DTAC Lights Up Lost Dutchman and Glendale Meets

2014 Lost Dutchman Invitational Results

Senior Team:

Warm weather and fast water made for several exciting races over the President’s Day Weekend for the Desert Thunder senior swimmers!

The highlight of the meet came from 17 year old Alec Lezcano, as he broke four team records on his way to the overall high point award in the meet for the senior men’s division! Alec set new 17-18 and senior records for the men’s 100 freestyle (46.22) and the 200 backstroke (1:53.19). The 100 free being one of the oldest on the books set back in 2000. Overall Alec scored 56 points with wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Marina McInelly broke three new team records in the 13-14 girls 200 butterfly (2:12.68), and the 200 breaststroke (2:22.49), which also broke the senior women’s division 200 breast record.  Her time in the 200 breaststroke was fast enough to give Marina her first ever Spring Junior Championship qualification held in Orlando Florida each year. Marina won three events on her way to 4th place high point in the 50 backstroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM.

Also scoring points for DTAC were Jacob Garcia, Finn Lynch, Phi Nguyen, Ally Padilla, Andrew Rangel, Simon Werkhoven and Brandon Whitmeyer.

Four senior swimmers added new senior state qualifications in seven events. Diana Gomez (100free), Tessa Martinson (100 back), Brandon Whitmeyer (50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 100 fly) and Caleb Willsey (100 breast).

Overall, DTAC will be sending 14 swimmers to the Senior State Championships in Phoenix February 27 –March 2nd.  Our Senior State team will be:

Erica Boeger, Richard Cao, Jacob Garcia, Diana Gomez, Erica Kaplan, Alec Lezcano, Tessa Martinson, Phi Nyugen, Ally Padilla, Andrew Rangel, Victoria Steinkuler, Simon Werkhoven, Brandon Whitmyer and Caleb Willsey.

Marina McInelly will represent Desert Thunder at the Age Group State Championships in Tucson March 6-9. Alec Lezcano and Marina McInelly will represent Desert Thunder at the 2014 Northwest Sectional Championships held in Federal Way Washington March 12-16th.

Age Group and 10 & Under Team:

The 10 & Under Boys' 200 Medley Relay Team of Nathan Calmese, Morgan Nunez, Andrew Li, and Joseph Dugay broke the 9-10 year old's team record by approximately 2 seconds. Nathan Calmese also broke the 10 year old boys' 50 breaststroke team record by half a second. Joe Dugay and Calmese also earned Far Western qualifying times in the 50 butterfly.

Overall the Age Group and 10 & Under Team earned approximately 75% best times and set several new state qualifications. Finalists from the team included Dylan Edge, Joyce Lee, Andrew Li, Calmese, Dugay, Zach Ishmael, Vincent Hemingway, Archie Spindler, Hailey Mask, Natalie Welch, Luke Aldrich, Gabe Rangel, Caelan Desmond, Taylor Guthrie, and Kyle Gundersen.

New Age Group State times were earned by Spindler, Lee, Edge, Hemingway, Aldrich, Li, and Gundersen.

Edge joined Dugay and Calmese in picking up a new Far Western qualifying time.

The team's total combined score was 252 points to earn DTAC a 7th place finish in the meet, stronger than most years we have participated. The team scoring was led by Marina McInelly and Alec Lezcano, who finished 3rd and 1st, respectively, in their age groups for individual high point scoring.


Callie Lucero went a team record revision stamped by breaking team records in the 100 back, 100 free, 100 IM, 50 back, 25 back, and 25 breast. Emily Dodd broke team records in the 100 and 200 free. 

New State qualifying times were earned by Corinne Komlodi, Molly Sassatelli, Callie Lucero, Joe Dugay, and Caelan Desmond. 

Now DTAC moves on to various meets to conclude its season. The Age Group Regional Champs are complete and a write up on that meet will come out tomorrow.

Go Thunder!