December 26, 2013
The Pacific Swimming 14-and-under Junior Olympics were recently held in Morgan Hill, where over 1,200 swimmers from over 95 teams from throughout Pacific Swimming competed. The meet was a preliminary and finals swim meet that was held Dec. 6-8.
New Napa Valley Swim Team records were set by Emily Dusky, in the 11-12 year old girls 100-yard breaststroke (tying the old record of 1:11.91 held by Elise Roberts), Gracie Murphy, in the 13-14 year-old girls 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.29 (breaking the old record held by Elise Roberts of 1:07.55), and also in the 13-14 year-old girls 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.58 (breaking the old record from 1995 held by Adrian Talcott of 2:26.34).
In the girls 11-12 year-old division, Emily Dusky not only tied a NVST team record, she also achieved five best times, which included a new PRT in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.91), where she also finished second in the consolation finals, a new Far Western time in the 400 IM (5:14.09), and a seventh-place finish in the consolation finals in the 50 breaststroke.
Erin Dunn competed in the 100 butterfly in this division.
In the boys 11-12 year-old division, Iona Pascual achieved eight best times, which included a new PRT in the 400 IM (4:57.73) and an eighth-place finish in the finals; a new Far Western time in the 50 backstroke (31.78) and 100 butterfly (1:05.23), and also a fifth-place finish in the consolation finals of the 200 IM (2:19.63). Barrett McMichael achieved 100 percent best times, which included a new PRT time and a fourth-place finish in the consolation finals of the 200 butterfly (2:27.74).
Gabe Wright competed in his first Junior Olympics, where he achieved best times in both of his events, the 50 butterfly (30.61) and the 100 butterfly (1:07.04). Nicholas Cisco competed in eight events and achieved best times in the 100 breaststroke (1:20.15) and the 100 IM (1:10.99).
In the girls 13-14 year-old division, in addition to breaking two team records, Gracie Murphy placed first overall in both the 100 breaststroke with a new Pacific Reportable Time and the 200 breaststroke, also a new Pacific Reportable Time. Kelsea Wright competed in her first Junior Olympics and achieved best times in the 200 backstroke (2:19.24) and the 200 butterfly (2:25.15). Annika Jean Erickson achieved a time of 4:56.32 in the 400 IM, which was the first time she swam under 5:00.00.
In the boys 13-14 year-old division, Cayd Roberts achieved three best times, which included a new PRT in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.98) and a third-place finish in the consolation finals; the 100 breaststroke (1:06.72) and the 200 IM (2:15.56).