Summer conjures images of hours spent by the pool, and for many of our children that means it's time for swim team!
At Springdale Swim Club, in Cockeysville, more than seventy young swimmers spent thier summer mornings and evenings swimming laps, working on their strokes and competing against other teams in the area.
Led by head coach Tana King and assistant coach Alexis Ranjbar, the Springdale Stars swim team just celebrated the completion of yet another successful season. Their final regular season meet resulted in a win against the previously undefeated squad from Chartwell; numerous swimmers also qualified for the divisional championships.
In addition, several members of the team then competed at the Straehle Invitational Championship Meet, which gathers the top swimmers from the 48 swim clubs that make up the Central Maryland Swim League. Each swimmer had to achieve a qualifying time during the regular season to be eligible to swim at the championship meet.
Four swimmers from the Springdale club competed in individual events, including high schoolers Caroline Currey (100m freestyle) and Charlotte Northey (100m freestyle and 50m butterfly) competing in the 15-and-over division. James Northey, 11, competed in several events and placed 3rd in the 50m freestyle, while Ella Navari, 9, swam in three events and placed 2nd in the 25m butterfly. The Springdale Stars also sent to the meet the mixed relay team of Caroline Currey, Sam Harsel, Charlotte Northey and Danny Van Natta, which swam in the 15-18 age group, and the team of Jeffrey Bindon, Charlie Cavollo, Tucker Lippenholtz and Justin Weber, which swam in the 13-14 boys 200m freestyle relay.
The Springdale Stars closed out the season with an awards dinner in which the swimmers were recognized for their accomplishments.
Recent high school graduates Mia Coulbourne, Nikki Gorrell, Sam Harsel, Grace Schneider and Luke Sturiale were honored for their years of dedicated swimming with the team. Chelsea Elliott was the recipient of the Matthew Slattery Award, which is given in honor of Matthew, an all-star Springdale swimmer who suffered traumatic brain injuries in a tragic car accident in 2012. Chelsea was honored with the award for her work ethic and perseverance in practice and for always striving to improve her swimming.
Hayden Gardener and Parker Erdman were named the Springdale AAU Outstanding Athletes and were recognized for excelling in their performance, for using their talents to the best of their abilities, and for always striving for excellence in swimming. They will represent the team at the Maryland District AAU awards banquet in the fall. Congratulations to all the swimmers!