After six months of intense training, Weston Swimming is now at the end of a successful the short course season. Weston’s best swimmers will participate in Connecticut’s Age Group Championships, which conclude this week at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Typically, the cutoff times for age groups are extremely difficult, with approximately 10% of the state’s swimmers in each event qualifying for the meet.
Weston had eight swimmers with qualifying times. Senior swimmers Sophie Angus and Alli Pocsik and age group swimmers Mat Babinski, Nathan Katz, Kate Linell, Oscar Petersen, Lila Pocsik and Charlotte Proceller all qualified. Additionally, Weston sent 10 relay swimmers to the meet: Amelia Agababian, Katalyn Foster, Victoria Gutowski, Isis O’Flynn-Shahaf, Alexa Pappas, Daisy Petersen, Devon Panzirer, Claire Samson, Lydia Samson and Niall Taylor.
“It has been a tremendous season so far, highlighted by hundreds of personal best times, and, more importantly, an incredible display of team spirit,” said coach John Scaldini. “Weston Swimming is not the biggest team in the state, but we certainly are a team to be reckoned with.”
“This year’s group of age group swimmers really came together to exemplify the definition of camaraderie,” said coach Ryan Loechner “Our coaches challenged the swimmers beyond their comfort zone, and every one of them stepped up, supported each other, and smashed through barriers that were once only distant dreams. As a coach, I can say this was a successful season, not just because of our amazing times, but because of how this group matured as both athletes and as friends. The strength and bond of this team only goes to show how strong Weston can be when everyone comes together with a common goal of success. Our young group of dedicated swimmers and parents laid the foundation for a program that has years of success ahead.”
Weston Swimming’s registration is currently open for the 2013 long course season, which runs from Monday, April 8, through Thursday, July 18. Tryouts for new swimmers are April 3-4. For information contact Elizabeth Pocsik at firstname.lastname@example.org.