January Swimmer Spotlight: Carsen G.

image1Age: 10

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:   2

Current Level:  Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

Best Stroke (according to his coach):  Freestyle

Current DTAC Records:

  • 25 Free 8 & Under Boys
  • 50 Back 8 & Under Boys

Greatest Accomplishments This Year: 

  • Making State for the third year in a row
  • Getting to swim at Arizona State University
  • Qualifying for the elite Holiday Fest meet
  • Setting DTAC records

Factors in His Success:

  • Running club
  • Band
  • Outdoor family activities
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

Quote from Coach Bryce:  Carsen has many great qualities, but his best quality is his genuine go-getter personality. Carsen loves working hard and getting praise for it. I believe that if Carsen keeps putting in the quality effort that he has put in lately, he will be producing massive results!

What He Loves About Swim Team: Going to meets, the coaches, his friends, and staying in shape.

 


December Swimmer Spotlight: Federica M.

FedericaAge:                                                         9

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:         5

Current Level:                                        Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

Greatest Accomplishments This Year: Multiple regional cuts in long and short course

 

 

 

Factors in Her Success:

  • Roller skating
  • Reading club
  • Bible study
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

What She Loves About Swim Team: She loves having a lot of friends in the team, her coaches, racing in swim meets and spending time with swim mates. Butterfly and breaststroke are her favorite strokes.

Fun Fact about Federica:  Her mom swam for Italian National swim team, participated in a couple youth European swim meets, and played major league water polo for several years.

 

 

 

 

November Swimmer Spotlight: Kate B.

Age:                                                                    Kate B cropped10

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:                      8

 Current Level:                                                  Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

 Best Stroke According to Her Coach:        Breaststroke

 Greatest Accomplishments This Year:      Multiple regional cuts on the verge of becoming state cuts

Quote from Coach Bryce:  Kate’s greatest accomplishment is when she qualified in almost every single regional event last season.She has a great deal of potential and phenomenal technique. She is a bright star in life.

What She Loves About Swim Team: All the people on her team because they are super sweet and push her harder. And she loves Coach Bryce because he pushes her hard enough so that she can accomplish many things.

Factors in Her Success:

  • Playing the saxophone
  • Playing basketball
  • Volunteers at church
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

September Swimmer Spotlight: Koryne G.

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She is featured in our September ad!

Age:                                                         6

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:       4

Current Level:  Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 8 & Under Elite

Best Stroke According to Her Coach:  Butterfly

Greatest Accomplishments This Year: 

  • Making the team at age 6
  • Completing the 100 Individual Medley (IM) without disqualifying on first try

Current DTAC Records:

  • 50 & 100 8 & Under Girls Freestyle
  • 50 8 & Under Girls Backstroke
  • 50 8 & Under Girls Breaststroke
  • 25 6 & Under Girls Backstroke
  • 25 6 & Under Girls Breaststroke
  • 25 6 & Under Girls Butterfly
  • 100 8 & Under Girls IM

 Factors in Her Success:       

  • Singing
  • Soccer
  • Gymnastics
  • Ballet
  • Regular meet and practice attendance
  • True passion for the water

Quote from Coach Justin:  Koryne is an awesome swimmer! Her passion for the sport is what makes her such a great athlete. In practice she is calm and collected, and listens to directions so she completes the workout properly. Then when she goes to meets, she turns on her “beast mode,” and her fierce competitiveness comes out!

Quote from Her Parents: Koryne constantly pushes herself to do better, besides attending regular practices and meets, she takes it upon herself to practice at home almost daily. Her determination and love for the sport of swimming at such a young age is exceptional.  

August Swimmer Spotlight: Maya L.

MayaAge:   10

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:  8

Current Level:  Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

Best Stroke According to Her Coach:  Breaststroke

Greatest Accomplishments This Year: 

  • Qualifying for state in both short and long course
  • Impressively anchoring the girls relay team to earn 1st place at the Lost Dutchman Meet

Current DTAC Records:

  • 50 Breaststroke, 7 year old girls
  • 100 Breaststroke, 7 year old girls
  • 100 Breaststroke, 8 year old girls

Factors in Her Success:

  • Singing
  • Theater
  • Gymnastics
  • Running club
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

Quote from Coach Bryce:  Maya is one fantastic swimmer! She is not only one of the best swimmers I have ever had; she is also very talented in all 4 strokes. It has been quite impressive to see her grow in the last few years into an amazing swimmer.  Maya is very quiet, but please don’t underestimate her, because she is FAST! Our team is very grateful and very blessed to have received such a talented & humble swimmer as Maya. Maya has a GREAT Attitude and is always looking to better herself & her team.

