BCST 4th at SR Sectionals

40 Senior swimmers wrapped up their short course season competing at the 2013 Speedo Champions Series Western Region (also simply known as SR Sectionals).  Yes Speedo’s title is grand, but it’s apropos with the level of swimming that went on during the 5 day meet.  Swimmers like Missy Franklin (Gold medalist/world record holder), Tyler Messerschmitt ( NCAA scorer),and Noriko Inada (2 time Olympian) were in attendance along with several ex-division 1 swimmers,  national age group record holders and Peter Trahms who was once 6that Northern Divisionals in the Seattle Summer Swim League.

The Western Section in comprised of every team from the Rockies to the Pacific, minus California. This is the largest, and fastest Sectional championship in the country. To say the competition was tight would be an understatement.  In almost every race there was little difference between a top 8 swimmer and the 60thplace swimmer which meant there was no room for error.  The BCST swimmers performed well under these competitive circumstances and found themselves finishing 4thoverall in the combined scores behind KING, Scottsdale Aquatic Club (AZ), and Tualatin Hills (OR).  The Boys came in 3rdand the Girls placed 7th in their respective groups.

Congratulations to Elisa Fang, Ed Kim, and Kim Williams for breaking BCST records.  Elisa set a new 13-14 100 Fly record with a great time of 57.15.  Ed broke the Open 200 Free record with a fast time of 1:36.92.  And Kim broke her own record by winning the 400 IM with a great time of 4:12.80.

The women broke 3 Open relay records.  Kim Williams, Kayla Roberson, Anna Keane, and Kalena Laurent destroyed the old record by over 7 seven seconds in the 800 Free relay. Grace Wold, Kim Williams, Kalena Laurent, and Anna Keane broke the 200 Medley relay record.  And Anna Keane, Elisa Fang, Kim Williams and Marley Cross broke the 200 Free relay record.

Not to be outdone, the boys set 2 Open relay records. Niko Micin, Ed Kim, Alec Barnard, and Matt Williams broke the 200 Free record, and Todd McCarthy, Liam Sosinsky, Ed Kim, and Niko Micin set a new record in the 400 Medley relay.

Finalists (top 32 placers) were Alec Barnard – 200 Fly & 100 Fly / Austin Barnard - 1000 Free & 1650 Free / Stephen Boden – 1000 Free,  400 IM, 500 Free & 1650 Free / Morgan Ciliv – 200 Breast & 100 Breast / Aaron Elhajj  - 1650 / Anna Keane – 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Breast & 50 Free / Ed Kim – 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly & 50 Free / Kalena Laurent – 200 Fly, 500 Free & 100 Fly / Todd McCarthy – 200 back, 200 Free, 100 Back & 500 Free / Niko Micin – 100 Free & 50 Free / Kayla Roberson – 200 Breast & 100 Breast / Liam Sosinsky – 200 Breast, 400 IM & 100 Breast / Michael Stanchi – 200 Back & 500 Free / Johnnie Stupey – 200 Back, 400 IM, 100 Back & 200 IM / Kim Williams – 200 Back, 200 Fly, 400 IM, 100 Breast & 200 IM / Grace Wold – 200 Back & 400 IM

It’s difficult enough qualifying for the meet but to compete and place as high as we did is a credit to the swimmers' preparation and commitment they made.  Congratulations to all 40 of you in all that you’ve achieved.  Swimmers, let’s take a deep breath and relax in the pleasure of knowing you earned something special.  As soon as that's done, lets start preparing and focusing on our Long Course Championships which are less than 5 months away.