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50 Years, 50 Titans: Carrie Curvin

Posted by Heather Scibetta at Apr 2, 2021 6:41AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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One of the things we consider as the absolute best compliment is when a former swimmers brings their family to join ours. That’s exactly what our next spotlight did. Former 90s era Titan swimmer: Carrie Curvin.

Carrie’s passion for swimming is nothing short of a life long dedication to the sport. She swam with the Titans for 7 years. She also swam for her high school North Tonawanda and continued to swim in college at the University at Buffalo. But that’s not all! She is a current member of USA Masters Swimming and you can often find her spending time in the pool.

Carrie’s talent and love for swimming has been passed onto her children. Both Sean and Kiera are current Titans swimmers and are excelling in the water just like their mother!

*Fun Facts about Carrie: *
- She was a sprint butterflyer and freestyler.
- While swimming for UB, Coach Scott was her assistant coach!

Quick Q&A with Carrie:

Q: When did you become a member of the Titan family?
A: I started swimming when I was 8 and joined Titans when I was in 6th grade. I swam with Titans from 1991-1998.

Q: What was the best part about being a Titan?
A: My best memories from Titans include traveling with the team and staying in hotels together at away meets.

Q: What is your least favorite stroke or event?
A: I couldn’t swim any breaststroke.

We absolutely love having the Curvin’s, and Carrie once again as a active member of our Titan family. Did you swim with Carrie? Let us know in the comments!

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March Madness Results

Posted by Scott Vanderzell at Mar 31, 2021 10:41AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

March Madness marked the 16th team time trial wehave run this season! Special thanks again to all who made it happen! With theopportunities we have been fortunate to have, it is gratifying to see so manyTitans swimming so well! Great job TEAM!

We had 4 swimmers represent Level 1 in the March Madness meet, and you 4 had some awesome races! Great job guys! Shout out to Allison Telaak who tried her first ever 100IM! Lilah Pawelek also had a 7.65 second drop in the 50 back! We are really proud of you guys for continuing to race and trying new events. Awesome job Level 1 keep up the great work!

Level 2 had 9 swimmers participate for this Friday’s March Madness Time Trial. With 6 personal bests and only 1 DQ, this was another example of a great time trial swum. We have come a long way in a short amount of time and I’m so proud of the progress you all have made! We have one more time trial before our break, so let’s finish on a high note this Thursday!

It was another successful time trial for our level 3 swimmers. Competing every Friday and continuing to drop time is a reflection of their hard work in the pool at practice. Lucia Santiago had a great meet dropping over 6 seconds in her 100 IM to achieve a CQ time. Vivienne Cabin, Maximus Carter, Gretchen Cenczyk, and Gianna Torcello all swam best times. As a level we will continue to learn from our DQ’s,  focusing on stroke technique in practice. Way to go level 3 we can’t wait to see what you can do at our last March time trial! 

Level 4 sent 10 swimmers to this one who piled up 11 new personal best times, 3 new events completed 4 NI Silver, 4 NI Gold times, with1 DQ to learn from. All of these swimmers put in great efforts in their swims and should be proud! Congratulations to Emma Gilbert who had 2 personal bests achieving gold times in both, Megan Hufnagel with 2 personal bests and a fantastic 500free, and Gavin Tranter who had 2 swims both personal bests in Silver cut times. Super work Level 4!

Level 5 continues to impress at the March Madness Time Trial with 18 swimmers coming out to race and represent. As a level we saw 22 new best times, 15 CQ times, and 4 NI times, which is very exciting considering all the racing we have been able to get in lately. Anne Boscarino had an awesome swim in the 50 breast, Ryan Bronson dropped 3 seconds in her 50 back, and Keira Curvin saw a CQ time in her 100 free. Sean Curvin dropped almost 2 seconds inhis 100 free and Carter Gavigan dropped 3 seconds in his 100 backstroke. We saw awesome 100 IM swims from Roane George, Emmet King, Isaac King, Reese Marcyan and Gavin Miller. Brynn Muffoletto achieved a CQ time in the 50 back, while Elise Muffoletto achieved a CQ time in the 100 IM and 50 fly. Maria Pawelczyk,Rowan Riley, and Josie Russom all had fantastic 100 freestyles. Owen Scibetta and Kylie Szaflarski crushed it in the 50 breaststroke and Jacob Walter did an awesome job in the 500 freestyle. We are so proud of Level 5 and are looking forward to some more great swims coming up!

