Before the meet, I asked all of the kids, “Who was born after 1996?”.  There were a lot of hands.  Well, before last year, that was the last time the Seton boys lost a regular season conference meet.  (Our girl’s team, founded in 1995, has never lost a conference meet).  So last year was a wake-up call for our team – and boy did they wake up on Saturday!

With a close victory over Fredericksburg Christian, our boys are in the driver’s seat for their 19th DAC Conference Championship in the last 21 years.  Our girls are going for their 21st straight.

Prior to the meet, I scored the psych sheet and we were supposed to lose 147 to 139, but in the end, we won 150 to 136.  Watching the meet, it was very clear that FCS had three boys who were all faster than the fastest boy on our team, so how were we able to flip the results in our favor?

One key advantage we have is our depth.  A high school dual meet is scores 1st through 7th place with 8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points.  So if a team like FCS takes 1st, 3rd and 7th, we actually win the event 15-14 – even though they took 2 of the top 3 places.  So that is why the swimmers in Coach Ross’ and Coach Zadnik’s lanes matter so much.  Yes, it is great to have the Anna Kenna’s and the Brian Koehr’s, but the real difference comes with the Alex Ceol’s, Paul Pechie’s, Josh Miller’s, Tim Costello’s, Joe Fioramonti’s and so many others.

The other key advantage is that we are improving faster than they are.  For the meet, we had 71 total personal records for our entire team, but another really interesting statistic is PRs among boys scoring swimmers.  In a very close meet, we had 21 and they had 19 – and that was all the difference.

One disadvantage that we had is that we were missing three (3) scoring swimmers and had one scoring swimmer who had to leave early.  The DAC Conference Championship is determined by the first two regular season meetings.  We will see the FCS boys a second time at St. Michael on January 3rd.  As of now, I’ve had no messages from any scoring swimmers that they will have to miss this meet.  Please do everything you can to be there so we can celebrate a Conference Championship together!

Final Scores

As you may recall from previous blogs where I explained how high meets were scored – basically, we all swam at the same time, but every team was scored against every other team separately, so there was actually a grand total of 42 different meets going on between the 7 different teams.

Of those meets, we were involved in 12 of them.  Our girls beat all comers except for Division I powerhouse Trinity Episcopal, who our boys also lost to.  Here’s the way the meet scores turned out for us at Seton:

Boys

Trinity Episcopal      204         Seton                                                                  82

FCS                        154         Seton                                                               132

Seton                       188         St. Michael the Archangel                                     92

Seton                       188         Wakefield                                                         60

Seton                       187         Tandem Friends                                                 68

Seton                       206         Highland  School                                                 28

Girls

Trinity Episcopal      164         Seton                                                                118

Seton                       209         Wakefield                                                         26

Seton                       208.5      Tandem Friends                                               11.5

Seton                       200         St. Michael the Archangel                                     61

Seton                       193         Highland  School                                                 63

Seton                       174         Fredericksburg Christian                                    85

How Many Ways Could It Have Ended Up Differently for Our Boys?

When you look at the meet event by event, you really understand how close this all was for the Conference Championship between Seton and Fredericksburg Christian.

Once again, prior to the meet, I highlighted in a team meeting all of the races that were most likely to make the difference.  And once again, prior to the meet I told the kids that the winner was going to be the team that swam the most Personal Records, particularly in those highlighted races – and we were going to be that team.  As the meet progressed however, we just seemed to watching all of the breaks go against us.

Here’s an event by event account of how the tide turned against us.  Note how many different ways we could have made up 8 points and didn’t.  (Recall that Relays are scored 1st thru 3rd with 10-5-3 points and Individual events are scored 1st thru 7th with 8-6-5-4-3-2-1 points):

200 Medley Relay

  • The very first event was probably our best chance to win the conference championship. All we had to do was let the FCS relay win and then take 2nd and 3rd with our “A” and “B” Relay.
  • The “A” relay that I had entered had gone 2:05 earlier in the season, I expected our “B” relay to go 2:07 or 2:08 and the FCS relay was seeded at 2:10.
  • One thing that would play out throughout the meet is how far off the FCS seed times were from reality. Their “B” relay was entered at 2:10 and ended up going 2:06.21 – that’s quite a difference.
  • But in this case, it shouldn’t have mattered because both of our relays should have beaten that – but neither one did.
  • The heartbreaker was when our “A” relay went 2:06.31 and lost to the FCS “B” relay by .05 seconds. Our “B” relay went 2:08.16.
  • That result was a 10 point swing against us – and it was the first of many places where we could have made up the 8 crucial points.
  • The message was sent that Seton was there to play.
 SetonFCS
Projected Score810
Actual Score315

