Two Team Records & One New Sectional Qualifier at Grand Challenge!

Seventeen FAST swimmers raced at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine last weekend.  Team highlights are below.  Complete results can be viewed here.

Day 1
Ganem Tebet had two solid 100 Breaststroke swims.  He finished 12th in the evening's Finals with a time of 1:07.60.

Simon Lamar had an outstanding 1500 Freestyle in Prelims, swimming away from his heat and never looking back.  His final time of 15:55.46 earned him the second place spot for Sunday evening's Final.  Simon's splits at the 400 (4:11.47) and 800 (8:26.86) were also lifetime bests.  His 800 and 1500 times set new FAST team records.  The previous records in both events were set by Simon last summer.

Day 2
Isabella Kearns earned a second swim in the 400 IM and raced to 18th place in Finals.  She also posted a second-best 1:06.10 in Prelims of the 100 Fly.

Makena Ditsworth turned in a 100 Fly lifetime best 1:10.70 in Prelims and qualified for the age group Final.  She chipped off a few more tenths at night touching in 1:10.46 for 5th place.

Simon Lamar had a 1.5-second drop in Prelims of the 400 Freestyle.  His time of 4:10.89 set a new FAST team record.  In Finals, Simon lowered his record by almost 5 seconds touching in 4:06.19 for 8th place overall.  The previous team record of 4:11.35 was set by Tim O'Malley in August 2006.

Jerad Kaskawal posted two strong mid-season swims in the 400 Freestyle qualifying for the evening heats and winning the B Final in 4:08.11.

Day 3
Andres Frausto achieved his first-ever Sectional cut in the 200 Butterfly.  His time of 2:11.47 was an improvement of almost 2 seconds.  His split of 1:02.63 at the 100-meter mark was also a lifetime best.  Congratulations, Andres!

Leah Johnson qualified for the age group Final in the 200 IM.  Her lifetime best time of 2:36.23 was a 2-second improvement.  Leah finished in 7th place at night with a second-best time of 2:36.51.

Isabella Kearns posted a second-best 2:18.80 in Finals of the 200 Butterfly racing to 10th place overall.  Her split of 1:06.01 at the 100-meter mark was a lifetime best.

Keep up the great work, FAST!