Juneau’s Glacier Swim Club has selected four team captains for the 2012-13 swim season.
They are Juneau-Douglas High School senior Talyn Ramos, 17; Thunder Mountain High School senior Jimmie Busch, 17; Dzantik’i Heeni eighth-grader Sarah Mertz, 13; and Dzantik’i Heeni eighth-grader Aidan Seid, 14.
Ramos’ most memorable swim highlight included being on this season’s JDHS’ 200-medley relay state championship and making finals in the 50-free, and winning the 100-freestyle at the Region V championships this year.
“They all had different meanings,” Ramos said. “The relay was a team experience and really exciting. And individually I had never made finals at state before so that was cool, even though it was at the bottom eight. And I had never won at regionals so that was exciting. Swimming is so appealing because your are able to challenge yourself and see improvement, but also have the chance to be a part of a team and can push each other. With relays there is the excitement of the team depending on you. You have the team aspect of sport plus the individual aspect, and the hard work that goes with both helps it all pay off.”
Mertz’ most memorable swim moment was breaking one-minute and10-seconds at this year’s Southeast Age Group Championships meet.
“That is my favorite race,” Mertz said. “It was a big thing in my swimming life. I don’t really go for different times; I just try to beat my own personal times. I have been on the team since I was five and I swim six days a week. My life basically revolves around swimming so I am not really sure what I would do without it. It is just a big part of my life.”
Busch’s highlight was the most recent state tournament when he broke 50 seconds in the 100-free.
“It meant a lot,” Busch said. “When you break a minute in the 100 it is a big deal, to break a 50 that is awesome, for me at least. Swimming, overall, just gives you fitness. It is nice to just swim on your own and relax, pretty much anything and everything goes through your mind, what ever happens to pop up.”
Seid’s highlight was this year’s Southeast Age Groups.
“It was the first time that I really swam my best and I won some races and it was just a really good meet for me,” Seid said. “Swimming has been my whole life for eight years so I don’t really think about it. It is the thing I go to every day after school and it is just a big part of my life. I see myself swimming, easily, through another eight years.”
The following captains’ questionnaires were provided by the Glacier Swim Club.
How long have you been a swimmer?
Talyn Ramos - Since I was 8 or so…about 9 years.
Jimmie Busch - I have been swimming for twelve years.
Sarah Mertz - I have been swimming for twelve years.
Aidan Seid - This is my 8th year with GSC.
Upcoming swimming plans and goals (this year, college?):
Talyn Ramos - I would like to continue working hard in practice and improve my times. I’m planning to attend a meet in February and Jo’s in April. I would like to swim in college as well.
Jimmie Busch - I’m going to keep swimming with GSC until I head off to college next fall. I’m planning on going to Montana State and I want to continue swimming on my own after that.
Sarah Mertz - I plan on working hard this season to prepare for high school swimming. I am not sure about college swimming.
Aidan Seid - This season I want to keep improving as much as possible in order to take the next step and rise to the next level in my swimming career.
What would you like to accomplish as a team captain? What does it mean to you?
Talyn Ramos - I want to encourage my teammates to work hard and I want to be at practice. Being captain to me means that I carry the team and what I do, or don’t do, will have an effect on others. I’m in a leadership position.
Jimmie Busch - As team captain I would like to keep good attendance with swimming, motivate the younger swimmers, and set a good example.
Sarah Mertz - I would like to be able to bring our team closer and more like a family while I’m captain. This means a lot to me because I have been on this team for the majority of my life and swimming is very important to me.
Aidan Seid - Being a team captain puts a leadership role in your hands. I would like to fill that leadership role by being as supportive and helpful as possible.
Hobbies, family, or other non-swimming goals?
Talyn Ramos - I would like to eat healthy and enjoy my last high school year.
Jimmie Busch - My hobbies include snowboarding, long boarding, fishing, frolfing, and hanging out. Some other goals include to graduate high school with a 3.7 GPA.
Sarah Mertz - My family consists of my parents, Max and Valerie Mertz, and my sister Haley also swims. The only other sport I play and have time for is volleyball.
Aidan Seid - Learn to drive well.
Following are coach’s comments on each captain:
Talyn Ramos - I remember Talyn from when I came up to Juneau for an interview in the summer of 2004. She has never been afraid to ask for help on how to improve and make others better. Talyn has matured so much over the last 4 years. She went through a tough plateau, but persevered and is now swimming faster than ever, and enjoying swimming again.
Jimmie Busch - Always a fairly quiet and reserved gentleman, Jimmie has become a natural leader through his enthusiasm, hard work, and acceptance of every teammate. When Jimmie talks, people listen…. a true sign of the respect he gets from all GSC teammates. Jimmie is still improving, and will hopefully continue to improve his swimming through his college years.
Sarah Mertz - Sarah is a naturally leader. She is well liked by all the swimmers and she encourages swimmers her age and older, and mentors younger swimmers. She has excellent attendance, works hard, and remembers everything her coaches tell her.
Aidan Seid - Aidan is one of the hardest workers. He has always been an overachiever. He has gained the respect of his teammates through his hard work and dedication to swimming. He lives and breathes competitive swimming; he knows all his times, qualifying times, and most of the times from his swimming buddies. Aidan could be labeled a swimming geek! He is very coachable and always up to a new challenge.
The GSC captains will be leading their team in this weekend’s Open Invitational Swim Meet at Dimond Park Aquatic Center. Times are: Today - 6 p.m. (warm-ups 4:30 p.m.), Saturday - 9 a.m. (warm-ups 7:30 p.m.) and 4:30 p.m. (warm-ups 3 p.m.)