July 22, 2013
Desert Thunder was well represented in the Southwest and Northwest this last week. Alec Lezcano and Cory Basselen competed in the Senior Sectionals in Gresham, OR while a crew of Age Groupers held strong at the state championships at ASU.
Cory competed in the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes while Alec Lezcano represented the club in 5 individual races. With marine layer overcast skies and 55-60 degree temps Alec earned 5 of his 6 personal bests in the Northwest climate. The 6th personal best was earned in the finals in slightly warmer weather. He raced the 50, 100 freestyle, 100, 200 backstroke and 100 fly. Alec broke two team records in the men's 100 backstroke at .62; one each in the 17-18 boys AND Senior boys record replacing R. Graham in 2001. Alec finished in his best placing at Sectionals to date in the men's 50 free placing 23rd overall in 24.64. This does make the bonus or B cut for the 2013 USA Winter Junior Nationals, which is Alec's first national qualification.
The Age Groupers had a challenging Friday and came out of finals in 23rd position as a team. With determination, focus, and intelligent racing the team climbed from 23rd all the way to 13th by the close of racing on Sunday. The strongest relay finish was the boys' 13-14 400 medley relay with a 7th place finish thanks to the team of Zach Ishmael, Vincent Hemingway, Jacob Garcia, and Finn Lynch.
Top 8 finalists included Dylan Edge, Kyle Gundersen, Corinne Komlodi, Jacob Garcia, and Marina McInelly. Marina came away with the highest ranked swim when she finished 2nd in the 13-14 girls' 100 meter breaststroke.
Top 16 finalists included Dylan Edge, Richard Cao, and Nathan Calmese.
Team records were set by Calmese in the 9 year old boys' 50 free and fy. His record resets were dominant with 1.5 and 4 second drops from the previous records, respectively. Edge and Gundersen gave a couple team records a scare in the 200 fly and 50 breast, respectively.
Overall, the team came away from the meet with between 70-80% best times.
Congratulations to all swimmers who competed this last week.