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Swami's Utah State Championship Meet Recap!
Swami's Utah State Championship Meet Recap!
 
On behalf of the Race Swami Coaching Staff and our tireless, amazing Volunteers, we just wanted to share some highlights with you in regards to the recent Utah Long Course State Championship Meet, which was recently held at the Kearns Oquirrh Fitness Center on July 10-12, 2014. 
 
With more than 2000 total participants at the meet, covering ages somewhere between 7 and 43 (yes, there was actually a 43 year old from Park City who competed), our SWAMIs shined in a very big way, as they continue to make huge strides at the championship level—all the while representing our west side neighborhoods with extreme pride!
 
If there is to be any "headliner" for Team Swami, it would need to begin with the 11-12 Girls Relay team comprised of Natasha Franco (11), Angie Fregoso (11), Arianna Holsten (11) and Peyton Ledbetter(12). These girls showed plenty of heart and tenacity and grit in moving up the ranks in all three relays that were offered over the course of the three day meet. On Day 1, the SWAMIs swam the 200 Free relay to a 10th place finish after being seeded 18th. They followed that awesome effort up on Day 2 with a 9th place finish in the 200 Medley relay after having been seeded 16th going into the competition. On the last night of competition they raced to a gallant 13th place finish, moving up 5 spots in the process and scoring points for Race Swami! It should be noted they were the only relay team competing with three 11 year olds.
 
 
Here are some of the other highlights from each of our Swamis who competed at the State Long Course Meet:
 
Peyton Ledbetter (11-12 Girls) had a meet for the ages, as she recorded best times in all but one of her races, along with Top 6 finishes in all six races (she swam the maximum number of events allowed). Peyton achieved two Western Zones time qualifications (Western Age Group Zones is a meet held in Federal Way, WA), along with four Far Westerns cuts (a regional long course meet held annually in Pleasanton, CA) in the process. If these two notable meets don't sound familiar to you, that's ok: it basically means, "she swam really, really fast!"
 
Angie Fregoso (11-12 Girls) had a huge meet as well, swimming in three individual races (all breaststroke) and finishing in the Top 16 in all three, culminated by an incredible 7th place finish in the 50 breast (only one other 11 year old finished in the Top 8 in that event). 
 
17 year old Senior Swami Marcela Vasquez finished in the Top 8 in the 100 breast and recorded personal best times in all but one race (5 races total). Marcela also moved up to a 24th place finish the 200 Medley after being seeded 44th going into that race.
 
Arianna Holsten (11-12 Girls) and Sephra Masina (age 9 and in 10&UN Girls division) both competed in individual races as well (Arianna in the 100 breast; Sephra in the 100 breast, 50 back and 100 back) and had some incredible races turned in. The future looks awfully bright for both of them since they still have another year left in their respective age group.
 
Our Swami Girls Team finished 17th overall in the final standings and they were by far and away the smallest team to finish in the Top 20 at State. Next year we expect to double our State Team as our SWAMIs continue to grow and flourish in this great sport, gaining more experience in the water in the process! 
 
To top the meet off, our very own Swami team president Leslie Motley, received the Utah Swimming Volunteer of the Year award, voted on and given to the top volunteer from one of the 40+ USA Swimming swim clubs in Utah. We are so proud and fortunate to have Leslie guiding our team, and the award, though a long time coming, was well deserved!
 
Swami's Utah State Championship Meet Recap!
 
This year, we had a much larger number of SWAMIs who just missed the State time standards, despite the shortened Long Course season. So we will end up sending nine SWAMIs to compete later this week in the Beehive Finale held in Orem. The Beehive Finale is a qualifying meet with time standards a bit more lenient than the State Q Times.
 
We are truly excited about the ongoing growth and success of our awesome kids--in and out of the water! We are so proud of them and there is never a day when we don't proclaim, "¡Sí se puede!" We have only just begun, and the future looks very bright for our young, emerging team.
 
Thank you to our awesome coaching staff who continue to help our SWAMIs develop! And a BIG THANK YOU for all your continued support of our SWAMIs. Without you, this would not be possible.