 200 Freestyle

  • This event went largely as projected except for 7th place which FCS took from us with a big PR from their fourth entry.
  • That was a 2 point swing against us.
  • We didn’t have a single PR in this event while FCS had two (2), although, once again, an FCS seed time was more than 10 seconds off of reality.
  • The projected score for this event was Seton 12 – FCS 17 and the actual event score was Seton 11 – FCS 18 and the meet score was now:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score2027
Actual Score1433

200 Individual Medley

  • Alex Ceol and Seamus Koehr really delivered the goods with big PRs.
    • Alex was seeded 5th but his 7.60 second PR jumped him up to 4th
    • Seamus was seeded 8th (so no points), but he had a great last 50 yards, dropped 4.45 seconds and ended up in 6th place!
  • Seamus’ swim was particularly important to us because another Seton swimmer was seeded 6th but got DQ’d for a one-hand touch on the breaststroke turn – so Seamus really saved our bacon here.
  • Thanks to Alex and Seamus, this event was a 2 point swing in our favor.
  • The projected score for this event was Seton 11 – FCS 18 and the actual event score was Seton 12 – FCS 17 and the meet score was now:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score3739
Actual Score2650

50 Free

  • This event featured another top FCS swimmer who took first by a wide margin, but….
  • Mark O’Donohue, Patrick Pennefather, Tim Costello and Josh Miller took 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, with both Tim and Josh hitting personal records.
    • Tim cut .10 seconds
    • Josh cut .05 seconds
  • This event was a great example of how these swim meets are not just won by the top swimmers
    • FCS took 1st place, but we won the event!
    • Seton’s depth has long been one of our strengths and it was the definitely the different Saturday.
  • The score for this event was Seton 18 – FCS 11 and the meet score was:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score5550
Actual Score5946

100 Butterfly

  • Tommy Flook won this event handily, as expected, but it was the performance of Alex Ceol, Paul Pechie and Patrick Dealey that ended up making the difference – plus one big FCS mistake.
  • Alex Ceol had his second great swim of the day hitting a 2.14 second PR and taking 2nd place behind Tommy – Alex was supposed to get 3rd.
  • Paul Pechie was one of my featured races of the day – he was seeded to lose but for the second time on Saturday, Paul beat the FCS swimmer to which he was supposed to lose.
  • While a combination of any number of swims could be credited with our ultimate close victory, it would be no overstatement to say that Alex and Paul personally made the difference in our victory.
  • Patrick Dealey capped off the event by jumping up to 7th place with a huge 6.90 second Personal Record.
  • The score for this event was Seton 18 – FCS 11 and the meet score was:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score6965
Actual Score7757

100 Free

  • This one event where we could have really lost some ground, but thanks to Mark Fioramonti stepped up and performed in the clutch.
  • The top FCS swimmer swam nearly 5 seconds faster than his seed time, but that wasn’t enough to keep Brian Koehr out of first place with a very strong 54.33.
  • Mark O’Donohue took 3rd with a .35 second PR – definitely a great swim in spite of his 2nd place seed.
  • The challenge here was that one of our scoring swimmers didn’t show up and he was one of my feature races. I was expressing a bit of frustration, Mark Fioramonti raised his hand and said, “I’ll get him coach” – and he did!  Mark cut an amazing 4.24 seconds from his personal record to take 5th rather than the 7th place that he was seeded.
  • And then Ben Dealey stepped in to take 7th
  • We had dodged the bullet of a truly awesome swim by FCS’ lead freestyler and the absence of one of our swimmers that was scheduled to score for the event.
  • The score for this event was Seton 17 – FCS 12 and the meet score was:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score8776
Actual Score9469

500 Free

  • Matthew Fioramonti, Andrew Bishop, Joe Fioramonti and Patrick Dealey ended up getting 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th with a 16.3 second FCS PR keeping us out of 6th.
  • When I do our meet entries, the first thing I do is print a report for each event showing everyone’s best time from fastest to slowest. Every week, it seems that I see Joe Fioramonti’s name higher on the list.  He’s only a freshman and he’s already making a big difference for our team!
  • The score for this event was Seton 13 – FCS 16 and the meet score was:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score10191
Actual Score10785

