It really says something about the quality (and quantity) of our parent volunteers that we can host a meet seven (7) teams – without the Head Coach!  Well that’s what we did on Saturday, January 17th.  And I really appreciate the ability to get away with my wife’s family to celebrate her parent’s 55th wedding anniversary.  Thanks so much!

And how exciting it was for me to return home and see 66 new Personal Records – and a boy’s victory over Fredericksburg Christian!  I wish I could have been there for that!

It looks like Battlefield had a pretty good team, particularly on the girl’s where we are pretty strong this year.  I would have loved to have seen that first girl’s medley relay where we out-touched them by only .69 seconds.  I think I would have also enjoyed watching Anna Kenna beat Courtney Jones from FCS in 100 Fly – Courtney is a very good swimmer.  Here’s the way the scores turned out:

Boys

Battlefield                166         Seton                                                                119

Seton                       159         Fredericksburg Christian                                    127

Seton                       144         John Paul the Great                                          131

Seton                       190         Wakefield                                                        72

Seton                       214         Wakefield Country Day                                     41

Seton                       229         Ad Fontes                                                           3

Girls

Battlefield                166         Seton                                                                117

Seton                       156         John Paul the Great                                          110

Seton                       184         Fredericksburg Christian                                      80

Seton                       202         Wakefield                                                         47

Seton                       212         Ad Fontes                                                          37

Seton                       212         Wakefield Country Day                                     27

From what I could see from the results, and from what I heard from the other Coaches, here are the most impressive swims from this meet:

  • What has Fioramonti been feeding those boys?
    • Joe Fioramonti somehow cut 14.77 seconds from his 100 Fly PR – how do you do that? He also cut .95 seconds from his 200 IM PR.
    • Justin Fioramonti somehow cut 10.42 seconds in 100 Breast.
    • Matthew Fioramonti somehow cut 9.21 seconds in 100 Fly. He also cut .81 seconds in 50 Free, which is pretty big – he’s now going 26.62.
    • Mark Fioramonti had very strong performances in his first ever attempts at the 200 and 500 Free
  • Alex Ceol clearly had a nice swim in 100 Breaststroke with his 4.14 second PR. Alex also cut another .44 seconds from his 50 Free
  • Kalli Dalrymple took her first shot at the 200 Free and did so well that her performance bumped her onto the post-season Varsity team – nice work Kalli!
  • Tommy Flook looks like he had a great swim in 500 Free, cutting 25.50 seconds and breaking 6:00 minutes – very nice Tommy! He also cut .90 seconds from his 100 Breast PR
  • Dominic Hartung lowered his 100 Breast PR by 39.25 seconds and swam a completely legal stroke – way to go Dominic! I also really like Dominic’s 8.99 second PR in 100 Free and his .67 second PR in 50 Free – he broke :40!
  • Ruthie Hartung cut 11.27 seconds from her 100 Free PR to go 1:23.20 – a huge improvement from the beginning of the year!
  • Mary Heim looks like she had a heck of a meet with four (4) PRs! She cut 8.86 seconds in 200 IM, 5.39 seconds in 50 Back leading off a medley, 1.10 seconds in 100 Breast, and .33 seconds in 50 Free leading off a relay.  That’s quite a day Mary!
  • Mark O’Donohue is really starting to get fast. He went 58.81 in 100 Free after a .12 second PR.  He also cut 4.03 seconds in 100 Back.
  • Peter O’Donohue made great first-ever attempts at the 200 IM and the 500 Free – great job Peter!
  • Bridget O’Malley cut 30.74 seconds from her 500 Free PR – that’s a lot. She also managed to cut a whopping 8.72 seconds from her 100 Fly PR!
  • Cat Pechie made me very proud with her 2.58 second PR in 200 Free. I soooo sorry that I missed it Cat!
  • Paul Pechie – I really liked that 7.72 second PR in 200 Free and that .75 second PR in 100 Free! 82 in 100 Free is not too shabby!
  • Andrew Quinan had a big drop in 100 Breast, lowering his PR by 4.41 seconds to go 1:15.49 – that time is starting to get pretty competitive in the DAC. Andrew also cut .23 seconds from his 100 Free PR leading off a relay and .02 seconds from his 50 Free PR to break :26 for the first time!  :25-high sounds so much better than 26-low, right Andrew!
  • Martin Quinan continues to impress me with his freestyle. While I was gone, he cut another 5.60 seconds from his 500 Free PR.
  • Dominic Wittlinger has clearly learned something about Backstroke – he cut his 50 Back PR by 5.88 seconds leading off a medley! He also cut 1.68 seconds in 100 Back and .69 seconds in 100 Free.

