March 17, 2019
CMAC Sends Their Largest Group Ever to JOs
Over a 3-day window of sunshine and great racing temperatures, 6 CMAC athletes arrived at the Rosebowl Aquatic Center ready to dive into the event full steam ahead.
The Southern California Swimming Junior Olympic event is the fastest and deepest 14-under event in California. It is not uncommon to see national age group records broken, and many swimmers bring a whole new level of competition once they enter into the aquatic center at Rosebowl. The athletes from CMAC did just that, and they demonstrated that they have been learning and refining many skills and techniques, and that they also have even more that they can continue to perfect.
Karolina Sangasy (10) swam her first JO event of her swimming career in the 50 freestyle, swimming right on her lifetime best from just a few weeks prior (30.01), and qualifying 21st, just outside of the top 20 final! She also swam a lifetime best in the 100 freestyle in 1:05.96, dropping nearly 2 seconds off her entry time!
Newcomer to CMAC, Jodie Tran (12) competed in the 50-yard breaststroke and continues to show a great deal of promise for the future. Since joining the team in January, Jodie has shaved off over a full second in the event, securing 46th place in 35.43. Well done Jodie!
Aidan Arie (11) completed a full 6-event schedule, plus swimming each evening in relays (4 total). Aidan saw great drops in nearly all swims. His growth as an athlete, racer, and teammate throughout the meet was remarkable. As a young 11 year-old, Aidan will be on the prowl for multiple top 20 rankings next year!
- 500 freestyle 5:33.49 30th place
- 200 freestyle 2:04.76 30th place
- 100 freeestyle 57.79 45th place
- 50 backstroke 30.95 32nd place
- 100 backstroke 1:07.12
- 100 IM 1:07.88 58th place
Along with teammate Aidan, Lukas Sangasy (12), Maddox Johnson (11), and Avrum Xagorarakis (11) put together 4 great relay performances throughout the 3-day meet. Most noteworthy was the 400 freestyle relay, lead off by Aidan in a swift 58, followed by Maddox in a lifetime best 1:04, to Avrum and Lukas who each went under the 1:00 barrier for the first time! The team placed 20th, the final scoring position, which put CMAC on the board with some points in the meet!
This event highlighted how far these young athletes have come through meeting the basic principles that their training groups operate from:
“If you show up, consistently, and you generally work hard, at least some of the time, and you have fun and learn, you will improve, and you will enjoy the sport more”.
The group now enters into the transition to long course season where we will focus on developing more stamina and technique to aid in the longer distances between walls. Our spring and summer training will be focused on the June Age Group Invite, Summer JOs, and conclude with a 25-yard ALL-TEAM event at the JO Max Championships in July.