November 30, 2012

Pioneer Swimming concludes Husky Invitational

By Sam Taylor

Meet Results

Meet Website

Federal Way, Wash-- Pioneer Swimming has taken to the road this weekend to compete in the three-day Husky Invitational in Federal Way, Washington.  Live meet results can be found at the link above.  Check back to this post after each days racing for meet highlights and coaches comments.

Sunday Session

The Pioneer Swim Team concluded the Husky Invitational Sunday with another series of strong swims, highlighting  an excellent fall of preparation and training.  Head Coach Chris Fantz reports on an exciting close to a strong meet for Lewis & Clark;

"Our goal for day three was to hold onto the momentum we created the previous days and finish out with a lot of energy.  The team came through big.

Trevor Schapiro was one standout among many great swims for us today.  His lifetime bests during a 200 Fly/Mile double was huge and kept everyone on their feet.  He swam personal bests in all four events he contested this weekend, plus putting up huge relay splits every time we called on him. 

In only her second time contesting the 200 Backstroke, Rachael Cazden's time moved her to second on the all-time Lewis & Clark list.  She was the highest placing swimmer for the Pioneers, qualifying for finals in both backstroke events against top-notch competition.
 
The 100 Freestyle was one of our strongest races, where Hannah Frank, Genevieve Emerson, Liz Growdon, Luke Engstrand, and Jacob Gigliotti each swam lifetime best times by large margins.
 
As a coaching staff, we agree this was one our most successful first semester meets ever.  We're on a course for a tremendous end to our season and the Husky meet helps us map out what we want to work on next."

Saturday Session

The Pioneers continued their strong showing at the Husky Invitational Saturday.  Sprinter Rachael Cazden was the sole Lewis & Clark swimmer to come back for the finals, finishing 28th out of a field of 154 athletes in the 100 Backstroke.  Cazden now owns the nine fastest times in the 100 Backstroke in Lewis & Clark history.

Freshman Tyler Moody broke his own school record, set just weeks ago, in the 100 Breaststroke, lowering the time to 1:00.28.

The rest of the squad also posted some very solid times for this time of the year as they swam against fierce competition.  Ali Brauer came up big with her time of 1:09.71 in the 100 Breaststroke, moving  to 3rd all-time in Pioneer Swimming history for the event.  Also making a dent in the Pioneer Swimming rankings were Cazden and freshman Sofia Koutzoukis with their 5th and 6th ranking swims in the 200 Freestyle and Katy Yeh moving to 7th in the 100 Breaststroke with her PR of 1:10.22.  Both men's and women's 200 Medley Relays now rank 3rd in school history.  The women's team included Cazden, Heather Markham, Gail Wilcoxen, and Hannah Frank.  The men's squad was comprised of Noah Callaghan, Seth Anderson, Moody, and Trevor Schapiro.

The Pioneers conclude the Husky Invitational Sunday.

Friday Session

Pioneer Swimmers competed in a variety of events Friday morning and early afternoon.  While none of the swimmers earned a trip to the Friday finals, Head Coach Chris Fantz was very pleased with how the team performed.

"I am so impressed with how our team swam today.  This was the best first day we've had in our three years attending the Husky meet.  Over half of all our swims were lifetime bests and 92% were season best swims."

Many of the Pioneers Swimers set personal and lifetime best times on the day.  During the 200 Freestyle relays, both Hannah Frank and Tyler Moody set lifetime bests in the 50 Freestlye swimming the opening leg of the relay.  All six of the Pioneer Women swimming the 500 Freestyle set season bests.  During the 200 IM races, three of four of the Pioneer Women and four of four Pioneer Men set personal best times.  During the 50 Freestyle six of the Pioneer swimmers swam a personal best time and Hannah Frank moved up to 4th on the Lewis & Clark all-time list with a 25.13.

Trevor Schapiro, a stalwart of the distance squad at Lewis & Clark, "crushed" his lifetime best, according to coach Fantz, and came withing .6 seconds of the Pioneer School record.  "The fact that Trevor's swimming at this level only halfway through his sophomore year is fantastic.  He has a lot to shoot for these next few years."

Coach Fantz summed up the day; "Today was a great start to the last meet of our fall term."

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