Coast Guard Blue Dolphins (CGBD) Swim Team recently finished its 2017-2018 Short Course season in record-breaking fashion.
At Virginia Swimming Inc.'s (VSI) Senior Championships, CGBD took first place overall in the Medium Team Category, with the Women's team capturing first and the Men's team 3rd overall. Standout swimmers were Danika Katzer with two Virginia Swimming titles in 100 Breaststroke & 200 Breaststroke, Kade Younger with a Virginia Swimming title in 100 Backstroke, and Chris Verastek earning a title in the 100 Breaststroke. Katzer, Morgan Miller, Jacqueline Tinneny, Alex Slayton, and Chelsea Marstellar comprised five relays that broke 8 CGBD team records.
At the VSI's 2018 Age Group Championships, CGBD again captured first place overall in the Medium Team Category. Clayton Whetstine came away with three Virginia Swimming titles in 400 & 200 Individual Medley (IM) and 200 Backstroke. Laura Gaffney brought home the Virginia Swimming title in 200 Backstroke. Brooke-Lynn Clark placed first, winning the 400 IM state title. Ian Rodgers won the 11-12-year-old 200 Butterfly, breaking another CGBD team record with the win.
CGBD sent 16 Blue Dolphins to TYR ISCA Junior National Cup in Lynchburg, Virginia, finishing 19th overall out of 50 teams at the meet. The CGBD girls placed 12th overall, led by Katzer, Miller and Slayton. Katzer broke 3 team records in 100 Backstroke, 200 Breaststroke, and 100 Backstroke with top ten finishes in all the events that she swam. Katzer was also the High Point Runner Up for the Girls. Slayton finished 8th in 50 back, while Miller placed 8th in 200 IM, 9th in 200 Back, 7th in 500 free, 10th in 100 IM. Austin Clark and Conor Sokolowsky scored for the boys' team, with Clark placing 10th in the 1000 Freestyle, and Sokolowsky placing 7th in 1000 Freestyle and 10th in 200 Breaststroke.
Six Blue Dolphins headed down to Florida in April to swim in the ISCA/NASA TYR Elite Showcase Classic. Carter Whetstine led the way for the Blue Dolphins. Carter placed in the top ten in four events: 5th in 200 Backstroke, 10th in 50 Backstroke, 7th in 100 Backstroke and 4th in 400 IM. Cooper Muench was also able to finish in the top ten in four events: 10th in 50 Breaststroke, 8th in 200 Butterfly, 9th in 200 Breaststroke and 7th in 100 Breaststroke. Bernard Kim placed in the top ten in two events for the 10-year-old boys: 9th in 100 Breaststroke and 7th in 50 Breaststroke. For the girls' team, Britney Denny and Delaney Cox were able to capture two top ten finishes. Denny finished 7th in 200 Butterfly, and Cox finished 8th in 200 Backstroke.
CGBD finished the season with four swimmers at 2018 Eastern Zone Southern Region Speedo Champs Series in Christiansburg, Virginia. Shea Buirski scored for the Blue Dolphins, placing 13th in the girls' Senior 400 IM. Buirski, Melina Christou, Megan Gaffney and Kostas Mateer all made it back to finals in several events during the meet.
Finally, CGBD had fantastic representation at the Virginia Swimming Awards Event. Carter Whetstine (11-year-olds), Kyleigh Tankard (13-year-olds) and Katzer (17-18-year-olds) were all recognized as VSI Swimmers of the Year. This accomplishment is the highest honor for individual swimmers presented by VSI.
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