With FL Senior Championships in our rearview mirror, it’s important to note some of the big takeaways from the meet. By far the biggest being that the Blue Dolfins swim team took home the top team title by only 1.5 points over the Area Tallahassee Aquatic Club with 1,413 to 1,411.5 margin. That 1.5 margin has got to be one of the closest, most dramatic finishes in Senior Championships history.
It’s clear that the Blue Dolfins have put together a formidable team competition with superior coaching and hard training work ethic. Our resident insider @swimmerjoe has been our eyes and ears in the Blue Dolfins locker room if you take a quick look on Instagram or Twitter, you can see this culture growing via the #BDatWP hashtag they have setup. Fun practices, tough training, and a great team atmosphere have definitely fed into the rise of the Blue Dolfins. You can see some of that at the jump here.
Following the meet, Coach Charlie Rose was quoted saying “It’s great to see team competition of this nature in club swimming. It was a boost for the kids and we could see it in the performances. We should try to find a way to get more teams involved to improve the atmosphere at our championship meets.”
An interesting tidbit to think about. When you attend your local swimming championships, are local teams really that into it or does the pool deck atmosphere just feel robotic? Coach Rose, Auer, and the Blue Dolfins Squad could certainly be onto something.