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717: PARENT'S WHO TOOK PART IN THE OFFICIAL'S CLINIC; FEEL FREE TO TAKE PART IN THE JR. OLYMPICS AS AN APPRENTICE STROKE & TURN OFFICIAL! SEE COACH ANDREWS IF YOU NEED MORE INFO. AT JOs. Thanks!
*Very Inspirational Speech at the ESPY awards from ESPN's Stuart Scott in receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y6hOb0c1yc
6/29: Parents, thanks for helping to coordinate and run a very efficient Friday Night @ The Races Meet at Lake Lytal! Your contributions are magnificent and thanks to all the new faces helping to make a difference.
1. Lightning’s Summer Swim Schedule Begins This Week. Summertime is a great time to take one’s swimming to another level! We encourage all Red, Bronze, and Dev. High School Swimmers to take advantage of the morning practice opportunities due to the periodic afternoon thunderstorms in South Florida!
2. PRELIMINARY ENTRIES for the Ft. Lauderdale International Age Group Inv. NOW POSTED on the ‘Meet Schedule’ page. This is a 3+ day prelims/finals focus meet at the International Hall of Fame Pool. THE FINAL ENTRY DEADLINE WILL BE WEDNESDAY 6/11 8PM. You must contact Coach Andrews ASAP if you have any conflicts and can not compete. Thank You.
3. Lightning Swim Team will be hosting a HOME DEVELOPMENTAL SWIM MEET on Friday, June 27. We are asking parents to help contribute once again in the many areas needed to run a successful swim meet! These meets act as fundraisers to help run our swim team
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“The Lightning Coaching Staff”
5/31: THANK YOU STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND OFFICIALS WHO STEPPED TO THE PLATE AND HELP RUN A VERY SUCCESSFUL MEET AT LAKE LYTAL. PARENTS YOU ARE GREAT ROLE MODELS FOR VOLUNTEERING AND BEING A PART OF A GREAT SPORT!
**Lightning swimmers came out of a rough ocean Saturday morning with more confidence, more strength, more respect for mother nature! Great job swimmers in tackling some challenging conditions and coming out on top!
* Parents, thank you for supporting a coach driven, swimmer centered, and parent support program. We encourage all parents to check out our "Parent Education" page.
***In this day and age of winds of change, those things that are solid in our lives, family, friends, and teammates make our team extremely worthwhile. This team is more then a superficial gathering of athletes trying to tout their prowess. We ARE family I am proud to be associated with you and yours. Please remember to read our handbook if you are unfamiliar with this team's mission and dynamics.
***** Swimming, with success so relative and on so many different levels ultimately becomes a true test of individual fortitude balanced with working together as a team.
11/25: 5am Very good end of season swims at Speedo Winter Champs. Lightning swimmers consistently rise to the occasion in demonstrating prowess in their athleticism and character!! Congrats from a proud coaching staff. Parents thanks for honest positive and upbeat support for your swimmers and the Lightning team!
Lightning Team Handbook Updated. Learn about our swim team.
We are extremely fortunate to have such an excellent line up of coaches. Character building is not an easy task in this day and age of so many shallow distractions. Our staff takes pride in challenging our young people on every level of their being to see them gain an edge in an upcoming challenging life. Many of our coaches have come up through the Lightning program and we are fortunate to having them give back to your child as they progress.
Thank you for your support of our staff.
11/4: Those swimmers wishing to swim with Lake Lytal in 2014, our registration drive begins this week. If you do not wish to be a part of Lake Lytal please let us know asap in order to not be assessed the 2014 registration fees. Contact Melanie Andrews if you wish to swim for another team or are deciding to quit swimming. Thank You.
*10/13: Very good focus meet Lightning Swimmers at the Palm Beach County High School Championship Series! Lightning Swimmers who represent 9 different high schools during the 12-14 weeks of fall high school swim season had some top performances this past weekend!
New team records for Jules Suarez! Jules also recorded another Winter Jr. National cut in the 100 Back SCY!
Hats off to all the student and parent volunteers who made this meet special once again to the over 800 participants/athletes.
7/22 5am: Psych Sheets for the FGC Sr. Champs NOW POSTED on the Meet Schedule page.
