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NVST Team Records Fall At Summer JO Meet

The Napa Valley Swim Team competed against more than 100 other teams at the Pacific Swimming Adam Szmidt Memorial Long Course Junior Olympics Meet July 11-13 at Concord Community Pool.

The meet had a preliminary and finals format, meaning swimmers competed in the morning and if they finished in the top 8, they swam again in the afternoon finals.

Sarah Reynolds competed in the girls 9-10 age division and achieved 100 percent best times. They included a new Junior Olympic time in the 50-meter backstroke, where she dropped over 17 seconds, and a new A time in the 200 IM, where she dropped over 22 seconds.

Matthew Larsen competed in the boys 9-10 division, where he swam the 50 breaststroke and achieved a new Far Western time and a sixth-place overall finish.

In the boys 11-12 division, Iona Pascual broke a 12-year-old team record in the 400 individual medley with a winning time of 5 minutes, 25.74 seconds, breaking the record of 5:31.17 set in 2002 by Peter Kline. Pascual also achieved new Far Western times in the 200 freestyle, dropping over 15 seconds, the 200 IM, where he dropped over 10 seconds, and the 200 backstroke. He won the 200 free, 200 IM and 400 IM, took second in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke, fourth in the 100 free, and fifth in the 200 back. Swimming in his first Junior Olympics was Eric Tapia, who achieved new Far Western times and eighth-place finishes in the 50 butterfly and 100 butterfly. He also dropped over 6 seconds while placing eighth in the 200 free.

Emily Dusky competed in the girls 13-14 division, where she was third in the 100 breaststroke, fourth in the 200 breastststroke, and eighth in the 800 free.

Gabe Wright competed in the boys 13-14 division and swam to a new Far Western time in the 200 fly, dropping over five seconds, and also achieved a best time in the 100 fly.

William Fallini-Haas competed in the boys 13-14 division and achieved 100 percent best times, including a new Far Western time in the 200 fly. Quinn McMichael achieved 100 percent best times, including a third in the 100 back and 200 fly, a fourth in the 400 IM, and an eighth in the 200 IM. Cayd Roberts finished second in the 200 breaststroke.

Megan Minor competed in the girls 15-16 division, where she achieved a best time in the 200 free, a fifth in the 200 back, and a sixth in the 100 back. Kathleen Schafle achieved 100 percent best times, which included new Junior Olympic times in the 400 free and 100 breaststroke. Also competing in this age group were Alyssa Lindsey and Grace Murphy.

Louis Ayers competed in the boys 15-16 division, swimming to an eighth-place finish in the 200 fly.

Elise Roberts competed in the girls 17-18 division and placed second in the 200 breaststroke. Haley Murphy was eighth in the 50 free, and Mia Facey finished second in the 50 free and eighth in the 200 free. Also competing in this age group were Alex Swanson and Joanna Fallini-Haas.

The Napa Valley Swim Team is a year-round program offering competitive swimming with high quality professional coaching and instruction for all ages and abilities. In addition, NVST offers a non-competitive training program, summer swim classes and pre-competitive swimming instruction. For more information on NVST, please call 257-SWIM or via e-mail at napavalleyswim@yahoo.com

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