NVST Swimmers Shine At Far Western Meet

Seven swimmers from the Napa Valley Swim Team recently competed in the 2011 Far Western Championship Swim Meet. This was a five-day meet held at the Morgan Hill Aquatic Complex, March 31-April 3. Over 180 teams and 1,600-plus swimmers from as far away as Canada, Hawaii, Utah, Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oregon, Nevada, and all of California competed at what is considered to be the most competitive age group swim meet in the country.

In the girls 11-12 year-old division, 12-year-old Grace Murphy competed in the 50-yard breaststroke and achieved a best time of 35.07. Twelve-year-old Olivia Ha-Hoang competed in the 50 freestyle (27.46) and the 100 freestyle (1:08.83).

In the girls 13-14 year-old division, Megan Minor, who is just one month into being 13 years old and moving into this new age group, competed in the 100 freestyle, achieving a best time of 56.14 and also competed in the 100 backstroke (1:02.90) and the 200 backstroke (2:15.76). Thirteen-year-old Mia Facey competed in seven events and swam to a new sectional time in the 100 freestyle (54.99). Facey also achieved best times in the 200 breaststroke (2:34.25) and the 200 individual medley. Facey also swam the 50 freestyle (25.92), 100 butterfly (1:00.95), 200 butterfly (2:16.04) and the 400 IM (4:54.97).

The team of Megan Minor, Mia Facey, Rose Ballantine and Emily Stephens came together to swim the 200 medley relay and not only did they better their entered time by over two seconds, but each swimmer swam their best 50-yard splits to achieve a finish time of 1:46.06. The same girls also swam the 200-yard freestyle relay and finished with a time of 1:59.89, the first time those girls had ever been under 2:00.00. In order to achieve this best time, Mia Facey swam the first leg of the relay with a 25.87, Emily Stephens swam the next leg in a 27.38, Rose Ballantine swam the next leg in a 27.53 and the anchor leg was swum by Megan Minor, who swam a 25.18. In the girls 15-16 division, Ximena Mendieta competed in the 100 butterfly (1:03.06).

The Napa Valley Swim Team is a year-round swim team offering competitive swimming with high quality professional coaching and instruction for all ages and abilities. In addition, NVST offers a non-competitive training program, summer swim classes and pre-competitive swimming instruction. For more information on NVST, call 257-SWIM or e-mail