March 7, 2018
Congratulations to our Wahoos swimmers that qualified and raced at Sierra Nevada Swimming’s Junior Olympics Short Course Championships over the weekend.
The team finished 13th out of over 30 teams in our LSC.
The performances were truly inspiring.
Lily Magda (13-14 girls) won the 1650 freestyle in convincing fashion by dropping 1 minute and 10 seconds and qualifying for Far Westerns in that race. She also finished 3rd in the 1000 free. Lily’s 1650 and 1000 times qualify her for summer Western Zones competition. Lily finished out her meet by placing in the 500 free, 400 IM, 100 fly and 200 fly.
Kellen Jones (13-14 boys) was second in the 1650 and 1000 freestyle. He was 7th in the 500 free and qualified for Far Westerns in the 500. Kellen finished his meet by placing in the 200 free (7th), 200 back (6th) and 100 back (9th).
Dereck Phan (11-12 boys) had an impressive second place finish in the 100 breast. He rounded out his meet by placing in the 50 breast (3rd), 50 back (10th), 200 breast (4th) and 400 IM (6th).
Quinn Jones (11-12 boys) placed second in the 1000 free and the 1650 free. His 1650 time was his first 11-12 Far Western qualifying time. Quinn also placed 9th in the 50 back and 9th in the 100 back.
Owen Jones (9-10 boys) was 6th in the 500 free and 9th in the 200 free.
David Gao (8&under boys) placed 6th in the 50 free and 7th in the 25 back.
Addie Enquist (8&under girls) placed 8th in the 25 free and 8th in the 25 back.
Other notable performances were turned in by Sanjana Pethe. Sanjana swam 7 races and had 7 best time and 4 new “A” times. Matthew Kersey moved up in rankings in all of his races and Jayana Nanayakkara turned 11 on the first day of the meet and still qualified for SWAGR as an 11 year old! Sandra Phan swam 6 races and moved up in most of her rankings. Ashlyn Leonard swam in her first JO’s and improved her times. She was a wonderful teammate cheering on Wahoos in the water!
Our 11-12 boys relays placed in all 4 relays; 400 free, 400 medley, 200 free and 200 medley. We used all five of our 11-12 boys throughout the weekend. The boys that swam in the relays were Jayana, Quinn, Matthew, Dereck and Brandon.
Our 9-10 boys had one relay on Sunday and placed as well. Congratulations to Maximillian Ng, David Gao, Ian Enquist and Owen Jones.
A few swimmers had just returned from illness and some missed all or part of the competition due to illness or injury. Jayden Trac missed the entire meet due to a concussion from the last chance meet (backstroke finish). Brandon Yamada missed critical training days due to illness prior to the meet. His relay performances were critical for the success the team had. Ian Enquist and Mikayla Yamada missed two days of the meet. Ian’s strong relay performance on Sunday was impressive since he’d been so ill. Miss Mikayla came to the meet swam one race because her heart was in the meet. She went home after just one swim.
On Monday we had a “Celebration” when we gave meet awards to our JO kids – the FWST Coaches talked about how important ALL Wahoos are because the success of the team comes from the integrity of each training group.
Our next two meets are qualifier meets. At the end of the month I will take qualifiers to SWAGR – South Western Age Group Regional Championships in Clovis. Two weeks after that, I will take qualifiers to Speedo Far Western Age Group Championships in Santa Clara.
Once Far Westerns is over we roll into meets that the entire team can attend. Our NEXT meet for the entire team is April 20-22 in Folsom at the Aquatic Center. ALL Wahoos are encouraged to attend this meet. Please mark your calendars and be sure to ACT as soon as information comes out regarding registration on Swim Connection.
Thanks to all parents for getting your kids to practice on time every day and for all you do for your children and our team.
GO WAHOOS! Kathleen Kinsey, Head Coach