Welcome to the Man O’ War Swim Team

MOW Swim Team 2010

2012 marks our 19th year swimming at the YMCA Aquatic Center. Coach Lucky Meisenheimer started the program in 1993 and my how we have grown!  We encourage all Special Olympics swimmers to come out and join our program for the  2012 season.  We will use this blog to update information about the team during this year’s season. Make sure you email subscribe by going to the right hand sidebar and clicking on the email subscribe box.  All the links to our website can be found in the right sidebar as well.

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Fine swims at Rowdy’s meet.

We had five of our athletes compete in the Rowdy Gaines Masters classic this weekend.  They all swam well and they participated in relays together.  We are happy and encourage all of our athletes to compete in competitions outside of Special Olympics.  We are proud of you all.

Swimmers in the Rowdy meet this weekend.  Sorry if we missed someone for the photo.

Swimmers in the Rowdy meet this weekend. Sorry if we missed someone for the photo.

Gregg Dedic broke his own record at Lucky's Lake Swim this weekend.  He went a 18:04.  He holds the Special Olympic record as well as the 25-29 record.  John Sady swam the lake swim this weekend as well.

Gregg Dedic broke his own record at Lucky’s Lake Swim this weekend. He went a 18:04. He holds the Special Olympic record as well as the 25-29 record. John Sady swam the lake swim this weekend as well.

 

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Super State Meet!

Six of our swimmers scored new team records this last weekend at the Florida State Special Olympics Swimming Championships. We also had a total of 20 individual golds and two relay golds. There were four Silver medalists and five Bronze.  On the negative side we had two individual DQs and one relay (we will work on this for next year)

Gregg Dedic lead the way in record breaking setting new team records in the 50 Backstroke 1:18.1 and the 200 Backstroke 2:54.1 Gregg also lead off our record breaking 200 medley relay 2:45.8. Lori Thomas lead the girls setting two new individual women’s open records, in breaking her own records in the 50 free 44.7 and 50 fly 1:07.6. Lauren Bergquist was our other women’s standard breaker, breaking her own junior record in the 100m free with a time of 1:50.2 Ian Soules was our other individual record breaker setting a new standard for both the Junior and Open 50 meter Breaststroke with a time of 48.9 Ian was also a member of our record breaking medley relay. Jesse Greve and Jonathon Sady rounded out our record breakers with participation in the medley relay record. Many Congratulations to all of our record breakers.

Results of the meet are below:

Gregg Dedic            -2 gold
Kim Bird                  -1 gold 1 Bronze
Nicole Harold .       -1 gold
William Westman. -2 silver
Lori Thomas           -2 gold
Erin Maciarz          -2 bronze
Chris Ellis               -1 gold 1 bronze
Ian Soules              -1gold 1 silver
Jesse Greve          – 2 gold
Michael Tortorella- 1 gold 1 silver
Chris Meyer          – 1 gold 1 4th ribbon
Lauren Bergquist  – 1 gold
Jason Munoz         -1 gold 1 silver
John David H        – 1 gold
Jon Sady               – 1 gold 1 silver
Dean Goodman   – 2 gold
Richard Green     -1 bronze 1 4th ribbon
Kameron Cartier – 1 bronze 1 ribbon


I hope many of you will continue to swim year-round with Larry, but if not we will see you next season.

Some photo highlights from the Meet. Thanks to Tammy Ellis and Barb Greve for sharing these photos.

Record breaker and gold medalist Ian Soules with Coach Larry.

Record breaker and gold medalist Ian Soules with Coach Larry.

Gold medal medley relay,  Gregg, Ian,  Jonathon,  Jesse.

Gold medal medley relay, Gregg, Ian, Jonathon, Jesse.

Lori and Erin chillating.
Lori and Erin chillating.
Loren breaks the junior 50 Breastroke team record.

Loren breaks the junior 50 Breastroke team record.

State champions free relay.  Jason, Mike,Chris and Chris

State champions free relay.
Jason, Mike,Chris and Chris

Chris Ellis gets two golds and a bronze.

Chris Ellis earns two golds and a bronze.

William takes the gold!

William takes the gold!

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State Meet information

Good Luck to all our swimmers at State Meet! Final information from the county below:

Map for State meet.

Map for State meet.

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Last practice this season Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Tuesday (tomorrow) is the last practice of the season! Hope to see everyone at practice. It has been a great 20 years.

Tuesday (tomorrow) is the last practice of the season! Hope to see everyone at practice. It has been a great 20 years.

Congratulations to Coach Apryle!  She has just been selected to be the National Team Coach for the State of Florida. Nationals will be held in July 2014 and our very own swimmer Ian Soules is part of the team.  Strong Work Ian!

Congratulations to Gregg Dedic who just completed his 400th Lucky’s Lake Swim Crossing this morning. Duck is trying to catch up to him.  Duck did his 79th crossing today.

