September 2, 2011
The Napa Valley Swim Team was well represented by a small but mighty contingent at the recent Western Zone Senior Meet in Clovis, Calif. Each of the five NVST swimmers at the meet were involved in setting new team records. The competition was conducted in a 50-meter course.
Elise Roberts set new team standards for both the 15-16 age group and senior divisions in the women’s 100 breaststroke (1:15.27, previous record for 15-16 was 1:17.53, Adrian Talcott, 1996, for senior, 1:16.29, Talcott, 1997) and the 200-meter breaststroke (2:42.54, previous record for both 15-16 and senior was 2:44.93, Talcott, 1997). Roberts also placed well throughout the meet, turning in finishes of second in the 200 breaststroke, fifth in the 100 breaststroke, 13th in the 100 butterfly (1:07.06), and eighth in the 200 butterfly (2:33.86).
On the men’s side, the 400 medley relay team of Sam Starr, Nick Meyer, Seth Anderson, and Chase Taylor brought down a 25-year-old senior team record with a 4:12.83. The previous record was 4:14.36, set in 1986.) The NVST 400 medley relay finished eighth, and the same foursome also swam to a 13th-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:50.94). Starr also set a new individual team record for both the 17-18 age group and senior division in the men’s 100 backstroke, narrowly missing his Junior National time standard in the process (1:00.19, previous record for 17-18 was 1:02.59, 2000, for senior, 1:02.12, 1998). Starr won the 100 backstroke with that performance, and also placed seventh in the 200 backstroke (2:16.02).
Other highlights included Nick Meyer placing 15th in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.33, preliminary swim of 1:09.94) and Chase Taylor producing 100 percent lifetime best swims for the meet.
Mia Facey was the lone NVST representative at this year’s Western Zone Age Group All-Star meet, competing for the Pacific Swimming LSC All-Star team in the girls 13-14 age group. Like the senior meet, the All-Star meet was also conducted over a 50-meter course in Clovis at the impressive Clovis North High School facility.
The versatile Facey swam a wide variety of events with her best finishes coming in the 200 butterfly (sixth, 2:29.01) and as a member of the 200 freestyle relay (first, 1:51.72). The team from Pacific Swimming took the overall team championship with 1,402 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Colorado Swimming (1,076 points).
The Western Zone of USA Swimming encompasses teams from throughout 13 of the westernmost states. It hosts both the senior meet and the Western Zone Age Group All-Star meet.