Napa Valley Swim Team quartet
competes in JO's
Napa Valley Swim Team members J.J. Arbuckle, Josie Arbuckle, Yuki
Hayashi and Kira Tavakoli competed at the Long Course Junior
Olympics in San Jose July 6-8.
The meet was particularly competitive and fast given that more than
800 Junior Olympic qualifiers from all of Pacific Swimming competed
at one venue this year. Pacific Swimming’s territory
stretches to Monterey County, the Oregon border, the
Stockton-Modesto area and the Reno-Lake Tahoe area.
Coached by Kathy Stacy, NVST’s four athletes collectively
earned 13 lifetime best swims and five top-eight final swims.
In the 11-12 boys age group, Yuki Hayashi, 12, competed in seven
events and posted best times in two. He qualified for the finals in
100-meter backstroke and placed sixth with a personal-best time of
J.J. Arbuckle, 11, competed in six events, achieving personal best
times in each. Even though it was his first meet swimming in the
11-12 age group, he qualified for the finals and finished in the
top eight in four of his events. He placed seventh in 100 back,
eighth in 50 back, eighth in the 100 butterfly, and eighth in the
200 individual medley.
In the 11-12 girls age group, Kira Tavakoli, 12, raced in the 50
freestyle and turned in a personal-best time of 31.03 seconds.
Josie Arbuckle, 12, competed in seven events, earning four
personal-best times as well as a new AA time in 400 free and a new
AAA time of 1:13.87 in 100 back.
The next competition for Hayashi and Josie Arbuckle will be the Far
Western Championships in Moraga, a nationally recognized meet in
which teams from all over the United States compete.