Two Aquazot Swimmers to Attend National Select Camp
October 12, 2009
Team members Casey Duckworth and Christopher Wong are two of 60 elite young American swimmers to be invited to the USA Swimming Speedo National Select Camp to be held this fall at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Duckworth and Wong, both Senior III swimmers, earned the notice of the USA Swimming organization due to recent performances during the summer long course season.
Duckworth has stood out in some long distance swim events including the 1500-meter freestyle, the 400-meter individual medley and the 1650-yard freestyle races where she ranks among the top swimmers in her age group.
Christopher Wong, who is a junior at University High School, had an exceptional meet at the July Sectionals competition in Clovis earning personal best times in the 100m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly as well as in the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley events.
Duckworth, a freshman at Newport Harbor High School, excels in swimming’s marathon events and when asked how she strategizes during these race said, “Honestly a lot of different things go through my mind. I try to focus on my technique and kicking, but I’m usually singing a song in my head to keep up my pace.”
Duckworth and Wong work out six days a week with their Senior III teammates under the guidance of head coach Brian Pajer who says, “I am very excited by both of these swimmers’ improvement over the past two years. As a result of consistent hard work, they have made the transition from promising age group swimmers, to national class athletes in a very short time”
While at the USOTC, Duckworth, Wong and 58 other American swimmers under the age of 16, will learn about using physiological tools to help the body recover faster after racing, as well as learning about psychological training skills, nutrition, and racing strategies. They’ll also have their races videotaped for analysis by coaches at the camp which will be held from October 29-November 1. “This USA Swimming National Select Camp is the next step for them to gain exposure to the type of national team training environment they’ll likely face representing the USA in their future swimming careers, “said Pajer.
Duckworth says, “What I am most looking forward to is the environment; seeing the Olympic training center, meeting new people and getting an opportunity to train in a different way. I’m excited to get new technique ideas and ways to improve my swimming. I’m also excited but a little nervous about training in a higher altitude.” The elevation of the Olympic Training Center is over 6,000 feet.
Aquazot Swim Club is the only swim club in Orange County that will be sending swimmers to the Select Camp and is sending two out of the three swimmers selected from Southern California.