Here are the Personal Records that I saw in the results that I have not already mentioned:

  • Philip Ashton had PRs in 50 Back leading off a medley by .12, in 50 Free by .45, and in 100 Breast by a whopping 4.77!
  • Ashley Cackett dropped 5.85 seconds in 200 Free
  • Kaela Catabui dropped a big 3.01 seconds in 50 Free and 1.52 seconds in 100 Breaststroke
  • Tim Costello has gotten pretty fast in sprint freestyle this season, and that continued at this meet with a .22 second PR.
  • Ben Dealey dropped 1.90 seconds in 100 Back and .23 seconds in 50 Free.
  • Katie Dealey had a really big drop in 100 Back – 5.46 seconds! She also cut 1.12 seconds in 50 Free – that’s huge at this point in the season.
  • Patrick Dealey completed the Dealey Family PR streak with three (3) of his own – by 6.08 seconds in 200 IM, by 1.59 seconds in 100 Fly, and by .52 seconds in 50 Free leading off a relay.
  • Gianna Gonzalez cut a ton off her 50 Free time – how about 2.50 seconds to break :40 for the first time.
  • Caroline Griffin is getting really fast for a 7th grader – in 100 Free, after dropping another 1.46 seconds, she went 1:11.08
  • Patrick Hall cut 1.44 seconds from his 100 Breast PR
  • Rosie Hall had a really big PR in 100 Back where she swam 7.71 seconds than ever before. She also cut nearly a second (.96 actually) from her 50 Free PR.
  • Ryan Hall lowered his 100 Breast PR by .74 seconds.
  • Bernadette Hassan smiled her way to a 1.02 second PR in 50 Free.
  • Sean Kellogg lowered his 100 Breast PR by 3.41 seconds
  • Anna Kenna cut .01 seconds from her 200 IM PR.
  • RJ Kenna had a big 3.63 second drop in 100 Back.
  • Jeremy Kleb had a nice .76 second PR in 100 Back.
  • John Paul Kleb also looks like he had a nice swim – in 50 Free, he cut .10 seconds.
  • Brian Koehr had two nice PRs. In 200 Free, he cut 2.04 seconds and in 100 Back he cut .94 seconds.
  • Anne Konstanty cut 2.99 seconds in 100 Back.
  • John O’Donohue led off a medley relay and lowered his 50 Back PR by 1.00 seconds
  • Meghan O’Malley continued to improve in 100 Fly, lowering her PR by another .11 seconds.
  • Therese Pechie cut another .15 seconds from her 50 Back PR leading off a medley relay
  • Michaela Pennefather lowered her 50 Back PR by 3.09 seconds leading off a medley relay too.
  • Vivian Zadnik lowered her 500 Free PR by 4.75 seconds.

Results from a Small Group We Sent to Richmond on Jan 16th

On Friday night before our Winter Invitational, we sent some “A” Relays and some Seniors down to Richmond to join Collegiate for a fun opportunity to get in a few more swims:

  • Dani Flook took advantage of the opportunity to cut another 3.19 seconds from her 200 IM PR.
  • Anna Kenna had a chance to swim Breaststroke for the rare time and lowered her PR by 1.83 seconds.
  • Brian Koehr also swam Breaststroke and lowered his PR by 1.12 seconds to 1:10.81

New Qualifiers for the VISAA State Championship Meet

As of right now, the individual qualifiers for States are:

  • Dani Flook
  • Emily Heim
  • Anna Kenna
  • Claire Kenna
  • Kimberly Rector
  • Alex Sinner
  • Brian Koehr

We also have a number of relays that have qualified.  The meet is February 13-14th in Richmond.  I have a block of hotel rooms reserved.

I’ll do my best to publish a draft of our State meet entries very soon so we can start planning logistics.

We are really pushing hard in practice during the month of January – do everything you can not to miss practice so we can all be ready for the last three (3) championship meets starting with our VISAA Division II Invitational this Saturday.

The Remainder of the Championship Season

This National Catholic High School Championship was the first of four (4) championship meets for us this season.  The remaining three (3) meets are over the next three (3) weekends, including:

  • The VISAA Division II Invitational Championship – Saturday, January 31st at the Freedom Center
  • The DAC Conference Championship – Saturday, February 7th at St. Michael the Archangel
  • The VISAA State Swimming and Diving Championship – Friday and Saturday, February 13-14th at the Collegiate Aquatic Center in Richmond.

Entries and information are posted for the Division II Invitational next Saturday.  All Varsity swimmers should be on deck ready to stretch by 12:39 p.m. at Freedom.  Non-varsity swimmers are of course welcomed to join the team on deck – but wear your uniform.

See you at practice!

Coach Jim Koehr

Seton Swimming’s G.E.M.S.

What makes Seton Swimming special?

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Gratitude

“Who has it better than us? Nobody!”

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Excellence

We focus on better. Good takes care of itself.

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Meekness

We help our opponents over the bar that we raised by winning

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Sacrifice

We offer it up. We love all of our teammates.

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