[June 12, 2014]LINCOLN -
On Friday, May 16, 2014, Aqua Lynx Swim Club held their annual awards
banquet. Parents, swimmers, coaches, board members and guests were
present and enjoyed a wonderful dinner and time of fellowship.
The awards were presented by Coach Cassie Rennick. After 7 years of
coaching swimmers had to say a sad good-bye and good luck to Cassie
as she transitioned to a new job with the Department of Corrections
in February. The club is excited to announce the addition of two
new coaches, Emily Hauter ad Nicole Hoinacki. Emily is a Lincoln,
native and swam with the club under the name of Lincoln Gators as
well as under the current club name, Aqua Lynx. She swam at SIU
Carbondale on a swim scholarship prior to joining the coaching
staff. Nicole grew up in the Bourbonnais area and swam with the
Bourbonnais Swim Club as well as doing some lifeguarding. The club
is very pleased to have both coaches and look forward to the new
ideas and perspectives each will bring to the club. The club also
looks forward to continuing to build on current relationship with
the Lincoln College Swim Team and coaching staff.
This year was a successful building year for the team with many new
faces and many swimmers participating in swim meets for the first
time. While the club is based in Lincoln, it is open to swimmers
from the surrounding areas, and currently has swimmers from Mount
Pulaski, Sherman/Williamsville, and Mason City as well as Lincoln.
Aqua Lynx also offers a summer introductory program called “Summer
Splash” for any student interested in knowing more about competitive
swimming. This year’s program runs from June 2 through July 10th.
For more info please stop by the Lincoln College Natatorium Monday
through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Awards were presented this year in several different categories.
The MVP for this past season was Alex Downing. Celebrating his
success as a Regional qualifier was Joe Dalpoas. This year’s Aqua
Woman was Alena Reed and Aqua Man was Taylor Hoinacki. The girls'
most motivating swimmer was Ashley Schmidt, and the boys' most
motivating was Jake Curry. The most improved swimmer this season
was Warren Tomzack.
Several Aqua Lynx team records were broken this past season in the
8 and under 100 Freestyle Relay Brenden Heitzig, Zach Entwistle, Frank Rolewicz, and Kenton
10 and under Boys 200 Freestyle Relay Jake Curry, Gavin Holsapple, Murphy Roate,
and James Rolewicz
12 and under Boys 200 Freestyle Relay Logan Warfel, Mitch Rolewicz, Nick Knoedler,
and Joe Dalpoas
12 and under Boys 200 Medley Relay
Logan Warfel, Mitch Rolewicz, Nick Knoedler, and Joe Dalpoas
13-14 Boys 400 Freestyle Relay
Alex Downing, Taylor Hoinacki, Joe Dalpoas, and Karson Bonaparte
13-14 Boys 200 Backstroke
13-14 Boys 1650 Freestyle
Overall, it was a very successful year and the Aqua Lynx board
wishes to thank all its sponsors, swimmers, coaches, parents and
friends for making that possible. For more information about Aqua
Lynx, please visit our website at
www.aqualynxswimclub.com or send any inquiries to Aqua Lynx Swim
Club, P.O. Box 602, Lincoln, IL 62656.
[Text received; DEBBIE KNOEDLER,
SECRETARY, AQUA LYNX CLUB]