Swimming World Presents Live Webcast of CeraVe Invitational; Easop Lee Among Headliners

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PISCATAWAY – This weekend’s CeraVe Invitational on the campus of Rutgers University will once again feature young up-and-coming talent on the brink of national success racing in the long course meters meet, and once again SwimmingWorld.TV will produce the live webcast coverage beginning Friday.

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In addition to host Berkeley Aquatic Club, the meet will feature several notable East Coast teams. North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Badger Swim Club, Bluefish Swim Club, Jersey Wahoos and Delaware Swim Team are just a few of the clubs that are bringing some of their best athletes to New Jersey.

North Baltimore’s Easop Lee, just 14 years old, will be one of the top female athletes at the meet. This will mark her first year competing in the open category at the CeraVe Invitational after dominating the field in age-group competition in previous years. Lee is the top seed in the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 400 freestyle, and is in the top 10 in the 400 IM and 200 free. Lee made big strides last summer, winning the 200 fly at junior nationals.

Multiple Paralympic champion Jessica Long is also scheduled to race this weekend, swimming in six events as she prepares for another Paralympic appearance while training at North Baltimore.

Another North Baltimore product, Sierra Schmidt, swam in the shadow of Gillian Ryan at last year’s meet but learned from the experience. Last summer, she was the female swimmer of the junior Pan Pacific championships, and will continue to shine in the distance freestyles.

On the men’s side, open water national team member Ryan Feeley is scheduled to race in all six freestyle events against a determined list of teenagers seeded behind him. Also look for Jersey Wahoos teammates Alex Martin and Zachary Fong to battle in several events, while North Baltimore’s Cole Buese returns to the meet to shine once more.

The meet will also featured timed-final competition for athletes in the 10-and-under, 11-12 and 13-14 age groups in the afternoon session between the senior prelims and finals sessions.

Webcast schedule
Friday through Sunday:
Age group timed finals at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time
Senior finals at 6 p.m. Eastern time

Races will be posted for on-demand viewing on the event landing page as soon as possible after each session.

25 Comments

25 comments

  1. avatar
    Why?

    Why was Scarlet Aquatics “not invited” this year after attending so many years?

  2. avatar
    Because

    Maybe something to do with the fact that scarlet went and combined with three other clubs and would have overloaded the meet with entries?

    • avatar
      Why?

      It was not a problem last year. Isn’t Nation’s Capitol, 13 different clubs combined? And North Baltimore has 2 sites. Very few NJ teams invited.

  3. avatar
    What's the deal?

    BTW… “Because”… Your argument makes no sense since all 4 of the “Scarlet teams” always attended the CeraVe meet even when they were separate teams. Truth is “FEAR” is what kept BAC from inviting Scarlet. One way to compete seems to be “NOT TO COMPETE”…. Guess some are just Chickens!

    • avatar
      Because

      Who said argument i was just offering a suggestion I have never even been to this meet

  4. avatar
    Maybe

    Maybe it was the way the team handled themselves as presented by the above. In looking at results and teams – NBAC seemed like it was a larger team this year, there was no Nations Capital but the Jersey Wahoos attending the meet this year. Also, there were 4 teams from NJ (not including BAC) that scored at the meet last year – invited this year from NJ – CAT, CJAC and EEX (none scoring or attending last year). Only one less team from NJ. Therefore, based on comments presented above, maybe the above should look at how they present themselves as to why not invited.

    • avatar
      Why?

      CAT was not invited. They were allowed to bring a few swimmers. Guarantee they would of beat BAC if they were allowed to bring everyone. Also, where are the scores posted for this meet? Oh, that’s right, they’re not….they will be posted a month from now when everyone forgets about the meet.

    • avatar
      Speculation

      Only BAC knows why they limited their invitations, and any speculation that how teams “present” themselves led to not being invited is just that. Pretty sure that Scarlet was not the only team that has attended in the past that was not invited to attend this year. And at least one of the other NJ teams was allowed only extremely limited entries. Based on the meet timeline there was a fair bit more capacity (generally an hour or more of empty pool between prelims and age group) in the meet. One can only assume that they have their reasons.

      • avatar
        Maybe

        FYI – results posted today on the Berkeley Aquatic web site, less than 24 hours after the conclusion. Also heard the Badger had many scratches due to illness.

      • avatar
        Ok

        Great. They finally posted scores. They never post scores at the meets they host (except when they were winning). Interesting that they didn’t post last years results or scores on their website.

        Also, keep in mind that CAT would have beat them handily if they didn’t restrict their entries to very few swimmers. I guess it is just a manipulation to make themselves look better. They manipulated it so they look like the best NJ team at the meet. Most people don’t know better but now you do! Manipulate by restricting entries and not inviting others. Weak way to compete! Losers mentality!

