SOBA Places First at 2015 SCAA Winter Championship-Congratulations!!

CONGRATULATIONS on a fantastic Winter Championship Meet on Saturday!

SOBA earned the most points at Saturday’s Winter Championship Meet, coming in first in our division and winning the entire meet. We were so thrilled to share that big trophy with everyone at our awards celebration on Monday.

Almost every swimmer who participated Saturday scored points for the team – this was truly a TEAM EFFORT!
  90% of you had at least one personal best time at Winter Champs – WOW!!
    26% had one best time
     29% had two best times, and
      35% had best time in ALL THREE EVENTS – that is FANTASTIC – so proud of you, swimmers!

Most Time Dropped – Emily Ramirez  35.81 total 
She gets to take the trophy home for the entire Winter break. Way to go Emily! Close runners-up and others with big time drops are Claudia B with a total drop of 32.30; Miles G with 25.92; Sean S with 22.38; Brooke H with 22.37; Danny G with 21.24, Kyler G with 16.39, Charlie R with 16.26, Dominic D with 16.24, Nico M with 15.08, Josh R with 12.81, Gavin P with 11.79, Malaya J with 11.59, Becky R with 11.37

High point earner
Kent Zeballos Each with 147 Points
Kent placed 1st in all three of his individual events (3 x 21 points), and swam on both the Medley and Freestyle relays, which also placed 1st (2 x 42 points). Congratulations Kent - you get to take the trophy home one night this week. Close runners-up are: Cade B 145 points; Kevin Z 141 points; Ruka G 140 points; Lexi T 140 points; Gavin P 139 points; Jasmine W 139 points

The Big Trophy
After our ‘most time dropped’ achievers and our high point earners have had their time with the trophy, each swimmer will have the opportunity to take it home for a few days at a time. We’ll go in order of most time dropped (i.e. ‘best’ of the personal best times)

New Team Records
We had 1 new team record set at Saturday’s Winter Champs meet. Congratulations to:
Riley Pierce M 9-10 50 Y Breaststroke 39.50 (JO time) <Zeballos 2/2013>

New Red/Blue/JO Club Members:
The Red, Blue and JO Club represent the different ‘Time Standards’ by age groups outlined by Southern California Swimming. These represent the ‘top’ level of swimming in our region, with the SCSCC being the toughest category, followed by Summer JO, then Blue Times, then Red, followed by White. Coach Dede has created recognition stars for each level, and she tracks the progress (thank you Coach Dede!). Congratulations to …
-The Red Club: NEW members-Brian Chiu, Krista Cleland, Danny Gonzalez, Allie Janicek, Malaya Jones, Kate Kramer. Moving up the list with additional red times-Jackson Cavaliero, Sean Dorr, Kyler Gloth, Leila Hill, Josh Hoye, Levi Suree
-The Blue Club: NEW members- Alyssa Bosch, Maddy Garcia, Sergio Morales, Emily Ramirez, Jacob Victorica. Moving up the list with additional blue times-Jordan Barash, Roen Serota, Sofie Szigeti
-Summer Junior Olympics: Alex Morales, Gavin Pierce, Jude Robinson
  Winter JO Relays:
  11-12 Boys Medley Relay:  Ryan Rossow, Kent Z., Alex M., Gavin P.
  11-12 Boys Free Relay:  Kent Z., Sergio M., Alex M., Gavin P.
  15-18 Boys Free Relay:  Kevin Zeballos, Alex Fuqua, Forrest Wu, Cade Bosch
-So Calif Swimming Club Champs/SCSCC (no more Spring JO or SCSRT)
Riley Pierce, Kent Zeballos

If you want to check out the Time Standards (and maybe set out a new goal for yourself), they are available Online at the Southern California Swimming website; the time standards are updated annually.

Special SOBA Champs “Milestones”
-Congrats to our ‘first timers’ at a Championship Meet: Michaela D, Colin G, Kyler G, Miles G, Maya L, Nico M, Tommy N, Sofia P, Sean S, Mario V,

-Completing THREE championship Meets: Chance B, Krista C, Dominic D, Gretchen D, Maddy G, Kaia H-D, Kai L, Roen S, Jameson T
-Honored for participating in FIVE championship meets: Jordan B, Lexi C, Kendall D, Bridget D, Sean D, Daniel G, Raina H-D, Malaya J, Georgia L-W, Andrea M, Ewan M, Miles M, Rylee N, Jordan P, Emily R, Thomas R,
-Recognized for participating in SEVEN championship meets: Nicholas C, Jaylin H, Kate K, Lily K, Michael M, Britney R,
-Shout out for participating in TEN championship meets: Alyssa B, Cade B, Allie J, Jenna P
-11 Champs: Isabelle C, Lauren C
-12 Champs: Daniel B, Danny G, and Ryan R
-13 Champs: Alexandra B, Seven C, Kaitlyn R, Kevin Z
-14 Champs: Alex F
-15 Champs: Gabe H, Kaio M.
-17 Champs: Lexi T (now tied sister Gabi)
-Most champs to date: Jacob Victorica at 18 champs!! Most Of All Time – Record Breaker!
-YES, we do have swimmers with 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 champs to their credit (you know who you are!); the aforementioned swimmers hit certain ‘milestones’ which we recognized at Awards Day.

Relays at Champs
We don’t get to do relays often, so it’s really special when we have so many relay teams at champs meets! This year, we had a relay entered in almost every gender and age group. Relays are important to the team, because they earn DOUBLE points. Medals are awarded for teams who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd BUT points are awarded to all teams who place 1st thru 6th

Congratulations on Promotions!
At the conclusion of each season, we often promote swimmers who are ready for the next skill level group. Congratulations to the swimmers whom we are promoting!
-Promoted from C to C1: Chance B, Kaia Henty-Dodd, Lizzie Lanak (these swimmers now have the option of coming up to four days per week: M-Th)
-Promoted from C1 to B: Jordan Barash, Claudia Brown, Brian Chiu, Sally Gonzalez, Ruka Gorordo, Max Janicek, Ashley Lanak, Maya Lyou, Sophia Pinto, Sofie Szigeti (these swimmers now must come 3 days per week, and have the option of coming up to five days per week: M-Fri)
-Promoted from B to B1: Ryan Fuqua, Laila Hill, Roen Serota
-Promoted from B1 to A: Gavin Pierce, Ryan Rossow
plus we know a couple more of you are really close to promotion to the next group, so work hard, and stay tuned for details!

THANK YOU for all your help with all the ‘jobs’ we were assigned by the league. We really appreciate you pitching in to help make this meet run as smoothly as possible. We are lucky to have so many fantastic team families with SOBA!

Way to go swimmers – we are so proud of you! This was a FANTASTIC way to end the season! We are so thrilled for our team, and so excited for all of your successes at Winter Champs!