February 25, 2013
The Osprey Shine Under San Diego Sun
For the 10th year in a row and 13th time overall, the Osprey journey to San Diego for the Presidents Day Sr. Classic, a trials –finals meet Feb. 16-17-18th. This year the meet was held at the beautiful SDSU facility. Attracted by the venue, some of southern California’s best were there in force. With 8 swimmers OAQ had the highest score for any team our size and finished 12th out of more than 30 teams.
Along the way there were many outstanding swims. For the young men, Zach Selfridge lead the way with a series of seasonal bests and 1 personal best and team record in the 100 back, 53.21. No one was tougher than Zach, who maxed out in every race repeatedly. He scored in 4 of his 5 events, including a tough double in the 500. Zach pushed so hard in his prelim swim of 4:44.64 that he threw up after hitting the wall. Undaunted he came back and went 4:42 that night for 12th place. He also finished 4th in his 200 with a 1:43.61 and 5th in the 100 with a 47.60.
Linnea Mack shined brightest in finals each night, setting 4 new meet records in the process of winning 4 events at the meet, the first time any Osprey has accomplished that at the Classic. Linnea won the 50 free in 23.14, the 100 free in a best unrested time of 50.36, the 100 fly in a 55.47 and the 100 back in another best unrested time of 55.28.
Rachel Owen finaled 5 times in every event she swam, including twin 8th place finishes in the 50 free, 24.62 and the 100 free, 53.17. Kasey Shewchuck stepped up big time in the relays, splitting 1:00.8 in her 100 fly leg of the Med. Relay and a 53.8 in the 400 Fr Relay that finished 2nd place with a time of 3:33.66, # 4 all time for the Osprey. She was joined by Linnea and Rachel and Taylor Cadile who split a fast 55.8 after swimming a lifetime best of 56.83 in the 100 free earlier. That was a new JO time for Taylor and puts her just .2 off the FW qualifier.
Owen McCormick finaled twice, including a best unshaved time of 2:00.66 in the 200 back to place 21st, dropping 3 seconds from his morning swim by executing with uncommon toughness. Owen also split 49.1 on the men’s 400 fr relay. With a time of 3:20.85 the relay team of Owen, Zach, Max Borman and Gabe Taikeff finished 8th. Max split a 49.1 in the relay and also got a 2nd swim in the 100 back, placing 20th with a 56.26. Gabe’s best swim was his 200 fly. He dropped a whopping 6 seconds to qualify for the bonus final with a tough, clean morning swim of 2:08.44.
The team had a great time. We paid a brief visit to the beach after warming up on Friday evening and saw the sun go down. Every night we ate out, had a team meeting, then some social time before lights out. This group overall, did the best job of any we’ve had at San Diego, by competing hard, keeping a positive mindset throughout and being a group of selfless teammates.
Congratulations to our swimmers.