Junior Olympics

Exciting Swims at Junior Olympics March 2015

            The Pleasanton Seahawks swam at Junior Olympics, a qualifying meet for Pacific Swimming, on March 20-22 at the San Ramon Olympic Pool.  The team was extremely successful with many swimmers placing in the top 8 and receiving medals for their age group.

            Congratulations to the following swimmers who received Junior Olympic qualifying times for the first time just prior to the JO meet:  Paige Bennett, Eric Kang, Sophia Pedersoli, Ethan Wang, Dominick Wonosaptra, and Kevin Yuan.

            In the 10 & Under Girls age group Sydney Lu was a standout swimmer.  She placed in six of seven events, placing 1st in three events: 50 Breast, 50 Fly, & 100 IM.  She also placed 2nd in the 200 IM, 3rd in the 100 Fly, and 6th in the 200 Free.  Christina Tsai received medals in the 100 Breast (3rd), 50 Breast (5th), and the 200 IM (8th).  Aven Lee swam a best in the 100 Back to place 5th and Crystal Wang placed 8th in the 100 Breast.

            For the Boys 10 & Under age group Alexander Smedley was the top Pleasanton swimmer.  He medaled in all 7 of his events: placing 2nd in the 200 IM & 500 Free, 3rd in the 100 IM, 4th in the 100 Free, 200 Free & 100 Back, and taking 5th in the 100 Breast.  Jordan Lee also had some outstanding swims, taking 3rd in the 50 Fly, 5th in the 200 Free, and 6th in the 50 Free.

           Mackenzie Lee, in the 11-12 Girls age group, dominated many races, placing 1st in four of her races: 50 Free, 50 Back, 100 Back, and 200 Back.  She also tied for 2nd in the 100 Free with Pleasanton Swimmer Nicole Stiles, and placed 7th in the 100 IM.  Stiles also swimming really well placed in four other races, taking 3rd in the 200 Free, 500 Free, & 100 Back, and placing 4th in the 50 Back.

            More great racing came from Gwyneth Wong who took 3rd in the 100 IM, 4th in the 100 Fly, 5th in the 100 Breast and the 200 IM.  Also medaling for the 11-12 Girls was Stephanie Shao who took 3rd in the 100 Fly and 7th in the 100 Free, and Emma Washam who swam the distant event the 1000 free and took 7th.

            The 11-12 Boys saw great swimming from Lleyton Plattel, Alex Ren and Jaewoo Kim.  Plattel took 1st in the 500 Free & 200 Fly, 2nd in the 100 Fly, 3rd in the 100 & 200 Free, 4th in the 200 IM, and 6th in the 100 Back.  He medaled in all seven of his races!  Ren followed, medaling in 6 or 7 of his races placing in the 1650 Free (3rd), 200 IM (4th), 200 Free (4th), 100 Back (5th), 200 IM (6th), and 500 Free (7th).  Kim took 6th in the 500 Free.

            In the competitive 13-14 Girls age group Miranda Heckman had an excellent meet.  She was a finalist in 6 of 7 events.  She took almost 5 seconds off her best time to place 1st in the 500 Free.  She placed 2nd in the 200 IM, 3rd in the 200 Free, 4th in the 50 & 100 Free, and 5th in the 200 Back.  Taking home three medals for the Seahawks was Caitlin O’Neill in the 200 Breast (5th), 100 Breast (6th), and the 400 IM (8th).  Claire Suen also placed in three events, receiving a best time in her 200 Back and taking 2nd, and taking 6th in both the 50 & 100 Free.  Daniella Hawkins took 5th place in both the 200 & 500 Free.  An almost 8 second drop in time gave Emily Claridge a 6th place finish in the 400 IM, and Caroline Eckel took 8th in the 50 Free.

            The Seahawk 13-14 Boys were strong.  Tyler Lu medaled in all 7 of his events.  He took 1st in the 200 Free & 100 Fly, 2nd in the 50 Free, 100 Free & 500 Free as well as the 200 IM, and an 8th place finish in the 100 Back.  Mattias Blanco had a great meet with personal bests in all of his races, including 4th in the 100 Back & 1650 Free and 5th in the 200 Back & 400 IM.  Calvin Chui and Calvin David took 3 medals each.  Chui in the 1000 Free (2nd), 200 Fly (3rd) and 500 Free (5th).  David in the 1650 Free (2nd), 500 Free (3rd) and 200 Free (6th).  Also placing in one event was Nicholas Skinner, Robert Mitu and Justin Tsai.

            Congratulations to all the Junior Olympic Swimmers for your hard work and great effort in swimming well this past weekend.