July 17, 2011
Osprey Soar High at JO’s and Break 9 Team Records
Pacific Swimming had their 2011 Long Course Junior Olympics, July 7th thru 11th. With 133 teams from Northern California taking part, Osprey Aquatics finished 13th. OAQ had 20 swimmers compete at the meet, and 9 different Osprey made finals to finish top 8.
Dale Williams was the leading scorer for the team with 33 points. Dale won the 100 fly for with a team record of 1:06.28, that also ranks him 16th in the USA for 12 year old boys. Dale had four other 3rd place finishes in which he set new team records, including the 50 fly with a 29.96 that ranks 16th in the country, and the 100 free, 1:00.34, ranked 15th in the USA. Ten year old Patrick Hurlston finaled twice, swimming lifetime bests to finish 6th in the 50 free, 33.13 and 7th in the 100 free with a 1:12.78. Zach Dietz made his first final for the Osprey in the 10-under 50 back with a team record of 40.22 to place 7th. Zach Selfridge broke a team record by going 55.38 in the 15-16 boys 100 meter free, finishing 2nd.
Michelle Berry competing in the 17-18 age group, lead the way for the girls, winning 2 events in team record times. Her times of 5:12:68 in the 400 IM and 4:36.15 in the 400 free put her in good position to swim well at the upcoming Sectionals Championships. Her 2nd place finish in the 200 free was a strong 2:12. 71. LInnea Mack won the 50 free in 27.79 and finished 3rd in the 100 fly with a 1:04.60, both very strong swims. She also finished 4th in the 100 back and 6th in the 100 free for 15-16 girls. Another strong performer for the 15-16 girls was Rachel Owen, who was 4th in the 100 free, 1:00.93 in prelims, 6th in the 200 free and 4th in the 50 with a fast 28.10. Lauren Wong finished 7th in the 15-16 girls 100 back with a 1:12.10. Mollie Selfridge, a college girl swimming her last JO’s for the Osprey, finished with a flourish and swam a 1:11:45 to place 4th in the 17-18 girls 100 fly.
The 15-18 girls 400 free relay of Rachel Owen, Linnea Mack, Michelle Berry and Kaysea Schewchuk placed 2nd with a time of 4:06.55. The 15-18 boys 400 free relay of Max Borman, Gabe Taikeff, Alex Kubacki and Robert Kubacki swam to an 8th place finish with a 4:00.57 that also qualified them for Far Westerns.
Twelve year old Sam Lichy, a hard working and talented young Osprey, had an excellent meet, improving all 6 of his events to win a Gold Star and bag 3 new Far Western qualifying times in the process, 50 fly 33.18, 200 free2:27.05 and the 400 free 5:06.05.
Congratulations to all our swimmers to took part in the meet for a strong performance. This meet was the first of a series of Championship meets for Osprey Aquatics, and the team’s swimmers will be peaking in the upcoming weeks for SVSL’s, Sectionals, Far Westerns, Jr. and Sr. Nationals.
Good luck to all our swimmers, and remember, DO YOUR BEST, TO BE YOUR BEST WHEN YOUR BEST COUNTS MOST.