UNIS Hanoi (HAC) Invitational – Spring Swim Meet

What a day!  Saturday, we hosted well over 400 swimmers from all over Hanoi.  It was the biggest meet UNIS Hanoi has ever hosted – by far!  Everyone stepped up to meet the challenge; our swimmers, our parents and our coaches all went above and beyond any expectations!

First I have to give very special thanks to the coaching staff, all of whom put in a 12+hour day in extreme heat!  You were all phenomenal! Marshaling, putting up banners, ensuring the timing system worked, handing out medals and ribbons, announcing warmup times and actually COACHING were just a few of things you all did. Coach Andy says THANK YOU!!!!

Team Support!  You also stepped up big time!  Every job slot was filled!  Some of you worked at 12+hour day as well.  We couldn’t have done it without you.  Timers, marshals, heat winner ribbon givers, awards labelers – all of you were wonderful!  I know I speak for the coaches, when I say THANK YOU!!!  I am sure our swimmers thank you as well.

And our super star Phoenix Swim Club swimmers!!  There were so many great swims, I can’t single any out. It was rewarding to see so many swimmers who started out in September on the Development Squad now racing beautifully and now no different than the original Competitive Squads. So much improvement!!!

UNIS Hanoi won all the team age groups, outscoring all other teams by over 100 points in each age group!!  We have 10 new trophies added to our collection and retained possession of the HAC Wall Plaques for the 4th year!

As always, UNIS Hanoi set a lot of new team records!  Here are the new records:

9+10 girls

  • 100 free Rio Nakasuji   1:20.12
  • 200 Medley Relay Jesse Padungtod, Lucy Bui-Reilly, Maika Lotsch, Rio Nakasuji 3:00.05
  • 200 Free Relay Jesse Padungtod, Lucy Bui-Reilly, Maika Lotsch, Rio Nakasuji 2:37.93

9+10 Boys

  • 50 back Chikashi Nakano 37.41

11+12 Girls

  • 100 Fly Betty Bui-Reilly  1:28.30

11+12 Boys

  • 100 back Nghia Le  1:21.17
  • 200 Medley Relay Nghia Le, Stas Bialasiewicz, Jonathan Katen, Endric Lotsch 2:24.48

Boys 13+14

  • 50 Breast Rory Hamilton  35.17
  • 100 Breast Rory Hamilton 1:18.70
  • 100IM Duc Le  1:11.78

In the ISHCMC meet, Nico Lyon set a new record in the 13+14 Boys 800 free.  A few minutes later, Duc Le broke the record with a time of 10:51.86.

Congratulations to all swimmers!  Thank you to everyone who participated: coaches, parents, swimmers and siblings!  You made my last meet more than special!

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