200 Free Relay

  • This was one of the races of the meet, and I never saw it coming.
  • The FCS “A” Relay was seeded well ahead of our best time so I figured that we had better make sure we got 2nd and 3rd.
  • In the end, that what we did, but …..
    • Our “A” Relay of Tommy Flook, Andrew Bishop, Mark O’Donohue and Brian Koehr cut 1.24 seconds from their best time this season and just got out-touched by only .03 seconds!
    • The FCS anchor split a 22.34 so it was hard to argue with the result, especially given that Brian Koehr split a 24.20 (his 50 Free PR from a standing start is 25.31!)
    • We came very close to sealing the meet right here.
    • Had we won this relay, we would have won the event 13-5 and put the thing pretty much out of reach.
    • Our “B” Relay of Patrick Pennefather, Tim Costello, Josh Miller, and Matt Fioramonti got the job done also.
      • All of them swam well, with Tim Costello swimming a particularly strong 26.61 split, his fastest ever – and way faster that even Uncle Jim expected.
      • As Coach Lowell joked, “these kids can’t make up for bad coaching” – had I put Tim in the “A” Relay, we would have won it with that split!
    • But instead, the score for this event was just as anticipated, Seton 8 – FCS 10, and the meet score was:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score109101
Actual Score11595

100 Backstroke

  • This event ended up exactly as it was seeded with Brian Koehr, Joe Fioramonti, Martin Quinan and Philip Ashton taking 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th.
  • Once again, Joe Fioramonti was a standout with his .62 second PR. That would have been good enough to move him up to 4th, but the FCS swimmer also had a big PR.
  • The score for this event was Seton 12 – FCS 17 and the meet score was:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score121118
Actual Score127112

100 Breaststroke

  • Patrick Pennefather safely took 2nd place as expected, but Josh Miller and Tim Costello were the stars of this event for Seton.
  • Josh and Tim were part of a race with an FCS swimmer that I highlighted prior to the meet. Both of them were seeded by the FCS swim and both of them beat him.
    • Josh took 3rd place with a .67 second PR
    • Tim took 4th place with a .24 second PR
  • And thank God they swam so well because our 4th swimmer was DQ’d
  • Thanks to Josh and Tim, the score for this event was Seton 15 – FCS 14, just as projected, even with the DQ, and the meet score was now:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score136132
Actual Score142126
  • For the first time in the meet, I was finally breathing a sigh of relief because there was no way FCS could beat us, even if both of our 400 Free Relays DQ’d.
    • The most points they could get was 15 which would only get them to 141.

400 Free Relay

  • For the second time in the meet, the seed times for the FCS relays were way off of reality. Fortunately, in this case, I knew they had to be way off.
  • I knew there was no way that we’d beat their “A” Relay – they had 3 kids on it that were faster than the fastest swimmer on our team, so I was just hoping to get 2nd and 3rd – which is what happened.
  • The Psych Sheet had the FCS “B” beating our “A” relay which, in the end, I correctly assumed had to be wrong.
  • The score for this event was Seton 8 – FCS 10 and the final meet score ended up as:
 SetonFCS
Projected Score139147
Actual Score150136

Another 71 Personal Records!

This week’s emphasis was Butterfly after a week and a half of heavy work on technique in practice.  It was very gratifying to see so many “chest down and light hands”.  I could tell that we still have a ways to go, but the results are indicative of some pretty significant progress.

How about 16 PRs out of 22 swims for the boys and 9 PRs out of 15 swims for the girls!?  Many of the swimmers that didn’t hit PRs were already top Butterfliers so we are more likely to see PRs from them later in the season as their conditioning advances.  Also, we had several new swimmers disqualified so I’m sure we’ll hit more PRs as we work to fix this.  And as you’ll see, it is not just the number of Butterly PRs that was exciting – it was also the magnitude.  It is amazing how much you can improve just by swimming the strokes properly.

