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Senior Sectionals - Team Finishes 9th

Congratulations to the 26 BCST swimmers who competed in this year’s Senior Sectional Meet.  For 5 days our fastest seniors competed against 900+ other swimmers from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, and of course Washington.   

This meet is traditionally one of the fastest if not the fastest Sectional Championship in the country.  The time standards for this meet are extremely tough, and just qualifying is an accomplishment. 

The competition at the meet was incredibly deep.  The University of Denver Hilltopersbrought a loaded team and ran away with the title.  BCST was no slouch itself as the boys finished 4th , the girls 23rd, and our combined team score has us at 9th overall.

The team set 6 new club records, 3 in individual events and 3 in relays.  Individual record setters were Anna Keane, Ed Kim, and Lilly Morris.  Anna broke the 14 year old 15-16 girls 50 Free record with a time of 23.87, and Lily broke the Open 50 Free record with a time of 23.80.  Ed Kim broke the team’s 15-16 and Open 200 Back record with an amazing 1:46.99.  His record is also a new PNS Recordfor 15-16 Boys, as well as a Summer National qualifying time.

For the relays, the lady’s set a new Open 200 Medley Relay record.  The team of Sheri Hart, Caroline Van Maren, Meghan O’Keefe, and Lily Morris broke the record by more than a second swimming a 1:47.03.

The guys broke both the Open 200 Free and 200 Medley records.  The 200 Free relay team of Niko Micin, Ethan Hallowell, Andy Wingerson, and Ed Kim swam a 1:23.74, and the 200 Medley relay team of Ed Kim, Jimmy Deiparine, Ethan Hallowell, and Niko Micin swam a 1:33.18.

Swimmers who were finalists by placing in the top 32 in individual events were Jimmy Deiparine (27th 100 Breast), Ethan Hallowell (2nd 100 Free, 9th 200 Free, 9th 100 Back, 4th 50 Free) , Anna Keane (22nd 50 Free), Ed Kim (13th 100 Free, 2nd 200 Back, 25th 200 Free, 7th 100 Back, 19th 100 Fly, 22nd 50 Free), Kalena Laurent (21st 200 Fly), Niko Micin (27th 100 Free, 12th 50 Free), Kyle Moline (18th 200 Fly), Lily Morris (21st 100 Fly, 11th 50 Free), Meghan O’Keefe (14th 200 Fly, 23rd 400 IM), Steve Sholdra (14th 1000 Free), Paolo Stanchi (18th 200 Breast, 13th 200 Back, 9th 400 IM, 20th 200 IM), Caroline van Maren (32nd 200 Breast, 22nd 100 Breast), Andy Wingerson (31st 200 Breast, 32nd 200 Back, 25th 100 Back).

The meet is so talented it’s sometimes easy to forget that the swimmers who are participating, but maybe not finalists, are more than worthy of credit for their accomplishments.  Here are the remaining swimmers who busted their tails to compete in the meet.  Robbie Adler, Alec Barnard, Eric Benca, Sebastian Bury, Sam Chong, Danielle Deiparine, Luke Duschl, Bethany Gehrke, Sheri Hart, Quinn Markwith, Evan Moline, Chase Onstot, and Brian Ruggles.

Take a bow guys, great work.