Four in a Row! Nitro Swimming Wins 2012 Short Course TAGS

Nitro Swimming Does it Again!  Four Straight TAGS Championships!

Here’s a brief history…

Nitro Swimming TAGS ChampionsMarch, 2007 Short Course TAGS finish: 32nd.

March, 2008 Short Course TAGS finish: 11th.

March, 2009 Short Course TAGS finish: 6th.

March, 2010 Short Course TAGS finish: 2nd.

July, 2010 Long Course TAGS finish: 1st.

March, 2011 Short Course TAGS finish: 1st.

July,  2011 Long Course TAGS finish: 1st.

March, 2012 Short Course TAGS finish: 1st !!!

We did it again!! This past weekend, there were 74 teams represented, 913 total athletes. 62 of those swimmers represented Nitro.

53 teams scored points, meaning 21 teams didn’t. To score a point, you needed an athlete to finish in the top 16 places in any one of the 106 events.

 Final team standings (top 10) and points:

1.       Nitro Swimming                                            2,601.5

2.       Lakeside Aquatic Club (Dallas area)           1,936

3.       The Woodlands Area Swim Team              1,735

4.       Alamo Area Aquatics                                    1,604

5.       North Texas Nadadores                               1,061

6.       Dallas Mustangs                                            1,033.5

7.       Cypress Fairbanks (Fleet)                             1,020

8.       Metroplex Aquatics                                          781

9.       Blue Tide Aquatics                                            573.5

10.   Dad’s Club                                                          557

(other Austin area teams)

20. Longhorn Aquatics                                            288.5

34. Texas Gold                                                          119

35. Cedar Park Swimming                                       108

39. Westwood Country Club                                   79

42. Lone Star Aquatic Club                                      52

45. Lost Creek Aquatics                                           36

47. Aquatex                                                                21

51. Northwest Austin Makos                                    7

The Nitro athletes swam exceptionally well, capturing “high point age group awards” in 5 out of the 6 possible categories:  the 10 and Under Girls, 11-12 Girls, 11-12 Boys, 13-14 Girls, and 13-14 Boys.

Nitro had several top 10 individual scorers once all the places were tallied:

In the 10 and Under Girls, Sarah Kutz was the 3rd overall points scorer out of 55 scorers. Payton Marvin was 6th, and Madison Bowman was 10th.

In the 11-12 Girls, Olivia Allen was 7th and Ilse Adame was 9th overall out of 71 point scorers.

13-14 Girls: Karling Hemstreet was 1st, Regan Barney was 7th out of 80 who scored points.

In the 11-12 Boys, Isaac Gwin was 1st, Corban Rawls was 2nd, and Luke Gwin was 6th out of the 58 points scorers.

Mason Tenney was 1st and Ben Walker was 3rd in the 13-14 Boys out of 71.

Nitro had many top 8 finishes including the following event winners:

Girls 10 and Under:  

Payton Marvin, 200 Freestyle with a winning time of 2:08.48.

Madison Bowman,  50 Butterfly – 29.65 (Sarah Kutz was 2nd with a 29.91)

200 Medley Relay team of Keren Makhervaks, Sarah Kutz, Madison Bowman, and Payton Marvin- 2:05.76.

Girls 13-14:

Karling Hemstreet: 50 freestyle, 23.75; 200 Freestyle, 1:51.57; 1000 Freestyle, 10:10.81; 200 Backstroke, 2:04.92.

Regan Barney: 400 IM, 4:27.68.

Boys 11-12:

Luke Gwin: 50 Backstroke, 27.13; 100 Backstroke, 57.50.

Isaac Gwin: 200 Backstroke, 2:00.37 (Brother Luke was 2nd in 2:01.07); 50 Butterfly: 25.89; 100 Butterfly, 56.43; 100 IM, 58.53; 200 IM, 2:05.25;

Corban Rawls: 50 Breastroke, 31.01; 100 Breastroke, 1:05.92;

200 AND 400 Freestyle Relays of Isaac Gwin, Miguel Velasquez, Luke Gwin, and Corban Rawls, 1:37.19, and 3:35.31.

200 AND 400 Medley Relays: Luke Gwin, Corban Rawls, Isaac Gwin, and Miguel Velasquez, 1:49.43 and 3:58.68 (*New TAGS record).

13-14 Boys

Ben Walker, 100 Breastroke, 58.43;  400 IM, 4:04.12 (*New TAGS Record).

Mason Tenney, 200 IM, 1:55.80.

400 Medley Relay team of Gus Whiteman, Ben Walker, Mason Tenney, and Jared Chulavatr, 3:34.88 (*New TAGS Record).

The Coaches did an outstanding job of managing the meet, keeping the mood light, and logging in some mammoth days on the pool deck. I want to say thank you to Greg, Greg, Flo, and Todd, and give a special shout out to Josh who came up on his own after a full day of coaching at Cedar Park– who was there with us on Sat night, Sunday morning, and Sunday night. Huge kudos!!

Last thank you goes to our “Relay Only” swimmers who made the trip and contributed big time to this Team Championship.

Here they are:

Ethan Hammond

Marko Vusojevic

Matti Friesz

Breely Peterson

Alyssa Burch

Sam Artmann

Jay Lenner III

Andrew Pickard

Rae Lynn Friesz

Kylie Ballard

Garrett Hailes

Avery Stackle

Adam Toler

Thank you!!!!

Nitro now sets its sights on the July Long Course  Championship meets only 4 months away!! Nitro Swimming will also have more than a handful of athletes competing at this summer’s United States Olympic Trials in Omaha. Maybe, just maybe there is a possibility we could see some Nitro representation on the US Olympic team. Keep your fingers crossed!! In the meantime, Go Nitro!!

Thanks for being a part of Nitro, and we’ll see you at the pools. Coach Mike.

Here are a few photos from the meet.