For swimmers going to State Meet, Saturday Swimmers will need to arrive at 7:30AM Saturday Morning for warm-ups.  Plan on being at the pool ALL DAY.  Make sure to take some sunscreen and plenty of drinks.

Sunday Swimmers should plan on arriving at the pool at 9AM the meet should be completed early afternoon on Sunday.

Coach Lucky wishes everyone good luck at the meet.  He will not be attending as he has a conflict with his sons High School Meet the same weekend at the Aquatic Center. Coach Larry will be there to cheer you on and to handle the relays.

Many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteer coaches and congratulations to all of our swimmers on another fantastic season.

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During off season I plan on relaxing with a little fishing in my backyard.

 

 

 

 

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More on State meet.

Also congratulations to Richard Green, Cameron Cartier and Dean Goodman who will be representing the Man O War swim team at states in the short course competition. I did not have the list of swimmers for the short course session on my last post, so you were not forgotten, I just didn’t know who was going out of Coach Apryle’s group. Our total swimmers at State Meet will be 18.  Fifteen long course swimmers and 3 short course swimmers.

Congratulations to Ian Soules, who is currently a star swimmer for Freedom High School, he has received his INAS Para Olympic number for national and international events. Strong Work Ian!

Richard Green our oldest swimmer on the team won two golds at area games and will be representing us in the short course competition at states along with . Coach Sam on (L) looks on. We look forward to having Richard swim with the long course group next year.

Richard Green (far left), our oldest swimmer on the team, won two golds at area games and will be representing the Man O War swim team in the short course competition at states along with Cameron and Dean . Coach Sam on (far right) looks on. We look forward to having Richard swim with the long course group next year.

Random photo of the week.  A thorn between two roses. Amanda, Coach Lucky and William

Random photo of the week. A big thorn between two roses.
Amanda, Coach Lucky and William

 

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State Swim Team Selected

The most difficult practice I have during the season is the one where we announce the team that will be representing Orange County at State Meet. What should be a happy event for those selected ends up being a somber event because there are so many deserving athletes that don’t get to go because of the State Special Olympics’ quota system.  I have fought against this system for years, but the fact remains that this is unlikely to change.  Clearly if an athlete wins a gold in area games a reasonable person  would assume they would get the opportunity to go to State Meet to compete in their division.  Unfortunately, when a program is successful as ours and there are 10 more gold medalists than slots available, deserving athletes get left behind.  I personally find this unconscionable, but the higher ups at State don’t seem to have a problem with this.

I take great care in selecting our participants based on solely how they finished in area games. This is the criteria that the state wants us to use.  There is no favoritism,  cronyism or “if you didn’t go this year we will take you next year” promised slots in the selection nor has there ever been. It is not always the fastest on the team that gets to go, because finishes are based on the divisioning of the athletes by Special Olympics officials. This is sometimes not fair, but it is the system.

All athletes this year selected to go to State have at a minimum two gold medals at area games and most had three. Sadly there are some athletes left behind that have two gold medals, one individual and one relay. Because we can take only three relays (men’s medley, men’s free and women’s medley) those that won golds on the A relays received higher priority than swimmers on the B relays ( the B relays were in a slower division that also won gold). In other words, all finishes being the same between two swimmers for a relay spot the faster swimmer gets the spot.  I don’t know anyway to make it fairer than this.

Whether you are going to State Meet or not I am extremely proud of all our athletes. Swimming is much more that going to State Meet and winning a medal.  It is about friendships, healthy exercise, and being part of a community. Winning awards is nice, but participating is far more important.  I don’t want anyone to give up on swimming just because they are not going to State Meet this year or any other year. Being involved is the  most important part of our program. So just because you may not be going to state meet doesn’t mean I don’t expect you at the next two practices. You keep coming and I’ll keep coaching.

Many thanks everyone for a great 20 years and I look forward to the next 20.

Our State meet team is as follows:

Gregg Dedic

Jonathon Sady

Jesse Greve

Ian Soules

Chris Meyer

Jason Munoz

Chris Ellis

Kim Bird

Lauren Bergquist

Lori Thomas

Erin Maciarz

Nicole Harrold

John David Haywood

Mike Tortorella

William Westman

 

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Roster for State Meet to be announced at practice.

We will be announcing the names of the team members selected to

represent our team at States tomorrow night at practice. We need to

submit the final roster to the County Office by NOON on Wednesday.

Please check your calendars so you come prepared to practice to commit

to attending States, if your name is selected.

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Area Game results & Movie Night

Well, the area game results are in.  Our team did extremely well with 39 athletes participating for a total of 39 Golds, 20 Silvers and 7 Bronze in the individual events.  I don’t know what the relays ended up doing but most were Gold.  I don’t have the numbers  allowed for State Meet yet, but we will let you know as soon as we get our quota. The results for the Area Games meet are posted HERE.

