February 21, 2019
OSPREY SHINE IN SAN DIEGO AT 2019 PRESIDENT’S DAY CLASSIC by Brian Bolster OAQ
For a record 20th year, the Osprey attended the 3 Day President’s Day Senior Classic, just over the bridge from San Diego in Coronado, Feb. 16 thru 18. Unfortunately the trip got off to a disappointing start on Friday Feb. 14th, when the team’s flight to the meet on Southwest was abruptly canceled at 5:45 am. With no other way to get to the meet, we were forced to drive in difficult weather on short notice. Only 7 of the original group of 14 swimmers were able to attend, and those who did were able due to Paul and Lilian McKenna, who stepped up and each chauffeured a carload of swimmers on the long drive down and back. Thank you Paul and Lilian!
Despite all the adversity, the reduced size of our group, and having to scratch the finals session on Monday to drive home, the team was able to finish 15th amongst the field of 32 teams.
Mai McKenna led all Osprey point scorers with 71 points. She finished 6th in the 200 IM, 2nd in the 200 back with a 2:00.60, and 2nd in the 100 fly, 56.22. Linnea and Mai won gold and bronze respectively in the 100 back on Sunday, with Linnea setting a new meet record in 52.88 and Mai going 55.59. It was the first time in 20 years at this prestigious meet that OAQ had two finishers in the top 3 of an event. Linnea won the 50 free with a 22.64, breaking her own meet record from 2013, boosting her contribution to 44 points of the team total and also catching the attention of the on line swimming news site SwimSwam, who featured her meet performance in a short article linked below. Mai and Linnea teamed with Denise Cerna and newcomer Louise Guentert to finish 3rd with a 3:56.99 in the 400 Medley Relay, posting 36 points to close finals on Sunday.
Zach Dietz, who will swim for UC Santa Barbara next year, scored 15 points in the 100 back final, placing 6th in a 52.39.
Jack Eckstrom swam a lifetime best in the 100 breast, 1:10.80. Addison Newnan, 13 and on his first SD trip also swam a best time in the 100 free, breaking 54 for the first time to go 53.83. Louise Guentert showed great improvement on her under waters, routinely getting to mid pool as she swam best times in the 200 back, dropping over 5 seconds to go 2:17.41, and the 100 free in 57.75.