Arena Pro Series Wrap Up
Five SPA swimmers recently competed in the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Orlando. Representing SPA were Robert Finke, Summer Finke, Luke Hanner, Melanie Margalis, and Peyton Palsha. The top 32 swimmers in each event were brought back in the evenings for finals. Peyton Palsha made it back in the 200m Freestyle finishing 22nd overall. Peyton also finished 25th in the 800M Freestyle. Summer Finke placed 31st in the 200M Freestyle, 19th in the 400M Freestyle, 12th in the 800M Freestyle, qualified in 27th for the 200M Backstroke prelims scratching for finals, and 20th in the 400M IM. Robert Finke placed 17th in the 400M Freestyle, 3rd in the 1500M Freestyle, and 15th in the 400M IM. Melanie Margalis finished 3rd in the 100M Breaststroke, 2nd in the 200M Breaststroke, 2nd in the 200M IM, and 3rd in the 400M IM. Robert Finke’s time in the 1500M Freestyle (15:46.39) qualifies him for the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha next year!
WE DID IT!
Saint Petersburg Aquatics has been awarded Silver Medal status for 2015!
It is the 5th year in a row and 6 of the last 7 years that SPA has achieved this status (The team did not make application in 2010). The program recognizes clubs for their commitment to performance excellence and is based on the performance of 18 & under athletes on the team. Only long course times equal to or faster than the USAS Junior National times are used. Each performance is awarded a point value and those points added together provide a ranking for the team. SPA finished in 39th place in the country with 10,624 points. The top 20 teams are awarded Gold Medal status, the next 80 are awarded Silver Medal status and the next 100 clubs are awarded Bronze Medal status. The recognition also brings a financial benefit as Gold and Silver Medal teams are eligible for grants from USA Swimming. In years past the total amount of monies distributed was $350,000. For 2015, this amount has been significantly increased to $450,000.