Lake Monsters start season with swim meet, clinic
POLSON — The weekend of October 15-16 our own Polson Lake Monsters swim team competed in their first meet of the season, the Whitefish Fall Frenzy Invitational. All of the Lake Monster athletes that participated did a great job. Jack Edwards, Kilty Edwards, Chase Hansen, Gus Hertz, Ashley Maki, Dixie Montgomery, Hope Morrison, Sean Murphree, Skyler Proberts, Noah Shriver, Hannah Simpson, Aja Simshaw, Mason Sloan, Elissa Crist, and Tiana Crist all swam in the meet for the Lake Monsters.
Out of these swimmers there were some outstanding achievements. Hannah Simpson, age 10, placed first in eight of her nine events, earned the high point trophy for her age group, and made an AA time in her 100 yard freestyle. Aja Simshaw, age 14, made her state cut in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle and also the 100 yard breaststroke.
Our two newest swim team members, Gus Hertz and Noah Shriver, both did great jobs at their first meet. They swam hard and gave their best efforts in all their events. We are very proud of our new swimmers and how well they did at the meet.
The weekend of Oct. 21-22 Mission Valley Aquatics and the Lake Monsters hosted the 2016 USA Swimming Breakout Clinic.
This is a USA swimming event where an Olympian tours the country teaching a workshop. This year Matt Grevers was the Olympic swimmer who came to Polson to teach the workshop. Grevers is an Olympic gold medalist who has held a world record in the 100 backstroke. He has six Olympic medals, four gold and two silver. The clinic worked a lot on the backstroke, although all the strokes were covered during the course of the clinic.
Matt started by telling us his story. He talked about some of the ups and downs of his career and inspired us to never give up. After signing autographs and taking pictures with all the kids, Grevers also raced the kids in a 25-yard swim. Needless to say he usually won, even after giving the competition a fair head start. It was an awesome experience, being able to meet one of the amazing people that you have looked up to for so long.
Sixty-four kids registered for the swimposium and hopefully they all had as good an experience as I did.