Movie night is this coming Tuesday Sept 10th (No Practice) Start time is 7PM –  end time about 8:45PM. We will have popcorn and drinks. We have not selected the movie yet, but Coach Lucky is doing a multimillion dollar study to determine the greatest movie of all time and we will plan on showing that one or something else. Map to Lucky’s House

Come Join Coach Lucky (Movie mogul, director, actor, zombie hunting legend) as he presents MOVIE NIGHT. Celebrity guests that will not be attending include . . . Brad Pitt, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga.

Come Join Coach Lucky (Movie mogul, director, actor, zombie hunting legend) as he presents MOVIE NIGHT. Celebrity guests that will not be attending include . . . Brad Pitt, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga.

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Area Games!!!

Everyone swam great at area games. We fought heat, humidity, delays and lack of heat sheets,  but still had six new teams records at the event. Jesse Greve, Jonathon Sady and Gregg Dedic lead the record charge each setting two new team record and winning three golds  along the way. Johnathon broke the men’s open 50 Breast and the men’s 200 Br records both his own and Jesse Broke his own 50 free and 100 free records and Gregg broke his own 100 and 200 backstroke records. Other record breakers included Lori Thomas breaking her 50 free record and Ian Soules busting the Jr 50 free record. All of our A relays, mens and women’s, won gold in both the  medley and freestyle.  We had so many Area Games champions that I lost track of the count, but when we get the official results we will post all the winners. Congratulations to all that swam and see you at practice on Tuesday.

The Siemens volunteers did a fantastic job at the meet. We appreciate all their efforts at the meet!

The Siemens volunteers did a fantastic job at the meet. We appreciate all their efforts at the meet!

Area games champion 200 free relay. Chris, Mark, Mike and William

Area games champion 200 free relay. Chris, Mark, Mike and William

Team record breakers Lori and Jonathon.

Team record breakers Lori and Jonathon.

 

Hot, tired, but happy those that were still around at the very end of the meet.
Hot, tired, but happy those that were still around at the very end of the meet.
Close your eyes I want to take a picture.  Everybody listened except for Nicolas and Erin.

Close your eyes I want to take a picture. Everybody listened except for Nicolas and Erin.

Team record breaker Gregg Dedic and coach Lucky.

Team record breaker Gregg Dedic and coach Lucky.

DP Swimmer volunteer Jake Meisenheimer, Erin and Coach Larry.

DP Swimmer volunteer Jake Meisenheimer (a handsome young man if I do say so myself), Erin and Coach Larry.

 

A rose between two thorns. Mike (center) between star DP swimmers Eduardo and Ian.

A rose between two thorns. Mike (center) between star DP swimmers Eduardo and Ian.

Coach Apryle's group swam great.

Coach Apryle’s group swam great.

Three super models, no wait, sorry my mistake that is Lori with DP swimmers Maddie and Brooke.

Three super models, no wait, sorry my mistake that is Lori with DP swimmers Maddie and Brooke.

Mike with a couple of fans. Allie and Gina

Mike with a couple of fans. Allie and Gina

 

Rick and William follow pork belly futures on the computer while at the meet.  Cool shirt Rick.
Rick and William follow pork belly futures on the computer while at the meet. Cool shirt Rick.

 

Chad looks like he was in the movie 300 in this photo.  High testosterone.

Chad looks like he was in the movie 300 in this photo. High testosterone.

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Area Games Saturday

Make sure you arrive by 8:45AM for Area Games.  They are at the YMCA Aquatic Center. Don’t forget your racing suit, goggles and racing caps. Please remember that you must attend area games to qualify for the State Championships.

The World Record attempt was a huge success!  345 swimmers entered the water and formed a human chain across Lake Cane at coach Lucky’s house on Saturday honoring the 20th anniversary of our team at the YMCA Aquatic Center.  Over $7700.00 was raised at the event for Orange County Special Olympics.  Many thanks to all that attended, it was a great moment, and all of the volunteer coaches appreciated you showing up for the support of our team and Special Olympics.

World's longest human chain.  All the cool people were there!

World’s longest human chain. All the cool people were there!

Our swimmers and parents gave high fives to all that donated.

Our swimmers and parents gave high fives to all that donated.

 

Coach Apryle had to get in the lake with her clothes on!
Coach Apryle had to get in the lake with her clothes on!
Lauren made the one K swim after the world record was set.
Lauren made the one K swim after the world record was set.

 

Coach Lucky sets off the siren letting everyone know the record was broken.
Coach Lucky sets off the siren letting everyone know the record was broken.

 

Coaches Lynn and Sam were there!
Coaches Lynn and Sam were there!
DP High School swimmers were there and they will also be volunteering at the Area games.  Be sure to thank them when you see them.

DP High School swimmers were there and they will also be volunteering at the Area games. Be sure to thank them when you see them.

Our swimmers make a thank you card for Mi Hoshino for helping coach Lucky organize the event.

Our swimmers make a thank you card for Mi Hoshino for helping coach Lucky organize the event.

 

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