July 17, 2017
Northern Sierra Swimming raced an exciting four days at the Sierra Nevada Championships in Redding, California, July 13-16. The swim meet, also known as the Bill Rose Classic or the Junior Olympics, is the championships for 27 teams in the league, and requires strict qualification times to participate. Northern Sierra sent 22 age-group swimmers to race in the long course meters championship.
Notable swims came from 12 year old Tyler Nattrass, who was meet champion in four of his seven possible events in the 11-12 boys division. Nattrass finished first in the 100 meter freestyle (59.63), 200 meter freestyle (2:13.70), 800 meter freestyle (10:04.37), and the 100 meter backstroke (1:10.70). Nattrass also finished 2nd in 50 meter freestyle (27.92), 2nd in the 100 meter butterfly (1:08.49), and 3rd in 200 meter individual medley (2:34.27). Nattrass’ top finishes earned him a high point award for finishing second overall in the 11-12 boys’ age division.
Other Northern Sierra Swimming Finalists (Top 8 finish) include:
Lucas Pellow, 7: 6th in the 50 meter breaststroke, 8th in the 50 meter freestyle
John Luisetti, 8: 5th in the 50 meter freestyle, 6th in the 50 meter backstroke, 7th in the 50 meter breaststroke, 7th in the 100 meter freestyle, 8th in the 50 meter butterfly.
Jaden Sharp, 9: 5th in the 200 meter freestyle, 8th in the 100 meter freestyle
Mahaila Hilliard, 10: 7th in the 50 meter backstroke, 7th in the 400 meter freestyle
Elle Larsen, 11: 6th in the 50 meter breaststroke, 7th in the 200 meter breaststroke
Emily Starnes, 12: 2nd in 50 meter backstroke, 3rd in 100 and 200 meter backstrokes.
Mia Axelman, 12: 4th in the 1500 meter freestyle, 6th in 100 meter freestyle, 7th in 200 meter freestyle.
MJ Hensley, 12: 7th in the 100 meter butterfly
Kayla Heenan, 13: 7th in the 800 meter freestyle
Northen Sierra also had seven relay teams earn a top 8 finish. In addition to those listed above, relay members included Jada Moore (9), Aubrey Nattrass (10), Hannah Molitor (11), Robin Lawless (13), Maddie Meilinger (14), and Evie Mitsuda (14).
Club records continue to fall as Northern Sierra Swimmers re-write the local record books. Mia Axelman bested one of the oldest records left standing, the 11-12 girls’100 meter freestyle, with a time of 1:04.97. The record had been held by Heidi Eslinger since 1989.
Emily Starnes broke two records that have stood for 20 years or more, swimming the 11-12 girls’ 50 meter backstroke in a 34.19, and the 100 meter backstroke in 1:13.82. Starnes bested her own 200 meter backstroke record with a 2:39.75.
Elle Larsen took the team record in the 11-12 girls’ 200 meter breaststroke with a 3:09.55.
Tyler Nattrass reset his own existing 11-12 boys team records in all seven of his events: 50, 100, 200, and 800 meter freestyles, 100 meter backstroke, 100 meter butterfly, and 200 meter individual medley.
"This has been a very exciting year. Current swimmers have broken 52 team records this year alone, and there are more meets ahead before the season is complete. Team records are fun goals for the swimmers to shoot for and to achieve, but it's also a very telling fact regarding the quality of this group of athletes. We're watching 50 years of competitive swimming records in the area be rewritten, and we take a lot of pride in that." -Coach Allie Anderson and the NSS staff
Top swimmers will move on to the Far Western Championships, a national-level age-group competition. Northern Sierra will be sending Jaden Sharp in the 9-10 girls’ division, Mia Axelman and Elle Larsen in the 11-12 girls’ division, and Tyler Nattrass for the 11-12 boys. The meet will be held in Concord, CA, July 26-30.