MSA had a big showing at Groundhog Invitational


The Madison Swim Association (MSA) had a big showing at the SportsMED Groundhog Invitational at the Brahan Spring Park Indoor Natatorium this weekend.

The event featured 24 teams. MSA was the second largest team with 128 participating athletes.

Coach Pam von Jouanne said that it was a great meet for all of the Madison swimmers – most of them had personal best times and placed well overall.

Two swimmers swam times that placed them in the top 5 times of MSA – Julia Dergunov (200 fly) and Annabel King (1000 free).

The 11-12 Medley Relay record was broken by Joanne Stevens, Christina Tarsitano, Mackenzie Holtcamp, and Rebecca King.

The 9-10 Free and Medley records were broken by Katie Pollard, Claire Blasingame, Jewel Krings, and Charlee Cheatham.

Katie Pollard broke the 9-10 records in 50 free, 50 back, and 100 IM

Claire Blasingame broke the 9-10 record in 200 free, and Andrey Tretyakov broke records. Plus, Rebecca King, Connor McAfee, and Brendan Yee had huge drops in time in their events.

Also, 41 swimmers qualified for the Southeastern Swimming Championships in Nashville, Feb 21-24.

“This is the largest number MSA has ever taken to this event, and the swimmers had to swim very fast times in order to qualify,” said Jouanne.