2012 LAC Partners & Links
Highlights from H.S. Championship Season

Hello all Aquacowboys Families, this is an email to highlight some of our great high school performances.  

Alex Wang:  Dropped 7 seconds in the 200IM this season, making NCS for the first time and placing 3rd in the EBAL championships.  He also dropped over 10 seconds in the 200 back this season making Sectionals.  He is now close to Grand Prix time standards.    

Nina Hayes:  Made finals at NCS in the 200 IM and won the 100 free and 100 back at the Walnut Creek Walk on Meet Following NCS.  She has now swum 3 100m backstrokes this season in the top 5 of Pacific Swimming.  

Jessica Paul:  Dropped 8 seconds in the 100 free and 3 seconds in the 50 free at the Walk on Meet, she was a huge contributor to the Junior 2/ Pre Senior group this season.  

Shahini Ananth:  Dropped 6 seconds in the 100 back, 10 seconds in the 200 back, 3 seconds in the 200IM and 6 seconds in the 100 fly at EBALs and the walk on meet.  She made two new Far Western Times and one new JO time.  

Nathan Boas:  Dropped 5 seconds in the 100m free, one second in the 100 fly, 16 seconds in the 200 free at the walk on meet.  We look to see him have a great 400IM in the near future.  

Stephen Mechanic:  Dropped 3 seconds in the 200 free, 3 seconds in the 100 free, and swam near Sectional standards in his first ever 100 and 200m back  

Shelby Swanson:  Dropped 10 seconds this season in the 200IM, Dropped a second in the 100fly and made a new SHORT COURSE JUNIOR TIME, and dropped a second in the 100 free and swam a lifetime best in the 50 free.  This short course season she also dropped 7 seconds in the 200 fly and made Grand Prix standards for the first time.  

Katie Kulp:  Dropped a second in the 200 free, Dropped 7 seconds this season in the 500 free, making finals for the first time at NCS, dropped 7 seconds this season in the 200fly making her first ever Grand Prix standard, and dropped three seconds in the 200IM.  

Haley Hamza:  Dropped 5 seconds this season in the 100 back and is within tenths of her first Grand Prix time.  She made finals at NCS for the first time this season.  She also dropped 4 seconds in the 200 free, 15 seconds in the 500 free, 7 seconds in the 200 IM, and 7 seconds in the 200 back this season.  

Trent Trump:  Unshaved and unrested for the walk on meet, Trent placed third in the 200m free at the walk on meet behind a Stanford All-American, and a shaved a tapered swimmer.  He also swam near lifetime bests in the 200bk and 100fr.  He has qualified for SHORT COURSE JUNIORS in the 200 and 500 free.  

Kylie Clark:  Dropped 7 seconds in the 200free this season swimming a 2:05 at EBALs, she was also chosen captain of her high school team.  

Josh Ledbetter:  Dropped over 10 seconds this season in the 100 fly going 1:00, and dropped in the 100 free and 50 free as well.  He was an NCS qualifier on Livermore's 200fr relay.  

Christine Kunzler:  Dropped 6 seconds this season in the 100 fly, dropped 3 seconds in the 100 back, making her first NCS consideration time standard, dropped 2 seconds in the 100 free and 1 second in the 50 free.  She was on Livermore's NCS 200 Medley, 200 free, and 400 Free relays.  Her 200 Medley and 400 free relays broke longstanding team records.  

Andrew Hayes:  Finaled at NCS for the 3rd and 4th times.  He retires from Granada Swimming as one of their all time best High School Swimmers and his times put him in the top 30 all time of NCS swims.  Andrew is currently being recruited by University of Hawaii, Santa Rosa JC, Diablo Valley College, and Las Positas.  He has a bright future ahead of him in swimming and in school.  

Jenna Chew:  Does home school so did not compete in the high school season, but this season has dropped 3 seconds in the 100 free, two seconds in the 50 free, 5 seconds in the 100 fly and 100 back and over 10 seconds in the 200 free and 200IM.  

Cat Elliott:  Cat this season dropped 4 seconds in the 100 back and 5 seconds in the 200 back.  She has also made big improvements in the 200 IM, 100fly, 100 breast.  Cat has a bright High School Swimming Future and is within range to make finals at NCS next season if she puts the effort in to do so.  

Adrianna Rocha:  Made huge drops this season in the freestyle events winning several meets at the Junior Varsity Level.  She continues to be a great leader at LAC, spearheading the DQ hunger event, and has begun her coaching/teaching career working with the Fireballs.  She is doing an awesome job so far.  


LAC Team:  We began the season with 2 Grand Prix qualfiers, Andrew and Nina.  This season, through some great improvements, we have added Trent, Shelby, and Katie to that list.  Haley is just tenths away.  We have also added Alex Wang to the Sectional list with Stephen, Nathan, Jenna, and Shahini getting very close.  Our 8th graders Alex G. and Sarah are beginning to train like Champions and we have  a strong group of Pre-Seniors who are getting close to NCS and Sectional times.  It is so exciting to be a part of this great team and see the progress of these swimmers in such a short time.  Keep up the good work.  

--For all H.S. aged swimmers, and swimmers with qualifying times, we will be adding the Orinda Long Course meet to our Schedule.  It is in late June and will be a great opportunity for our swimmers to pick up new JO, FarW, and Sectional time standards.  Please find it on the website and sign up immediately, as this is a great opportunity to get new Long Course best times.  Please don't delay in signing up because it will fill quickly.  Remember, swimmers must meet qualifying times to enter.  


These High School Swimmers have made great commitments to their sport and are becoming better and better leaders.  Congratulations to you all on a great Short Course season.  We are excited to see what the future holds for you as you begin to believe more and more in the abilities you've been given and in each other!  Thanks for making this season great!