is relentess in its objectivity. Either you swam faster or your didn't. While most of the big awards go to the year-round swimers who have really dedicated themselves to the sport, most teams figure out a way to recognize the contributions of the swimmers who swim for two months out of the year. One of the best ways is to recognized the most improved swimmer by age group and gender, which more often than not is a swimmer who swims themselves into shape each year and, as a result, drops the most time over the course of the summer.
It Keeps the Kids Occupied and Mostly Out of Trouble
August is a tough month after two months of craziness getting to practices and two to three meets a week, but it no doubt provides some structure to the summer. Arguably, it's a constructive way to keep the kids engaged and out of some kinds of mischief. What's telling is how much unstructured time the kids have when it all winds down. It's a telltale sign that summer is winding down and they can no longer put off their math packets and summer reading.
It is Inter and Intra-Generational
Maybe this happens in some other sports, but the age span of participants is striking at a typical Saturday swim meet. Where else will you see 18 year olds cheering for 8 and unders and vice versa. We have a great cheer at Garrett Park that creates a bit of competition amongst the age groups and even includes the coaches and parents. In most other sports, you only participate with your own age group and miss the chance to be mentored by more experience athletes a couple of years older than you. For the pools that have been around since the beginning of MCSL, there is a decent chance that a mom or dad was on the same record board as their kids.
It Requires Lots of Parent Involvement
If ever there was a sport that requires organizational prowess to pull off the competitions, it's swimming. Runing a meet includes an army of parents who do everything from time, to officiate, organize food, announce and herd kids to be at the right place at the right time. There are behind the scene roles and front and center roles that provide parents a chance to support their swimmers even if they did not grow up with sport. Let's face it, the parents enjoy the social part of swim team as much as the kids do, but its easy to justify since its in service of the kids.
It Exposes Kids to a Sport for Life
Swimming, more so than a lot of team sports, is one that kids continue into their adult years. If you can find a pool or even a lake, you can swim. It's also pretty clear that anyone who learned to swim with their team is also going to be safe in the water. When the knees won't allow you to run or play soccer in your advancing years, swimming is low impact and a great aerobic workout.
It Might Help Identify the next Katie Ledecky or Jack Conger
It doesn't happen all that often that MCSL has an alumni that goes to the Olympics, but lots of kids college swimming careers start out on a summer swim team. One of the great joys of summer swimming is seeing kids try out because their friends or older siblings did and discover that they might be good or they just really love it. Part of the reason this region has such great year round swim clubs is because the summer swim teams provide a relatively low cost and low risk way to try out the sport.
Planning for Next Year
Given all of the above, despite our manifest exhaustion, we are looking forward to next summer when we do it all over again for a crazy eight weeks. Wonder how tough Division D will be?
A Weekend in Robin Hood
Just a stone's throw from Sherwood Forest Park, Garrett Park visted the nice folks at Robin Hood not just once, but twice over the weekend.
Division E Relay Carnival
The rest of Division E joined Garrett Park at Robin Hood for a great, but hot, Relay Carnival. Garrett Park was pleased to come in second to a strong Woodcliffe club.
Mixed 13-14 200 SC Meter Freestyle Relay
1) Mayer, Morgan Yuelan W14 2) Fisher, Charlie M14 3) Poling, Sarah W13 4) Berry, Kevin M14
Boys Open 200 SC Meter Medley Relay
1) Berry, Patrick 18 2) Tollefson, Fletcher 18 3) Branthover, Tommy 16 4) Beins, Sean 18
Mixed 15-18 200 SC Meter Medley Rel
1) Berry, Patrick M18 2) Tollefson, Fletcher M18 3) Holden, Sammy W15 4) Lasche, Olivia W17
Girls 11-12 200 SC Meter Medley Relay
1) Bonetta-Misteli, Kiki 12 2) Bruch, Adrienne 11 3) Shuck, Jordan 11 4) Tilkin, Sophie 12
Boys 13-14 200 SC Meter Medley Relay
1) Berry, Kevin 14 2) Fisher, Charlie 14 3) Heaton, Tommy 13 4) Poling, Liam 14
New Team Relay Records
Mixed 13-14 200M Free Relay
Morgan Mayer, Charlie Fisher, Sarah Poling, Kevin Berry: 1:58.51 broke 1978 record
Mixed 11-12 200M Free Relay
Jacob Sorensen, Jordan Shuck, Kiki Bonetta-Misteli, Connor Demitz: 2:06.06 broke 2004 record
Mixed 200M Medley Relay
Patrick Berry, Fletcher Tollefson, Sammy Holden, Olivia Lasche: 2:07.00 broke 2000 record
Robin Hood Dual Meet
For Saturday's dual meet, the Ladybugs came away with a decisive 422.5 to 369.5 victory. The great shade trees and improvised sprinkle hose helped everyone survie the heat for most of the morning.