Here are the Personal Records that I have not already mentioned that struck me as the most dramatic:

  • Chris Hartung’s 100 Free so far exceeded my expectations that I had to double check the results. How do you go from 1:37.89 to 1:10.34?  Amazing!
  • Paul Pechie had a pretty good meet all the way around as I highlighted above – and a big part of the reason were the big PRs he was hitting. How about a 1.85 second PR in 100 Free leading off a relay, a .85 second PR in 200 IM, and a .73 second PR in 50 Back leading off a medley?  Very strong performance Paul.
  • Michaela Pennefather showed a ton of improvement in her Butterfly which resulted in a 4.18 second PR in the 100. With some more technique work, I’m sure we can get it even lower.
  • Bridget O’Malley is still working on that freestyle breathing, but the rest is really starting to work well as evidenced by three (3) PRs at Homecoming. Bridget cut 6.16 seconds in 200 Free, 2.11 seconds in 50 Back leading off a medley relay and .21 seconds in 100 Back.
  • Seamus Koehr is starting to figure this swimming thing out. How about a 6.53 second PR in 50 Fly?  He also lowered his 200 IM PR by 1.61 seconds.
  • Claire Kenna had a huge PR in a close 500 Free with a 13.61 second drop. Earlier in the meet, she also hit a big PR in the 200 Free by 3.66 seconds.
  • Ryan Hall is another swimmer who has come miles already this season. He lowered his 50 Fly PR by 6.37 seconds and his 50 Free PR by another .95 seconds.
  • Caroline Griffin was awesome in the first heat of 200 Free. She was behind at the 175 and just crushed the final length to win her heat with an 8.28 second PR.  This 7th grader looks to have a quite a future with us at Seton Swimming.
  • Mark Fioramonti’s 100 Free PR, by 4.24 seconds, was highlighted above, but he also lowered his 200 IM PR by 3.67 seconds. Not a bad day for Mark!
  • Patrick Dealey was tremendous in 100 Fly, beating his previous best time by 6.90 seconds.

And here are the rest of the great performances that made up our PR total:

  • Marcie Van de Voorde dropped another 3.74 seconds in 50 Free
  • Jude Van de Voorde cut .69 seconds in his 200 Free
  • Madeline Snider had a nice swim in the 500 Free with a 5.67 second PR. She also lowered her 100 Back PR by .64 seconds.
  • Katharine Rowzie cut 1.55 seconds from her 50 Fly PR
  • Martin Quinan cut 2.42 seconds from his 50 Fly PR
  • Therese Pechie lowered her 50 Free PR by another .60 seconds
  • Meghan O’Malley cut time in both 100 Back and in 100 Free with PRs by .33 seconds and by .13 seconds respectively.
  • Peter O’Donohue lowered his 50 Fly PR by a big 1.99 seconds. He also cut another .76 seconds from his 50 Free.
  • Mark O’Donohue continues to lower his freestyle sprint times to levels that are getting pretty competitive for high school. He went 58.93 in 100 Free at Homecoming which was .35 seconds faster than ever before.
  • John O’Donohue lowered his 50 Fly PR by .20 seconds
  • Patrick Murray showed more big improvement with his 2.13 second PR in 50 Free
  • Tommy Moore has really improved his technique in butterfly and it resulted in a 2.70 second PR. Tommy also hit a .88 second PR in 50 Back leading off a medley relay.
  • Josh Miller continues to improve as I highlighted above. His 100 Breaststroke was .67 seconds faster and his 50 free was another .05 seconds faster.
  • Anne Konstanty lowered her 50 Free PR by .27 seconds leading off a relay.
  • Jeremy Kleb had a big PR in 50 Fly, lowering his previous best by 5.27 seconds.
  • RJ Kenna also hit a big PR in 50 Fly, by 1.96 seconds.
  • Anna Kenna lowered her 200 IM time by .21 seconds. Now’s the part of the season where we really push conditioning and that will help Anna as much as anyone on the team.
  • Bernadette Hassan is so much fun to watch because she’s always so happy after big improvements, and she sure was happy this past weekend after a 6.50 second PR in 50 Fly and a .98 second PR in 50 Free.
  • TheresA Hartung lowered her 50 Free PR by another .37 seconds.
  • Dominic Hartung cut his PR in 50 Free by 1.03 seconds.
  • Patrick Hall is really trying hard in practice – I love to see that – so I was so happy to see him lower in 50 Fly by 2.97 seconds.
  • Gianna Gonzalez smiled her way to a .60 second PR in 50 Free.
  • Nick Foeckler has improved SOOO much since the beginning of the season that it’s almost hard to believe.
  • Tommy Flook lowered his 200 IM PR by 2.99 in the swim that helped us gain an insurmountable lead against FCS
  • Justin Fioramonti had great PRs in 50 Free, by 1.51 seconds and in 50 Fly, by 1.01 seconds.
  • Joe Fioramonti is starting to look like he could be a future backstroker in our medley relays with his 2.82 second PR in the 50. He also cut 1.15 seconds in 100 Back.
  • MacKenzie Farmer lowered her 100 Free PR by .12 seconds and her 50 Back PR leading off a medley relay by .51 seconds.
  • Bryanna Farmer had a great swim in 500 Free, beating her previous best time by 15.96 seconds.
  • Katie Dealey lowered her 50 Fly PR by .03 seconds.
  • Ben Dealey did the same thing, by .66 seconds.
  • Drew Dalrymple is figuring out how to swim butterfly and it showed with his 3.96 second PR in the 50 Fly
  • Tim Costello hit two (2) PRs in 100 Breast, by .24 seconds, and in 50 Free, by .10 seconds. Tim’s 50 Free is now down to 26.88.
  • Ashley Cackett lowered her 100 Fly PR by .39 seconds.
  • Philip Ashton clearly learned something about butterfly over the past few weeks because he beat his previous best in 50 Fly by 5.83 seconds.
  • Ben Ashton also showed big improvement in fly with a 5.53 second drop in the 50.
  • Katie Albin continues to drop in 100 Breast. This week, she cut another 2.85 seconds from her PR.

