January 9, 2018
Message from Coach Tim:
December was a busy month for the Life Time Northern California swim team. The month began with our two national qualifiers, Jonah Harm and Evan McCormick, attending the Junior National (West) Championships at the University of Iowa in Cedar Rapids. The meet was a success, as our swimmers improved their personal best times in seven of the eight events competed. This was an incredible experience for the swimmers, who were able to compete in one of the fastest pools in the country with the top senior level (18 & under) swimmers west of the Mississippi.
In mid-December, LTNC competed at Coronado High School on the outskirts of San Diego. This year we had nineteen swimmers (ages 8-17) that qualified and competed in the meet. This event is always exciting, as it is one meet of the year that groups swimmers of all ages and locations to compete for LTNC. The meet took place over three days of competition. The finals sessions each evening were very exciting, as LTNC posted many top-16 swimmers to compete for a second time.
Junior National (West) Championships – Cedar Rapids
Jonah Harm (16) competed in the following 4 events:
200 yd Individual Medley - 107th - 1:53.94
100 yd Butterfly - 92nd - 50.88
100 yd Breastroke - 104th - 58.22
200 yd Breastroke - 66th - 2:05.74*
Evan McCormick (15) competed in the following 4 events:
50 yd Freestyle - 70th - 21.26
100 yd Backstroke (Time Trial) - 53.16
200 yd Individual Medley (Time Trial) - 1:54.19
100 yd Breastroke - 49th**
*Jonah currently ranks 56th in the country in this event among 16 year-old swimmers.
**Evan currently ranks 16th in the country in this event among 15 year-old swimmers.
I am very proud of both of these swimmers. The amount of training that goes into competing on this level is challenging daily. Both Evan and Jonah have worked countless hours on cardio and technique over the past 6-7 years to qualify for this meet. It was nice to see both swimmers grow and mature to this level and hold their own with some of the best swimmers in the country.
Winter Age Group Championships - San Diego
Mia Rincon-Gallardo (10) and Amalie Claus-Udarbe (12) led the girls team for LTNC, making finals and scoring points in all events competed.
Jasmine Williams (16) and Hannah Joseph (15) were also exceptional, placing top-three in many events throughout the weekend.
Athena Lin (14) qualified for finals in all events competed and posted personal best times in all throughout the weekend.
Caitlin Wham (12) had a great meet, with all best times and swam in four finals.
Avi Mahajan (9) led the way for the boys team by making finals in all events and scoring 129 points.
Chris Ranlett (14) was exciting to watch throughout the weekend, scoring 102 points. Chris had personal best times in several events.
Danny Feldman (10) and Michael Romero (10) swam great with many personal best times. The three 9-10 boys were dominate throughout the weekend, with a combined total of 287 points (out of a total 889 points scored by LTNC.
Trai Xiong (11) just aged up into the 11-12 age group. He qualified in six events and improved by 20 seconds in his 200 IM. Overall, Trai had a great meet.
Evangelos Tepenkiozis (13) and Collin Wham (14) experienced finals in multiple events in the 13-14 boys age group. Both boys had personal best times and were exciting to watch.
Mason Jeffers (15) had an exceptional meet, finishing 4th among 15-18 year olds in the 200 yd Butterfly. Mason had personal best times in all six events he competed.
Evan McCormick had a great meet coming off Nationals in Iowa. He added five personal best times and finished top 3 in many events in the 15-18 age group.
The weekend was great fun for Coach Julia and myself. It was nice to see swimmers improving and holding their own against some of the top swimmers throughout Southern California. All the LTNC coaches were happy with the results knowing the hard work, training, and preparation put in the past five months. Kudos to Coach Julia, Coach Caitlin, Coach Neeley, Coach Andrew, Elise Grice, Lauren Montague, and Joe Horchak for all the time put into making our program a success. I am looking forward to seeing all LTNC swimmers compete in the 2018 season.
Head Coach - LTNC