22 Lightning Jr. Olympic Swimmers posted 99 Personal Best Swims at this past weekend's meet in Plantation. Our top 14 & Unders posted a powerful punch as a 12 year old team record set in 2002 fell in the 100m Breaststroke with Ryan Flynn posting a very fast swim. Dakota Brisco finished up on Sunday posting a team record in the 200m Fly after shaving off over a minute in the 1500m free. Spring Sectional cuts were achieved by Brisco, Kyle DiMatteo, Sydney Torres, Flynn, and Erin Tague. Summer Sectional cuts were also achieved by Flynn, Tague, and Torres. Other swimmers that posted top 8 finals swims included Daniela Salcedo. Other swimmers who posted personal best swims: Emma Artero, Reese Branzell, Hope Flynn, Ethan Hauber, Will Kennedy, Toshi Kirton, Diana Lewis, Matthew Manzano, Ashlyn Murry, Layla Muth, Maddison Stegall, Joey and Leo Suarez, Lucie Valdov, and Liz Williams!! Lightning relays all posted very good swims as their seeded times were all shattered. Lightning athleticism in the water and out shined as swimmers grew stronger as the meet went on with superb swims on day 3. Complete results NOW POSTED on the 'Meet Results' page.
Thank you parents who continue to support our philosophy and program and lasted thru a very long meet and were very resilient and upbeat in their support.
Way to go crew from a very proud coaching staff and parents!
7/16 4pm: FGC Sr. Championships Final Entries NOW POSTED on the 'Meet Schedule' page. Please pay your fees for this event before it takes place. Thank You.
7/14 4:30am Lightning's 7 Summer Sectional swimmers posted 20 personal best swims this weekend in a very fast meet. Lightning's Michael Rahrig and Will Pisani posted new team records in competing against the state's fastest club and college swimmers along with many swimmers from out of state. Lightning's Will Pisani will be heading to Irvine, California for the fastest 18 & Under meet in the USA in qualifying in 4 different events (50 Fr, 100 Fly, 200 Fr, 100 Back) and a bonus swim in the 100 Free.
7/14: 11am: 21 Swimmers swam 136 Personal Best LCM swims at the Area 1 DEV. Champs in Stuart this past weekend! 55 New Jr. Olympic swims were preformed. Outstanding meet and great stepping stone to Jr. Olympics!!
7/10 5:30am: Congrats to Fabiana Ingram in representing Puerto Rico at the recent Caribbean Swimming Championships in Barbados. Fabiana was one of Puerto Rico's most diversified top 15-17 year olds scoring 44 team points and medaling in her competitions. Way to represent Lake Lytal in overseas competition Fabiana, we are proud of you!
7/3 5am: Finalized Entries for the 'Area 1 Dev. Champs' NOW POSTED on the 'Meet Schedule' page. Please pay the entry fees for this event BEFORE it takes place. Thank You and Go LIghtning!
6/29 11pm: 77 Swimmers competed at the "Friday Night at the Races" meet at Lake Lytal. Over 130 Personal Best Swims were performed for this group of up & coming swimmers! JO Qualifying swims by Emma Artero and Maddison Stegall were achieved.
6/27 4:30am: Fabiana Ingram will be representing Puerto Rico at the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships next week in Barbados! Psych Sheets for this competition can be found on the 'Meet Schedule' page. Have FUN Fabi and swim fast!
6/24 12pm: 39 Swimmers busted out 147 Personal Best Swims in a very good focus meet at the Swim Fort Lauderdale International Age Group Inv. this past weekend. Many new Jr. Olympic, Spring Sectional Cuts, and few Summer Sectional cuts were achieved. Will Pisani shattered the 200IM team record in a breakaway swim win! Hats off to swimmers and parents who supported the team throughout finals despite Mother Nature's afternoon storms. Results NOW POSTED on the MEET RESULTS page.
Some good pics on Lightning Facebook Page. We look forward to finishing up the summer in stellar fashion as we set our sights on the fall season.
6/19 8am: June & July Training Schedule Updated
6/11 12pm: GREAT PICTURES from the Lightning Travel Meet to Cocoa Beach and Winter Park!!! Happy Swimmers Make Faster Swimmers.....Team Travel Meet Theme: "Swimming Isn't About Being Better Than Someone Else Its About Being Better Than You Were The Day Before".......The Rest Takes Care of Itself.....All Things Come to Pass. Check out the Lake Lytal Lightning Swim Team Facebook page to view all the pics!
6/9 3:15pm. 39 Lightning Swimmers Participated in the Orlando LCM Open Inv. at Trinity Prep in Winter Park as well as had a great time in Cocoa Beach during our annual travel meet. Parents, swimmers, and coaches all had fun in the ocean as well as racing swimmers outside our Florida Gold Coast during this early season competition. 75 Personal Best Swims occurred along with loads of fun in Cocoa Beach! Complete results listed on the 'Meet Results' page.
Thanks Coach Melanie and all the parents who helped out and enjoyed a time of team bonding and sportsmanship outside of our traditional venues. Lots of smiling faces and learning experiences in the ocean made this event very worthwhile! Parents please post your pics on the Lake Lytal Lightning Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/413661945336928/
Summer Schedule begins Tuesday June 10th. School's Out :)
6/4 6am: MEET INFORMATION for the "Friday Night at the Races Sub JO/Sub Sr. Champs Inv." on June 27 NOW POSTED.