Other Great Performances

Here are some other exciting things I remember or took notes on from the meet:

  • Dani Flook continues to benefit from her work ethic. She cut 4.28 seconds from her 100 Fly PR to take 4th overall, but even more impressive was her 2.89 second PR in 100 Back which she won for Seton.  Here underwaters in backstroke have really improved, and her times are dropping partially as a result.
  • Claire Kenna, normally a sprinter, swam two of her off events on Saturday, the 200 and 500 Free, and really rocked, taking 2nd place in both. In the 200 Free, she took it out fast (right around 1:00, the splits in the results are not right) and tried to hang with the probable future State Champion, Reni Moshos, as long as she could.  In the 500, she took 2nd place in a very close 3-way finish.  Big PRs in both races were the keys.  Now, she’s even more ready for that 3rd 25 in the 100 Free!
  • Emily Heim is starting to get in shape and focused on the upcoming championship season, and it showed the most in her relay performances. I’ve been experimenting with different line-ups, so this past week, from the “B” Relay, Emily split 34.02.  I know that she can go even faster, but that is easily the fastest relay split on the girls team so far this year.  Like this split time, she’s starting to get back down to her post-season times from last year – which is what our team needs.  Sitting her by the pool for Christmas practice, it looks like she’s putting in the hard work now to get there.
  • Anna Kenna owned the 100 Free with the closest non-Seton swimmer nearly 4 seconds behind her. Alex Sinner was the only one even close.  And she took 2nd in the 200 IM behind one of the top swimmers in the State, Courtney Jones of FCS.
  • Alex Sinner took 2nd place overall twice, once in 50 Free and again in 100 Free – and these are even Alex’s primary events!
  • Bridget O’Malley, only a freshman, scored a lot of points for us at Homecoming when she took 4th place in 200 Free and 3rd place in 100 Back overall.
  • Our Girls Medley Relays took 1st AND 2nd overall – now that is depth! Anna Kenna, Alex Sinner, Dani Flook, Claire Kenna, Bridget O’Malley, Emily Heim, Meghan O’Malley and Madeline Snider were the ones who accomplished this feat.
  • I was very encouraged watching Peter O’Donohue’s 100 Free. He is so long, that once he figures out to maximize that advantage, I can see him scoring a lot of points for us in the future.  He’s built a bit like Jameson Hill, so who knows!
  • Coach Lowell and I really enjoyed watching the power that Ryan Hall was generating during his leg of the 200 Free Relay. He must really have a great pull under the water.
  • I wish we had an accurate split on Kalli Dalrymple because Coach Lowell and I really thought she was powering through the water very nicely in the 200 Free Relay.
  • Madeline Snider had a great finish to a close race in 100 Backstroke to out-touch a good swimmer from FCS. I was glad to see that she paid attention in practice – her ability to use what she learned won her that heat.
  • Paul Pechie has a great start – exactly what I’m trying to teach. I watched it at the beginning of the 400 Free Relay.  The next time we work on starts, someone remind me to get Paul to demonstrate.

