Best Age Groupers in Country Compete at NASA Dolfin Showcase Classic

Stands were packed last week for the third annual Dolfin NASA Showcase Classic at the Long Center in Clearwater, FL. This meet attracts some of the best 14 and unders in the country and offers teams the opportunity to swim against top-level swimmers they normally wouldn’t compete against at meets. The professionally run championship offers a chance to gain experience, swim fast and sneak off to the beach when it’s all over! Many families stay a few extra days and make a vacation out of the trip.

It’s not surprising that almost 850 swimmers were entered in the meet and teams look forward to traveling for it every year. Casey Hnatiuk, head coach of the LYONS Swim Club in Chicago has brought his swimmers since the meet started three years ago. He explained, “It’s a nice pool, great facility and weather. It’s a very organized and well-run meet and the level of competition remains high.”

Adding to the excitement of competition, the Florida Swim Network live-streamed the entire event. Joe Auer, co-founder of the Florida Swim Network said, “It’s like a Junior Nationals for the Age-Groupers which is pretty cool. They come from all over the country to go to this meet. It’s catered towards the kids so they have the podium and all the awards. We interview all the winners. We make it special and they love it.”

The number of viewers who tuned into the meet on the Florida Swim Network is astounding. During the course of the competition, the feed had over 94,000 unique viewers. That’s 25,000 more viewers than the typical  attendance at an NFL game! Even more impressive is the amount of time viewers spent watching. On average, viewers stayed on the site for a little more than ten minutes. In the click-happy culture of the internet where people frequently only spend about thirty seconds on a site, eleven minutes is a long time! It signals that many people were interested in the swimming and stuck around to watch multiple heats.

After four days of competition, Nova of Virginia Aquatics, Inc won the girls title, followed by The Fish in second and the Aqua Jets Swim Team in third. Poseidon Swimming came out on top for boys swimming, with Nova and the Virginia Gators putting up scores for second and third. In overall team points, Nova claimed the victory by 300 points. The Fish were named runners-up with the Virginia Gators close behind.

Girls – Team Scores:

Place      Team                                     Points

1  Nova of Virginia Aquatics, Inc            704. 50

2  The Fish The Fish                              493

3  Aquajets Swim Team                        440. 50

4  Virginia Gators                                 376

5  Nation’s Capital Swim Club                361

 

Boys – Team Scores

Place       Team                                    Points

1  Poseidon Swimming Inc                    492

2  Nova of Virginia Aquatics, Inc            388

3  Virginia Gators Virginia Gators           377. 50

4   St Charles Swim Team                     357

5   Nation’s Capital Swim Club               327. 50

 

Overall- Team Scores

Place       Team                                    Points

1  Nova of Virginia Aquatics                   1,092. 50

2  The Fish                                           765

3  Virginia Gators                                 753. 50

4  Nation’s Capital Swim Club                 688. 50

5  Poseidon Swimming Inc                     661

 

Congratulations to all teams that participated. What a great four days of fast swimming! We look forward to doing it again next year!

Article by Meredith Roberts
The following article was provided to Swimming World by our Partners at Dolfin Swimwear.

4 Comments

4 comments

  1. Monica April

    Phyllis Peabody Rose Cole Holly Lutes st Charles swim team is top 5 !!!!

  2. avatar
    Lisa Bilski

    This meet is more than 3 years old. My daughter attended the inaugural meet back in 2010. So, this would be the 7th annual meet.

    • avatar
      Sam Kingston

      I believe the author is referring to how many years “Dolfin” has sponsored the meet (3)-It’s now the “Dolfin NASA Showcase Classic”.

Author: Maureen Rankin

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Maureen Rankin is a All-American swimmer from the Multnomah Athletic Club and swam at the University of Arizona. She was a member of USA Swimming Junior National Team and a former Coach for the Phoenix Swim Club. She is a USMS Member and serves as Age Group Chair for Arizona Swimming.

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