October 19, 2018
CMAC Swimmers Combine for Big Time Drops at Home Meet
In the largest showing from CMAC athletes ever (70 swimmers), there was nothing but fun, fast racing going on over the past weekend. The weather threw a curveball at us Saturday, but everyone came together and things hit their stride nicely and we put on a very successful and smooth two-days of competition. In the morning sessions (10 & unders) alone, CMAC athletes dropped 245 seconds of time! Many of the athletes were first time meet swimmers, and showcased a lot of determination and confidence stepping into the realm of competitive USA swimming.
A big shout out for the Silver Group for getting tons of athletes out there and toughing it out on Saturday in the rain! Swimmers of the meet honor go to Bijou Luong (8) who scorched a 23.95 in the 25 back, attaining a Red time in just her first meet, and Graham Freeland (5) who came alive in the 25 backstroke as well, swimming a 33.16 which may be a new team record!
The Gold Group was lead by two swimmers new to meets, Lawson Moore (10) and Harry Rayfield (10). They each swam with great poise and focus for newcomers to competitive swimming, and even showcased their racing in a mixed 10 & under relay which is a whole additional level of stress to deal with! Great job guys! Analy Garcia (8) shocked the coaching staff with huge drops in each event, notably the 100 freestyle where she went 1:32.68, closing in on her first Blue time! Well done Analy!
The Titanium Group’s Marcela Urbano (9) continued her streak of time drops going 4/4, dipping under 40 in the 50 free (39.44) and then following it up with a 38.25 relay split. Joining her with swimmer of the meet honors was Patrishia Dinh (8) who dropped some really impressive swims in the 50 fly (40.02), 50 back (43.66) and 100 free (1:19.99).
The Platinum Group’s special recognition is a tough call, as many of them were just on fire from start to finish. There were new WAG cuts, new Blue times, tons of major time drops, and quite a few great 400 IMs that no one seemed anything but pleased to have competed in - after it was over! We are really proud of everyone for the hard work and consistency they’ve shown. Hannah Franco (12) ran a clean sweep in time drops and is showing her versatility extends to all strokes… Mila Aguilar (12) also dropped in every swim, showing a huge range from the 50 free up to the 400 IM… Karolina Sangasy (9) and brother Lukas (11) went 11/11 in drops, each attaining new Blue and/or WAG cuts swimming lights out from the start and never looking back… and Avrum Xagorarakis (10) continues to elevate his swimming each time he competes. Swimming 6/6 best times, Avrum, known mostly as a freestyler, had his best races in the IMs, where he smashed he best times by a combined 15 seconds, securing WAG cuts in both, and just missing 4 Spring Junior Olympic time standards. Way to go Platinum!
The Seniors also swam fantastic despite training right through the meet and most juggling demanding high school off-season training. Jacob Stephen (14) surprised the coaches with his versatility, showing he is more than just a butterflyer by swimming a great 100 breast (1:15) and 100 back (1:04) in addition to sub 26 in the 50 (25.47). Keep up the good work Senior 1 and 2!
A special congratulations go to all of the first-time meet competitors for CMAC – we are so proud of all of you! Way to represent yourselves and the TEAM!
- Keira Bethell, Graham Freeland, Quinnlyn Gniffke, Elijah Jacoub, Bijou Luong, Kiran Nguyen, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Kellen Pizzaro, Kaila Anderson, Jaydee Dinh, Lawson Moore, Nathan Nguyen, Harry Rayfield, Jeslyn Phan
Great job to everyone – it was a fantastic weekend full of improvement, fun and memories! A special thank you to the parents for volunteering their time and for supporting all the swimmers. We could not do this without your help!
Up next is the GWSC Pumpkin Pentathlon, and then in November we will see two possible competitions, a Blue, Red, White meet for the beginning to intermediate swimmers, and a Blue/Red meet at Mission Viejo for the more advanced athletes. We will then turn to the Winter Age Group Championships at Golden West in early December before we go on a modified schedule during the holiday weeks.
Keep up the great work everyone – see you at the pool!