December 14, 2018
Alpha Aquatics closed 2018 with superb swims while competing at both USA Winter Junior Nationals (Austin, TX), and Winter Age Group Championships (Huntington Beach, CA) this past weekend.
At USA Winter Jr. Nationals, Alpha sophomores Katrina Mortenson and Evan Yoo raced the best swimmers of the country making their first appearance at a US National level meet and coming home with personal best times and team records for Alpha in the 100Free (Girls), and in the 200IM, 100Breast (Boys).
Simultaneously, Alpha Aquatics’ Team of 32 swimmers traveled to Huntington Beach to compete in the 2018 Winter Age Group Championships with over 40 teams in attendance and a combined 1200 of Southern California’s best age group swimmers.
On the Boys side, Nick Barner (11/12) led the way with 4x Gold Medal performances (100IM/100Bk/50Bk/50Fr) and 6x new Alpha All-time Records. Freestyler Nolan Wang (15&over) followed with a pair of 1st places as well (500Fr/200Fr). Mitchie Mortenson picked up a couple of Silver Medals in Butterfly (100Fly/200Fly), and Jasper Shimon (50Br/100Br) was also outstanding for Alpha with top 16 performances in Breaststroke.
The Alpha Girls were equally great with Georgia Young (15&Up) leading the way with 2x Gold Medal performances (100Fr/100Fly) along with an Alpha Team record (200IM). Katrina Mortenson also took 1st place setting a new All time best for Alpha (200Fr), along with another Gold Medal for Dylan Chen (50Fr). Sora Koike (100Fly/100IM), Kassia Holland (50Free), along with Backstrokers Jordan Leaf (100Back/200Back), and Erin Swift (100Back) added to a great weekend for Alpha with solid Finals appearances.
New 2019 Championships Qualifying Times
2019 USA Winter Jr. Nationals
Evan Yoo (100 Breast).
2019 USA Futures Championships
Women’s 400Free Relay (Young / Mortenson / Chen / Leaf); Georgia Young (200 IM); Katrina Mortenson (200 Free).
2019 CA/NV Sectionals Championships
Men’s 400Free Relay (Wnag / Yoo / Rhee / Mortenson); Mitchie Mortenson (200 Fly).
SCS Spring Junior Olympics Championships
Nick Barner (50 Free / 100 Back); Kai Albertson (100 Breast); Jasper Shimon (100 Back).
Personal Best Times
Kai Albertson (100 breast / 100 Free / 50 Free / 200 Breast)
Nicholas Barner (50 Back / 100 Back / 50 Free / 100 Free / 100IM / 50 Fly)
Isabel Boroch ( 100 Free / 50 Back )
Dylan Chen (50Free / 100 Bac )
Lily Dykstra (100 Fly / 50 Free / 100 Free)
Lucas Hubbard (500 Free / 50 Back / 100 Back)
Kasia Holland ( 50 Free / 100 Free / 200 IM / 100 Breast / 100 fly)
Sora Koike (50 Free / 100 Fly / 200 Free / 200 IM)
Jordan Leaf (50Free / 100 Back)
Katrina Mortenson (100 Free / 200 Free / 100 Fly)
Mitchie Mortenson ( 200 Fly / 100 Free)
Kent Nishida (100 Fly / 100 Back /400 IM / 100 Free)
Stephanie Rodriguez (200 Free / 100 Fly / 100 Free)
Jasper Shimon (100 Breast / 50 Breast )
Sofie Szigeti (50 Breast / 100 Breast)
Erin Swift (50 Free)
Evan Yoo (100 Breast / 200IM / 100 Fly)
Georgia Young (100 Free / 200 IM)
Nolan Wang ( 50 Free / 100 Back)
Giovanni Wheeler (50 Free / 100 Free / 200 Free / 500 Free / 100 Fly )
Christian Pherson (100 Fly)
Michael Cortez (100 breast / 100 Back)
Way to go guys!!!