*Meet Information for Speedo Summer Sectionals NOW POSTED
**Meet Information for the Area 1 Developmental Champs NOW POSTED
****Meet Information for FGC LC Jr. Olympics NOW POSTED
*****Meet Information for FGC LC Sr. Championships NOW POSTED
5/31 6pm: 83 Lightning Swimmers posted 158 Personal Best Swims at Saturday's Dev. Meet at Lake Lytal. 12 New Jr. Olympic Cuts were achieved by Ryan Flynn, Ethan Hauber, Daniela Salcedo, Maddison Stegall, Leo Suarez, Erin Tague, and Sydney Torres. 5 New Sr. Champs Cuts were also achieved. Complete Results NOW POSTED on the 'Meet Results' page.
5/20 7am: 60 Lightning Swimmers competed in the Wellington LCM/SCY Spring Inv. this past weekend. 110 Personal Best Swims resulted in this early season swim competition. Results NOW POSTED on the 'Meet Results' page.
* The 14 & Under Jr. Olympic Meet Information NOW POSTED.
5/12 7am: 56 Lightning Club and Masters swimmers tackled rough conditions Saturday morning at the annual PB County Ocean Mile Swim at Kreusler Park. Onshore winds, currents, and riptides proved a great challenge with Lightning swimmers Julie Suarez and Richard Andrews coming out on top as overall winners. Many Lightning athletes posted top swims in their respective age groups but more importantly came out more confident in their tackling of mother nature's elements!
4/28 330pm: 78 Swimmers has 67 Personal Best Swims at the Jupiter Long Course Inv. swim thru meet.
23 of Lightning Swim Team members, Masters members,ex-Lightning athletes, and Lightning collegiate swimmers all participated in the prestigious "Nike Swim Miami" Saturday at the Miami Yacht club.
Superior conditions and a sold out event added to the excitement of some outstanding swims as Lightning swimmers and Masters swimmers put out some great efforts. Complete detailed results listed here:
Also check below and pdf. version on the "Meet Results" page.
Artero, Emma (11)10th Place 11-12 1st Time Open Water C
# 3B Girls 11-12 1 Mile
Artero, Stephanie (50) 9th Place 50-54 1st Time Open Water Competitor
# 3L Girls 50-54 1 Mile
Bedregal, Carmela (45) 4th Place 45-49 1st Time Open Water
# 3K Girls 45-49 1 Mile
Herfurth, Christina (17) 2nd Place 17-18
# 5E Girls 17-18 3 Mile
Rust, Catherine (60) 1st Place 60-64
# 5N Girls 60 & Over 3 Mile
Samuelson, Laurie (58) 1st Place 55-59
# 5M Girls 55-59 3 Mile
Vega Monroy, Daniela (19) 4th Place 19-24
# 5F Girls 19-24 5000 Free
Williams, Elizabeth (13) 4th Place 13-14 1st Time Open Water Competitor!
# 5C Girls 13-14 3 Mile!
Wong, Angel (19) 3rd Place 19-24
# 5F Girls 19-24 3 Mile
Andrews, Gordon (53) 1st Place 50-54
# 6L Boys 50-54 3 Mile
Andrews, Richard (21) 1st Place 19-24/2nd Place Overall!
# 6F Boys 19-24 3 Mile
Geiman, Sam (17) 4th Place 17-18
# 6E Boys 17-18 3 Mile
Green, Chip (53) 4th Place 50-54
# 8L Boys 50-54 6 Mile!
Lee, Jose (17) 5th Place 17-18
# 6E Boys 17-18 3 Mile
Lee, Rafael (38) 3rd Place 35-39
# 6I Boys 35-39 3 Mile
Moorhouse, David (16) 11th Place 15-16
# 6D Boys 15-16 3 Mile
Ortega, Julian (18) 1st Place 17-18
# 6E Boys 17-18 3 Mile
Ortega, Sebastian (18) 2nd Place 17-18
# 6E Boys 17-18 3 Mile
Pisani, William (16) 1st Place 15-16/1st Place Overall
# 6D Boys 15-16 3 Mile
Ramos, Sean (13) 6th Place 13-14
# 4C Boys 13-14 1 Mile
Samuelson, Roland (70) 3rd Place 70+
# 4N Boys 60 & Over 1 Mile
Samuelson, Roland (16) 3rd Place 15-16
# 6D Boys 15-16 3 Mile
Smith, Colin (15) 9th Place 15-16
# 6D Boys 15-16 3 Mile
4/12 5pm: 43 Lightning Developmental swimmers posted 69 Personal Best Swims and learning experiences at St. Andrew's Developmental meet last Friday night. Good job Lightning swimmers; results posted on Lightning's 'Meet Results' page.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Lightning's Spring Sectional Team consisting of 17 athletes posted 37 Personal Best Swims. Having athletes of varying degrees of experience at this competition; great life learning experiences through competitive swimming were gained.!*
Dylan Brisco broke an 8 year old team record in the 13-14 400m IM. He joined Will and Jena Pisani, and Michael Rahrig in posting team records. Camryn Hudson nailed a solid 3rd place finish in 800m Free as a 14 year old~!
