Seton Wins Another Close DAC Conference Championship Meet-Part II

Posted by Coach Jim Koehr on Feb 09 2019 at 04:00PM PST

Other Great Swims from our Boys

Out of 64 total scoring flat start swims, including “A” Relay lead-offs, Seton had 40 new Personal Records on Saturday.  That meant that an amazing 62.5% of our swims were Personal Records.


I’ve spoken of many of those PRs already, but here were the rest, plus some other great swims, that I have not already mentioned:

  • Christian Ceol (JR) never looked better in 100 Free than he did on Saturday night.  How about a 2.41 second PR 58.19 from a flat start.  Christian also cut .12 seconds from his 50 Back PR leading off the 200 Medley Relay, .46 seconds from his PR relay split in the 200 Free relay, and he scored in 4th place for 100 Backstroke.

  • Evan Wilson (SO) is on the team for the first time, and boy was he a great addition.  Evan can swim all four (4) strokes and showed it with another .41 second PR in the 200 IM, good enough for 4th place.  Evan also swam a strong anchor on our 200 Free Relay, splitting 26.22, .37 seconds faster than his previous best.

  • Cormac Clune (SO) has learned how to get long in freestyle, and the result was a 4.56 second PR in 200 Free and a 5th place finish.  Cormac also cut another .01 seconds from his 50 Free to score in 11th place.

  • Timothy Kelly (SO) impressed me a great deal on Saturday with his two PRs.  I was particularly pleased with how he shot into his glide during every stroke of 100 Breaststroke – the result was a 2.17 second PR.  Timmy also had a big 1.50 second PR in 200 IM where that improved breaststroke was also a factor.

  • Jeremy Kleb (JR) scored individually in 6th and 7th place for the 200 IM and 100 Fly, respectively.  His Fly continues to improve, this time by .09 seconds.

  • Joey Dealey (8) was really great in 100 Fly, cutting 3.85 seconds from his PR to score in 8th place.  Joey also scored in 7th place for the 200 Free.  You want to contribute to the team as an 8th grader?  Jump into the 100 Fly and 200 Free and give it your all – like Joey!

  • Joseph Rowzie (8) is getting a down to a very competitive time in the 500 Free.  His quest was helped a great deal by his 41.41 second PR in the event where he jumped into the top 12 scoring in 11th place.

  • Justin Fioramonti (JR) has heart like no one on the team.  I just love the way he approaches swimming.  Even though he was sick on Saturday night, he was able to score in 6th and 8th place in 200 Free and 100 Free, respectively.

  • Nate Remington (JR) gave me a joy during his first year on the team.  He has improved so much!  On Saturday, he had good swims in the 500 Free and 100 Breaststroke.  At the beginning of the season, I’m not sure I could have fully pictured Nate competing at DAC Champs in the 500 Free, but he has learned to use his length for a stroke that has gotten “long and strong”.

The State Championship Meet is Friday and Saturday, February 15-16th at Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport in Stafford, VA.


I have our final entries for the State Championship team under Meet & Team Information, and I will post some detailed logistical information shortly.  There were several changes to my most recent draft thanks to some amazing swimming by Mary Heim, Anne Konstanty, Jack Santschi, Shane Koehr, and especially Emily Flynn!


Here are the individual State Meet qualifiers after this weekend:

  • Mairead Geiran –50, 100, 200 and 500 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Breast, 200 IM

    • Mairead will swim the 100 and 200 Free plus two (2) Relays at States

  • Caroline Griffin – 200 IM, 100 Back and 100 Fly

    • Caroline will swim 100 Back plus three (3) Relays at States

  • Mary Pennefather –50 Free

  • Mary Heim – 100 Free

  • Anne Konstanty – 500 Free

  • Jack Santschi – 50 and 100 Free

    • Jack will swim 50 Free plus three (3) Relays at States

  • Shane Koehr – 100 Back

    • Shane will swim 100 Back plus three (3) Relays at States      

As for the Relays, we’ve qualified an “A” and “B” Relay for every event except the Boys 200 Medley Relay and the Boys 200 Free Relay.  The competition on both the Boy’s and Girl’s side for Relay spots has been keen, so I’ve been tracking it more closely.  There was some movement on Saturday after Emily Flynn swam so well.   


