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FAST Start to the Long Course Season!
Thirty-six FAST athletes raced in the Blue Invitational last weekend.  Fourteen new Summer Junior Olympic times were achieved and one FAST Team Record was broken.  FAST highlights are below.  Complete results can be viewed here.

New Summer JO times were achieved by Alejandro Buendia (200 Free), Kailee Chow (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free), Ethan Dickinson (100 Back), Skyler Kao (50 Free, 200 Free, 100 Fly), Alexander Kowalski (50 Free, 100 Free), Ashlyn Madinya (800 Free), Manon Miura (100 Fly), Jared Spuur (800 Free), and Baron Yang (200 Free, 50 Breast).  Alex Kowalski's time of 35.78 in the 50 Free set a new FAST Team Record for 8 & Under Boys!  The previous record of 36.03 was set by teammate Alejandro Buendia in July 2013.
 
Seventy-seven lifetime best times were posted.  Congratulations to Kailee Chow, Peyton Graham, Skyler Kao, David Konefsky, Alexander Kowalski, Maya Lee, Huy Le, Joy Lim, Leo Mancenido, Natalie McIlveen, Manon Miura, Lilian Pendergrass, Nicole Salladin, Preston Shin, Jasmine Spuur, Tori Torres, Myles Tran, and Kaitlyn Yee who swam lifetime bests in all of their races!  Alexis Bauer, Alejandro Buendia, Katie Cho, Ethan Dickinson, Ryan Friedman, Angela Gaitatjis, Maddie Gorrie, Justin Lee, Angie Mai, Terence Ma, Lilly Mazzi, Jaden Nasu, Jared Spuur, Kendall Wilson, and Baron Yang also swam numerous best times.
 
Several swimmers had huge time drops of more than 10 seconds: Kailee Chow (18 seconds in the 200 Free and 11 seconds in the 50 Breast); Ethan Dickinson (20 seconds in the 800 Free), Skyler Kao (16 seconds in the 200 Free), David Konefsky (12 seconds in the 400 IM), Joy Lim (1 minute and 3 seconds in the 200 Free), Natalie McIlveen (21 seconds in the 200 Free), Tori Torres (10 seconds in the 200 Free), and Baron Yang (27 seconds in the 200 Free).

Congratulations to all coaches and swimmers on a great start to the Long Course season!

Team Records
8 & Under Boys 50-meter Freestyle, 35.78 -- Alex Kowalski, 3/15/2014 (Previous Record: 36.03 -- Alejandro Buendia, 7/27/2013)