All-Star Qualifying Times
Despite the heat, two Ladybug swimmers added new events to their list of all-star qualifying time accomlishments for 2012
Hilligoss, Ally- Girls 9-10 25 SC Meter Backstroke
Demitz, Connor-Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Butterfly
For the most part, the two teams shared top slots across events, but in few instance the Garrett Park boys really piled up the points with the top three slots. The 11-12 and 13-14 boys had a particularly good day
13-14 boys: Kevin Berry, Charlie Fisher and Tommy Heaton (50 free,100IM and 50 fly)
11-12 boys: Connor Demitz, Jacob Sorensen, and Zack Youth (50 free)
11-12 boys: Zack Youth, Jacob Sorensen and Matthew Melton (50 breaststroke)
Back to our So-called Lives
Like many MCSL teams, our pool was out of commission last Saturday, community spirit still ruled the day. Both Garrett Park and CCRA owe a debt of grattitude to Potomac Woods for graciously allowing us to use their pool Sunday morning for a steamy showdown. With the late change of plans, venure and date, it was a scramble for both teams to assemble a line-up. In the end, the Ladybugs had fewer holes and empty lanes and was able to prevail 471-307 to secure second place in Division E thus far. Despite lots of tired kids swimming in a super warm pool, there were some best times and a couple of new all-start qualifying times. Should be an interesting weekend of two trips to Robin Hood for a Dual Meet and the Relay Carnival. Let's hope there's some shade!
New All-Star Qualifying Times
Hilligoss, Ally- Girls 9-10 25 SC Meter Backstroke
Demitz, Connor-Boys 11-12 50 SC Meter Butterfly
A Tie? Really????
Week 2 in Division E was one for the books. What happens when Torpedos match up against Ladybugs after 50 events on beautiful June morning at Garrett Park? It's an absolute tie at 392 points a piece, with the teams expecting top billing for the closest meets of the week. It will also make for interseting reading in the standings as the two teams will apparently split the six points normally awarded to the winning team.
Despite a vritual meet tally that showed Germantown winning by over 70 points, the final tally was decidedly different. One of the great things about summer swimming is never knowing who might be away at camp, who might have returned from vaction, who might have forgotten how to swim a legal butterfly or who has some kind of swimming epiphany on Saturday morning. It seems Garrett Park had all of that, combined with some interesting line-up changes from Coach Tom that had swimmers competing effectively in their "off strokes" and age-groupers contributing to the senior medley relay. Along the way, Germantown put up some great swims too, including several record-breaking performances for our pool. In one of the best races of the day, five out of the six 11-12 boys swam all-star qualifying times in the 50m breaststroke.
Congratulations to Germantown swimmers who helped to update the Garrett Park record board
Arona Baigal (100m IM, 50m backstroke and 50 fly for 11-12 girls)
Michael Wong (50m fly)
Michael Sabad, Michael Wong, Alan Li and Benjamin Nachod (Boys 14 and under 175m FreeStyle Graduated Relay)
The 8 and under girls had a great morning with three sweeps
Quinn Harris, Annabella Opipari, Madeline Vidal, and Delia Fritz (25m free)
Madeline Vinal, Annabella Opipari, and Andee Strong (50m back)
Quinn Harris, Lily Houston, and Andee Strong (50m breaststoke)
All-Star Qualifying Times
After a great first weekend of all-start qualifying times, there were just as many new events and new swimmers with a chance to swim in the season ending all-star events.
Ally Hilligoss (50m breaststroke and 50m fly)
Vivica Braun (50m back)
Kiki Bonetta-Mistelli (50m free)
Connor Demitz (100m IM and 50m breaststroke)
Kevin Berry ((100m IM and 50m backstroke)
Morgan Yuelan Mayer ((50m free and 50m backstroke)
Fletcher Tollefson (100m breaststoke)
Sammy Holden (50m fly)
Good Start for the LadyBugs in 2012
Garrett Park enjoyed a good start to Division E with a decisive victory over hosts Merrimack Park 422 to 365. After a cool start in the wonderful shade, the sun finally warmed up the after sun crested the amazing trees ringing the pool. Garrett Park enjoyed balanced contributions across age groups with particularly strong showings from 11-12 boys and girls as witnessed by a number of sweeps.
