Monday, August 18, 2014

Michigan Lakeshore Summer Season Wrap-Up

Congratulations to each and every one of our MLA swimmers! Thank you swimmers for working hard and swimming fast. Thank you parents for your tireless volunteering enabling our swimmers to have a great competitive experience.
The last 3 weeks have seen a flurry of activity from all groups within Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics.  A multitude of swimmers have been competing at various championship meets around Michigan and the entire country.  Each of these meets has specific qualifying times and swimmers must meet these times in order to participate.    
First up was the Central Zone Sectional meet held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Seven members of MLA participated in this meet that was held from July 21 to July 24.  They were Ayisha Afrik, Sydney Asselin, Parker Cook-Weeks, Anna Giesler, Cassie Misiewicz, Ashlee Sall, and Clara Steeby.
MLA as a team placed 21st with a total of 114 points.  There were also 20 new lifetime best swims. The following swimmers and relays placed in the top 20 and scored points for MLA:
Parker Cook-Weeks: 7th – 200 Free, 6th – 400 Free, 18th – 400 IM, Cassie Misiewicz: 15th – 400 IM, Girls 200 Free Relay: 9th, Girls 400 Free Relay: 16th, Girls 800 Free Relay: 12th
The following swimmers qualified to swim in finals and placed between 21st and 32nd.
Parker Cook-Weeks: 24th – 50 Free, Anna Giesler: 27th – 200 Breast, Cassie Misiewicz: 32nd – 200 Free, 27th – 400 Free
14 & Under State:
The next meet up was the 14 & Under State Championships held July 25-27 at Eastern Michigan University.  Meet participants included Emma DeNave, Anna Franz, Aaron Doman, Elle Giesler, Jacob Heeres, Zoe Norman, Tai Afrik, Sara Asselin, Ben Catton, Tessa Conner, Kasia Norman, Jacob Pollack, Evelyn VanderVelde, Sean Worthington, Emily Asselin, Austin Brinks, Ben Groth, Sam Hambley, Isaac Jekel, Ayvah Johnson, Lucas Pollack, Paige Swarthout, and Greta VanZetten.
MLA scored 242 points to place 14th overall.  There were also 61 new lifetime best swims.  Scoring points in individual events for MLA were:
Tai Afrik: 13th – 200 Fly, Austin Brinks: 16th – 50 Free, Emma DeNave: 15th – 400 IM, Anna Franz: 16th – 400 IM, Elle Giesler: 5th – 200 Free, 11th – 100 Fly, 13th – 200 Fly, 12th – 200 IM, Ben Groth: 15th – 50 Fly, Kasia Norman: 4th – 50 Breast, 7th – 100 Breast, Zoe Norman: 8th – 100 Back, 14th – 200 Back, Jacob Pollack: 15th – 400 IM, Evelyn VanderVelde: 6th – 50 Breast, 8th – 200 Breast, 7th – 400 IM
USA Swimming Junior Nationals:
Next on the schedule was USA Swimming’s Junior National Championships held July 30 through August 3 in Irvine, California.  MLA’s lone participant was Tabahn Afrik.  Tabahn competed in the 50 Free (20th), 100 Free (5th) and 200 Free (40th).  Tabahn achieved lifetime best times in all 3 of his events.  Junior Nationals is the top meet in the entire country for swimmers under the age of 18.  Tabahn represented Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics with pride and we are extremely proud of him!
Open State:
Continuing the championship season we turn to the Open State meet held at our very own Holland Aquatic Center.  This meet was a huge undertaking by both the Aquatic Center staff and a very large group of volunteers.  By all accounts it was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who made this meet possible.  On the swimming side of things, MLA had 20 swimmers participating in this meet.  They were Ayisha Afrik, Syndey Asselin, Anna Babinec, Claire Cebelak, Parker Cook-Weeks, Skyler Cook-Weeks, Emma DeNave, Matthew DeNave, Katherine Heeres, Luke Mason, Ian Miskelley, Solomon Norman, Clara Steeby, Miles Thompson, Tyler Vo, Isaac French, Elle Giesler, Levi Nelesen, Zoe Norman, and Emily Slenk. 
MLA as a team scored 315.5 points to place 6th overall.  There were also 59 new lifetime best swims.  Scoring points in individual events were:
Ayisha Afrik: 15th – 50 Free, Sydney Asselin: 10th – 200 Free, 4th – 400 Free, 4th – 800 Free, 10th – 1500 Free, Anna Babinec: 10th – 50 Free, 11th – 100 Free, 14th – 200 Free, Claire Cebelak: 15th – 200 Free, 11th – 400 Free, 9th – 800 Free, 8th – 1500 Free, Parker Cook-Weeks: 4th – 50 Free, 3rd – 100 Free, 3rd – 200 Free, 16th – 100 Fly, 13th – 200 Fly, Skyler Cook-Weeks: 4th – 800 Free, 4th – 1500 Free, Matthew DeNave: 15th – 200 Breast, 11th – 200 Fly, 8th – 400 IM, Luke Mason: 11th – 400 IM, Ian Miskelley: 13th – 200 Breast, 10th – 400 IM, Clara Steeby: 14th – 100 Back, Miles Thompson: 13th – 800 Free, 10th – 1500 Free
In addition, several swimmers achieved long course Sectional qualifying times.  They are Sydney Asselin (400 Free, 800 Free), Skyler Cook-Weeks (800 Free, 1500 Free), Clara Steeby (100 Back), and Elle Giesler (200 IM).    
NCSA Junior Nationals:
To wrap up MLA’s Summer Long Course Season, 5 swimmers traveled to Indianapolis to compete in the National Club Swimming Association Junior Nationals held August 5-9.  They were Ayisha Afrik, Sydney Asselin, Anna Giesler, Cassie Misiewicz, and Ashlee Sall.  The only individual finals qualifier was Cassie Misiewicz who placed 26th in the 400 IM.  However, all three of MLA’s relays placed in the top 24 and scored points:
Women 200 Free Relay: 22nd – Sall, Afrik, Misiewicz, Asselin
Women 800 Free Relay: 18th – Misiewicz, Sall, Giesler, Asselin
Women 400 Free Relay: 22nd – Misiewicz, Giesler, Asselin, Sall

These relays scored 26 points, good enough for 50th place in the Women’s Team Standings.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in this summer’s meets!  It was an outstanding season and we look forward to building on it in the future.  Registration for this fall’s programs will be opening soon.  Please keep an eye out for announcements on registration dates on

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