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OA Competes at Winter Championship Meets; Max Cruz Posts Top National Time
 
Junior Olympics: Morgan Hill, Ca.
Despite temperatures in the mid 20s, more than fifty Orinda Aquatics swimmers ages 14&U were bigger than the weather competing outdoors at the Pacific Swimming Winter Junior Olympics held in Morgan Hill (December 6 – 8). OA finished in 4th place out of 97 teams and 1200 swimmers qualifying for the meet. Max Cruz (11) swam a blistering 50 fly ranking him second in the nation for his age. Congratulations Max! Some of the other outstanding swims included:
 
Girls:
11&12: 200MR (2nd)/400FR (3rd)/200 FR (3rd) - Claire Maxwell, Eloise Engs, Margaux McDonald and Lauren McAninch
  
13&14: Megan Colpo (200 Breast – 3rd), 200MR (1st) - Megan Colpo, Katherine Cane, Ashleen O’Brien & Sophia Kosturos
 
Boys:
10 and Under: Brock Zamanian (3rd – 50 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly,)
 
11&12: Max Cruz (50 back – 3rd , 50 fly – 2nd, 100 fly – 2nd), Richard Zhang (50 fr – 3rd, 100 free – 2nd, 200 free – 2nd, 500 free – 1st, 200 back – 3rd, 100 IM – 3rd, 400 IM -1st), 400FR (2nd)/200MR (2nd)/200FR (2nd) - Richard Zhang, Max Cruz, Will Nagle, Cody Peterson and Andrew Devlin
 
13&14 – Justin Lammert (50 Free – 3rd), 400FR (3rd ) - Justin Lammert, Kai Nashan, Alex Low and Alec Baker)
 
  
December 12-14th: Speedo Junior Nationals, Greensboro, NC
 
Six Orinda Aquatics Senior Group swimmers (Talbot Jacobs, Allison Stevens, Mary Ashby, Gabe Ostler, Hannah Grubbs and Claire Therien competed against some of the best age group swimmers in the country at the 2013 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals held in Greensboro, North Carolina. Some of the standout swims included Jacobs (500 free – 4:28.81 and the 200 Back – 1:50.05), Stevens (100 fly – 55.76 and 100 back – 55.72), Ashby (200 free – 1:50.49 and 50 free: 23.28) and Therien (500 free – 5:02.70).
 
 
Talbot Jacobs, Mary Ashby, Hannah Grubbs, Claire Therien, Allison Stevens and Gabe Ostler