NTC Lightning had its best showing at the Florida Swimming Senior Championships this past weekend, July 23-26th, in Ft. Pierce, FL. The team placed 7th overall in combined points (men and women) out of 50 teams!
After braving over two hours of weather delays on Thursday evening, the NTC Lightning added their own fireworks by dropping huge chunks of time in the Men’s 800 meter Freestyle. Rising Junior Sam Hartle (Lake Minneola H.S.) lit up the scoreboard with an excellent 9:08.15 which was good enough for 12th place overall. This was an impressive twenty second drop from his previous time. Elijah Thompkins also tapped in at almost eight seconds from his previous best time.
Friday brought in several outstanding swims and some critical points in the team standings. Cheyenne Willis (Sr. Tavares H.S.) topped all Lightning swimmers with a lifetime best swim in the 200 meter free touching at 2:12.41 finishing 9th overall. NTC had an outstanding showing in the 200 meter Breaststroke with Lauren Buddendorff (Soph. Montverde Academy) tagging the wall in a lifetime best and dropping 4.5 seconds in the process which placed 8th overall.
Timmy Crowley (Sr. Lake Minneola H.S.) finished strong placing 7th in the Men’s 200 meter Breaststroke, while Ben Mack-Jackson, who recently turned 13 years old, swam a 2:39.23, placing 20th. He was just off his 11-12 Boys State Record time he achieved earlier this summer, while competing in the Open Men’s Division against the big boys. The 100 meter Butterfly had Brady Estrada tapping in at 9th for the 15-16 Girls’ event and Morgan Kaisrlik, who will be swimming for the University of Florida Gators this fall as a freshman, finished 12th in the Women’s 100 meter Butterfly.
NTC won its first event of the meet when David Lambert won the 50 meter Breaststroke in a meet record time of 29.40. David is training for the 2016 Olympic Trials while also working at South Lake Hospital as a lifeguard. The former record holder, Roman Sludnov of Russia, was the first man in the world to break the one minute barrier in the 100 meter breaststroke so that was quite the accomplishment for David! Timmy Crowley finished 15th in the same event.
The 400 meter I.M. was the last individual event of the evening and did not disappoint. Morgan Kaisrlik topped all NTC Open swimmers finishing 2nd. Brady Estrada outclassed the B finalists touching 9th, while Lauren Buddendorff churned out a 15th place overall in the 15-16 age group. In the Men’s division, Sam Hartle was 13th in the 15-16 while Timmy Crowley gutted out a 13th place in the Open category. Benjamin Mack-Jackson finished up 21st overall in the Open division. The NTC Lightning’s 400 Medley Relay team of Shaylyn Hewton, Morgan Kaisrlik, Brady Estrada, and Cheyenne Willis finished off the night of finals with a 7th place finish.
Saturday proved to be even more exciting than the day before as the Lightning came out fighting right from the first event. In the 50 meter Freestyle, David Lambert chalked up his second victory of the meet holding off local rival Alexander Forbes to win in 23.3. Jordan Roubicek (East Ridge H.S.) finished in 16th. For the ladies, newcomer Shaylyn Hewton (Montverde Academy) finished 4th, the versatile Brady Estrada (Montverde Academy) finished 11th. Our top point scorer, Morgan Kaisrlik finished 3rd in the 200 IM, while Timmy Crowley was 11th.
With the sun in their eyes, the backstrokers fought through challenging conditions. In the 100 meter Backstroke, Shay Hewton tapped in 4th for the 15-16’s Girls’, Morgan Kaisrlik 5th in the Open, and Conor Lynch 4th overall for the Open Men’s event. The 50 Butterfly had David Lambert at 2nd and Jordan Roubicek was 13th. Cheyenne Willis came back Saturday night to place 14th in the Women’s 400 meter Freestyle. She swam a lifetime best during prelims of 4:44.64.
Saturday evening finished again with a strong showing by our NTC Lightning relay teams. The Women’s 400 meter Freestyle relay with Morgan Kaisrlik, Cheyenne Willis, Shaylyn Hewton, and Brady Estrada, placed 8th. The Men’s 400 meter Freestyle “A” relay team finished 11th pverall with swim from David Lambert, Timmy Crowley, Jordan Roubicek, and Brandun Herbert.
Our Lightning swimmers finished strong on Sunday with Sam Hartle placing 14th in the Men’s 1500 meter Freestyle with a 47 second time drop! Following that Shaylyn Hewton touched the wall first to win the 15-16 Girl’s 50 meter Backstroke with a time of 31.80. Conor Lynch ended up 3rd in the 15-16 Boy’s 50 meter Backstroke (28.73), as was Morgan Kaisrlik in the Women’s event (31.85). NTC had two swimmers in the finals of the 200 meter Butterfly, Brady Estrada finished 6th (2:28.01) and Alyssa Stark was 10th (2:32.57).
Jordan Roubicek went a best time in the 15-16 Boy’s 100 meter Butterfly with a 56.38, and placed 11th. David Lambert finished 4th in the Men’s event with a time of 52.89. Shaylyn Hewton closed out the meet with another top placing in the 15-16 Girl’s 200 Backstroke. She finished 2nd with a time of 2:24.24. Brady Estrada was 15th with a time of 2:39.01. Conor Lynch finished his meet in 8th place in the 15-16 Boy’s 200 Backstroke (2:20.64). Ending her last club meet before she starts college, Morgan Kaisrlik placed 3rd in the Women’s 200 meter Backstroke (2:26.25), while Cheyenne Willis finished 10th.
Congratulations to all our NTC Lightning swimmers who competed this past weekend!