Qualifiers for VISAA States and National Catholics

Congratulations to Emily who hit both the State and National Catholic Qualifying time in 100 Breaststroke.  I’ll also note that our Boys 200 Free “A” Relay hit the State cut, and our Girls 200 Medley “B” Relay came within .41 seconds of qualifying for National Catholics.

Emily will join Anna Kenna, Claire Kenna, Kimberly Rector Alex Sinner, and Dani Flook – all five (5) of these girls added events for which they qualified for both of these elite championship meets.  I expect to add the first boys to the list of individual qualifiers during the first few weeks in January.

Eligibility reports are always posted under the applicable meets under Meet & Team Information.

Recall that, unlike most of our other meets, during the Championship season, we have two big swim meets that require participants to achieve a qualifying time during this season in a non-time trial meet (that’s a change from the past).  The National Catholic High School Championship Loyola University in Baltimore at the end of January and the State Championship is moving back to the Collegiate Aquatic Center in Richmond February 13-14th.

Here’s where we stand for our Championship meets so far:

MeetGirlsBoys
National Catholics

 

Kimberly Rector

·       50 Free

·       100 Breast

·       100 Free

Claire Kenna

·       200 Free

·       200 IM

·       100 Free

·       50 Free

·       100 Breast

Anna Kenna

·       200 IM

·       100 Free

·       50 Free

·       200 Free

·       100 Fly

·       100 Back

Alex Sinner

·       50 Free

·       100 Free

·       100 Fly

·       200 Free

Dani Flook

·       100 Back

·       50 Free

Emily Heim

·       100 Breast

200 Medley “A”

200 Free Relay “A”

400 Free Relay “A”

StatesKimberly Rector

·       50 Free

·       100 Breast

·       100 Free

Claire Kenna

·       200 Free

·       500 Free

·       200 IM

·       100 Free

·       50 Free

·       100 Breast

Anna Kenna

·       200 IM

·       100 Free

·       50 Free

·       200 Free

·       500 Free

·       100 Fly

·       100 Back

Alex Sinner

·       50 Free

·       100 Free

·       100 Fly

·       200 Free

·       500 Free

Dani Flook

·       100 Back

·       500 Free

Emily Heim

·       100 Breast

200 Medley “A”

200 Medley “B”

200 Free Relay “A”

400 Free Relay “A”

200 Medley Relay “A”

200 Free Relay “A”

 

Also Recall: For relays at States, we are I am able to enter an “A” scoring relay and a qualifying “B” exhibition relay.  Swimmers are qualified to swim on a relay if they have either qualified in an individual event or swum on the relay when it hit the qualifying time.

At the time that I submit our relay entries, I will enter the fastest two qualifying relays that I can, so that means that relay line-ups are subject to change up to the last moment depending on who is the fastest at that time.   For now, I won’t even attempt to project who is traveling with us for relays yet – I will say that there are a lot of opportunities for swimmers on our team!

Welcome Home Alumni!

It was great to see so many alumni jumping in the water.  We had them swimming in a couple of relays and then we had a big alumni swim-off in the 50 Free.  Our Seminarian, Sean Koehr, won handily with a 24.47 – not bad after being out of the water for six (6) years.  Almost as impressive was David Lambrecht who went 25.4.

Also in the water with us were Daniel Koehr, Brendan Koehr, Patrick Koehr, Paul and Kelly (Koehr) Mooney, Luke Marrazzo, Bridget Wunderly, Cat Rogers, Emily Lowell and Peter Quinan.

Final Notes

  • Don’t forget: I’ve scheduled the pool time at Central Park for practices over Christmas break.  I’m targeting December 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for Varsity swimmers (non-exhibition) only.  If you are in town, I will expect you to come.  If we want to be ready for the championship season which begins only a month after Christmas, we need to train over break.  Former Seton Captains Sean Koehr, Daniel Koehr and Bridget Wunderly will be handling the practices on Dec 22nd and 23rd and former Coach Mrs. Claybrooks and former Captain Carolyn Claybrooks will be handling practices on Dec 29th and 30th.  Come ready to work.
  • On December 31st we’ll have our annual Cystic-Fibrosis Swim-a-thon from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Thanks again to the Given family for running it again.  You should already have your fundraising page set up and have some e-mails out to family and friends.

Now is the point in the season when we start breaking swimmers down in anticipation of a big taper before the championship meets.  Do everything you can not to miss practice!

Have a Merry Christmas,

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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