Updated: 13 & Over Swimmers Race Well at Older JO's!
FAST's 13 & Over swimmers performed very well at last weekend's Older JO Meet.  FAST highlights are below.  Complete results can be viewed here.
Our 1000 Freestylers started strong on the first day with big drops for all but one swimmer.  Mandy Schatz took 13th place (13-14 Girls) and Kendall Lyng finished 14th (15 & Over).  On the boys' side, Gian Berino and Blake Faris finished in 7th and 16th place, respectively.  Gian also swam a best time in the 200 Freestyle when he led off the Boys 15 & Over 800 Freestyle A Relay.  Teammate Sean Kao also posted a best time leading off the B Relay.

Day Two saw six FAST swimmers earn second swims.  Paul Li led the way with 7th place finishes in both the 200 IM and 500 Freestyle.  Blake Faris finished 12th 500 Freestyle, posting a lifetime best 4:39.38 in Prelims.  Katja Claesson and Breanna Adams had a great showing in the A Final of the 15 & Over Girls 100 Breaststroke.  They finished in 4th and 5th place, respectively, and both turned in best times in the Prelims.  Gian Berino finished 13th in the 200 Backstroke with a lifetime best 1:56.33, improving on his lifetime best from the morning.  Evan Munaretto made it back to Finals in the 13-14 Boys 50 Freestyle.  He swam a great race, tying for first place in the B Final with a lifetime best 23.36 to take 9th place overall.  Evan also posted a lifetime best in the 13-14 Boys 200 IM earlier in the day.
Day Three was highlighted by the Boys 200 Freestyles.  Five of our six boys in the event posted lifetime bests -- Nathan Diaz, Gian Berino, Sean Kao, Blake Faris, and Evan Munaretto.  Nathan earned a spot in the B Final and finished 16th overall.  Paul Li swam an incredible race in the A Final to take second place overall, just tenths off of his best time.  Paul also raced in the A Final of the 400 IM and finished in 7th place overall.  His time of 4:03.87 in the morning was a lifetime best by 4 seconds.  Evan Munaretto posted a lifetime best in the 13-14 Boys 100 Butterfly, taking off almost 2 seconds from his previous best time.  On the girls side, Amanda Lundstedt, Mandy Schatz and Diana Monobe all earned second swims.  Amanda finished 15th in the 15 & Over Girls 100 Butterfly and posted a lifetime best in the Prelims.  Mandy swam to 14th place in the 13-14 Girls 200 Freestyle.  Her time of 1:58.66 was just tenths off of her lifetime best 1:58.48 from the morning.  Diana finished 11th in the 13-14 Girls 100 Backstroke with lifetime best 1:01.42.  The 13-14 Girls team of Diana Monobe, Mandy Schatz, Ashley Beck and Hana Claesson had a great showing in the 200 Freestyle Relay taking 7th place overall.
On the final day of the meet, FAST had five swimmers score big points for the team.  In the Boys 15 & Over 1650 Freestyle, Gian Berino took the 8th place spot with a lifetime best 16:32.41 and Nathan Diaz took 9th in 16:35.59.  Katja Claesson posted her second lifetime best of the weekend in the Girls 15 & Over 200 Breaststroke.  Her time of 2:22.91 was a 2 second drop and she earned 6th place in the A Final.  Evan Munaretto took 13th place in the 13-14 Boys 100 Freestyle.  His time of 50.86 was faster than his Prelims swim and just hundredths off of his lifetime best.  Paul Li swam a fantastic 200 Butterfly to take 3rd in the B Final and 11th place overall.  His time of 1:52.92 was a 5 second drop from his previous best time.  In the last event of the meet, the 15 & Over Boys 400 Freestyle Relay, FAST's team of Sean Kao, Blake Faris, Jimmy Gonzales and Paul Li raced well and earned 6th place overall.
Great swimming, FAST!  Keep up the good work.