ime“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.
The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives.
It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Well the long winter season finally came to a close with the 6 Senior Championship swimmers tallying up some final Lifetime Best Times. Senior Championships is a best described as a marathon stay at the pool filled with lots of gutty swims some of which are grueling in your final phase of a long road of tapers.
The 6 Senior Championship swimmers representing BDA were Bailey Babarsky, Audrey Campo, Cat Donlon, Nico Lastauskas, Peyton McNulty, and Haley Thier. They didn’t disappoint us although they battled some tough times and a long 4 days consisting up to 10 swims plus more if they made it back to finals. Fortunately the group made it back for some swims in the finals and in most cases swam faster and scored some points for the club. The 5 girls finished in the 9th overall while the lone wolf Nico Lastauskas brought in enough points to on the boys side to grab 21st place. The combined team scored 14th overall. A pretty good showing for the small group.
““We see the world, not as it is, but as we are –
or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
The first day Nico Lastauskas had a rough opening in his 1000 Freestyle. So it was not the first day the team had planned for as a opening night.
“It’s not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.”
Bailey Babarsky led the team off with a best 200 Free in a 1:58.36 (3rd on the BDA All TIme Top 10). This was the opening the team was looking forward to having and it looked like the meet was gonna go the way it was planned. Cat Donlon then struggled in her 200 Free. Although not the 1:54 record smashing swim she went at Districts, it still was a swim she had to deal with having as she too met with adversity as she went up 5 seconds. Nico Lastauskas came out swinging in his 200 and went his best time of 1:46.06 (2nd BDA ALL TIME TOP 10). If not for slow 3rd 50, Lastauskas would have cracked the barrier easily as he didn’t let the night before’s disappointment keep him down.
Haley Thier found a little bit of her form she lost from her Senior cut 1:12 she came out of nowhere to swim earlier in the year, finally bringing her time back within that range as she had not been close since. Haley posted a 1:14.69. Cat Donlon also had a similiar catch of good luck with her stroke as she has long stuggled since her 108, to get back down in range with a 1:12.13. Audrey Campo hit 3 best BDA times of 14.21, 31.55, and 1:06.14 to crack her sister Rebekah Campo’s team and age group record of 106.93. The swim got her back to Finals for a night time swim. Campo’s 50 time was just off her sister’s record of 31.18 (2nd on the BDA All TIME TOP 10). Bailey Babarsky then went a triple BDA best of her own with a 14.75, 32.24, 109.15. Babarsky’s 50 & 100 both put her 3rd on the BDA ALL TIME TOP 10 chart. Babarsky also charted herself another swim in the finals. Nico Lastauskas put up a double BDA best in his 100 Breaststroke with a 13.18 and a 29.04 (2nd on the BDA ALL TIME TOP 10).
Haley Thier swam a strong first half, just fading in the last lap, but still grabbed a triple best of 12.72, 28.55, and 1:02.52. Thier showed her awesome speed going out and put herself 9th and 10th respectively on the BDA ALL TIME TOP 10 list for her swims. Her swim was noticed as the swim of the session. Cat Donlon came up next and nailed a double best of 12.33, and 100.67 which landed her 4th on the BDA ALL TIME TOP 10 list.
Audrey Campo had a hard 443.35 400 IM and was up 4 seconds from her best but managed to make it back to finals. Nico Lastauskas cut off 3 seconds to post and best of 4:11.26 lowering his Team and Age Group record and make it back to finals. Peyton McNulty pawed her way to a double best in her IM with a 25 best Fly of 14.68, ending with a final time of 4:54.06 securing 8th on the BDA ALL TIME TOP 10 chart. Bailey just finished .22 ahead of her best to post a 4:53.77 and land 7th overall on the BDA ALL TIME TOP 10 list. She also posted a double best in her fly leg of the IM with a 25 of 13.19 and 100 of 1:08.04.
Nico Lastauskas just edged out Bailey Babarsky for the Swimmer of the Prelim Session.
Peyton McNulty and Haley Thier both raced in a 200 Freestyle Time Trial. Peyton dealt with some rough waters going up in her time while Thier fought to a LTB of 2:07.25 cutting off some time from her previous best.
“The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.”
FINALS DAY 2
Bailey Babarsky went out in a BDA best of 13.52, but finished just off of her morning time to place 24th.
Audrey Campo swam triple best BDA times going a 14.18, 31.28, 1:06.07. The time placed her 3rd overall at the meet, and was faster than her morning TEAM and Age Group record. Her 50 moved her within .1 seconds of her sister Rebekah’s team record.
Audrey Campo came back and swam a better race and dropped 3 seconds off her best and 7 seconds from her sluggish prelim swim. Campo’s 4:36.62 also placed her 3rd on the BDA ALL TIME TOP 10 Chart. The swim placed her 18th overall. Nico Lastauskas raced the one of his better swims in the finals of the 400 IM when he chopped off almost 4 seconds from his morning swim and lower his team and age group record to a 4:07.87. The swim placed him 11th overall and gained him the swim of the session as well as Swimmer of the Finals session.
The team of Audrey Campo (2:00.76) (8th ALL TIME BDA TOP 10), Bailey Babarsky, Peyton McNulty, and Haley Thier placed 15th in the 800 Free Relay with and 8:14.89.
”Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Bill Gates, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”