November 27, 2013
The Napa Valley Swim Team recently hosted its Harvest Classic at the Napa Valley College pool, dedicating the meet to former NVST swimmer Theo St. Francis.
St. Francis is an amazing and talented young man who, during his Ocean Engineering Freshman Pre-Orientation Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was involved in a serious accident that caused damage to his cervical spine.
To honor St. Francis’ signature event, the 200-yard backstroke, the NVST awarded Team Theo T-shirts to the winners of both the girls and boys open 200 back events — NVST’s Megan Minor and SFRP Rossi’s Jordan Vu. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHfDRvuMD6U for a special video.
The St. Francis family’s expenses are mounting because of medical bills not covered by insurance, unexpected travel and other costs, and a home retrofit to be constructed. Those who wish to send support directly can contribute to the Theo Fund, set up by friends to help him and his family, with a check payable to “Theo St. Francis Special Needs Trust” and mailed to the Fund Co-Administrator: Ann Morrissey, P.O. Box 1427, Ross, CA 94957. One-hundred percent of the contributions will go toward covering the expenses related to his care and rehabilitation that are not covered by insurance.
As for NVST swimmers at the meet, achieving 100-percent best times were Kira Tavakoli, Gianni Izzi, Jack Larsen, William Tokar, Katelin Remescal, Rachel Galvin, Sophia Lore and Eric Tapia. Achieving new Junior Olympic times were Emily Dusky (400 individual medley), Nicholas Cisco (500 freestyle), Barrett McMichael (200 butterfly), Gabe Wright (50 fly, 100 fly), Kelsea Wright (100 back, 200 back), Cayd Roberts (200 IM), Annika Jean Erickson (400 IM), Louis Ayers (100 back) and Bradley John Erickson (500 free). Achieving new Far Western times were Emily Dusky (200 breaststroke) and Bradley John Erickson (200 back).
In the 8-and-under boys division, Gianni Izzi achieved new A times in the 25 back and 25 fly, and William Tokar achieved a new A time in the 25 free.
In the girls 9-10 age division, achieving new A times were Sophia Lore (50 back, 100 IM), Madeline Maxim (100 breaststroke, 100 IM) and Sarah Reynolds (50 back and 100 fly).
In the boys 9-10 age division, Michael Izzi achieved best times in the 100 and 200 free, and Matthew Larsen achieved new A times in the 50 free and 50 back and swam to seven best times.
In the girls 11-12 age division, Emily Dusky placed second overall, with a 16-second drop, in the 200 breaststroke and achieved new A times in the 500 free (fourth place) and 200 back. Jamie Jory achieved four best times as did Grace King, who also achieved a new A time in the 100 back. Ellie Montoro achieved seven best times, including a new A time in the 100 fly with a seven-second drop. Grace O’Dwyer achieved four best times and Isabel Parrado achieved two best times, one of which was a new a time in the 100 free.
In the boys 11-12 age division, Shea Barrett achieved four best times, one of which was a new A time in the 200 breaststroke. Keoni Cisco achieved a best time in the 100 back. Nicholas Cisco achieved two best times, which included a win in the 500 free. Nicolas D’Angelo achieved five best times, as did Will Flanders. Robert Maxim achieved six best times, as did Barrett McMichael, who also won the 200 fly and was second in the 100 fly. Iona Pascual achieved two best times and first-place finishes in the 100 IM, 200 IM and 400 IM. Eric Tapia achieved new A times in the 50 back, 100 IM and 100 fly, where he also had an 11-second drop. David Tokar achieved two best times and Gave Wright achieved seven best times that included a third in the 100 fly.
In the girls 13-14 age division, Annika Jean Erickson swam to first-place finishes in the 200 free, 500 free and 400 IM. Olivia Ha-Hoang won the 50 free. Gracie Murphy swam to victories in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, 400 IM, and a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Celine Parra achieved a new A time in the 200 back. Candice Taylor dropped over seven seconds in the 50 free and over 11 seconds in the 100 free. Emily Thompson dropped over nine seconds in the 100 free and over 24 seconds in the 100 back. Grace Remboldt achieved two best times. Verenice Tapia achieved five best times, which included new A times in the 500 free (13-second drop) and the 200 IM. Kelsea Wright achieved six best times and finished second in the 100 back, 200 back, 200 fly and 200 IM. Sierra Lore achieved two best times with over a two-minute drop in the 500 free and over a one-minute drop in the 200 IM.
In the boys 13-14 age division, Clayton D’Angelo achieved five best times with an 11-second drop in the 500 free and a nine-second drop in the 100 back. Kevin Galvin achieved two best times that included a new A time in the 200 IM. Jack Montoro achieved five best times. Cayd Roberts achieved five best times that included over a 34-second drop in the 400 IM and a 29-second drop in the 500 free. Roberts also broke the 1:00.00 barrier in the 100 free for the first time.
In the girls 15-16 age division, Mia Facey swam to first-place finishes in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM. Megan Minor swam to victories in the 100 back and 200 back and a second-place finish in the 50 free.
In the boys 15-16 age division, Louis Ayers swam to second-place finishes in the 500 free and 100 back. Bradley John Erickson swam to a first-place finish in the 200 free, second-place finishes in the 100 back and 200 back, and third-place finishes in the 50 free, 100 free and 500 free.
In the girls 17-18 age division, Haley Murphy rolled up wins in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
In the boys 17-18 age division, Cody Dusky won the 200 back and 500 free and was second in the 50 free.