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Congratulations to Gulf Olympic Trials Qualifiers
Gulf Swimming is honored to have 51 athletes representing our LSC at the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for swimming. The Olympic Trials start June 26th in Omaha, Nebraska and end on July 3rd with the announcement of the 2016 US Olympic Team for Rio. A complete list of athletes who have qualified to date is HERE.
As an LSC we wish all of the athletes who have qualified for Trials the best of luck and we look forward to cheering you on during Trials!! Congratulations!!
North American Challenge Cup (NACC) Information
Gulf Swimming is honored to be hosting the North American Challenge Cup this year. The meet will be held August 11th – 13th at the University of Houston with swimmers from Southern California, Pacific Swimming, the Mexican Swimming Federation and Gulf Swimming competing in a prelims/finals meet designed to showcase some of the best swimmers from each LSC. This is the third year of participation by the Gulf, and we are looking to have home pool advantage and bring a full team to the meet.
We are now accepting swimmer applications for the Gulf NACC team. Swimmers with at least one AA time standard may apply. Complete details about the selection process are included on the cover page of the application HERE. The deadline to apply is June 26th. Our team can have nine swimmers (male and female) in each of the following age groups: 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18 for a total of 72 swimmers. The Gulf NACC coaching staff is being finalized now and will be announced next week.
Swimmers who make the team will be expected to arrive at U of H on Wednesday, August 10th. We will be staying as a team at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Houston and traveling by rail to U of H each day for prelims and then again for finals. There will be an Olympic viewing party on the first night and a meet social on the Saturday night after the finals session. Swimmers can be picked up at the hotel Sunday, August 14th by 10am.
The cost is estimated to be $400-$500 per swimmer for this meet. This price includes hotel lodging, transportation to and from the pool each day, all meals, snacks and team gear – a suit, bag, t-shirts, caps, etc. The final cost will be posted on June 1st. Once the final cost is posted, swimmers should include a check payable to Gulf Swimming with their application. Checks will be held until the team is chosen.
USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp
Each year USA Swimming invites 48 athletes from across the US from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. The camp takes place at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Selection is based on times swum at USA sanctioned events.
This year three Gulf swimmers were invited to participate in the camp: Jessica Peng from Aggie Swim Club, Christian Weispfennig from Pearland Aquatics and Barry Fortune from Cy-Fair Swim Club.
Congratulations to these athletes!!
Open Water All-Star Challenge
24 Gulf athletes competed in the annual LSC Open Water All-Star Challenge meet, held April 8-10, 2016 in Ft. Myers, Florida. This has become an annual event to promote open water swimming, and a great opportunity for our athletes to compete on a national level. Most Gulf athletes qualified through their performance at the 2015 Gulf Open Water championships last October.
Top 8 finishes include:
11-12 Girls 2.5 kilometers
1st – Kylee Grafmiller (ESA)
6th – Alex Clark (KATY)
7th – Caitlyn Quinn (FCST)
11-12 Boys 2.5 kilometers
5th – Garrett Green (BTA)
7th – Nick Schmid (KATY)
8th – Rhys Beauchamp (RICE)
13-14 Girls 5 kilometers
6th – Ainsley Everett (RICE)
7th – Catherine Shelburne (RICE)
13-14 Boys 5 kilometers
7th – Thad Dickerson (TWST)
8th – Wyatt Fields (TWST)
15-16 Girls 5 kilometers
4th – Anne Norris (HSC)
5th – Rachel Hicks (ESA)
7th – Alejandra Shimel (ESA)
15-16 Boys 5 kilometers
2nd – Nicholas Koutani (HSC)
17-18 Boys 5 kilometers
1st – Christian Frey (TWST)
4th – Chase Seal (MAC)
The rest of the team included: Kyle Cantrell (BTA), Jorge Guerra (NOCH), Byron Keller (KATY), Brandon Mahan (HSC), Jamie Morgan (DADS), Roxana Nolte (DADS), Joey Testa (FCST), and Dylan Zamani (ESA)
Head Coach: Paige Sikkema (NOCH)
Asst Coaches: Doug Buckalew (ECS), Valerie Martin (KATY), Mike Robinson (ESA)
Special thank you to Gulf teams and coaches for supporting this fantastic experience for our athletes, especially our coaches who volunteered their time on this travel trip.
Cammile Adams Breaks American Record
Congratulations to Cammile Adams for breaking the American Record in the 200 meter short course butterfly at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in a time of 2:03.39.