Outstanding Performances at April Meets!
April 14th & 15th - STOP Red/White Meet (SCY)
FAST had many outstanding swims for all groups that attended STOP's Red/White meet on April 14th and 15th. Overall, our team had 70% best times! Six swimmers achieved new Blue times in at least one event. Congratulations to Leanne Babigan, Jeremy Cho, Katie Cho, Jaden Nasu, Chloe Reed, and Cathryn Salladin. An incredible 18 swimmers posted best times in all of their swims. Great work Jeremy Cho, Katie Cho, Ryan Chung, Carson Dike, Christina D'Incognito, Tara James, Richard Kim, Jonathan Lim, Andrew Mann, Megan O'Malley, Chloe Reed, Nicholas Sacayan, Cathryn Salladin, Nicole Salladin, Brian Schrandt, Daniel Shi, Mathew Tang, Melody Tang, and Mack Woolrey.
Keep up the great swimming, FAST!
April 19th-22nd - Mission Viejo Swim Meet of Champions (LCM)
FAST was well-represented at the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo. Elite Team member Tyler Clary came home with the Men's High Point Award racking up a total of 72 individual points throughout the three days that he competed. Tyler won the 200 Butterfly (1:58.13) and 200 Backstroke (1:57.63), took second in the 200 Freestyle (1:48.96), and 4th in the 100 Backstroke (56.01). The 200 Freestyle was a great event for all of the FAST Elites. Matt McLean finished just three one-hundredths of a second behind Tyler with a time of 1:48.99 for third place and Michael Klueh took fourth with a time of 1:49.67. Mike Smit finished second in the Consolation Final for 10th overall with a time of 1:53.43. McLean, Klueh, and Smit all raced the 400 Freestyle as well claiming the 1st, 2nd, and 19th positions, respectively. Smit was the only Elite to race the 100 Freestyle and represented well, placing 12th overall and improving on his position from the Preliminaries. Klueh took 2nd place in the 800 Freestyle with an impressive 8:02.56 which currently places him 24th in the world this year.
On the women's side, the 1500 Freestyle was a great event for FAST with Lauren Morford taking 4th place and Daniela Rueda claiming 7th. Morford and Rueda finished 12th and 19th, respectively, in the 800 Freestyle on the first day of the meet. Gian Berino swam a best time in the Men's 1500 Freestyle which was contested on the first day. His time of 16:49.05 was a best by over 15 seconds. Morford earned a second swim in the 400 Freestyle racing to 3rd place in the evening's Bonus Final. Amanda Lundstedt dropped over three seconds in the 200 Butterfly for a lifetime best 2:34.92. She was right on her best 100 Butterfly time, turning in a strong 1:07.78. Isabella Kearns dropped five seconds in the 400 IM for a lifetime best time of 5:20.10. She also posted a lifetime best in the 200 Freestyle (2:15.87).
Complete results from the meet can be viewed here.
April 21st & 22nd - FAST Tri-Meet with Arizona Sun Devil and Trident Swim Club (LCM)
The 12 & Under swimmers did an awesome job at the Tri-Meet with Arizona's Sun Devil Aquatics and the Trident Swim Club. Many swimmers were racing in their first-ever Long Course events. Overall, the team posted 75% best times out of more than 300 races. Forty-one of our swimmers turned in lifetime bests in all of their events over the course of the two days. Congratulations to Zara Anderson, Alexia Bauer, Peter Bauer, Catherine Campbell, Katie Cho, Ryan Chung, Rafa DeLeon, Deborah Dervartanian, Carson Dike, Angela Gaitatjis, Sophia Hodgden, Trevor Holtgrew, Doug Johnson, David Karaguiozian, Ethan Keung, Meggie Keung, Nichole Kuntz, Danielle Lee, Maya Lee, Derek Lindenberger, Jade Lingasin, Johanna Lingasin, Meg Lowrey, Naina Makkad, Natalyah Moala, Jaden Nasu, Ethan Newberry, John Park, Ethan Paguyo, Katelyn Priest, Kyle Priest, Brianna Schuster, Cecilia Smith, Jared Spuur, Carissa Stewart, Connell Tannehill, Padraig Tannehill, Anna Tifrea, Joseph Weissig, Kendall Wilson, and Kaitlyn Yee.
A great way to begin the Long Course season!
April 27th-29th - MVN Blue Meet (LCM)
FAST's Blue swimmers did a great job at the Mission Viejo meet held April 27th through 29th. Many swimmers had tremendous time drops in the 800 Freestyle, led by Mariah Ames who knocked 42 seconds off of her previous best time. Isabella Kearns dropped over 34 seconds in her 800 while teammates Evan Munaretto and Mandy Schatz dropped 39 and 31, respectively. Evan also had a great drop in his 400 Freestyle the next day, taking off over 26 seconds from his entry time. Other great drops in the 400 Freestyle were turned in by Allie Miller (30 seconds), Diana Monobe (over 17 seconds), Matthew Efseaff (13 seconds), and Ethan Dickinson (over 11 seconds). Kayleen Bretz and Kelsey Hall showed tremendous improvement in the 400 IM, dropping over 12 and 13 seconds, respectively. Alex Dowell dropped over 17 seconds in the shorter 200 IM and Andres Frausto dropped 11 seconds in the 200 Freestyle.
Several 12 & Unders continued their great month of racing with huge improvement in some of the shorter distances. Ryan Cavanagh led the way dropping over 16 seconds in the 50 Back and 10 seconds in the 50 Butterfly. Annika Johnson chopped over 10 seconds off of her 50 Butterfly time and Terence Ma dropped nearly 12 seconds in his 100 Freestyle. Teammate Lily Olson dropped over 18 seconds in the 100 Backstroke and Garret Dowell improved by over 12 seconds in the same event. Ethan Dickinson, Ethan Keung, Harrison Lee, Rhyann Lowrey, Evelyn McIlveen, Chloe Reed, and Cathryn Salladin posted best times in all of their races of the weekend. Tyryn Empremsilapa won both of her races in the 5-8 Girls division, the 100 Free and 50 Back, posting a best time in the former by just under a second. Evelyn McIlveen won the 5-10 Girls 50 Back with a best time by almost a full second. Simon Lamar won the 200 Free, 100 Fly, and 100 Free in the 11-12 Boys division.
Keep up the great work, FAST!