The Monticello Swim Club, also known as Muskies Swimming, competed in the Senior State Meet Aug. 2-4 at the University of Minnesota, Aquatic Center.
Two standout senior swimmers, Issac VanHoorik and Kasey Milstroh, participated in the weekend meet and represented the Monticello Muskies proudly,
The meet went swimmingly.
VanHoorik swam the 50 meter freestyle and Milstroch swam the 50 meter freestyle, 100 fly, 100 back, and 100 freestyle on the last day of the meet on Sunday, Aug. 4.
VanHoorik achieved a new personal best time of 26.8 seconds.
Milstroh finished 21st out of 86 swimmers in the 100 fly and placed in the top third of her competitors in all four events.
The weekend before the final state swimming meet, USA Swimming held a 14 and under age group meet in Rochester.
Individual athletes who competed on July 26-28 included, Simon Davis, Micah Davis, Andi Changamire and Izzy Mork. Micah Davis took fourth place over all in the 50 fly representing the Monticello Muskies.
Relay athletes who competed that same weekend included: Adele Changamire and Grace Mork.
But before Monticello advanced to the age group state championships, they had to prove themselves at the Minnesota Regional Championships.
In order to be eligible to compete, athletes had to meet time standard requirements for their age groups. They were then scored based on finish times and places earned during the events. Many of the athletes placed in the top eight at Regionals and that gave the Muskies quite a few points overall as a team going into the state meets.
Bob Stein, Swimming Club head coach said he has seen the team continue to improve over the years.
“Our team has improved greatly in its presence at the Regional Championship level and regular season meets as well,” Stein said. “Four years ago we would have three to four athletes participate in the regional meet, but this season we brought 19 athletes to represent our team. We’ve seen a lot of growth and maturity in the athletes to be competitive against other swimmers.”
The Monticello Swim Club is a USA swimming program for six to 18 year olds that offers training and competitive opportunities throughout the year. Beginners can join to explore an interest in swimming, but seasoned swimmers can also join to train during the off season. It’s an easy way to get connected and develop a skill.
“Our primary goal we try to implement is community within our club,” Stein said. “Community builds confidence and character, which we try to get to know our athletes to better understand how they like to be motivated or instructed during practice.”
Fall registration for the fall/winter swim season begins on Aug. 12 and the official season begins on Sept. 16. For more information you can contact Bob Stein at email@example.com.
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