Badger Swimmers Light Up Prep School Championship

William Powers swimming for Brunswick School struck gold setting a new 500-freestyle high school team record of 4:38.19 and also broke the team record in the 200-free at 1:43.29.

Team mates James Simone took third in the 500-free at 4:42.43 & Christian Farricker, a freshman, finished third in the 200 IM with a school record time of 1:55.86

Badger Sets New Metro Short Course Meter Records

Exciting News

Metro has just issued the newest Records Update and Badger has 14  NEW METRO SC METER RECORDS

10-under girls 200 IM – 3:00.56 – Kaitlyn Lee – BAD
11-12 girls 50 free – 29.07 – Anya Pabby – BAD
11-12 girls 200 free – 2:17.29 – Caroline Pennington – BAD
11-12 girls 400 free – 4:46.85 – Caroline Pennington – BAD
11-12 girls 1500 free – 18:44.75 – Caroline Pennington – BAD
11-12 girls 100 back – 1:09.12 – Anya Pabby – BAD
11-12 girls 200 back – 2:27.85 – Anya Pabby – BAD
11-12 girls 50 fly – 31.62 – Anya Pabby – BAD
11-12 girls 100 fly – 1:08.40 – Anya Pabby – BAD
11-12 boys 50 back – 28.18 – Nicholas Speres – BAD
11-12 boys 100 breast – 2:59.22 – Max Hardart – BAD
13-14 boys 200 free – 2:02.00 – Jalen Ramjohn – BAD
13-14 boys 50 breast – 31.38 – Liam Loveless – BAD
13-14 Boys 100 IM – 1:04.58 – Liam Loveless – BAD


A look inside the Cera Ve Invitational

Photo Courtesy of Taylor Brien

Through the eyes of a lens, Swimming World Magazine captured some great moments at the Cera ve Invitational including a great shot of our very own Carly Cummings and Anina Lund.

As reported by Swimming World

“Swimming World intern Grace Schwiederek had a chance to get on deck and capture some of the magic of the evening session of day two. Schwiederek’s photos especially captured some of the faces from behind the scenes.

Along with Schwiederek was Swimming World’s Taylor Brien capturing the action and some candids of the athletes participating in this weekend’s meet.”

View the Galleries

Returning To The Pool: Bobby Yribarren

Photo courtesy of  Taylor Brien 


“Bobby Yribarren glances briefly at the opponents to his right as he waits behind the starting block, quickly returning his gaze to the furiously churning turquoise waters at his feet. From an outside standpoint he is like every other swimmer on deck–perhaps a bit nervous, but absorbed in his personal goals for the event. But Yribarren is anything but similar to the young men he is swimming against.

In fact, he is much older than they are.

It has quite literally been a long and winding road for Yribarren to get to this point. The thirty-year-old Harvard University graduate is the oldest swimmer at the 2016 CeraVe Invitational by a wide margin–a whopping six years separates him from the next oldest competitor. In no way has this dissuaded him from returning to the pool.

“It’s definitely humbling, but I’m really happy for the other swimmers,” Yribarren explained of the unusual phenomenon that comes from competing against swimmers 10+ years his junior. “It’s really great to see how fas the sport is getting. A lot has changed [since I was swimming D1].”

“It’s been a process to get him back into any kind of swimming shape,” admitted Badgers head coach John Collins. “We’re happy to have him because he’s a good middle distance, open water type swimmer, and he trains well with the group that I have right now.”

Collins has been coaching the thirty-year-old for just over five months now, as Yribarren found his team in September of 2015. Prior to joining the Badgers, it had been two years since he hit the water competitively. It was during that time period that he went through many changes, the most notable being physical.

“I was 260 pounds at one point,” Yribarren explained. “I couldn’t even see my toes.”

“That’s a big drop, right?” he joked with a thousand-watt smile lighting up his face. Despite continually facing a great deal of adversity, Yribarren speaks passionately and enthusiastically, even about a difficult time in his life. Rather than see it as a road block, Yribarren chooses to see that time period as a “lifestyle change.” It is this optimistic attitude that he believes is crucial in handling the pressure of a competitive swimmer.” [READ MORE]


A note from Badger Parent Advocate, Mike Conaton:

Swimming from inspiration can be very different from swimming “for” someone else. When the kids are mature enough to understand the nuance, experts believe it’s important for them to swim for themselves, for their own reasons and goals: putting in the hard work for themselves and enjoying their own challenges and rewards. We have all read the warnings about parents being careful not to put the burden and pressure on the kids to try to please US and appease OUR hopes and dreams for them. It should be THEIR hopes and dreams…and inspirations…that motivate their dedication and hard work.

