Tuesday, May 18, 2010

End of the Year Banquets

Last week we celebrated the end of the season!

We began the evening with a "dress to impress" swim team dinner.  After eating a fabulous meal, we handed out awards.  We had many awards this year, and the winners are listed below:

Most Improved:  Andrew Roehrig and Erin Kiskaddon
MVP:  Jamie Nusse and Charlotte Graham
Most Inspirational: Nick Hurlburt and Lauren Flynn
STL Superstar: Brian Wakefield, Katie Tackman, and Sara Behrens
Workout Warrior: Chris Bendix and Charlotte Graham
Land Shark: Nick Hurlburt and Lauren Flynn
New Misisonary: Adam Brayton, Kevin Dyer, and Libby Arnosti
Coach's Award: Matt Liedtke and Sidney Kohls
Oz Award: Nick Wood and Alyssa Bader

After our team banquet, we walked to the pool to marvel at the newest records on the record board.  Those athletes who broke the record then proceeded to sign the old one to be given to the previous school record holder.

Finally, after all our team festivities, we made our way to the Varsity Athletics Banquet where we made our presence very well known.  In addition to being the loudest and most enthusiastic team in the room, we also  made our appearance known in the awards; we had a team member nominated in every possible field!   Out of our nominations, Kevin Dyer was named the First Year Outstanding Performer and Jamie Nusse was  named the Outstanding Performer for the junior class.

Spring Fundraisers

Each off-season, Whitman swimmers come together to raise money for the next season's California trip. This year is no exception and we have had very successful fundraising this spring. 

Thanks to all the parents, kids, and swimmers who attended our swim lesson and clinic!  Lessons are always fun because it's great to share what we do and love with others.  Thanks for helping us make them a success!

Our Spring Triathlon was also quite successful!  Thanks goes out to the racers, sponsors, and team members who  made this annual tradition a success!  (We'll see you triathletes in the fall!)

Coach Blomme gets the NWC Men's Coach of the Year!

Our head coach, Jenn Blomme, was awarded the Coach of the Year for the men's team at the Northwest Conference Championships.   

This award is yet another sign of a rising program that is building strength.

Congratulations, Jenn!  Thanks for all your work!

Monday, May 17, 2010

What a Great Conference Meet!

This year's Northwest Conference Championship was a very close meet!  We had some great swims from both the men's and women's squads and we had one of the closest and highest Conference placings in Whitman's history.  With the men missing second place by a mere three points and the women missing third by one point, there is already a great deal of excitement in anticipation for next year's season and championship.  

Check out the Whitman writeup on the meet at http://www.whitman.edu/content/swimming and enjoy the pictures that attempt to capture the excitement of the Conference meet!