Why Maya Likes Swim Team:  She has made great friends being part of DTAC.  She loves the hard work and knowing that she made Coach Bryce proud.

 

 

July Swimmer Spotlight: Makayla L.

MakaylaAge:                                                       10

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:     8

Current Level:  Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

Best Stroke According to Her Coach:  Freestyle

Greatest Accomplishment This Year: State regional times in every event!

Factors in Her Success:

  • School news crews
  • Drama club
  • Choir
  • Bike riding
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

Quote from Coach Bryce:  Makayla is great! She is so laid back and does not let little things in life stress her out. Makayla knows that with time she will become better and better. She has a very beautiful manner in which she swims! I really enjoy observing the natural simplicity of Makayla’s stroke technique. 

Why Makayla Likes Swim Team:  Swim team is fun because you can be active with your friends while being outside in the pool. 

June Swimmer Spotlight: Isabel S.

Isabel 3Age:  10

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:  8

Current Level:  DTAC 10 & Under Elite

Best Stroke According to Her Coach: Backstroke

 Greatest Accomplishments This Year: 

  • Getting her first 1stplace finish
  • Overcoming her fear of competing and backstroke flip turns with her new-found self-confidence

Factors in Her Success:

  • Piano lessons
  • Art classes
  • Running and hiking
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

Quote from Coach Bryce:  Isabel might be small, but she is mighty! In the last 6 months I have seen Isabel overcome many of her fears. She battled through the cold of the winter, perfecting her dives, and running a flawless backstroke flip turn in competition, that at first she was hesitant to try. Each and every meet, I can always count on Isabel to put her technique first. This means a great deal to any swim coach! Anyone can go out and scrap themselves to the finish, but it takes true focus and self-discipline to always implement the long-term strategy first. I am extremely proud to have Isabel as part of my team!

What Isabel Likes About Swim Team:  I like swim team because I get to see my friends and my wonderful coaches.  I also like swim team because I have fun at practice and meets.

April Swimmer Spotlight: Joel V.

Age:  10joel

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:  7

Current Level: Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

Best Stroke According to His Coach: Backstroke

Greatest Accomplishment This Year: 

Regional qualification times in 50 Breast and 100 Breast

Factors in His Success:

  • Honor choir and band
  • Running club
  • Cub Scouts
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

Quote from Coach Bryce:  Joel is an amazing individual. Not only does Joel have a great attitude, but he never complains. As of recent, Joel has truly stepped up and gone out of his comfort zone. By doing this, Joel helped the boys 10 & Under 200 Medley & 200 Free Relay set two new team records! Joel did not stop there. The following meet, Joel set personal best times in almost every single event! After seeing two outstanding back to back performances, Joel deserves to be our swimmer of the month.

February Swimmer Spotlight: Stephanie C.

stephanie croppedAge:                                                     8

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:    1

Current Level:  Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

Best Stroke According to Her Coach:  Butterfly

Greatest Accomplishment This Year: Regional qualification times in 50 Breast and 100 Breast

Factors in Her Success:

  • Figure skating
  • Snow and water skiing
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

Quote from Coach Bryce:  Stephanie is amazing! She has a very bright and loving spirit that the entire team enjoys to be around, including myself. In the last couple of month’s Stephanie’s performance in the water has skyrocketed! Not only has Stephanie been knocking down a boat load of personal best times, but she has also achieved multiple regional cuts! The way Stephanie is going, I can see her having a very exciting and successful swimming career. 

What Stephanie Likes Best About Swimming:  Stephanie loves that her team focuses on good swimming technique. She also enjoys her coaches and friends.

 

January Swimmer Spotlight: Zuri P.

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Age:                                                   9

Years at SWIMkids USA/DTAC:    4

Current Level:  Desert Thunder Aquatic Club 10 & Under Elite

Best Stroke According to Her Coach: Freestyle

Greatest Accomplishments This Year: 

  • Seven regional cuts
  • Great improvements in stroke technique
  • Super progress on personal best times

Factors in Her Success:

  • Reading
  • ShowBiz Club
  • Running
  • Regular meet and practice attendance

Quote from Coach Bryce:  I love Zuri! Zuri always gives me her best each and every race. She has a very competitive fire within her that is going to make her a very successful swimmer. What I love the most are the adult like conversations that Zuri and I have. Her level of communication is much higher then your average 9 year old.  I cannot wait to see where she takes her talent and efforts in the sport of swimming. 

What Zuri Likes Best About Swimming:  The coaches: They really push your limits.