March 26, 2018
The 2018 YMCA State Championship meet was our best one yet. Our team placed 5th overall, our best in over 10 years. Our 13-14 girls won their age group again and our 11-12 boys were 3rd. We had 4 State Champions: Cara Cordova in the 13-14 100 breast (new team record), Maggie Donlevy in the 50 (Meet record) & 100 free, Timi Faba in the 11-12 50 free (new team record), and Nick Stefanidis in the 13-14 boys 100 breast (new team record and meet record). 3 team relay records were broken at the meet: 13-14 girls 200 free relay which was also a meet record (Germayne Chau, Christina Caminiti, Alanna Chen,Maggie Donlevy), 11-12 boys 200 medley relay ( Christian Cordova, Michael Fiechter, Calvin Chau, Timi Faba) and 13-14 boys 200 medley relay (Jusin Coronado, Nick Stefanidis, Kyle Natapraya, Joe Brennan). Germayne Chau qualified for Y Nationals in the 100 back while finishing 3rd in the event. Matt Loftus also broke a team record in the 100 breast while finishing 3rd in the event.
The team came together and cheered loudly for each other both on the deck and off. Everyone at the hotel could see the support the swimmers have for each other by walking the halls and seeing all the doors decorated with posters of encouragement. Our bleachers were empty at the finals sessions as everyone was on their feet supporting their teammates. Our Barracudas embodied the spirit of TEAM this year. That's the way we get better-by supporting each other . Let's keep that feeling going!
The following are all our top 16 finishers:
Lauren Barriteau 100 breast Joe Brennan 50 & 100 free, 100 breast
Charlie Caminiti 100 fly, 100 free Christina Caminiti 50 & 100 free, 100 fly
Isabella Chang 50 free Matthew Chang 50 & 100 free, 50 fly
Calvin Chau 50 ba, 50 breast, 50 fly Germayne Chau 100 ba, 100 breast, 100 fly
Alanna Chen 50 , 100 & 200 Free Cara Cordova 200 IM, 100 fly, 100 breast
Christian Cordova 50 free, 50 back, 50 fly Justin Coronado 100 ba, 100 fly, 200 IM
Declan Cullinan 100 breast Johnny Dragan 50 fly
Kelly Donlevy 200 IM, 100 ba, 100 fly Maggie Donlevy 50 & 100 free, 100 ba
Bridget Dwyer 200 & 500 free, 100 ba Sam Dwyer 25 ba, 25 br, 100 IM
Timi Faba 50 fr, 50 br, 50 fly Jimmy Fiechter 100 br, 200 IM
Jaime Greene 100 breast Mark Haynes 50 breast
Maelie Heckman 50 &100 free Sienna Kohm 25 ba
Ava Loftus 50 fr, 50 ba, 50 fly Matt Loftus 50 fr, 100 breast, 200 IM
Jessica McNally 50 fr, 25 fly, 100 IM Dylan Ng 100 breast
Tobe Nwosu 25 fr & 50 fr, 25 fly Nick Stefanidis 50 fr, 100 ba, 100 breast
Anthony Toskas 100 & 200 free
Congratulations to all our swimmers. Keep up the good work. We have one big meet this year. Please wish our Y Nationals swimmers good luck. We will be in Greensboro NC the first week of April. Maggie Donlevy, Germayne Chau, Cara Cordova, Matt Loftus and Nick Stefanidis comprise our largest group of individual qualifiers we have sent to Nationals in our team's history.