VAST awards recognize swimmers’ efforts

Vermillion Area Swim Team recently recognized three swimmers for their efforts in the previous season. Those recognized were Anna Van Holland, Maddie Lavin and Isabel Telleria.

Pictured are Anna Van Holland, VAST Coach Mike Moran, Maddie Lavin, Coach Melanie Mahowald and Isabel Telleria.

Anna Van Holland

Hardest Worker

Anna joined the swim team just over a year ago and saw tremendous improvement not only in the last year, but really in the last 3 months. Both Mel and I attributed it to her dedication to swimming: coming to practice most every day and working really hard. She narrowly missed qualifying to the Tri State Championships this year, quite the accomplishment for someone who just started a year ago.

Maddie Lavin

Most Valuable Swimmer

Maddie was our consistent event winner at every meet we went to this year. According to our records, she scored more points than any other swimmer on the team this season. Her work ethic in practice translates into the pool each meet, making her a fierce competitor in every event at every meet. Maddie was an individual state champion this year in four events along with winning the 100 yard butterfly at the Midwest Regional meet in Minneapolis earlier this month.

Isabel Telleria

Most Improved Swimmer

Isabel turned 9 years old during this season and with that found the challenge of swimming in a faster age group. Last year was easy for Isabel to swim well in meets, but this year, at first, it was a struggle. At the South Dakota B/C meet in February, in her last attempt to qualify to the South Dakota State Swimming Championships, Isabel dropped nearly 8 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle to earn an automatic qualification to the meet.

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