SOBA Places First at 2016 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!
  84% of you had at least one personal best time at Winter Champs – WOW!!
    33% had one best time
     33% had two best times, and
      16% had best time in ALL THREE EVENTS – that is FANTASTIC – so proud of you, swimmers!

Most Time Dropped – Micah Flechner  29.57 total 
He gets to take the trophy home for the entire Winter break. Way to go Micah! Close runners-up and others with big time drops are Josh H with a total drop of 23.85; Luke R with 23.64; Vivi F with 19.91; Maya L with 16.72; Charlie R with 14.11;

High point earner
CJ Carrozza with 145 Points
CJ placed 1st in two of his individual events (2 x 21 points), 2nd in 1 individual event (19 points), and swam on both the Medley and Freestyle relays, which also placed 1st (2 x 42 points). Congratulations CJ - you get to take the trophy home one night this week.

Close runners-up are: Jude R 141 points, Lauren C 140 points; Grant H 140 points, Michael M 138 points, Allison C 132 points, Charlie R 132 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 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- Madeline Bartsch 8yo (Bk), David B'llamas-Reynoso 10yo (Br and IM), Max Janicek 10yo (Br), Charlie Rudy 10yo (50 and 100 Fr), Colin Glenn 11yo (50 Fr), Dominic Del Monte 12yo (200 Fr and Bk), Sean Dorr 13yo (Br), Kate Kramer 13yo (Br), Isaac Ramirez 13yo (Br)
  Moving up the list with additional red times- Seven Castillo 100 Fr and Br, Josh Hoye IM, Sergio Morales 100 Fr and Fly, Ryan Rossow Br, Allison Camfield 100 Fr, Kai Lyou 50 Fr and Br, Aidan James 50 Fr, Raina Henty-Dodd 50 and 100 Fr, Grant He IM
-The Blue Club: NEW members-Tommy Nelson 16yo (50 Fr), Alex Morales 13yo (50 Fr), Adam Varga 8yo (25 Fr)
 Moving up the list with additional blue times-
-Summer Junior Olympics: Alex Morales, Gavin Pierce, Jude Robinson
  Winter JO Relays:
9-10 B Med Rel:  Micheal Maffucci, Brian Chiu, Jude Robinson, Charlie Rudy
9-10 B Fr Rel:  Charlie R., Michael M., David B'llamas-Reynoso, Jude R.
13-14 B Fr Rel:  Danny Gonzalez, Alex Morales, Sergio Morales, Gavin Pierce
-Winter Junior Olympics: Michael Maffucci 10yo (Br)
-So Calif Swimming Club Champs/SCSCC (no more Spring JO or SCSRT): --

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: Thomas B, Dillon B, Aubree D, Vivi F, Micah F, Loyal G, Grant H, Vann J, Aidan J, Andrew M, Ariana M, Rylee P, Julia S, Avery S, Emmy T (and Coach Sue!)
<Ripped Off Award-Harper T – who swam all season, but is 1 week shy of her 5th Birthday, so she could not compete at Champs>  L

-Completing THREE championship Meets: Dane C, Michaela D, Colin G, Kyler G, Maya L, Nico M, Tommy N, Sofia P, Sean S, Mario V,
-Honored for participating in FIVE championship meets: Dominic D, Gretchen D, Maddy G, Kaia H-D, Kai L
-Recognized for participating in SEVEN championship meets: Lexi C, Giselle C, Kendall D, Bridget D, Sean D, Daniel G, Raina H-D, Malaya J, Georgia L-W, Emily R, Thomas R,
-Shout out for participating in TEN championship meets: Sally G, Collin Gray, and Gavin P
-11 Champs: Allison C, Riley P, Jasmine W (and Coach Dean)
-12 Champs: Alyssa B, Allie J, and Jenna P
-13 Champs: Isabelle C, Lauren C, Ryan F, Danny G (and Coach Mark)
-14 Champs: Daniel B and Ryan R
-15 Champs: Alexandra B, Seven C, Kaitlyn R
-16 Champs: Alex F
-17 Champs: Kaio M.
-Most champs to date: Lexi Tecun at 19 champs!! Tied with Jacob Victorica (and Coach Dede)
-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: Angelo Cortez (these swimmers now have the option of coming up to four days per week: M-Th)
-Promoted from C1 to B: Kendall Donahue, Gretchen Dorr, Kyler Gloth, Malia Hill, Georgia Lorette-Warner (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: Michaela Davis, Genevieve Fernandez, Colin Glenn, Kai Lyou, Jude Robinson
-Promoted from B1 to A: Allison Camfield, Seven Castillo, Sean Dorr, Kate Kramer, Ariana Marquez
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!