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The World’s best Paralympic Swimmers were in Miami this weekend for the USA Paralympics Spring Swimming National Championships/Spring CanAm. The event took place at the Ransom Everglades School Aquatics Center in Miami Florida from March 27th – 29th.
According to US Paralympics, more than 200 athletes, including 2013 world champions Courtney Jordan, Jessica Long, Roy Perkins, Rebecca Meyers and Ian Silverman of the United States, as well as athletes from Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico and Russia competed in the event, which was the U.S. team qualifier for the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.
Four of the the Georgia Blazers met the qualifying times and competed in this prestigious event.
Trey Davis, Dalton, GA
McClain Hermes, Dacula GA
Maya Kayn, Marietta GA
MeiMei White, Macon GA
Each of the Blazers had set individual goals for the meet, predominately to compete hard against their fellow competitors and to reduce their times in each event. The Blazers range in age from 10 years old to 16 years old and in this field of top level competitors they are still very young. This however did not impact their results. Each of the Blaze Swimmers knocked considerable seconds from the majority of their times and meddled in at least one event.
Their results are as follows:
100m Free 5th Place 1.04.97 (-3.82)
50m Fly 3rd Place 32.67 (-0.87)
50m Free 5th Place 29.62 (-3.92)
100m Back 5th Place 1.19.34 (-3.60)
50m Back 3rd Place 35.66 (-0.86)
100m Free 1st Place 1.20.42 (-3.37)
100m Breast 1st Place 1.51.10 (-0.36)
50m Free 1st place 37.11 (-0.66)
200m IM 1st Place 3.30.36
100m Back 1st Place 1.41.38 (-3.07)
200m Breast 1st Place 3.56.51
50m Back 1st Place 44.98 (-7.25)
50m Fly 7th Place 1.16.34
100m Breast 2.42.44 (-1.17)
200m IM 5.04.62 (-15.91)
100m Back 7th Place 2.16.06 (-4.66)
50m Breast 6th Place 1.15.43 (-0.39)
50m Back 3rd Place 1.02.00 (-5.51)
50m Fly 5th Place 49.20 (-1.30)
50m Breast 1st Place 53.79 (-3.52)
400m Free 8th Place 6.39.56 (-23.10)
50m Back 5th Place 48.52
See Full Copy of the 2014 CANAM Results
Congratulations to all the BlazeSports Swimmers for an outstanding swim meet. As always huge thanks to Coach Fred for his ongoing expertise and dedication to the development of these young athletes.
March is always a packed month for BlazeDays in schools due to Exceptional Children’s Week and on March 12th BlazeSports staff visited Haynes Bridge Middle School in Alpharetta. The school is a center school for children with disabilities and a wonderful example of inclusion, especially in P.E. activities. Students with and without a disability naturally paired up for partner activities and there was a excellent atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork.
The students moved around the groups trying the Paralympic Sports of sitting volleyball, blind running, wheelchair basketball and boccia. Maggie Frederick and James Adams both answered questions about their experiences as athletes with a disability.
Thanks to Sharon Munzenmeier for arranging the BlazeDay at Haynes Bridge and to the staff and students who took part throughout the day.
Blaze visited Coralwood school in Decatur this month as part of their exceptional children’s week activities. Coralwood is becoming a regular fixture on the calender and we love to visit this unique school. The student population is Pre K and Kindergarten and has a high number of children with a range of disabilities. During the BlazeDay the children tried wheelchair relays, goal ball and sitting volleyball.
Thanks to Mr Schoates, PE Teacher and all the staff at Coralwood for hosting us again! As always we had great fun!
Hawks Win SEC Titles
Congratulations to the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Varsity and Prep teams for winning the 2014 Southeast Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The Hawks Varsity squad earned a back-to-back SEC title, while the Hawks Prep team extended their winning streak since 2012 to 30 straight games and their third consecutive SEC Championship.
