Eighty Percent Best Times and One Team Record at First Meet of the Season!
FAST swimmers kicked off the season with 80% best times at the Blue-Red-White meet in Fullerton!  One team record was broken by Alejandro Buendia in the 8 & Under Boys 100-yard Freestyle.  Alejandro's time of 1:10.09 was a drop of more than 4 seconds and broke the previous record of 1:12.04 set by Calvin Rogers in 2004.
Forty-five swimmers posted lifetime bests in all of their events!  Congratulations to Ryan Cavanagh, Ryan Chung, Avery Darling, Dean David, Thimandhi Devendra, Ethan Dickinson, Makena Ditsworth, Kelly Doherty, Isabella Holiday, Emily Ito, Audry Jeong, Leah Johnson, Lauren Kim, David Konefsky, Alex Lashlee, Huy Le, Jade Lingasin, Johanna Lingasin, Priscilla Luna, Julie Mai, Manon Miura, Jennifer Muratalla, Halie Nam, Mark Nguyen, Aaron Oh, Lily Olson, Mick Olson, Jonathan Park, Oleksii Prikhodko, Syd Rosales, Andrew Salladin, Suhail Samidon, Brianna Schuster, Daniel Shi, Megan Shin, Preston Shin, Kevin Smithmatungol, Nicole Smock, Myles Tran, Joseph Weissig, Kendall Wilson, Aaron Yang, Kaitlyn Yee, and Kaylin Zuniga!
This was the first meet for 17 FAST swimmers.  Great work Aiden Arciga, Bryce Budeshtsky, Shayne Gonzalez, Isabella Holiday, Audry Jeong, Huy Le, Julie Mai, Mark Nguyen, Aaron Oh, Lilian Pendergrass, Tori Portillo, Syd Rosales, Megan Shin, Preston Shin, Liliana Vasquez, Olivia Yerkes, and Kaylin Zuniga.

We saw huge drops from many swimmers throughout the weekend.  Allison Armanino, Alexis Bauer, Katie Cho, Angela Gaitatjis, Trevor Holtgrew, Ashlyn Madinya, Marc Rosete, Suhail Samidon, Jasmine Spuur, and Kenneth Yeh all dropped between 9 and 16 seconds in the 100 Butterfly.

Swimmers from all groups had great drops in the 500 Freestyle.  Kevin Smithmatungol dropped 1 minute and 12 seconds turning in a best time of 5:19.65.  Jaden Nasu dropped just under 1 minute in the event for a final time of 5:36.19.  Ryan Cavanagh, Nathan Chang, Jisun Chin, Ryan Chung, Ethan Dickinson, Makena Ditsworth, Leah Johnson, David Konesfky, Maya Lee, Terence Ma, Manon Miura, Lily Olson, Mick Olson, Jasmine Spuur, Joseph Weissig all posted drops between 10 and 35 seconds!

The 200 IM was also great events for FAST with 21 swimmers dropping more than 8 seconds in the event.  Ethan Dickinson chopped off over 19 seconds in his race while Dean David, Noah Handel, Maya Lee, Stephanie Offner, Jonathan Park, Daniel Shi, Kevin Smithmatungol, Myles Tran, Kaitlyn Yee all dropped over 14 seconds!  Peyton Graham and Nate Sacayan both dropped over 16 seconds in the shorter 100 IM.  The longer 400 IM saw big drops from Peter Bauer (14 seconds), Ashley Beck (14 seconds), Ryan Cavanagh (17 seconds), Leo Mancenido (35 seconds), Kenzie Murray (24 seconds), and Kendall Wilson (27.5 seconds).

FAST swimmers also posted great drops in the 200 Freestyle with Kelly Doherty, David Konefsky, Robert Lee, Jennifer Muratalla, Jaden Lingasin, Jaden Ochs, Nate Sacayan, Suhail Samidon, and Joey Weissig all dropped over 9 seconds in the event.  Robert Lee led the way cutting an incredible 30 seconds off of his entry time!  Another incredible drop came from Jarrod Burges in the 200 Breaststroke with a 47-second improvement.

Congratulations to all FAST swimmers and coaches on a fantastic first meet of the year!  Complete results can be viewed here.