January 21, 2014
CAC Distance Meet
On December 21st, 45 Manta Ray swimmers made their way to compete in the CAC Winter Distance Meet. This competition was a great opportunity for all of our swimmers to have the opportunity to swim in the 500 freestyle and/or 1650 freestyle for the quest of the Manta Ray Ironman award!
Our swimmers achieved 93% best times, and 20 top eight finishes by our swimmers. Of our swimmers we had three JO Qualifiers – Allison Bloebaum in the13-14 1650 freestyle, and Kierstyn Cassidy in the 13-14 500 and 1650 freestyle events. The Manta Rays also had four event winners at the meet with A. Bloebaum in the 13-14 1650, Carl Bloebaum in the 10 & under 500, K. Cassidy in the 13-14 500 and Rhea Mehta in the 10 & under 1650 freestyle.
We all know these distance events are tough, so great job to our Manta Ray swimmers in their efforts at the CAC in December!
RAYS IMX Invitational
The Manta Rays hosted the Rays IMX Invitational on December 22nd, which was a great meet for our swimmers to participate in the 200’s of stroke and the 200 & 400 IM in season. Our team had a great showing, with 110 Manta Ray swimmers participating – and achieving 32 new best times!
Three swimmers hit the Junior Olympics standard at the meet; Carl Bloebaum in the 10 & under 200 IM, Seth Butler in the 10 & under 200 freestyle, and Alex Zhang in both the10 & under 200 IM and 200 freestyle.
The Manta Ray success didn’t stop there, we had two new team records set at the IMX meet. Adam Chaney set a new record in the 11-12 boys 200 backstroke, with a time of 2:21.35 – which was also a 15 second drop for Chaney. 8 & under Emily Zhang set a new team record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 3:17.84.
Thank you to all the parents that helped us host a great, successful home meet for our swimmers. Fantastic swims Manta Rays!
CAC January Invitational
Earlier this month, Manta Rays sent six different groups to swim at CAC for the January Invitational. 73 swimmers participated in the meet, and out of close to 300 swims by our swimmers, 158 best times were achieved at the meet.
Erika Hailey finished in a new JO time in the 9-10 girls 50 backstroke. Sahan Kansakar hit three JO time standards, in the boys 9-10 50 backstroke, 50 butterfly and 50 breaststroke. Jessey Li also earned herself a JO time in the girls 9-10 50 freestyle. And Kevin Wu, in the boys 9-10 50 freestyle, achieved a JO time.
Event winners included Taylor Bachler (25 freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke), Ethan Fang (25 backstroke, butterfly, and 100 IM ), Jessey Li (50 freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and 100 IM), Jonathan Luo (25 breaststroke), and Addie Robillard (25 freestyle, butterfly, and breaststroke).
Great swims from all Manta Rays in the Pups, White, Green, Blue, Teal, and Bronze groups!