BOWIE – New Belair Bath & Tennis Swim Director and Head Coach Jeanine Surfus has more than 20 years of experience in swim instruction and coaching. And her Dolphins swim team has made quite a splash through their first two meets of the season. They made another on July 2 against Whitehall in the two […]
BOWIE – New Belair Bath & Tennis Swim Director and Head Coach Jeanine Surfus has more than 20 years of experience in swim instruction and coaching. And her Dolphins swim team has made quite a splash through their first two meets of the season.
They made another on July 2 against Whitehall in the two teams’ “A” meet.
“I think all the kids did great. They’re learning how to streamline and learning good technique and racing skills. We had good sportsmanship as well,” Surfus said.
The Dolphins continued their improvement with a few swimmers setting new personal bests in a handful of events.
Chad Williams set a personal best in the boys’ 15-18 50-meter butterfly with a time of 29.20 seconds. He also blew away the field by 4.06 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 31.50 seconds.
“It was a good event,” Williams said after the butterfly. “We swam well today and had fun. We just want to get better for our next event.”
Nicole Appiani also had a stellar day for the Dolphins in the girls’ 13-14 age group with times of 33.92 seconds in the 50-meter butterfly and 30.63 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle. Alex Shoffler and Briana Allen also took first and second in the girls’ 11-12 50m backstroke with times of 34.45 and 44.85 seconds, respectively.
“We’re trying to teach them lots of drills and technique, as well as racing speed, in practice,” Surfus said. “We’re also doing lots of team cheers and just being together and building that camaraderie.
“I think they all did really well. We had a few swimmers swim with heart and dropped a lot of time, but as a whole, everybody did great with a lot of really good times today.”
Whitehall also had a good day at the meet by winning a majority of the events. But the meet was more about having fun as well as being competitive.
Belair Bath & Tennis will be on the road for their next meet on July 9 as it goes up against Kingfish Swim Club at Lake Arbor pool. After that, Belair’s last meet of the summer will be at home against Adelphi Rec. during the 5th Dual Swim Meet on July 16.
Divisionals will then be held on July 23 at Whitehall before the All-Stars meet in West Arundel on July 30.
Belair has one “B” meet left, which will take place on July 19. The team will split up and have a fun competition within itself.
For those interested in attending, the bath and tennis club is located on Belair Drive in Bowie. Meets start around 8 a.m.