SOBA Places First at 2017 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!
  83% of you had at least one personal best time at Winter Champs – WOW!!
    35% had one best time
     28% had two best times, and
      20% had best time in ALL THREE EVENTS – that is FANTASTIC – so proud of you, swimmers!

Most Time Dropped – Vann Jackson  29.51 total 
He gets to take the trophy home for the entire Winter break. Way to go Vann!
Close runners-up and others with big time drops are: Alexandra Noyes 20.87; Kiana Losq 19.84;
Ryan Fuqua 19.36; Kai Lyou 19.02

High point earner – Anthony Gullickson with 147 Points
Anthony 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 Anthony - you get to take the trophy home all this week.

Close runners-up are: Angelo Cortez 142 points; Micah Flechner & Danny Gonzalez 139 points; Emmy Terry 138 points; Riley Pierce 137 points; Maddy Garcia & Jude Robinson 134 points; Julia Schwedock 131 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- Davey, Reese 14 (Br); Kaia Henty-Dodd 9 (Bk); Kai Lyou 13 (50 Fr); Sophia Pinto 11 (50 Fr, Bk); Charlie Rudy 11 (Br)
  Moving up the list with additional red times- Raina Henty-Dodd IM
-The Blue Club: NEW members- Alex Fuqua 17 (50 Fr); Ryan Fuqua 14 (50 Fr); Isaac Ramirez 14 (Br)
-Summer Junior Olympics: Jude Robinson (11) 50 Bk now officially : )
  Summer JO Relays:
  9-10 Girls Med Relay: Malia Lyou, Sofie Szigetti, Sally Gonzalez, Marissa Gullickson
 11-12 Boys Med Relay: Colin Glenn, Riley Pierce, Jude Robinson, Aidan James

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: Stephen B, Kate B, Irys C, Reese D, Sam G, Harper H, Summer J, Kiana L, Daniel M, Shreya M, Alexandra N, Ansel R, Arianna S, Maison S, August T, Carson V + Coach Bronson and Coach Steve
-Completing THREE championship Meets: Thomas B, Dillon B, Aubree D, Vivi F, Micah F, Loyal G, Vann J, Aidan J, Stefan L, Rylee P, Dylan R, Emmy T, Alexander Z (and Coach Sue!)
-Honored for participating in FIVE championship meets: Michaela D, Colin G, Maya L, Sofia P, Mario V
-Recognized for participating in SEVEN championship meets: Dominic D, Maddy G, Kaia H-D, Kai L
-Shout out for participating in TEN championship meets: David B, Brian C, Sally G, Max J, Jude R
-11 Champs: Britney R
-12 Champs: Collin Gray
-13 Champs: Riley P, (and Coach Dean)  
-15 Champs: Isabelle C, Ryan F, Danny G
-18 Champs: Alex F
-19 Champs: Kaio M                (Most champs to date: 20 champs-tie with Lexi Tecun & Jacob Victorica)
-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 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: Coco C, Anthony G, Vann J, Kiana L, Phong N
(these swimmers now have the option of coming up to four days per week: M-Th)
-Promoted from C1 to B: Dillon Birkmann, Isabel Boroch, Loyal Gray, Mario Villareal
 (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: David B’Llamas, Reese Davey, Malia Lyou, Alex Noyes, Sofia Pinto, Ansel Reyes, Sofie Szigeti
-Promoted from B1 to A: Dominic DelMonte, Hannah Douglas, Genevieve Fernandez, Kai Lyou, Maya Lyou, Isaac Ramirez

***Plus we know a couple more of you are really close to promotion to the next group,

so keep working 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!