January 22, 2014
AZOT WINS THE 2014 CA NV SECTIONALS BY 462 POINTS!!!!!!
Two 2014 National Cuts Achieved
Five 2014 Summer Jr. National Cuts Achieved
Five Teams Records were Broken
10 NCAA “B” Cuts Achieved
Head Coach Brian Pajer named COACH OF THE MEET!
Corey Okubo wins Mens High Point Award
Daniela Georges wins 2nd place in Womens High Point Award
The 2014 Winter CA NV Sectional Championships was held at the East LA College in Monterey Park. The weather was hot, the air was smoky, and the AZOT team’s performance was smoking hot! Despite not being rested for this meet, the mighty AZOTS achieved seven National cuts and five team records fell over the long holiday weekend.
The meet started off on Thursday with an amazing come from behind victory by Alex Peterson to capture the 1650 Free obtaining his 2014 Summer Jr. National Cut and ended on Monday with Brittany Kahn coming in 2nd in the 1650 Free breaking the team record by 4 seconds and obtaining her 2014 Summer Jr. National Cut.
In between, Daniela Georges put on quite the performance the entire meet. She placed 2nd overall high point for the meet. She broke 3 team records, achieved 3 2014 Jr. National Cuts and came 2nd in 5 of her races. Daniela gave it her all, finishing 2nd in the 200 free to one of the fastest girls in the nation. D. Georges then came right back to finished 2nd in the 400 IM dropping 1.79 seconds. The next morning in the most exciting race of the day, she placed 2nd in the 200 IM missing the win by just .57 seconds and finished up the day coming in 2nd in the 500. Congratulations Daniela!
Corey Okubo had a phenomenal meet as well! Corey took 1st place in overall high point for the meet. He achieved (2) 2014 Summer Nationals cut and (2) 2014 Summer Jr. National Cuts. He placed 1st in 3 of his races and placed 2nd in another one. Corey had his hands full winning the 200 yard back by just .14 of a second. The next day Corey won the 400 IM, adding just .24 off his best time and on Sunday, he won the 200 IM in a strong performance. Congratulations Corey!
Other strong performances included Alex Peterson who took first in the 1650 free, 2nd in the 400 IM and 3rd in the 1000 Free; and Hunter Sa-Nguansap who turned in a great performance by placing 4th in the 200 Breast dropping -1.33 seconds to achieved his 2014 Summer Jr. Cut; 3rd in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 Breast.
TOP 8 FINALIST!!
Daniela Georges- 100 Fly-2nd, 200 Free-2nd, 200 IM-2nd , 400 IM-2nd, 500 Free-2nd,200 Back-5th
Brittany Kahn-1650 Free-2nd, 1000 Free-6th, 500 Free-7th 400 IM-8th
Dominique Gray-400 IM 8th
Corey Okubo- 200 Back-1st, 200 IM-1st, 400 IM-1st,200 Fly-2nd , 100 Back-6th
Alex Peterson-1650 Free-1st, 400 IM-2nd, 1000 Free-3rd, 500 Free-7th,
Hunter Sa-Nguansap-200 IM-3rd, 200 Breast-4th, 100 Breast-5th, 400 IM-6th
Ken Takahashi- 400 IM-3rd, 200 IM-6th, 200 Fly-8th
Thomas Smith- 200 Back-4th, 200 IM-8th ,100 Back-8th
Liam Karas-200 IM-5th
Danny Tran- 200 Back-5th, 100 Back-5th, 200 IM-7th
Justin Hanson 200 Fly-6th
Tyler Lin -100 Breast-6th
Timmy Hanson-1650 Free-7th
Judd Howard-100 Breast -8th
Danny Yos-1650 Free-8th
The next stop for the AZOT Senior team is to head to Texas for the Texas Sectionals Meet. This should be an exciting end to the short course season. Good Luck Azots!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SWIMMERS AND COACHES FOR A GREAT MEET !!!!!!!!!