Remember, that I am doing it all by time.  Specifically, I will use the fastest relay splits or flat start times swum this season.  (And remember that Liam is not going to States.)  I have posted my records for relay splits under Meet & Team Information so you can see the same thing I am.   


There is still one more chance to move up to an “A” Relay during Preliminaries of the State Championship Meet:

  • If we have a relay make the Finals, then to be fair, I will factor in the splits swum during Prelims.

  • I will still use the best splits for the entire season though.

A Final Message to Our Friends at Trinity Christian School

On April 6, 1862, General Ulysses S. Grant was camped at Pittsburgh Landing on the Tennessee River in southwestern Tennessee.  The Confederate Army, led by PGT Beauregard and Albert Sydney Johnston, left Corinth, MS, just below the Tennessee line, and launched a surprise attack on Grant’s army.  Furious fighting ensued around Shiloh Church (hence the common name of the battle), and the day ended with the most casualties, by far, of any Civil War battle up to that point.  Grant was pinned against the river as survivors wrote of how you could walk across the battle field on dead bodies without ever touching the ground.


Under a tree sat General Grant, smoking his 20th cigar of the day, when his chief lieutenant, William Tecumseh Sherman, came up and said, “Well, we’ve had the devil’s own day today haven’t we Grant”.


Grant took another puff on his cigar, looked up, and said simply, “Lick ‘em tomorrow.”


And he did.


To all the swimmers, coaches and parents at Trinity Christian School:  I understand why you were disappointed last night, but here are a few reasons for some satisfaction:

  • Your girls all swam really well.   Out of 31 individual swims, including relay lead-offs, you had 16 Personal Records – more than half of your swims were best times.  That is even more amazing when you consider last week’s performance where 75% of your swims were PRs.  That is really, really hard to do.  (I’ve posted your results by name showing your PRs under Meet & Team Information)

  • Brooke Williams broke Anna Kenna’s Meet Record for 50 Free.  That’s no small feat – Anna was an All-America in 100 Backstroke.

  • Your top swimmers are your top swimmers for a reason – Brooke, Annalise, Becca, Haley, Teresa all swam lifetime or season-best times - but several of your other girls also swam incredibly. 

    • I was so impressed by the performances of so many of your girls, particularly Lucy Sicks, Jenna Phillips, Lilliana Glancy, Teresa Klanderman, Anna Deatherage, Ella Moon, Kayla Shelkey

    • And for the life of me, I cannot figure out how Caroline Sykes dropped time again after dropping so much last week!      

When I said to some of you that I think you can win the VISAA Division II Girls State Championship next week, I meant it.  Hampton Roads Academy has won it the last six (6) years in a row, but you proved them vulnerable last week at the VISAA Division II Invitational. 


All of us at Seton will be cheering for you next week!  Lick ‘em tomorrow.


Some Final Notes on States

Shortly, I hope to post a document called “Everything You Need to Know About States” in the hopes that it literally tells you that.  I’m continually updating it as plans firm up.  A lot of what you need to know is in the Meet Announcement which is already posted.


Once again, we have a Team House this year for team meals and as a hang-out between sessions.  I’ve enlisted some of the Mom’s of State swimmers to take charge of the team meals.  By now, you should have your lodging set up, and I should know about it.


A few other things I’d like to highlight that will be in the document:

  • Our team uniform at States is an embroidered Rugby shirt.  If you got one last year, don’t forget to bring it.  If you are new to the State team this year, you can thank my daughter Kelly Mooney for making the arrangements to get one for you. 

    • The Chief is allowing the State Team to wear them to school on Thursday – over your uniforms.

  • Thursday morning practice is breakfast, tentatively at IHOP in Manassas Mall.  Practice starts at 6:45 a.m.                   

  • The admission fees set by VISAA are pretty stout: $10/person/day with a $30/day family maximum.  I fought it all the way to the top of VISAA, but I lost.

    • Any team member in a team uniform will be admitted for free, so wear. your Seton Swimming Rugby shirt!  

  • Several of the State Team members are swimming on only one of the two days.  I will leave it up to the parents, but they are encouraged to participate in everything with us even on the days that they are not swimming.  Seniors are also welcomed to join us.

Practice on Monday morning is canceled for weather, so only one practice left – let’s get ready to race!


Coach Jim Koehr


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