The Lakeland Swim Club hosted its second meet of the year this past Saturday, Dec. 14, at Lakeland Union High School.
Teams from Tomahawk, Rice Lake, Medford and Ladysmith came to compete, and a total of 226 swimmers participated in the day’s events.
Lakeland swimmers had a great day in the pool. Out of 284 swims, 200 of them were personal best times.
“We had a lot of swimmers try new events this meet with great results. Even our youngest swimmers did well,” coach Chris Garcia said. “Olivia Brown (8) dropped almost four seconds in her 50 free. Cara Fox (9) swam all new events and did beautifully in her 50 back.”
As Garcia said, a group of swimmers followed the day’s trend and continued to improves their personal bests.
“Violet Hagen (11), a returning swimmer dropped time in all four individual events,” she said. “Josie Magdziak (11) is a an extremely hard working swimmer and dropped a lot of time in all four of her events. Megan Ross ( 11) also a returning swimmer had an unbelievable 200 IM, dropping 16 seconds from her previous time.”
The older swimmers had a strong day at the meet as well.
“Hailey Teichmiller (15) had a great meet, winning the 200 IM and swimming PB’s in all events,” Garcia said.
Times weren’t the only improvement, as Garcia said several swimmers showed an improved technique.
“Three swimmers that really showed substantial improvements in not only time but technique were Alexander Tucker (12) who dropped a combined 38 seconds in four events, Meredith Weitz (12) who came in fifth in the 50 fly but dropped 23 seconds alone in that one event, and Georgia Garcia (13) who won the 500 free in the open division, dropping nine seconds,” Garcia said.
Not only did Lakeland swimmers do well but the meet ran fast.
“This meet was scheduled to be done around 6:30 p.m. and had started at 10 a.m.,” Garcia said. “This is a very long day for families, but we ended up finishing around 5 p.m., a full hour and a half early. This is due to our outstanding group of parents that keep the meet moving along and our meet manager, Carin Ouimette.”
As Garcia said, the fan support was excellent at the meet, and she thanked the parents for their dedication to the team.
“We have such a great group of parents that include veterans and new families that all work together to run a smooth meet,” Garcia said. “Many teams do not have such cooperation within their team and I am blessed to have it. So thank you parents!”
The club now looks to Winter Break, where Garcia said she hopes to get a lot of work done in practice.
“I am looking forward to the Christmas practice schedule where we can fine tune some of the turns and starts for each swimmer – and work hard,” she said. “I try to throw in some surprises during the Christmas practices to encourage swimmers to come even though they are off from school.”