It is certainly natural and can be very beneficial for a swimmer to be INSPIRED by another person, coaches, parents, swimming heroes, events…using other people’s experiences, characteristics, accomplishments and stories as motivation and stimulus.

This story about Glenn Mills will help me explain my thoughts on this subject better. Many vintage Badgers and swimming world types know Glenn – a 1980 Olympian, NCAA breaststroke champion, and today the founder and owner of GoSwim Productions, the leading producer of swimming technique videos. Above all, we all know Glenn as an outstanding human being, tireless swimming advocate and loyal friend.

Glenn was recently named one of The Top Ten Most Impactful People of 2015 by Swimming World Magazine for launching his new GoSwim online teaching platforms and coaching aids and being picked as the official video training partner of USA Swimming.

My favorite story about Glenn involves his inspiration – his older brother Kyle. During Glenn’s middle school days, Kyle lost his leg to a rare cancer. Kyle’s struggle with his illness and his courageous recovery from that bout made a huge impression on Glenn as he describes it. “If I had a tough practice one day, I would just think of Kyle getting along with his one leg and somehow practice wasn’t so tough anymore”, he once told me. Glenn loved and admired his brother even more from the experience. Which is all the more reason why Glenn was so devastated when Kyle passed away from his recurring cancer when Glenn started high school. Swimming took on a new dimension for Glenn. The article linked here  from 1981 about Glenn and his family includes the following quote:

“I’m probably always thinking of Kyle. A lot of times I’m swimming for him and myself. I’m always thinking about Kyle because I like to have some extra incentive. He helps me out a lot.”
Glenn dedicated his training to Kyle and made the 1980 Olympic Team. It was even more impressive as Glenn was just an 18 year old on his way to the University of Alabama.

Of course Glenn had to be a great swimmer and dedicated athlete to achieve such a feat. I also know of the sacrifices he and his family made which contributed to his training and success, including moving to another city and switching high schools to attend an elite swimming program 250 miles from home. But there also can be no doubt that Kyle was Glenn’s greatest motivation and inspiration contributing to this story book ending.


Michael Conaton, Badger Swim Club Inc. and Badger Swimming Inc. accept no liability for the content of this article, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.

Lindsay Vrooman, Zane Grothe Have Big Swims At Oklahoma Elite Pro-Am

The Oklahoma Elite Pro-Am is under way, with Badger swimmers Lindsay Vrooman and Zane Grothe placing first in the 1000 yd Freestyles. Lindsay won the Women’s 1000 yd. Freestyle with a time of 9:30.19 while Zane took the Men’s 1000 title with a time of 8:48.01.


Follow the results of all the Badger swimmers 9 Zane Grothe, Cody Miller, Derek Toomey Lindsay Vrooman and James Wells as they compete at the Oklahoma Elite Pro-Am on Meet Mobile.


Badger at the Duel in the Pool

Congratulations to Badger Swimmers Zane Grothe and Cody Miller for their performances in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool this weekend.  The boys joined Team USA against the European All Stars at the IUPUI Natatorium.  Zane swam the 200 and 400 freestyle, and he placed 4th in both with SCM times of 1:44.48 in the 200 and 3:39.70 in the 400.

Cody, however, not only won his two events, he broke the American Record in both.  Cody’s time of 2:02.33 was good enough for Gold and the American Record.  The previous record was set by Kevin Cordes in 2013.

Cody’ hot streak continued in the 100 breaststroke where he once again broke a 2013 record of Kevin Cordes.  Cody’s time of 56.43 gave him his second Gold medal and American Record of the meet.

Badger at East Speedo Winter Jr. National Championships

Badger Swim Club Logo

Three Badgers traveled to Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, GA this weekend to compete in the East Speedo Winter Jr National Championships.BAdger AT GT Jr EAst 2015

Ian Bidwell, Nathalie Eid and Spencer Lafata competed against the best of the east.  Nathalie started the meet with a strong swim in the 500FR where she went 4:54.31 and placed 26th.  Spencer Lafata followed suit with a time of 4:29.36 in trials, and he placed 16th in the event.  Spencer finished the meet with a fifth place finish in the 1650 with a time of 15:21.94.

The video of Spencer’s fifth place finish can be found here: