August 12, 2019
Reno Aquatic Club just wrapped a very successful 2018/2019 swim season with four outstanding swim meets! Before I recap each meet just a reminder that we are still on break and will resume practice on August 19.
Be on the lookout for some more emails this week regarding the practice schedule, team pictures and breakfast on the morning of Saturday, August 24, a season recap, and more.
Junior National Championship
A big congratulations to Emma Karam for swimming an OLYMPIC TRIALS time standard in the 100 backstroke at the USA Swimming Speedo Junior National Championship! Emma punched her ticket to next year’s USA Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska in her last race of the meet. She went a 1:02.58 to surpass the standard of 1:02.69. She finished 12th in the event which is very impressive considering this is her first Summer Junior Nationals. Her time is also a new ALL-TIME RENO record. She broke Sarabeth Schweitzer’s record of 1:02.93 set in 1998.
On my first day as head coach, I told the senior swimmers that one of my goals was to have a RENO swimmer qualify for Olympic Trials. Since we are still 10-months out from Trials, I have recalibrated the goal, and I would like to see more than one RENO swimmer competing in Omaha! Through hard work and with the momentum the team currently has, I believe this is an attainable goal.
Donna DePolo, a RENO alum, also qualified for Olympic Trials this summer in the 100 breaststroke! Donna swims for the Unviersity of Nevada. Donna and Emma are currently the only swimmers from Northern Nevada to have Olympic Trials.
In addition to her 100 back, Emma also swam the 50 freestyle and set a new 15-16 team record. She went a 27.51 which broke Rachelle Carano’s record of 27.58 set in 1997.
Great job, Emma!
Western Zone All-Star Meet
Addison Crain represented Reno Aquatic Club and Pacific Swimming at the 2019 Western Zone All-Star meet. The selection process for the all-star team is very competitive. Addison was the only swimmer from Northern Nevada to be selected to the Pacific Team.
On the first day, Addison had a great 200 backstroke and dropped 6.4 seconds and finished 16th. Unfortunately, she came down with a bad case of swimmer’s ear for the rest of the meet. She competed hard despite being sick. Congratulations Addison for being selected to this prestigious meet!
High Country Championship
The annual High Country Championship took place in Minden on the weekend of August 2 – 4. RENO swimmers had phenomenal results. All 30 RENO swimmers recorded best times and we had several top-3 finishes!
Congratulations to Angelo Aramini and Marni Kraemer for winning the 10-under high-point award and Oliver Raker for being 10-under runner-up!
Here’s how each swimmer did:
Angelo Aramini – high point winner, first place in the 200 free, 50 fly, 50 free, 50 back, 500 free, 100 fly, 100 IM, and 100 free, best times in 6 out of 9 events, and 80 points scored.
Addi Clark – 100% best times (9 events) and 5 points scored
James Dale – 100% best times (9 events) and 2 points scored
Matthew Dale – 100% best times (7 events) and 6 points scored
Ethan Daniels – 100% best times (7 events) and 2 points scored
Amelia Giambastiani – 5 out of 6 best times
Margot Gould – 100% best times (6 events)
Avery Jakubos – 100% best times (9 events) and 13 points scored
Thomas Jeffrey – 100% best times (2 events)
Marni Kraemer – high point winner, first place in the 200 IM, 100 back, 50 fly, 100 breast, 500 free, 50 breast, 100 fly, and 100 IM, 8 out of 9 best times, and 87 points scored
Astra Lang-Vera – first swim meet and new best time in the 50 free
Teagan Langer – 4 out of 7 best times and 13 points scored
Haakon Minetto – 4 out of 6 best times and 10 points scored
Lena Minetto – 100% best times (8 events) and 5 points scored
Abigail O’Mara – 6 out of 8 best times
Maddie O’Mara – 3 out of 9 best times
Rylie Pearson – 5 out of 7 best times
Eleanor Raker – 8 out of 9 best times and 41 points scored
Oliver Raker – 9-10 boys high-point runner-up, first place in the 200 IM, 100 back, and 100 breast, 8 out of 9 best times, and 62 points scored
Ava Ryan – 6 out of 7 best times and 3 points scored
Gabe Schraeder – 7 out of 8 best times and 1 point scored
Keira Scott – 5 out of 6 best times and 17 points scored
Kyla Sellers – 4 out of 5 best times and 13 points scored
Maddi Simpson – 100% best times (9 events) and 9 points scored
Amaia Usabiaga – 6 out of 7 best times and 26 points scored
Cassie Whitehouse – 4 out of 5 best times
Matthew Zheng – first place in the 50 fly, one best time, and 16 points scored
Shawn Zhou – 2 out of 5 best times and 5 points scored
Senior Western Zones
Sixteen RENO swimmers competed in Clovis at the Senior Western Zone Championships. RENO had a week of fast swimming. Every swimmer achieved at least one new lifetime best which is an impressive feat at a senior-level meet.
An ALL-TIME RENO record was set at the meet by Emma Karam in her 200 backstroke. Emma swam a 2:15.55 which broke Sarabeth Schweitzer's record of 2:15.78 set in 1998.
Here’s a recap for each swimmer:
Amaya Aramini – Best time in the 100 back
Elena Aramini – Best times in the 50, 100, and 200 free, 100 and 200 back, first alternate in the 50 and 100 free, and member of the 8th place 400 free relay team
Jack Armbrecht – Best times in the 200 and 800 freestyle and big drops in his relay swims
Addison Crain – New Sectional cut, second swim, and best time in the 400 IM
Lydia Dyer – Best times in the 50 free and 100 and 200 back
Reese Hollinger – Best times in 200 free and 100 back
Mallory Jennings – Best times in the 100 free, 200 back, and 100 fly
Emma Karam – Best times in the 50, 100, and 200 free, 200 back, 100 fly, and 200 IM, qualified for second swims in all of her events but only competed in finals in the 100 free, member of the 8th place 400 free relay team, and new ALL-TIME team record in the 200 back
Julia Kennedy – Best times in the 100 free and 100 back
Nathan McAlister – Best times in the 400 free, 200 fly, and 200 IM, second swim in the 200 IM where he placed 24th
David McLean – Best times in the 100 free, 100 and 200 back, 100 fly, 200 and 400 IM and second swim in the 200 back
Ella Palmer – Best times in the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 free
Aidan Pflieger – Best times in the 100 free, 200 free, 800 free, 200 back, and 200 and 400 IM
Alexia Taylor-Arredondo – Best times in the 50 and 100 free, 100 back, and 200 IM, second swims in the 50 and 100 free, and member of the 8th place 400 free relay
Claire Trevithick – Best time in the 200 IM and member of the 8th place 400 free relay
Nicole Van Geel – Best time in the 100 fly
After the four meets, we have a big update to our RENO Top-10 times list. Click here to access the lists.
Marni Kraemer (9-10 Girls): 3rd – 500 free
Angelo Aramini (9-10 Boys): 3rd – 50 free, 9th – 500 free
Addison Crain (13-14 Girls): 7th – 400 IM
Ella Palmer (13-14 Girls): 8th – 1500 free
Elena Aramini (15-16 Girls): 4th – 50 free
Emma Karam (15-16 Girls): 1st – 50 free, 1st – 100 back, 1st – 200 back, 3rd – 100 free, 5th – 200 free, 8th – 200 IM, 9th – 100 fly
David McLean (15-16 Boys): 10th – 100 back
Alexia Taylor-Arredondo (17-18 Girls): 2nd – 50 free, 10th – 100 free
Emma Karam (ALL-TIME): 1st – 100 back, 1st – 200 back, 8th – 50 free, 9th – 200 free
Alexia Taylor-Arredondo (ALL-TIME): 9th – 50 free
RENO is definitely headed in the right direction and the results from our championship meets prove it! Be on the lookout for the 2018/2019 season recap, and let’s keep doing an outstanding job. Way to go, RENO!