May 1, 2014
Emily Dusky, Iona Pascual, Barrett McMichael and Cayd Roberts of the Napa Valley Swim Team competed in the recent Speedo Short Course Far Western Championships, considered the fastest age group swim meet in the United States.
More than 1,500 swimmers competed in the four-day meet. If they finished in the top 10 during the morning preliminary session, they swam again in the afternoon finals.
Dusky competed in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke events and the 100 and 400 individual medley events.
In the 50 breaststroke, her morning time of a 32.07 seconds broke a NVST record of 32.45 — set by Elise Roberts in 2008 — and qualified her for the finals. During the afternoon session, Dusky broke her new record with a time of 32.00, to finish fourth overall.
In the 100 breaststroke, Dusky’s morning swim of a 1:10.13 broke her own team record of 1:11.78, which she had set this February. In the 200 breaststroke, Dusky swam a 2:31.81 for a 10th place overall.
Pascual competed in seven events and achieved six best times. In the 400 IM, his morning time of 4:46.93 broke his own NVST record of 4:48.55, set last month, and qualified him for the finals. In the afternoon, Pascual dropped his record time by another five seconds and placed fifth overall.
He also achieved best times in the 50 freestyle and 200 IM, placing 10th overall in each event. Pascual also achieved best times in the 200 free (2:01.46), 100 butterfly (1:02.42) and 100 IM (1:02.99).
McMichael competed in the 200 fly, where he achieved a best time of 2:26.56, while Cayd Roberts competed in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.