All-Start Qualifying Times
Holly Heaton (50m free, 50m breast, and 50m fly)
Connor Demitz (50m free and 50m back)
Jordan Shuck (50m fly)
Jacob Sorensen (50m free and 50 breast)
Kara Williamson (50m breast)
Zack Youth (100m IM, 50m breast, and 50m fly)
Kiki, Bonetta-Mistelli (100m IM, 50m back, and 50m fly)
Kevin Berry (50m free and 50m fly)
Morgan Yuelan Mayer (100m IM and 50m breast)
Fletcher Tollefson (100m free and 100 IM)
Fear the Bug!! Garrett Park Wins Division E Relay Carnival
Garrett Park and the rest of Division E trekked to beautiful Dasmascus, which did a great job hosting the Relay Carnival. It could not have been closer with Garrett Park edging out division-leading Country Glen by 1 point! With Woodcliffe finishing third, the Ladybugs are now in sole possesion of 2nd place in the division. Several relays are going to All-Start Relays at the end of the season and/or set new Garrett Park Team records.
New Relay Records
- Jordan Shuck, Sarah Poling, Sammy Holden, and Holly Heaton for 14&U 175 Free Relay in 1:56.44
- Kiki Bonetta-Mistelli, Jordan Shuck, Morgan Mayer, and Holly Heaton for GIRLS 14&U 100M Graduated Medley Relay in 1:12.12.
- Grace Tifford, Holly Heaton, Megan Flannery, and Allison Hilligoss for GIRLS 8&U 100M Medley Relay in 1:34.26.
- Holly Heaton, Sarah Poling, Olivia Lasche, Jordan Shuck, and Sammy Holden for GIRLS 250M Crescendo Freestyle Relay in 2:45.22
Ladybugs Keep Rolling in Week 4
Garrett Park hosted its last meet of the summer and sent off two seniors in style with a solid win over the visiting Damascus Dolphins. The team recognized the long standing contributions of long-time swimmer and assistant coach, Marguerite Joutzand Gearet Fitzpatrick, a team leader in spirit during his short tenure on the team.
While there were no sweeps, what seems to be a weekly assault on both team and pool records continues.
Holly Heaton lowered her own team and pool record in the 8u 25 free to 16.86.
Congratulations to Damascus' Kate Zimmerman, who lowered the pool record in the 13/15 breast stroke to 38.25. The previous record has been in place since 2004. Garrett Park's Morgan Mayer was below the previous record too, but Kate's name will go up for the pool record. Morgan, though, lowered team record previously set in 1999 on June 25th in a time of 38.37.
Ladybug swimmers continue to improve their times with the following swimmers establishing new all-star qualifying times:
Matthew Melton qualified in the 9/10 25 back and
Grace Tifford qualified in the 8u 25 fly
Garrett Park is Upset-Minded
Despite what virtual meets and the division seeding might indicate, Garrett Park had what it needed to upset host Woodcliffe in week 3. Led by the youngest and oldest of the girls, Garrett Park edged Woodcliffe 407 to 382. The 8u girls swept the freestyle and butterfly and the15-18 girls swept the free, back, and IM. The Ladybugs stand 2-1 in Division E, tied for second place, and hope to continue the upset trend when they host Dasmascus for week 4.
New All-Star Qualifying Times
Several swimmers achieved new all-star qualifying times this week, including:
Sammy Holden 13-14 back 36:03
Jacob Sorensen 9-10 fly 18.66
Kevin Berry 13-14 fly 32.00
New Team Record
Despite being touched out for the win by Woodcliffe in an incredibily exciting 14u 175 freestyle graduated relay, the Ladybug girls, Jordan Shuck, Sarah Poling, Sammy Holden and Holly Heaton lowered the team record that several of them helped to set last year to 1:56.82. Should prove interesting for next week's relay carnival.
Girls 14 & Under 100 SC Meter Medley Graduated Relay 1:12.12
1) Bonetta-Misteli, Kiki 11 2) Mayer, Morgan Yeulan 13 3) Shuck, Jordan 10 4) Heaton, Holly 8
Girls 8 & Under 100 SC Meter Medley Relay 1:34.26
1) Tifford, Grace 8 2) Flannery, Megan 8 3) Heaton, Holly 8 4) Hilligoss, Allison 8
Boys 14 & Under 175 SC Meter Freestyle Graduated Relay 1:55.41