SOBA Places First at 2019 SCAA Winter Championship-Congratulations!!

SOBA earned the most points at the SCAA Winter Championship Meet, coming in first in our division and winning the entire meet. 

Every single SOBA swimmer who participated in the Winter Meet scored points for the team – this was truly a TEAM EFFORT!
  89% of you had at least one personal best time at Summer Champs – WOW!!
    30% had one best time
     35% had two best times, and
      24% had best time in ALL THREE EVENTS – that is FANTASTIC – so proud of you, swimmers!

Most Time Dropped – Kylie Huang  24.69 total
She gets to take the trophy home for the entire winter break. Way to go Kylie! Close runners-up are Peter A with a total drop of 23.68; Scott B with 22.92; Wyatt M with 20.05; Lilly K with 18.50; Sebi P with 14.30; Phong N with 13.94

High Point Earner – Danny Gonzalez with 147 Points
Danny 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 Danny! - you get to take the trophy home this week (bring back Thursday, please).

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 Winter Junior Olympic (JO) being the toughest category, then Summer JO, then Blue Times, then Red. We have recognition stars for each level, and we track the Congratulations to NEW members of…
-The Red Club: NEW Emily Gore 25Y Bk, Sophia Moulton 25Y Bk, Sebi Pinto 100Y IM & 50Y Bk, Arianna Salcedo 100Y Fly
-Moving UP with additional red times: Fabiana DelPino 50Y Br & 50Y Fl, Malaia Uytingco 25 Fr & earlier in the Season/Jan Meet: Hana Weiss 25Y Br
-The Blue Club: NEW Colin Glenn 100Y Bk
-Moving UP with additional blue times: Bridget Bartosik 200 IM, Thomas Beucler 100Y Fly, Malia Lyou 200Y & 100Y Free
-Junior Olympics: NEW Danny Gonzalez 100 Fly (also WAG)

Special SOBA Champs “Milestones”
-Congrats to our ‘first timers’ at a Championship Meet: Peter A, Gabe A, Emiko A, Scott B, Ashlie C, Emma C, Grace C, Van E, Kate F, Henry G, Asher H, Zander H, Neil K, Alyssa M, Wyatt M, Sophie M, Diego N, Lucy P, Michal S, Zailee T, Vasco V, Hana W

-Completing THREE championship Meets: Luis A, Bridget B, Liam B, Ryan C, Reese D, Cassidy G, Kenzie G, Leo H, Mikail H, Ethan H, Apollo I, Joshua L, Camila M, Matthew M, Chloe N, Malaia U, Enzo V

-Honored for participating in FIVE championship meets: Thomas B, Stephan B, Sam G, Ellie H, Arianna S, +  Coach Bronson and Coach Steve
-Recognized for participating in SEVEN championship meets: Aubree D, Loyal G, Aidan J, Alexander Z + and Coach Sue!
-Shout out for participating in TEN championship meets: Malia L and Rylee N!
-11 Champs: Kai L
-12 Champs: Lexi C and Josh H
-13 Champs: Georgia L-W
-14 Champs: Sally G and Jude R
-19 Champs: Danny G   <Most champs to date: TIE Kaio Miatti and Lexi Tecun at 20 champs!>
-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 nearly 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. Relays are a unique group experience for swimmers. The league only allows us to enter one relay team per event; given that we have so many awesome swimmers, it is a challenge to create those teams. We would love it if everyone got to swim on at least one relay; but in some cases, we just have way more swimmers than spots on relay teams. In creating the relay teams, coaches take into account not only the swimmers’ best times, but also workout participation, attitude and work ethic at regular practice. We tried to offer relay spots to as many swimmers as possible, keeping those guidelines in mind.

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: Emily Gore, Logan Griffin, Sophia Moulton, Enzo Victorica, Maggie Zakrzewski (these swimmers now have the option of coming up to four days per week: M-Th)
-Promoted from C1 to B: Emma Christenson, Katie Fleming, Skylar Hauck, Camila Martinez, Phong NguyenManoa Uytingo (these swimmers now have the option of coming up to five days per week: M-Fri)  
-Promoted from B to B1: Ashlie Cabrera, Lexi Camfield, Ryan Chun, Ava Eisenberg, Lilly Kruk
-Promoted from B1 to A: Julian Bailey, Sam Gabuardi, Arianna Salcedo

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 thrilled for our teammates & so excited for your successes at winter champs.