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.
On February 1st and 2nd The Georgia Blazers attended the RVA Para-Races in Richmond Virginia. This event is a qualifier for the upcoming U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals (Can-Am) on March 27th -29th 2014.
At the RVA Para-Races, the swimmers raced in the center’s 50-meter, eight-lane competition pool which was formerly the 2008 Olympic Training pool.
The Georgia Blazers who attended the Richmond meet were:
The swimmers had a busy schedule over the 2 day meet but each turned out excellent performances. Congratulations to the 5 GA Blazers!
See the GA Blazers Results
The GA Blazers swim team arrived in force this weekend at the Augusta Aquatic Center to take part in the 2nd annual Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet. The eleven-strong team competed in back to back events over the 2 day meet. The event, hosted by Aiken-Augusta Swim league, was very well attended with over 75 swimmers competing. Included in the competitors was the multiple Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long. Some of the Blazers swam in the same heat as Jessica for a number of events which was an excellent experience for the budding young stars.
Well done to all the BlazeSports swimmers who took part this weekend, especially those who were swimming in their 1st ever swim meet.
For a full list of the GA Blazers Results see Fred Meet Blazers Results 2013
For the overall results from the weekend see FULL Results 2013
Read the entire article here: http://eastcobb.patch.com/groups/journeys/p/a-swimmer-with-special-fortitude
The 33rd Annual Dixie Games concluded on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th with Track and Field at Alfred E. Thompson Stadium located on the beautiful campus of Westminster Schools Atlanta. The 33rd installment of the Dixie Games marked its return to Atlanta after three highly successful years in Tampa. Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation and Paralympic Sport Club Tampa Bay set the bar high as hosts over the last three years but BlazeSports and Shepherd Center met the challenge and provided three full days of competition.
Highlights from the 2013 Dixie Games include:
- Over 200 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers attended the Dixie Games which offered Paralympic-style competition in, Archery, Table Tennis, Boccia, Weightlifting, Track and Field, Swimming, and Wheelchair Fencing
- 22 Veterans with a disability competed in the Dixie Games including 13 who are active participants in the BlazeSports Military Sport and Recreation Program
- One world record was eclipsed in the Long Jump by Josh Kennsion who is a quadrilateral amputee who runs and jumps on prosthetics
- One America’s record was eclipsed in discus by Atlanta athlete Cassie Mitchell who is also a Shepherd Center Athlete
- Numerous National Track and Field records were broken including five by our very own Georgia Blazers; Collin Lancaster, Curran Brown, Bryan Powell, James Adams and Ja-Que Billingsley and,
- Two National records by Shepherd Center athlete and BlazeSports Board of Directors member Duane Morrow
- Curtis Lovejoy, 5-time Paralympian, Shepherd Center Athlete and Coach, was inducted into the Dixie Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame
Archery: Catalina Bustamante, Mitchell Miles, Jon Moore
Fencing: Ellen Geddes, DeJuan Surrell
Swimming: Nigel Hambrick, Ashley Bateman, Beecher Bruno, Madison Stanley
Table Tennis: Jeff DeLeon, Catalina Bustamante
Weightlifting: Michelle Gowland, Johnnie Alexander, Ja-Que Billingsley, Matthew Giardino
Boccia: Tim Field
Field: Crystal Molina, Dylan Wilson, Centra Mazyck, James Johnson
Track: Curran Brown, Cole Wooten, Michelle Taylor Page, Jose Pulido
Spirit of Excellence Award selection is based upon effort, sportsmanship, knowledge of the sport, and being a role model.
You view photos from the 2013 Dixie Games here:
Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, athletes, coaches, and officials that made the 2013 Dixie Games a success.