August 11, 2014
2014 LC JR National and SR Nationals
What an amazing two weeks in Irvine for the BCST and it’s swimmers. We had a small group this year (only 4), but all of them had nice performances on the National stage. The 4 swimmers were Aaron Elhajj, Todd McCarthy, Sam Petrini, and Kim Williams. All 4 competed in the JR National Championship (18 years and younger) and Kim competed in the National meet as well. Here is an individual low-down on how all 4 fared:
Aaron was a last minute shopper and qualified in the 200 Back for the meet only days before it began at the PNS Championships. This put him behind the 8 ball in a lot of ways in that he was on his 3rd taper in 3 weeks, but he still managed to have good performances including a best time in his 100 Fly. But more importantly Aaron took away just how many fast swimmers there are in the country. You might be top dog here in the PNS, but there are a lot of swimmers just as fast as you and plenty even faster.
Todd had spent the last 6 weeks training with his new school and teammates at the University of Wisconsin. Todd was such tremendous member of BCST for so many years that we were happy to have him return and represent us at the meet. Todd swam only two events and posted a best time in the 100 Back, placing him 19th overall.
This was Sam’s 1st JR national meet with us and he stepped up and swam really well. Sam posted lifetime bests in the 100 and 200 Breast and had season best swims in the 200 and 400 IM. More impressively Sam ate two giant burritos the 1st night we got there, much to the amazement of the restaurant’s staff.
Kim really stood out at the meet winning both the 200 and 400 IM at JR Nationals, and setting BCST records in the IM’s and both the 100 and 200 Breast. Then at Nationals she performed so well that she was invited to represent the USA at the JR Pan Pacific Championship in Hawaii. At this meet she will compete against national teams from Australia, Canada, and Japan. What an amazing accomplishment.
Great work all four of you, we are so proud!