The Hawks Prep team would face the Mississippi Wheel Cats twice on Day 2 of the tournament. The Wheel Cats were victorious over the Lakeshore Sharks and Charlotte Bobcats and earned a spot in the Prep Championship Game. However, they would have to play the Hawks in the final game of the preliminary round. The Hawks played one of their best games of the year with 5 of the 8 players in the scoring column. Collin Lancaster led the Hawks with 12 points, while both Eric Francis and Taevan Grant each added 8 points. Cameron Elzey and John Joiner rounded out the scoring with 4 points each. Hawks win the first game 36-13.
Both teams had a three hour break before the Championship rematch. The Hawks went into the Championship game, their last regular season game before Nationals, concentrating on defense. The dynamic duo of Cameron Elzey and Collin Lancaster led the Hawks’ defense which held the Wheel Cats to only 5 points. On the offensive side of the score sheet the Hawks were able to get 6 of 8 players contributing. Eric Francis led all scorers with 10 points and was followed closely by Collin Lancaster who had 8 points. Jon Joiner scored 4 points and Taevan Grant, Cameron Elzey and Cade Maynor each had 2 points. Hawks win 26-5.
Collin Lancaster was voted to the Prep All-Tournament Team, while Eric Francis won his second consecutive MVP trophy.
On the Varsity side of the tournament the Hawks also had to play a final preliminary game against the Junior Thunder (NC). The Hawks continued to work on getting all 12 players quality playing minutes as well as scoring opportunities. Seven Hawks made the score sheet with Treyvon Grant leading the way with 12 points and Kalen Reese and Joshua Joines each adding 8 points. Chance Boyd and Luke Hutchinson each had 4 points and Samuel Armas and Makayla Jones rounded out the scoring with 2 points each. Hawks win 40-26.
The Hawks moved on to the Championship game against regional rivals the Lakeshore Lakers (AL). This would be a rematch from Saturday’s game which the Hawks won easily 55-28. The Hawks jumped out to an early lead behind a very successful full court press. Hawks led at the intermission 30-11. The second half belonged to the reserves and 8 of the 12 Hawks made the score column. Hawks win 49-35. Joshua Joines the Hawks with 12 points, followed closely by Bryan Powell who had a season high 10 points. Treyvon Smith and Samuel Armas scored 6 points while Chance Boyd and Brent O’Grady each added 4 points. Kalen Reese and Luke Hutchinson rounded out the scoring with 2 points each.
Samuel Armas received All-Tournament honors while Joshua Joines was voted MVP of the Varsity tournament. The Varsity Hawks finished the regular season 14-6 and are currently ranked #10 in the country.
BlazeSports would like the thank Cole Sulmonetti, an intern from Georgia State University for all his help in organizing this years tournament. Thanks to the Suwanee Sports Academy Cobb for hosting the third consecutive SEC Championship. Special thanks to our sponsors: Eagle Sportschairs, Chick fil-A, Domino Pizza, Publix and Jimmy Johns.
Thank you also to the volunteers who assisted with everything from score keeping to distributing lunches. Your contribution made a huge difference to the event.
Congratulations to all the teams on a great tournament!
Check out the excellent post on the weekends events from BigSportsReport.com
The Winter Paralympic Games begin in Sochi, Russia on Friday March 7th. We will be following the progress and unique stories of top athletes from the U.S. and around the world.
BlazeSports’ Chief Executive Jon McCullough is in attendance in Sochi in his role as member of the International Paralympic Committee Athletes’ Council. Jon will be interviewing athletes and keeping us up to date with whats going on in Sochi.
NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee will present an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the upcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN including 27 hours of live coverage, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. TeamUSA.org will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games. WILL YOU BE WATCHING?
Sochi 2014 Teleconference – Tune in on THURSDAY MARCH 6TH with Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics for the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympic cross-country skier Tatyana McFadden, snowboarder Amy Purdy and sled hockey player and Marine Corps veteran Josh Sweeney.