The Highlights at PSU…….
The 3rd day of fun at Penn State started and ended with a bang of good performances.
Abby Bowen, the newcomer busted loose for a double best in her 100 Free. Bowen hit a 14.33 first 25 and dropped a second from her previous best with a new PB of 1:03.47.
James Stormin Stanco dropped over 4 seconds to post a 1:01.74 big boy swim.
Bailey Babarsky cut some time from her last meet perfomance to drop down into the 57.67 range.
| Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching.
|– George Van Valkenberg
Abby Bowen was almost a no show, but showed up the 2nd time to slice a little over a second off of her previous time to grab a 1:27.39.
Haley Thier got back on track with her hot stuff Breaststroke nailing a triple best performance. After trying to go after a great 200 Breaststroke the day before where she was out fast and faded, this time Haley Awesome Thier lived up to the her middle name and swam a pretty solid race in her 100 Breaststroke. Haley went out in a blazing 15.16 first 25 (1/2 second better), split a 33.61 at the half (over 1 second faster), and finished with a 1:12.14 (a little over a second better than her previous best). Thier won the event and proved again she was worthy of her Senior Cut. Haley’s efforts gained her swim of the session.
Victoria Wrobleski swam a best 50 Breaststroke going out in her 100 with a 39.95, cracking the 40 second mark.
Peyton McNulty raced to a triple best with the times of 16.89, 37.40, and 1:18.43. McNulty got under the 1:20 for the second time, the first in a timed effort at practice with a 1:19 and then officially when it counted.
Bailey Babarsky got closer to her best lowering her time to a 1:!3.46.
Audrey Campo posted a 1:11.66 and a best of the season as well.
Nico Lastauskas hit a lifetime best in his 100 Breaststroke with a 1:03.05 to close out a pretty solid Breaststroke corp of swims that are unshaved and unrested and unsuited and a result of hard work together.
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
|– William A. Ward
Abbey Bowen dropped 2 seconds from her previous best to post a 2:40.89. Abbey is learning and keeps progressively getting better.
James Stormin Stanco swam a solid 200 where he dropped 6 seconds to post a 2:43.78.
Peyton McNutly continued with a better 3rd day after being a little off on the first two. But keeping it positive she made a season best in her 200 by over 3 seconds for a 2:14.99.
Nico Lastauskas kept up the assault on his best times posting yet another of 2:08.05 trying some new techniques.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
|– Booker T. Washington
Haley Thier kept her good day good with another LTB in her 100 Fly. She bested her Official best by almost a second, and by about a half a second from a practice time trial.
James Stormin Stanco dropped a couple of seconds from Friday night going out in the 400 IM. James hit a 1:15.12 PR.
Bailey Babarsky lit it up with her 100 Fly triple going a 13.75, 31.59, 110.11, just missing getting under the 70 second mark. It was over a second better than her best she posted going out in the 400 IM as well.
Audrey Campo sliced over a second off her 100 Fly to nail a 1:03.20 Best. Campo seems to be coming into her own in the 100 Fly, making it part of her arsenal.
Nico Lastauskas showed up for another race with 2 LTB’s in his 100 Fly. He posted a 12.06, and 56.84, taking off a solid second from his previous best.
A coward gets scared and quits. A hero gets scared, but still goes on.
The night ended with many great 200 IM swims.
Abbey Bowen chopped over a second off her 200 with a 2:43.07 showing. Most of her good stuff came on the last lap where she powered herself home in a 15.88.
Haley Thier was just off her last meet swim time by a few tenths with a 2:25.13.
James Cheese It Stanco, went after his 200 IM with a fast 50 Fly of 33.14. He dropped 9 seconds from the last meet with a new PR of 2:43.19.
Victoria Wrobleski may have been one of the coaches favorite swims of the night when she attacked from the start to post a double best. Victoria’s fast and furious Fly of 33.62, and a solid 6 second drop to hit a 2:38.68 IM best swim. Victoria swam under the 2:40 mark and it was a real progress swim.
Bailey Babarsky chipped a little bit more of time off her previous meet to post a season best of 2:26.67.
Peyton McNutly knocked off 3 seconds in her 200 to post a season best of 2;25.29. Keeping her 3 day highs alive.
Audrey Campo finally let a little sneak preview of things to come out of the hat when she posted a season best in her 200 IM with a 2:16.21 season best by 2 seconds.
Nico Lastauskas set a new BDA Team and 15-18 Age Group record in his last swim of the night winning the event from behind with a 2:01.47. The swim earned him the swimmer of the session. And also put a star on his weekend perfomance allowing him to be named the Overall Swimmer of the Meet for BDA.
Over all the BDA Team of Abbey Bowen, Audrey Campo, Bailey Babarsky, Haley Thier, James Stanco, Nico Lastauskas, Peyton McNulty, and Victoria Wrobleski put up a very strong weekend and we look forward to seeing what the road ahead will look like. Thanks guys you did a good job of support and staying together and making it a great weekend. Lots more to learn and grow from the experiences we had. Many more journeys to take and do amazing stuff with. Keep the faith and as always, we will see you at the TOP!