On Friday night, January 27th, two of our Wakefield Country Day Swimmers ventured down to Fredericksburg Academy, and by all accounts, they had a great time.  I wasn’t able to be there myself since I was in Washington DC at the March for Life followed by a bunch of Marchers from Notre Dame and George Mason descending on my house – but I did get a report from Mrs. DuMez during the meet:

Wanted you to know that Coach Wimble welcomed Lucas and Kathryn with open arms and they have been having a great time sitting/singing with the FA team at the meet tonight.”

Thank you, Coach Wimble, for being such a great meet host.

Some More Impressive Swimming

Swimming in a meter pool with no score board made it a little difficult for Lucas and Kathryn to really know how they did, so I posted some results that include time conversions to short-course yards to help them, and me, see the results in a meaningful format:

  • Lucas DuMez (SR) won both of his events and scored the maximum number of individual points possible. In the 200 IM, Lucas swam just off his PR but won by almost a length of the pool.  His converted SCY time was 2:09.59.  It looks like Lucas had his hands full in the 100 Free, but as we all expected, he ultimately prevailed with a converted SCY time of 52.65.
  • Kathryn Phillippe (JR) was probably hoping that I would put her in the 500 Free (;-)), but I decided that 400 meters (in short-course meters, we don’t swim 500) would be a bit like cheating her out of the fun, so I have her in the 500 for the Division II Invitational. So instead, she swam 100 Free for the first time this season in a strong converted SCY time of 1:25.65.  She also swam the 50 Free in a converted SCY time of 37.56.  Next up for Kathryn, the 200 and 500 Free at the Freedom Center!

The Rest of the Season

It’s the post season now with three big championship meets remaining:

  • VISAA Division II Invitational Championship at the Freedom Center on February 4th
  • DAC Champs at the Fitch WARF on February 11th
  • VISAA State Swim and Dive Championship on February 17th and 18th

Our entire WCDS team will participate in the first two, but only those who have swum a qualifying time can participate at States:

  • Lucas DuMez (SR) – Lucas has now qualified in all eight (8) individual events. Based on the Top 16 time reporting (posted under Meet & Team Info/States), I’m starting to lean towards 100 Fly and 100 Back for Lucas, but we will make that decision together
  • Bridgette Larson (JR) – has a shot, with some good swimming in the next two weeks, in 100 Fly (1:10.38 on a cut of 1:08.86) and 50 Free (28.62 on a cut of 27.48). Bridgette does have the Bonus 50 Free cut, so if she can qualify in 100 Fly, she can swim in the 50 Free also.  Sleep and eat well next Thursday and Friday Bridgette!

The Seton Team has a rental house at States for team meals and gatherings between sessions, so of course I’ll be expecting my WCDS swimmers to join my Seton swimmers for what is always a good time.  Plan on Maine lobsters and scallops for team meals between sessions courtesy of Anna Kenna’s father who imports them from Maine just 2 days out of the water.

And hey, being a swim parent doesn’t have to be miserable, right?

See you Saturday at the D-II Invitational,

Coach Jim Koehr

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