Level 6 had 19 swimmers spread out over two sessions at this Meet! They were all able to compile a total of 24 personal best times, 4 new events completed, 21 Silver cuts, 14 Gold cuts, and no DQ’s! Kerrington Clouser, Sean Labiak, Max Lesmeister, Charles Lorenz, Harrison Roberts, Colin Tupis, andDelilah Winker all swam best times every swim! Charles Lorenz and Harrison Roberts did an amazing job in their first ever mile! All of Level 6 has continued to work extremely hard at practices and everyone needs to be proud of their accomplishments so far!

Level 7-8 had another great session as we finish up our Virtual Championship events. we had 35 best time out of 46 swims, awesome! Shoutout to the Mile swimmers Brie Lorenz, Madddy Sciebetta, Carter Green, David Tmmerman, Will Boyle, Maya Marcyan, Declan King and Chris Signore. Our April 1st meet is another great opportunity to finish the season on a high note. Our Spring break is well deserved.  

The document march_madness_results.pdf was attached to this post.

50 Years, 50 Titans: The Gellin Family

Posted by Heather Scibetta at Mar 29, 2021 8:08AM PDT ( 0 Comments )
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Becoming a Titan is also becoming a part of our Titan family. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have not just one, but several members of one family join our Titan family. We are honored that this was the case with The Gellin Family swimmers, John, Laura and Matt.

All 3 swam for Titans and their school teams, Blessed Sacrament, St. Joseph Collegiate Institute and Holy Angels. Let’s get to know each one of them:

Jon Gellin

Q: When did you become a member of the Titan family?
A: Fall 1988

Q: What was the best part about being a Titan?
A: The people. The Titans were always a great group of people. We were big enough to compete in our LSC but small enough that the Seniors knew the 10 and unders.

Q: What is your favorite memory of Titans?
A: I’m going to cheat and pick two:

  1. 1. Summer JO’s was my favorite meet every year. For one thing, everyone was there. The girls/boys split high school season meant that people weren’t always around for the fall/winter meets. We had our close knit team to cheer us on. We had our traditional spot on the UB deck. We were all swimming doubles and were in the best shape of the year.
  2. 2. From 1992 to 1995 Coach Matt Gianiodis stepped up our game as a team. At Winter JOs in (I think) 1994 at MCC, I watched our boys A relay team make their Junior National cut in the 200 FR in a time trial during one of the finals sessions. They were in the pool by themselves so everyone in the place cheered for them, regardless of what team they were associated with. I don’t know how many people were there, but when they touched the wall and they’re time flickered still on the scoreboard, it sounds like about 5000 people. I’ll never forget that moment. However, I might have forgotten exactly who was on that relay. Was it Adam Davis, Jeff Scranton, Pat Quinlan, and Evan Houck? Fellow Titans, please confirm.

Q: What is your least favorite stroke or event?
A: 400 IM. It was my best event, but it’s the worst event.

Fun Facts about John:

  • He swam in college at Case Western and was an 8-time D3 All-American in distance, IM, and fly.
  • Met his wife on the swim team.
  • Has two children, 11 and 7, both are on a swim team in Chapel Hill, NC.

Laura Gellin

Q: When did you become a member of the Titan family?
A: Probably when I was about 6, though I remember swimming at Lincoln Pool pretty much everyday since I was about two or three.

Q: What was the best part about being a Titan?
A: I was always welcome to be on the team. When I was nine, I joined the Aquettes and spent most of my time doing synchronized swimming during the school year. In the summers, though, I could manage to swim for both Aquettes and Titans, and I loved that the Titans coaches and swimmers always made me feel welcome and part of the team.