      • avatar
        Maybe

        Well the information for the past couple of years is on their website which is where I got the information (maybe you do not know where to look but it was relatively simple). I am sure it was on their old website as well. I have also been to many meets in NJ, including meets that they run, I have always seen the results and team scores posted, when applicable (team trophies are distributed). Also, the point is to give the best opportunity for the swimmers to swim their best and it is not about the team – except for relays. Based on the results, it appears that some of that was accomplished with several new Olympic Trial cuts and other new cuts for swimmers at other levels. Sounds like you are a sore person who is not in it for the swimmers but rather your own ego.

      • avatar
        Yes.

        Show me where the scores for 2014 CeraVe are posted:
        http://www.berkeleyaquaticclub.com/TabGeneric.jsp?_tabid_=58749&team=njbac

        Not about team? Obviously you know nothing about taching children (or society)! If you’re not teaching team, what are you teaching? Sore…. You’re right. I’m sore and tired of people that want to manipulate the system and are afraid to just compete fairly!

  5. avatar
    Yes.

    Yes, we all know the reasons.

    • avatar
      No

      No, we don’t. That’s why people are commenting and speculating here.

  6. avatar
    Yes.

    YES; WE ALL DO!
    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck!

  7. avatar
    Yes.

    Show me where the scores for 2014 CeraVe are posted:

    Not about team? Obviously you know nothing about teaching children (or society)! If you’re not teaching team, what are you teaching? Sore…. You’re right. I’m sore and tired of people that want to manipulate the system and are afraid to just compete fairly!

    • avatar
      Maybe

      While team is important – it is more important that each individual is given the opportunity to reach their highest potential – whether in the classroom, sports or elsewhere in life. By individuals reaching their individual goals and accomplishments, other things in life are achieved then together as a team. In regards to teaching, I have more background in my family in teaching than you can possibly imagine. It is apart of my core values to that education comes in many forms but must be done for our children so that they reach their goals and can lead us in the future.

      I do not know what you speak to in your last sentence, but if rules allow for an organization to invite only those that they so choose, that is life and we must follow the rules that have been given just a swimmers must in each event or elsewhere in life.

      Here is the link to the BAC site page that has the results for all of their hosted meets as I gather you need assistance.

      https://www.teamunify.com/TabGeneric.jsp?_tabid_=58749&team=njbac

      • avatar
        UGH.....

        Did you even check the link you posted? It has NO SCORES LISTED FOR THE 2014 (LAST YEAR’S) CERA VE MEET….. no doubt on purpose.

      • avatar
        UGH --- to you.

        I think you maybe need to check things. That is the link to the page on the Berkeley web site for meets they host. If you are looking for this years team scores, it is under the 2015 Meets – CeraVe – Team Scores. If you want the information for 2014, scroll down the page to the 2013-14 meets and under CeraVe – look for Meet Results. Scroll further down and you will find the information for 2012 and 2013. I assume the older information is on their prior web site.

        Both of those links will be a pdf of the Team Scores. Maybe you need to become better educated yourself and learn how to navigate web sites. Information for all meets has been there since after meets were complete.

        You have definitely shown your lack of ability to grasp subjects and topic – GOOD NIGHT.

      • avatar
        Ok

        Ha, Ha! Jusr wanted you to check the team scores for last year. Now you know why Scarlet wasn’t invited!

        (btw… None of the 13-14 meet results were posted there a week ago).

  8. avatar
    Just a thought

    If BAC was going to make a choice based on who to invite so they could “win the meet” wouldn’t they have not invited NBAC/WAHOOS not to attend? And from the looks of it BAC hasnt won this meet in years. If they are so concerned with winning, as people have stated here, why wouldn’t they just only invite smaller clubs to allow for them to win easily? Lastly there seem to be a few NJ teams listed from past meets not in attendance at this years meet yet only representatives from one team voicing their issues in a public forum, maybe this has something to do with it?

    • avatar
      UGH.....

      Again, you’re missing the point….. they’re trying to look like the best team in NJ…. not necessarily the meet. So it “appears” that that they are the best team in NJ at an elite level meet with elite teams like NBAC, Badger, LIAC, WAHOOS (which btw….are all excellent teams).

  9. avatar
    SCAR - Thks for proving point

    Continue to respond as you do and it will continue to appear the point is clear – it is how the team acts and presents itself and has nothing to do with the swimming.

    • avatar
      Excellent

      Excellent. Very good at coming up with excuses. That must also explain why they only post scores at meets when their team is winning.

      • avatar
        Clarification

        To clarify…. I mean post scores at the meet….

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Jeff Commings is the Senior Writer for SwimmingWorld.com and Swimming World Magazine. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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