Eight new team records were set by Napa Valley Swim Team members at the recent Pacific Swimming Senior III Trials and Finals meet held at Oceana High School in Pacifica.
Sam Starr accounted for two of the records with strong performances in the backstroke events. He broke his own team record of 54.98 seconds with a 52.65 in his preliminary 100-yard backstroke, then went on to win the event with a 53.31 in the finals.
Starr broke the 200 back record twice, first with a time of 1 minute, 54.55 seconds in the preliminaries — the previous record of 1:58.82 was set by Tyler Rodde in 1998 — and again in finals, winning the event with 1:54.27. Starr’s other swims included a second place in the 100 freestyle (49.18) and two new Sectional time standards (48.58, 100 freestyle preliminaries; 1:47.32, 200 freestyle preliminaries).
Elise Roberts set six records in just three swims, as each was both a NVST 15-16 girls age-group record and a new Open (all ages) team record.
Her first record was in the 100 breaststroke, where she swam a preliminary time of 1:06.78. The previous 15-16 girls record was 1:08.80, set by Natalie La Rochelle in 2002, and the previous Open record of 1:07.55 was set by Roberts herself in 2010. Roberts improved the mark to 1:06.76 while finishing second in finals.
Roberts also took first and set a new mark of 2:22.47 in the 200 breaststroke. The previous 15-16 record was 2:26.92, set by La Rochelle in 2003, and the previous Open record was 2:26.34, by Adrian Talcott in 1995. Roberts’ third record swim was a second-place time of 57.38 in the 100 butterfly. The previous 15-16 record was 57.53, by La Rochelle in 2002, and the previous Open record was 57.42, also by La Rochelle, in 2004. Roberts also achieved a new Sectional time standard in the 200 fly (2:10.94).
Other NVST swimmers who turned in noteworthy performances included:
• Seth Anderson, who was sixth in the 100 fly (54.88),
• Hayden Corley, who won in the 200 Individual medley (2:01.76), and took fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.06) and sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.18),
• Ximena Mendieta, who captured the 500 free (5:28.46),
• Nick Meyer, who took third in the 200 IM (2:03.24), fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.79) and fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.81),
• Alexandria Swanson, who was sixth in the 100 free (55.31; her preliminary swim of 54.39 was new Sectional time standard), fourth in the 200 free (1:58.60; her preliminary swim of 1:57.69 was new Sectional time standard), and fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.74), and
• Chase Taylor, who took fifth in the 50 free (22.87) and sixth in the 100 free (50.54).