Q: What is your favorite memory of Titans?
A: The swim meets were always the best! Everyone cheered for each other, and it was always fun to get time to just hang out with friends outside the water. My favorite specific memory was probably the first and only time I ever swam an 800 free in a race (per my father’s coaxing). I was neck and neck with the person in the lane next to me. She had a better stroke, but I had better turns and a stronger kick. At the end of the race, I touched her out. It was awesome. For the first and only time, I threw up after that race. I don’t think my body was ready to do what I made it do. It was a good reminder that your mind comes first, your mind is stronger than your body. And at the same time, how important it is to listen to your body and respect your body’s limits.

Q: What is your least favorite stroke or event?
A: Any race that was just breast stroke. That was definitely my worst stroke!

Fun Fact about Laura:
She managed to balance swimming on both the Titans and the Aquettes!

Matt Gellin

Q: When did you become a member of the Titan family?
A: 1989

Q: What was the best part about being a Titan?
A: We swam hard, but played hard too. Others seemed too serious or too casual.

Q: What is your favorite memory of Titans?
A: Winning 13-14 high point trophy at summer JOs while swimming the mile as my brother Jon was home from college walking up and down the pool every lap cheering me on for 1500m. Jon won high point for open too.

Q: What is your least favorite stroke or event?
A: Now?! Mile. Then? Mile. My Best event? Mile.

Fun Facts about Matt:

  • To this day he still cannot do streamline. Coaches always thought he wasn’t flexible enough. Grad school uncovered his shoulder blades are disproportionately large for his back and that is why.
  • He once beat Ryan Lochte.
  • He once sat on Andrea’s orange valor sectional she used to reference on her answering machine and it was indeed something one could get lost in.

We are proud to have the Gellin Family as part of our Titan family always. Did you swim with John, Laura, or Matt? Let us know in the comments!

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March 19-20 Meet results

Posted by Scott Vanderzell at Mar 25, 2021 2:38PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

What an amazing 2-day event the Prelim/Final meet was! Thanks to all the parents who outdid themselves for this time trial! Pulling together a 5 session event in 2 days used to “one of the easy meets” but in the past year we haven’t been able to even consider such a thing. Thanks to all who made it happen, swimmers, officials, volunteers, and Coaches have so much to be grateful for and to be proud of! Having TWST in attendance, added a great feeling of competition and hopefully made us all hopeful for the future of these meets.

Level 1 had an awesome weekend at the time trial and the meet. At the time trial we had  great swims by Sadie Habib in the 100 backstroke with a time of 2:11.86 and Rosie Pashler who dropped 7.82 seconds in the 25 freestyle! Shoutout to Lannen Pawlek who dropped 27.84 seconds in the 50 freestyle and Anne Masse for qualifying for finals in the 50 free. We saw a lot of great races and are seeing an improvement in technique for level one. Keep up the good work!!!!

We had tremendous representation from Level 2 with a season high 15 swimmers participating in the time trials between Friday and Saturday. Quite frankly, I am so proud of each and every swimmer. This meet has really shown that Level 2 has made incredible strides this season, despite everything happening with COVID and how things are not normal. Yet that did not stop the incredible performances that myself, Coach Carolyn and Coach Sage saw this weekend. The growth on display was second to none and we are only going up from here! Here is to more time trials for Level 2 to do well in! 

Level 3 had 12 swimmers attend our two day time trial. It was our first two day meet in a long time but the swimmers pushed through and ended with a lot of great swims and 30 new best times! Making it into our finals session on Saturday was Gretchen Cenczyk, Ameika Paris, Ella Pawelczyk, Nora Ramsdell, and Maximus Carter. We also had some first place holders, Ameika Paris, Ameela Patel, and Gianna Torcello. The coaches are very proud of how hard this level has been working at practice and the excitement they have to race. Way to go level 3 swimmers! 

