Graves and Swanson win 2012 Jessie Helfrich Hicks Awards
Giorgie Graves and Jesuit senior
Chris Swanson won the Jessie
Helfrich Hicks Award as the top female and male
swimmers in the County. Graves, who has committed to
Garner-Webb, finished in the top four in the 50 and 100
freestyle events at the Class
state championships in November. Swanson, who has
qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 1500
freestyle, is the first two-time winner of the award
Pollock of Plant City won for the second time in
All-County Swimming: Coaches of the Year, Polk County
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR:
LEE STAUFFER, Lakeland
TBAY-Lakeland coach Lee Stauffer had four swimmers advance to the state meet in a tough year for him. The four swimmers were Alex Sparbel 100 back, 100 fly, Zach Hart 50 free,100 free at the state meet. Alejandro Contreras
and Evan Budd were part of the 200 free relay at state.
Before the season started, Stauffer’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. She is continuing with treatment.
TBAY swimmers chosen all-county "Swimmers of the Year"
Congrats to Mazie Siddens, Devin McCaffrey, Giorgie Graves, and Rasmus Skjaerpe on being named "Swimmer of the Year" by the
St. Petersburg Times. Original articles can be read by clicking the links below:
Chelsea Nauta: Capitalizing on her summer success
12/2/2011 | By Mike Watkins//Correspondent (USA
When she was 10, Chelsea Nauta made a prophetic statement that is slowly but surely proving true.
She proclaimed to her parents and coach that she wanted to earn a college swimming scholarship and make the Olympic team one day.
So far, she’s 1-for-2, having completed her senior season at the University of Georgia this past March, with the second part of that statement definitely within reach.
For Nauta, who is competing this weekend at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Atlanta, setting goals and chasing them are keys to helping her attain her dreams little by little, step by step.
Skjaerpe qualifies for Norwegian National Team and wins 8 gold
here to read the article from Brighthouse Sports
Article published on
Tambay.com Home Team
Wed. November 30, 2011 | Laura Keeley
While Rasmus Skjaerpe, a sophomore from Tampa Prep, had a successful state swim meet earlier this month, he knew his most important winter race would take him across the world to Oslo.
And he returned to Tampa this week from the Norwegian Jr. Nationals with his most impressive results to date.
Skjaerpe, 15, won eight gold medals in the 13-15 age bracket (50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 100 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM) and was the only swimmer from his age group to qualify for the 19-and-under portion of the race. "Moose," as Skajaerpe is called by Tampa Prep coach Jason Bowes, won gold in the 200 fly and 400 IM and four silver medals in the 50 back, 100 back, 100 fly and 200 IM.
With that performance, Skjaerpe qualified for the Norwegian national team and will race overseas this summer with the hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Summer Olympics in London.
2011 Pan-Am Games: Swimming Photo Gallery
TBAY Shines at WFLA Meet
Over 150 swimmers invaded Largo and represented TBAY last weekend. Great job swimmers on outstandingTeam warm-ups, racing, and Cheers throughout the weekend. Meet results can be found at
Nauta Medals at Pan American Games
alumnus, Chelsea Nauta (back to the camera) embraces teammate Catherine Breed at the end of the women's 200m freestyle final at the
16th Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Sunday,
Oct. 16, 2011. Nauta earned two medals: the silver medal
in the 200 Freestyle and a Gold in the 800 Freestyle
Relay (Catherine Breed, Elizabeth Pelton, Chelsea Nauta
and Amanda Kendall ).
Rockaway named Florida Swimming Swimmer of the Year
to TBAY-Brandon's Christin Rockway,
who was awarded the 10&U Girls' Swimmers of the Year
award for the 2011 short course season by Florida Swimming.
TBAY Alumnus Chelsea Nauta to swim in Pan Am Games
TBAY standout Chelsea
Nauta has been selected to swim for Team USA in the
XVI Pan American Games in Mexico Oct. 15-21.
Nauta, who finished a strong fourth in the 200 free at US Swim
Nationals, also competed for the USA in the World University Games in China. Forty-eight swimmers will represent Team USA. A complete roster of the 2011 U.S. Pan American Games team roster can be found
Hotel info for Gator Invitational and Spring 2012 FLAG Meets
The Hotel info for GATOR INVITATIONAL:
Homewood Suites by Hilton Gainesville, FL
5253 S.W. 42nd Street, Gainesville, FL 32608
Phone: 352-335-3133 Fax: 352-335-3570
Rates are available 12/1/11 – 12/4/11
Rates are available 12/1/11 – 12/4/11
Studio 1-Queen N/S:$99.00
Suite 1-Bedroom 2-Queens N/S: $139.00
Suite 2-Bedroom 1 -King 2-Queens N/S: $169.00
The Hotel info for
Spring 2012 FLAG Meet:
Hampton Inn Sarasota 1-75/Bee Ridge
5995 Cattleridge Road
Sarasota, Fl 34232 941-371-1900
Available March 7th – March 11th.
Ask for the 'Tampa Bay Aquatics' Rate
Rate for either two Queens or one King is $13
TBAY alumnus, Chealsea Nauta, helps U.S. earn relay gold
Karlee Bispo, Chelsea Nauta, Kate Dwelley and Megan
Romano of United States of Team USA pose with their gold
SHENZHEN, China – With the help of
Chelsea Nauta, the United States’ women’s 4×200-meter freestyle relay won the gold medal in record-setting fashion Wednesday at the World University Games. Nauta swam the second leg of the relay, which clocked 7:55.02. That eclipsed the World University Games record by nearly two seconds. China came in second in 7:59.62.
“I couldn’t be happier here representing the U.S. at the Games and being part of this relay,” Nauta said. “This is the first record the United States has set here in Shenzhen, so I’m very honored to be part of it.”
TBAY Sends 9 Swimmers to Jr. Nationals in California
This years 2011 Jr. Nationals are being held at the beautiful Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. TBAY sent 9 swimmers to this meet....TBAY Central's
Chris Swanson, Emma Siewert and Rasmus Skjaerpe; TBAY Countryside's
Ryan Peters and Kevin Smith; TBAY Brandon's
Giorgie Graves, Merrill Wilson and
DJ Waite; and TBAY Arbor Green's
Megan Smith. This meet host the top 2000 18 and under swimmers in the Country. If you are interested in following the meet please click on this link below for full results and web video coverage.
TBAY Swimmers Named to 2011 Southern Zone All-Star Team
Congrats to the 6 TBAY swimmers who were selected to the 2011
Southern Zone All Star Team. They travel to Raleigh this week to represent Florida swimming.