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Texas Age Group Championships

posted Apr 1, 2019, 1:02 PM by Rey Aguilar

Our last meet of the short course season was the Texas Age Group Swimming Championships. This year, TAGS was held in The Woodlands TX from March 7th – 10th. TAGS is always an exciting meet, showcasing the fastest age groupers in the state of Texas. Texas is actually comprised of 5 LSC’s, so there is always some serious talent gathering at this competition!

Dad’s Club made a big splash this weekend. We brought a total of 27 athletes to the meet; 16 of which were individual qualifiers, with 9 relay only swimmers. With as fast as the TAGS qualifying times are, simply qualifying for the meet says a lot about these swimmers. Congrats to the following swimmers for qualifying for TAGS!

 

Isabella Alas – 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 IM

Brynn Bond – 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back

Ava Ceraudo – 50 Breast

Victoria Cone – 50 Back, 100 Back, 200 Back

Larkin Helman – 200 IM, 400 IM

Amaury Jayr – 100 Fly, 200 Fly

Kassidy Kichel – 100 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM

JP McCann – 100 Breast, 200 Breast

Alex Miao – 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly

Renee Nealon – 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 IM

Allison Ortiz – 100 Fly

Preston Pham – 50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly

Sydney Smith – 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM

Reid VanderVoort – 50 Free, 50 Breast, 100 Breast

Eloise Williamson – 50 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, 50 Back, 100 IM

Megan Zuanich – 50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Fly

 

At TAGS, the teams that place in the top 10 in overall points earn themselves a Texas Flag. As team, it’s always a special moment whenever we can get that flag. All weekend long, Dad’s Club flirted with that possibility, but on the last night once the points were tallied, we came away tied for 9th place! We had a lot of swimmers step up, both in their individual performances and in our relays. Those athletes who placed in the top 16 in their individual events not only earned themselves a spot in Finals, but they also scored points for the team. Congrats to the following swimmers for their point scoring swims!

 

10 & Under Girls

Renee Nealon – 2nd 50 Free / 3rd 100 Free / 3rd 100 Fly / 3rd 100 IM / 4th 200 Free / 4th 50 Fly / 7th 50 Breast

 

11-12 Girls

Eloise Williamson – 1st 50 Free / 3rd 100 Fly / 5th 50 Back / 14th 200 Fly

 

11-12 Boys

Alex Miao – 4th 200 Fly / 6th 100 Fly / 8th 50 Fly

Preston Pham – 15th 100 / Fly 16th 50 Free

Reid VanderVoort – 7th 50 Breast / 9th 100 Breast

 

13-14 Girls

Isabella Alas – 2nd 50 Free / 2nd 100 Free / 4th 100 Fly / 11th 100 Breast

Kassidy Kitchel – 14th 100 Fly

Sydney Smith – 1st 100 Breast / 10th 100 Fly / 13th 100 Breast / 14th 50 Free

Megan Zuanich – 6th 50 Free / 7th 100 Free

 

13-14 Boys

JP McCann – 10th 100 Breast

 

There is a special shout out to Eloise Williamson and Sydney Smith! Both of these young ladies were TAGS Championships – the fastest swimmer in their age group in the State of Texas. Eloise won the 11-12 Girls 50 Free, and Sydney won the 13-14 Girls 100 Breast. Congrats ladies for this amazing achievement!

A huge part of our team success at TAGS came in our relays. Dad’s Club is historically known for their high quality relay performances. Nearly all of our relays placed in the top 16, scoring points for Dad’s Club! This year we brought a stellar group of kids, and our relay only swimmers truly stepped up! Congrats to all of our relays and their awesome performances!

10 & Under Girls 200 Free Relay – 4thLaurel Hoskovec, Lexi Smith, Layton Snyder, Renee Nealon

10 & Under Girls 400 Free Relay – 11thLaurel Hoskovec, Lexi Smith, Cynthia Lo, Renee Nealon

10 & Under Girls 200 Medley Relay – 13thLayton Snyder, Gwendolyn Skillern, Renee Nealon, Laurel Hoskovec

 

11-12 Girls 200 Free Relay – 5thEloise Williamson, Victoria Cone, Ava Ceraudo, Bailey Bergen

11-12 Girls 400 Free Relay – 10thEloise Williamson, Ava Ceraudo, Bailey Bergen, Victoria Cone

11-12 Girls 200 Medley Relay – 4thVictoria Cone, Ava Ceraudo, Eloise Williamson, Bailey Bergen

 

11-12 Boys 200 Free Relay – 6thAlex Miao, Preston Pham, Reid VanderVoort, Finn Helman

11-12 Boys 400 Free Relay – 7thAlex Miao, Reid VanderVoort, Finn Helman, Preston Pham

11-12 Boys 200 Medley Relay – 9thFinn Helman, Reid VanderVoort, Alex Miao, Preston Pham

11-12 Boys 400 Medley Relay – 11thFinn Helman, Reid VanderVoort, Alex Miao, Preston Pham

 

13-14 Girls 200 Free Relay – 1stIsabella Alas, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 400 Free Relay – 1stIsabella Alas, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 800 Free Relay – 4thMegan Zuanich, Sydney Smith, Isabella Alas, Kassidy Kitchel

13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay – 3rdMegan Zuanich, Syndey Smith, Isabella Alas, Kassidy Kitchel

13-14 Girls 400 Medley Relay – 2ndKassidy Kitchel, Sydney Smith, Isabella Alas, Megan Zuanich

 

13-14 Boys 200 Medley Relay – 16thLarkin Helman, JP McCann, Amaury Jayr, Reece Bends

13-14 Boys 400 Medley Relay – 14thLarkin Helman, JP McCann, Amaury Jayr, Reece Bends

 

Of special mention, we had 2 relays that earned themselves the title of TAGS Champions. Our 13-14 girls quartet of Isabella, Sydney, Kassidy and Megan won the 200 Free and 400 Free Relays. Both of these performances placed them 10th in the nation in their age group. Congrats on this amazing achievement girls!

Finally, we would like to give special recognition to our team records that were broken at this meet. Dad’s Club, with is rich and long standing history, has some pretty serious records. Congrats to these girls and guys for breaking their respective team records!

 

Isabella Alas – 13-14 Girls 100 Free

Alex Miao – 11-12 Boys 200 Fly

Sydney Smith – 13-14 Girls 100 Breast

13-14 Girls 200 Free Relay – Isabella Alas, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 400 Free Relay – Isabella Alas, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 800 Free Relay – Megan Zuanich, Sydney Smith, Kassidy Kitchel, Megan Zuanich

13-14 Girls 400 Medley Relay – Kassidy Kitchel, Sydney Smith, Isabella Alas, Megan Zuanich

 

Overall we had an extremely exciting and successful TAGS and the coaching staff is so pleased with the swimmers and their hard work. This was a great weekend to wrap up a great season for our age group swimmers!

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