Level 4 sent a total of 16 swimmers to the 2-day event. They were more than impressive adding 62 Personal best times, 12 new swims, 22 finals appearances, 34 CQ “silver” times, 15 NI “gold”times with a few DQ’s to learn from. Amazing swims were displayed by everyone with Haylee Whelehan, Joseph Tacca, Lucy Nudell, Victor Gilbert, Emma Gilbert,and Avril Ashworth swimming personal bests in every event! Making finals appearances were, Esther Baker, Julia Cabin, Megan Hufnagel, James Lyons , Lucy Nudell , Amelia Pashler, Joseph Tacca, Gavin Tranter, and Mia Zablocki. Fantastic work Level4, keep working and let’s see what we can do with the last 2 opportunities before Spring Break April 2nd!

Level 5 had 24 swimmers represent and show up to swim fast at our 2-day time trial this past weekend! We were very impressed with everyone’s performance; as a level we saw 84 new best times between prelims and finals, 58CQ/silver swims, and 23 NI/gold swims!! We are happy to say everyone in the level walked away with at least one best time and a lot of great racing experience. Shoutout to Anne Boscarino, Ryan Bronson, Andre Charlier, Keira Curvin, Sean Curvin,Phoebe Errickson, Carter Gavigan, Roane George, Eden Gibson, Alex Kendall,Emmett King, Isaac King, Reese Marcyan, Gavin Miller, Brynn Muffoletto, EliseMuffoletto, Maria Pawelczyk, Rowan Riley, Josephine Russom, Owen Scibetta,Marley Sinatra, Kylie Szaflarski, Abigail Szyprowski, and Jacob Walter for doingan awesome job representing Level 5. Keep up the great work! 

Level 6 has shown what they cantruly do with dedication and focus at practice. Swimmers in this level are atthe point in their swimming careers that requires hard work, great attendance,and determination to improve. We should all be able to take a look back and seehow our efforts were rewarded. We had 73 Personal best times, 11 new swims, 43finals appearances, 55 CQ “silver” times, 46 NI “gold” times with only 3 DQ’s.Amazingly, Delilah Winker, Kimberly Schmitt, Meredith Roberts, Harrison Roberts,Heather Malkiewicz, Charles Lorenz, Max Lesmeister, Eyobel Hagos, and NataliaAshworth all had best times in every event! Taking advantage of the opportunityto race Saturday night swimming at finals were Juliet Bewlay, KerringtonClouser, Celia Crawford, Emma Cwiklinsk, Grace Griffin, Eyobel Hagos, Jack Kendall, SeanLabiak, Max Lesmeister, Heather Malkiewicz, Erin Morrissey, Harrison Roberts, MeredithRoberts, Kimberly Schmitt, Arianna Sidor, Colin Tupis, and Delilah Winker! Two more chances to race before break….What do we got in the tank Level 6?

Level 7-8 had nearly 90 personal best times last Friday and Sat, that doesn’t include those that had a personal best twice in the same day. Also we had over 30 improved time standard swims. Evan and Atticus had a swim off in the 100 Breast which was awesome! Swimmers with multiple best times Will Boyle 3, Maddy Bronson 4, Brady Garcia 4, Atticus Hlubin 3, Daenon Kopp 4, Brie Lorenz 2, Lucy Lyon 3, Campbell Murphy 3, Ava Pauly 4, Lila Roeser 2, Evan Schraufstetter 4, Maddy Scibetta 2, Harrison Sly 4, Elijah thompson 2, David Timmerman 4, Tara Deboth 2, Maren Drews 3, Natalie Fritsch 3, Paige Glor 4, Payton Glor 4, Carter Green 2, Haley Griffin 2, Declan King 2, Claire Malkiewicz 3, Chloe Marcyan 3, Parker Marshall 2, Bailey Wiegand, 3, and Paul Wissel 3. The group will continue to taper as we are looking forward to the last two meet coming up before our well desired break  so we can recharge physically and mentally.

The document march_19-20_results.pdf was attached to this post.

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