GTSA at Junior Olympics

 

DAY 1
Prelims
                JO’s kicked off Thursday morning with the 100 Freestyles for all ages. GTSA had 3 new personal bests including Allie Donahue, Tyler Heath, Blaise Genne, with Tyler qualifying in 2 nd place going into the final. The 100 freestyle was followed by the sprint breaststrokes for all ages. Both Allie and Emma Donahue went new personal bests while qualifying 11 th and 6 th respectively for the finals. In the final events for the day Allie Donahue capped off a successful morning with a personal best in the 100 backstroke, while Carter Flynn dropped even more time off her great swim in Orlando in the 200 backstroke.
Finals
                Greater Tampa had 3 swims in Thursday’s final s session. Tyler Heath set the tone for the night with a 2 nd place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00.79. Soon after it was the Donahue sisters turn to have back to back great breaststrokes. Allie went first with a 10 th place finish in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 38.06. Then Emma capped the night off with a 4 th place finish in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:16.96.
DAY 2
Prelims
                Carter Flynn and Tyler Heath led off Friday morning’s session with best times in the 200 freestyle, with Tyler qualifying 5 th for the evening finals.   The breaststroke was the final event for GTSA with best times from Blaise Genne, Emma Donahue, and Allie Donahue. Emma and Allie qualified for finals in 10 th and 13 th respectively. 
Finals
                3 swims again in Fridays finals for GTSA kicked off by Tyler Heath finishing 2 nd in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:11.22. Emma and Allie finished off the evening in strong fashion with Emma coming in 12 th (2:57.62) and Allie finishing in 14 th (1:26.99) in the 200 and 100 breaststrokes.
DAY 3
Prelims
                I bet those of you who were at the meet know what time it is. RELAY TIME!!!! Our 10&under girls relay of Morgan Tankersly, Caroline Donahue, Grace Sanchez, and Gabriela Donahue competed in the 200 medley relay, all 4 swimmers posting strong legs. Tyler went a personal best qualifying 6 th for the finals in the 100 butterfly, followed shortly by great backstroke swims from Carter and Allie. Carter and Tyler competed in GTSA’s longest events of the weekend in the 400 freestyles. Tyler even got the chance to swim it again qualifying 5 th for the finals session.
Finals
                Tyler Heath made up GTSA’s two swims on Saturday evening, and he made the most of them. Going a time of 1:08.69 in the 100 butterfly, a full 5 seconds faster than his best time before this weekend, Tyler moved up 2 spots to 3 rd. His next event was the 400 free where he took 2 nd place in a time of 4:40.06, 7 seconds faster than his prelim swim.
DAY 4
Prelims
                Relay time again, this time the 10&under 200 freestyle relay. The girls looked great with almost best times on all 4 legs. Following GTSA’s longest event was everyone’s shortest event the 50 freestyle. Best times across the board in the 50 freestyle from Emma, Blaise, Allie, and Tyler, with Tyler qualifying 4 th for the final session. The 200 IM was one of the highlights of the weekend for GTSA, Emma Donahue dropped over 16 seconds to qualify 11 th for the finals all the way from heat 1. Also in the event Carter Flynn capped off her a successful Junior Olympics with a solid IM, this was a culmination of a great summer of swimming for Carter. Last event of the morning was the 50 butterfly.  Great swims from Tyler, Morgan, and Grace capped off another successful morning.
Finals
                Although we almost escaped we did finally get the dreaded weather delay that made a long weekend last just that much longer. Emma showed that IM was no fluke when she backed it up with an equally as impressive swim finishing in 14 th place with a time of 2:36.83 to end a very successful weekend. The final night did not lack any drama when it came to Tyler and his chances of making Florida Swimming’s zone team. After a 3 rd place finish in the 50 freestyle (27.96) he needed to finish 4 th in the 50 fly to make the team by 1 point. Tyler finished the 50 fly in a time of 30.93 good enough for 4 th place and a trip to Orlando to represent the state of Florida in two weeks. 
                Overall it was a very successful week for GTSA finishing the meet in 25 th place as a team, and sending our first member to zones in many years. I want to congratulate the swimmers who competed at JO’s and say it was a joy to see all of your hard work over the past year and beyond pay off with some great swims. I hope that this will also motivate those of you who were not on the team to train hard and join the next 2010 short course JO team and make the short trip to Clearwater in February.

See you at the pool!