Lightning's youngest sectional swimmer, Ryan Flynn, 12, posted a very quick 200m breaststroke in finals. Summer Jr. National cuts are great targets this spring/summer season for some along with Summer Sectional cuts. Congrats once again to Christi Herfurth (Florida Gulf Coast signer) and Julie Suarez (Univ. of Miami signer) for their leadership as they will be challenged in new waters this fall!! You guys are the best...great job crew. Coach G. PFS
3/9: 9pm: 25 Lightning Jr. Olympic Team members recorded over
73 Personal Best Swims. Congrats to Lightning's Jr. Olympians. Reese Branzell, Ryan Flynn, Dakota Brisco, Sydney Torres, Colin Smith, Jenna Pisani, Camryn Hudson and Dylan Brisco qualify for FGC All-Star Team (final team TBD). Congrats Lightning new Spring and Summer Sectional qualifiers. Very good learning experiences for many first time JO swimmers. Complete Results NOW POSTED on meet results page. Team dinner this Wednesday 530pm.
3/6: 12pm: Follow all the Jr. Olympics action either by "Real Time Results" on the Lightning website's 'Meet Results' and "Meet Schedule' page OR use your smart phone or tablet's "Meet Mobile" app and search under '2014-FG Short Course Junior Olympics'.
3/2 8pm: 32 Lightning Swimmers swam to 127 Personal Best Swims with 25 New Jr. Olympic Qualifying Times and 5 Sr. Championship Cuts at the Area 1 Developmental Championships in Jupiter. Results NOW POSTED on the 'Meet Results' page. Way to go Lightning!!
.2/23 2pm: 14 Lightning Sr. Swimmers traveled to Plantation as a prelude to Spring Sectionals. 23 Personal Best Swims....Spring & Summer Sectional swims were all had by Lightning swimmers. Jenna Pisani broke Sarah Andrews 11 year old 13-14 100m Freestyle record! Jared Ingram and Dylan Brisco join Lightning's Spring Sectional Team. Results NOW POSTED on 'Meet Results' page. Congrats to the Crew!
2/16 7pm: 84 Swimmers achieved 200+ Personal Best Swims at the Wellington Winter Classic!!! Results NOW POSTED on Meet Results page.
2/7 10:30pm: Very Good swims this evening at 1650 Challenge. Results NOW POSTED on "2014 Meet Results Page". Thank you giving parents, teams that attended, and athletes that make it all worthwhile!
2/4 7am: 32 of the 45 swimmers attending the TigerShark Inv. in Martin County recorded over 80 personal best swims in an early spring season meet! Very good performances Lightning swim team! All results NOW POSTED on the "2014 Meet Results" page.
12/9: Lightning swimmers Julie Suarez, Christi Herfurth, Jenna Pisani, Fabiana Ingram, and Will Pisani had some great personal best swims and superior learning experiences going against the country's best 18 & Under swimmers! Christi Herfurth finished off today's competition by breaking an 8 year old team record in the 200 fly. Will Pisani and Julie Suarez broke their own team records as well. All results NOW POSTED on Meet Results page. The Lightning family and its coaching staff are all very proud of your accomplishments after a terrific high school season. We look forward to watching our swimmers progress this spring and summer along with the rest of the Lightning team.
12/8 7pm Over 190 Personal Best Swims at the Santa Claus and Holiday Sprint Inv.! Hat off to our Developmental Groups whose technique and athletic prowess has been really taking off! All results NOW POSTED on the Meet Results page.
11/17: The Class 3A and 4A State Championships continued this past weekend with Lightning Swimmers Julie Suarez, Colin Smith and Christi Herfurth all posted best times and making finals in their respective events. Julie and Christi grabbed their All-American consideration cuts and have committed to the University of Miami (Julie) and Florida Gulf Coast University (Christi) to continue their education and swimming!!
11/10 5:30am Assaults on the Lightning Record books continued at the 2A State Championships on Saturday as Will Pisani and Jenna Pisani took down some very fast team records in multiple events. Finalists at the 2A meet included Fabiana Ingram, Jared Ingram, William (Smotz) Samuelson, Michael Rahrig, Jenna Pisani and Will Pisani. Congrats to the Suncoast boys team with a 3rd place finish and Suncoast's Girls team with a 5th place finish.