Competing against seven other teams, the Tosa Swordfish participated in the Winter Single Age Meet hosted by the Lake Country Swim Team at Arrowhead High School on Saturday and despite less than stellar times, came away with many awards.
Each one of the Swordfish swimmers competing placed within the top 16 in at least one of their respective events except for one athlete who was swimming in her very first competition. However, coach Jackie Jecha was quick to point out that the goal for her team is to drop times and not earn awards.
'We are at the peak of our season with the team swimming up to 6,000 yards a night,' Jecha said. 'With the kids working so hard during the week, we expect their times to be slower than their previous best at this time of the year. Over the next couple of weeks, we will begin to taper the practices and we'll see faster times during competition as the season winds down.'
11 and under
Ten-year old Maggie Brener made her competition debut for the Tosa Swordfish and although she did not earn an award for placing within the top sixteen of her respective events, she showed promise for future competition.
The list of those receiving honors this past weekend follows:
Rylan Ricks took first in the 25-yard freestyle for 7-year-old boys.
In the 9-year-old girls races, Bella Minahan finished 12th in the 50 backstroke, 13th in the 50 breaststroke and 14th in the 50 free. Cailin Olenchek was 10th in the 50 back and 15th in the 50 free. Lily Saab was 16th in the 50 free and 16th in the 50 back. Emma Knowlton was 11th in the 50 back and Lauren Wunderlich took 12th in the 50 breast.
Bryce Ricks was eighth in the 50 free for 9-year-old boys and Summer Sauseda was eighth in the 50 butterfly and 15th in the 50 free for 10-year-old girls.
In the 11-year-old girl category, Anna Busalacchi took sixth in the 50 back, seventh in the 200 free and seventh in the 50 breast. Hannah Olenchek was seventh in the 200 IM, eighth in the 50 fly, 10th in the 50 breast and 14th in the 50 free.
Becca Lennie was fourth in the 200 breast, 10th in the 50 fly and 13th in the 50 free. Isabella Palazzari was eighth in the 50 back, eighth in the 50 breast and 12th in the 50 free. Shea Murphy was ninth in the 50 back, 10th in the 50 free and 11th in the 50 breast. Brianna Stevens was 12th in the 50 back, 12th in the 50 breast and 15th in the 50 free.
Cole Pfaltzgraff was third in the 200 free for 11 year-old boys.
12 and up
In the 12 year-old girls group, Ingrid Meulemans was fifth in the 200 breast, eighth in the 200 free, ninth in the 50 free and 10th in the 50 breast. Rebecca Lonski was fourth in the 50 breast and seventh in the 50 fly. Laura Bialoynski was sixth in the 200 IM, seventh in the 200 free, 12th in the 50 back and 15th in the 50 fly. Olivia Lonski was eighth in the 50 breast and ninth in the 50 back.
In the 13 year-old girls group, Megan Krummel was third in the 200 free, fourth in the 100 back, fourth in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 IM.
Emma Schmidt was third in the 100 back, fourth in the 200 free, fifth in the 200 free and fifth in the 200 IM. Michaela Lonski was fifth 200 free, sixth in the 100 free and sixth in the 100 breast. Madeleine Jamieson was fourth in the 100 fly, fifth in the 100 breast and seventh in the 100 free.
Erica Kalberer was fourth in the 100 breast, sixth in the 100 fly and 10th in the 200 IM in the 14-year-old and over girls group.
Dylan Lennie was second in the 100 breast, third in the 100 free, third in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 fly in the 14-year-old and over boys group.
The next meet the Swordfish will swim is Saturday at the 12 and under Nike Sprints at Menomonee Falls High School.
The mission of the Tosa Swordfish is to build lifelong skills as well as develop character, integrity and pride in young people through competitive swimming.
For more information on the Tosa Swordfish, Wauwatosa Recreation Department's competitive swim team, please contact Deb Schmidt, Volunteer Parent Board President, at (414) 305-5904.