Desert Thunder Swimmers braved the cold temperatures and stepped up at the 2013 Holiday Festival in both the senior and age group tanks.

Leading the way was 14-year-old Marina McInelly, who set three new team records, first in prelims and then re-setting them in the finals, for the 13-14 girls 50 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM. In addition to being the Holiday Festival champion in these three events, Marina also broke an 11-year-old Holiday Festival record in the 50 breast (30.65). Marina also finished third in the 13-14 girls 100 freestyle.

Callie Lucero, 8, also set a new team record for the girls 8-year-old 100 back in a time of 1:28.49.

Along with Marina, teammates Ericka Boeger, Ally Carr and Diana Gomez combined together to break two 13-14 girls team relay records in the 800 free and 200 free relays respectively.

Over in the senior tank, Alec Lezcano swam to four top three finishes, with several top times along the way in the men’s 50 and 100 free, 100 back and 100 fly. Alec just missed the team 17-18 and senior record in the 100 free by 6 one hundredths of a second in a time of 46.39.

Other finalists in the senior tank were Sierra Bigelow, Tessa Martinson, Andrew Rangel and Simon Werkhoven.

Finalists in the age group tank included Marina McInelly, Finnegan Lynch, Diana Gomez, Dylan Edge, Archie Spindler, Tanner Komlodi, Vince Hemingway, Gabe Rangel, Zach Ishmael, Zach Larntz, Nathan Calmese, Kyle Gundersen, Ally Carr, Edda Anderson, and Taylor Guthrie.

Gabe Rangel and Kyle Gundersen came away with 100% best times from their HF swims. Haley Meyer dropped the most cumulative time with a total drop of 61.43 seconds. For the 10 and Unders Nathan Calmese dropped a group leading 23.12 seconds for all his swims, but John Stout dropped the most per event with an average of 4.11 seconds.