EBAT makes big waves at Junior Olympics

This past weekend November 30 – December 2 was Pacific Swimming’s Junior Olympics for 14 & Unders. Fran Yi and Carson Sand qualified for the meet and represented EBAT at this exciting and fun event. The event was held, (like every year), in Pacifica at Oceana High School . This is an indoor pool which makes for a different atmosphere when racing. The meet is extremely long – ending between 3:00 & 4:30 every day with finals beginning at 5:30 and lasting until around 8:30 every evening.


Carson was entered in the 50 breast on Friday and the 100 breast on Saturday. On Friday, Carson went into the meet barely qualifying in his 50 breast with a 42.31. He swam his race and went a 39.83 taking off almost 2.5 seconds and getting his first ever Far Western cut! He qualified as a second alternate for finals! The next day was his 100. Going into the meet he was entered at a 1:30.53 and he was shooting for a 1:28.99 for another FW cut. He came out of the race with a 1:25.91! and made 13th place for finals. He went a little slower in finals, but moved up to 12th place. Great Job, Carson.

Fran had 8 events to swim over a three day period. She was very excited to do some exciting swims as Fran works very hard in practice and is used to doing very well in every meet in every event. Well, the first couple of events didn’t go so well for Fran. She didn’t have bad swims, she just didn’t get best times like she is accustomed to. Instead of burying her head in the sand and giving up, Fran got mad and went out like a maniac in her 3rd event for the day which was the 500 free. She dropped almost 5 seconds off of that race and went a 5:28.46! Nice job, Fran. The next day was 100 free and 100 back. Her 100 free was just OK, but her 100 back – which is not a focus event for her – was phenomenal. She went a 1:06.80 to get her 7th senior cut! Great job, Fran. The last day, Sunday, would have been her loneliest day had it not been for Kate Miller showing up to give her team mate some company and support. Fran was stuck with a couple of 10 & unders for two days (her sister, Clotilda and Carson) and Kate’s arrival to the meet definitely had a positive influence on Fran. Fran was disappointed in her 200 free, but came back and swam an outstanding 200 breast for a time of 2:39.82 for a FW cut. Her last event, 50 free was a 26.45 which was a best time also by .19 seconds. Way to go, Fran!

Congratulations to both Fran & Carson for your great swims! EBAT is proud of both of you. Keep up the hard work and more success will come your way!