SWIMMER OF THE MEET
09/30/2017 Lanier Aquatics Invitational
Kaitlyn King----At our short course season's opening meet hosted by Lanier Aquatics Kaitlyn continued the trend she set throughout long course season over the summer.
Despite racing with significant pain she saw time improvement in her 50 free with a 28.55 a 7/10ths of a second drop over her fastest. What is most exciting is the potential of her butterfly. During the 100 Individual Medley she swam the first lap on a "AAA" USA Swimming split. That's almost a national split. Great Job.
Here's Kaitlyn's final times and finals placement:
50 back 34.84/8th place
50 breast 40.95/7th place
50 free 28.55/5th place
100 IM 1:15.55/3rd place
11/03/2017 Luqman El Amin Invitational
The ATAQ Swimmer of the Meet for the Luqman El Amin Invitational wasn't a swimmer at all, it was the spectators in the bleachers and the athletes, coaches, officials and support staff. All in attendance showed the true capacity of sportsmanship and the human spirit win they roared and cheered our Riley Smith to the finish of his 50 free race. To see Riley's face when he got out of the pool as he heard the crowd roaring will forever be a memory to cherish.
From the dominant performances by Michaela Cassar, placing in the top 10 in the 25 yard back and 25 free---- to the technical performances by Yeong Jae Shin in the 50 free, Eezen Khoh in the 25 yard back, Zach Snowberger in the 25 free, Andrew One, Brandon Wong and Emilia Youngman in the 100 back that demonstrated the quality of the training they're receiving. To the grit and spirit of the Cassar brothers (Andrew, Paul & Peter), Josh Kreeger, Pierce Kyle, and Josh Snowberger (who swam his 50 free without goggles), to the courage of Ashley Yoon, and to the leadership of Lauren Talbo and Kaitlyn King. Finally, to Carly Snowberger, who embodied the spirit of our team by always having smile and cheering on her teammates. We can be proud that ATAQ was well represented at this meet by its athletes and families.
12/2/2017 Marlins Invitational--Eezen Khoh
If you check Zen's best time in the 50 free he actually added .30 seconds to his time at this meet and he finished 44th overall in the 200 free with a time of 3:49.52 seconds. So why is he Swimmer of the Meet? While all ATAQ athletes continue to improve in time, technique and showed the characteristics that we espouse, Zen exhibited extraordinary domination of himself and his environment during this meet. He faced his fears and raced his 200 free against tremendous odds when he competed against boys 14 through 17. And while his 3:49.52 second swim was not fast according to USA Swimming Motivational times, it was a 13 second improvement over his practice time the previous week.
I asked Zen what he wanted to achieve with his aquatics training and his response was simple and with a smile, " I want to go to the Olympics". He definitely came to DOMINATE, DOMINATE, DOMINATE at the 2017 Marlins Invitational.
For the meet results click here...........