February 9, 2015
Pictured are PLS Swimmers that were selected to participate in the Zone 2 All-Start Meet February 28- March 1st.
Back row (L to R): Elisabeth Balicanta, Gwyneth Wong, Stephanie Shao, Emily Claridge, Ben Sproul, Calvin David, Mattias Blanco.
Front row (L to R): Alexis Mesina, Christina Tsai, Aven Lee, Jordan Lee, Alex Smedley, Jaewoo Kim. Not pictured: Marissa Lawrence
The Pleasanton Seahawks USA Swim Club sent their junior groups to the 2015 Zone 2 Winter Championship meet on January 24th and 25th in Moraga, Ca. The team had many successful swims.
In the 8 & Under Girls division, Alexis Mesina and Jessica Tsai had great races with best times in 4 events each. For the 8 & Under Boys, Rahav Vats raced to best times in all 5 of his events.
The 11-12 Girl’s Division saw many new time improvements in their races. Emma Washam achieved best times in all 6 of her events. She also reached a new A time in the 100 free with a time of 1:01.65. Also having a strong showing was Gwyneth Wong who achieved 5 best times. She swam the 50 free in 27.17, a new AA time for her, and the 100 back in 1:05.55, which is a new AAA time for her. Stephanie Shao had a strong meet with two new time standards achieved. She swam a 2:22.71 in the 200 IM reaching the AAA level and a 1:17.32 in the 100 Breast giving her a new AA time. Nicole Stiles swam a best time of 26.65 in the 50 Free, 57.25 in the 100 Free, 1:05.31 in the 100 Back, and 1:18.60 in the 100 Breast. Also swimming strong in the 50 Free (25.65) and 100 Free (57.87) was Mackenzie Lee.
The 11-12 Boy’s Division also had some fast swims. Alex Ren achieved a new AA time in the 200 IM with a time of 2:23.51. He also had personal best times in the 100 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast and 100 Fly. Javanni Shen achieved best times in all 6 events he swam. Andrew LI, Madhav Vats and Andrew Wang showed great improvement in their swims with 4 best times each.
The 9-10 Girls were extremely successful. Sydney Lu achieved a best time and a new AAAA standard in the 50 Fly (30.61). She also swam best times and new AAA standards in the 50 and 200 Free. Aria Harris, Vaishnavi Rao, and Christina Tsai swam personal bests in every event they entered over the weekend. Sophia Stiles had 6 best times. New AA time standards were achieved by Crystal Wang and Aven Lee, while Emily Tsai and Mica Wang each achieved 2 new A times.
In the 9-10 boys, their hard work paid off with more successful swims. Jordan Lee had strong swims in the 50 Free, 50 Fly, and 50 Back. Karan Saini raced to 4 personal best times. Alexander Smedley achieved 3 personal bests and had strong swims in his other events as well. Ethan Wang received an A time in his 200 free by swimming a 2:29.56 and had 3 more personal bests in the 100 Free, 50 Back and 50 Fly.
The Seahawks also saw some of the older swimmers attend and have success. The 13-14 Girls division saw Elizabeth Balicanta swim 6 personal bests with a new AA time in the 100 Free. Alison Martin swam 4 personal bests, and Isabelle Smedley raced to 3 personal bests. In the 13-14 Boys division Brian LI had a great meet with personal bests in all 6 of his events. Darron Dai, Triston Guerrero, Robert Mitu, and Justin Tsai also had successful swims with personal bests. Niklas Bengtsson, in the 15-16 boys division, was excited to have swum best times in all 5 of his events.