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MARIN PIRATES SWIM TEAM FINISHES IN TOP 10 AT JUNIOR NATIONALS
 
The Marin Pirates had  another fine showing  at Junior Nationals in Orlando March 17-21 This meet brought together 256 teams with the top swimmers age 18 and under in the United States.  The Pirate girls finished seventh in the team scoring with 336 pts.  The Pirates finished sixth in 2014 with 306 pts. 
 
The meet offered a unique (but difficult) format where the athletes swam short course (25 yard) in prelims and long course (50 meter) for the finals.  This afforded swimmers the opportunity to qualify for the United States Olympic Trials (which can only be done in a 50 meter pool).
 
The team was led by high school senior Riley Scott who won the 200 Breaststroke for the second year in a row.  In addition, Riley took fourth in the 100 Breast, while recording a new Olympic Trial qualifying time (she previously had the cut in the 200 Breast).  Riley also recorded a fifth place finish in the 50 Breast and an eighteenth place finish in the 200 IM. 
 
Riley’s 200 Breaststroke earned her a spot on a Junior National All-Star team that will compete in the Irish Open Swimming Championships in Dublin, April 30- May 3.  Riley will be attending USC on a full scholarship this fall. 
 
The Pirate girls also had their finest relay showing ever at Juniors with three top 8 finishes:
5th 400 Medley Relay (Cali Rauker, Halle Morris, Riley Scott, Maddie Salesky)
6th 200 Medley Relay (Cali Rauker, Halle Morris, Riley Scott, Maddie Salesky)
8th 800 Free Relay (Riley Scott, Maddie Salesky, Sophia Dal Porto, Cali Rauker) NEW PACIFIC SWIMMING RECORD!
 
Halle Morris also had an outstanding meet, finishing fourth in the 50 Breast, tenth in the 100 Breast and nineteenth in the 200 Breast.  In the 100 Breast Halle improved her existing Olympic Trial qualifying time by over a second.
 
On the boys’ side Nick Cruse led scoring with a fifteenth in the 1500, twenty-first in the 1000 and thirty-sixth in the 500.

Cali Raukar (17th 50 Back, 20th 200 Free, 26th 100 Back, 27th 100 Free) and Maddie Salesky (35th 50 Free) also scored by finishing in the top 40.

In addition to the swimmers mentioned above Mia Cunnan, Nate Cunnan, Emilio DeSomma and Lauren McNevin also had outstanding meets.  Overall, the team recorded over 30 new personal best times.