MD Swimming Open Water Board Chair: Chris Swensen, NAAC firstname.lastname@example.org
MD Swimming Open Water All Star Team Coach: Fred Hviid, MAC email@example.com
Open Water Athlete Board Rep: Kelsey Cashman, EST
2019 Maryland Swimming Open Water All Star Team Headed to Eastern Zone Championship Meet
ASC : Grant Murphy
CAA : Zach Zinderman, Matthew Merke, Zuilda Nwaeze
CBAC: Anna Boarman, Jay Pawloski
EST: Zach Smith, Connor Cashman, Caden Cashman, Kelsey Cashman
FSC: Julia Fondersmith, Ana Czaja, Leo Czaja
GBSA: Alexandra Cucchiaro
MAC: Alexander Riedel, Andrew Starvaggi
NAAC: Andrew Pitta, Charlie Pitta, Courtney Fellers, Connor Drucis, Kohl Hanes, Palmer Bice, Storrie Kulynych-Irvin, William Malone, Ian Foulk
NBAC: John Koebel, Brooke Shinnick, Caitlin Hurley, Carolina Benda, Grace Sharper, John Fitzsimmons, Eva Villagomez, Harrison Belbot, Meghan Benda, Alexandra Harner
RAC: Sofie Hogue, Geoffrey Cradock, Sarah Daly, Taylor Emrich
SPRC: Teagan Polish
NBAC’s Caroline Benda Rocks the 2019 Bay Swim
Today was a very different Bay Swim for two reasons. This was on record the first time ever that the 4.4 full crossing was converted to a shorter distance. After researching and asking some of my long time 20+ year veteran friends, it appears the swim has been cancelled entirely before due to conditions, but never converted shorter. This year’s 2 Mile edit was a first.
The more impressive first of the day, was a female taking the overall win. In all of race history, a male has been the top finisher, with rare, but a few occasions of a female cracking into the overall top three. While today wasn’t the full distance, history was still made when Caroline Benda of NBAC got to the timing mats first, ahead of hundreds of more experienced racers mixed of both genders.
Caroline swims with a distinct stroke, so as soon as the lead swimmer was in sight, I was fairly certain it was her. Coach Sue from CAA confirmed it was a female by noticing the cap had a ponytail stretching in back. In an exciting finish with two men charging her from the side with late surges, Caroline held them off and received a roar of screams from the spectators on shore.
Speaking with Caroline after the race was one of the most humble conversations you could imagine. She is very down to earth and blissfully unaware of her greatness. Her noteworthy achievement out in the Bay seemed like nothing more to her than finishing a typical practice. You may recognize Caroline’s mom in the photo, Marci, who is on deck at all of our championship swim meets as the Maryland Swimming Awards Chair.
Big day for Caroline and big day for open water swimming in Maryland! I would not be surprised to see Caroline appear on one of the US Open Water National Teams at some point in the future.
Contributed by CAA Coach and previous Bay Swimmer, Stephen Henderson
MD Swimming Policy for Open Water All Star Team Selection
LSC OPEN WATER ALL STAR TEAM
184.108.40.206 Any team whose swimmer(s) place in the top 4 in the MD Swimming SCY Top 20, in the qualifying events, and has achieved at least an AAA time standard, as of the most recent SCY season, running from September until the conclusion of the most recent 14 & U and Senior State Championship Meets, may be awarded $300 towards that swimmer(s) attending the LSC All Star Open Water Meet. The qualifying event to be: 10 & U 500 Free, 11-12 500 Free, 13-14 1650 Free and 15-18 1650 Free. If swimmers in the top 4 positions decline to attend the event, the position will be offered to the next person on the list. The award will only be made to the team if the swimmer accepting the spot has placed in the Top 20 for the qualifying event, achieving an AAA time standard, and competes in the LSC All Star Open Water Meet.
Filing to be done within 30 days of the last day of the Meet attended.