Records Continue to Fall at the CA/NV Sectionals Swim Meet!


The Irvine AquaZots continued to impress at the California/Nevada Sectionals at Belmont Plaza December 18th-22nd. The Aquazots smashed more records off the books! 

The relay team of Chris Wong, Michael Hauss, Matt Berry and Joshua Smith broke the Southern California 15/16 year old 400 Freestyle Relay Race!   The old record was 3:08.96 set in Jan. 2000 by Irvine Novaquatics. The new record is 3:08.43. The 800 Free Relay team broke the AZOT 15/16 boys record! The new record is 6:51.86 set by Chris Wong, Garrett Larson, Joshua Smith, and Michael Hauss. The 400 Free Relay of Wong, Smith, Hauss and Matt Berry earned 3rd place with a Short Course National Time of 3:08.43. The  800 Free Relay of Wong, Hauss, Smith and Larson earned 3rd placed with another Short Course National time of 6:51.86. The “A” 400 Medley Relay of Jared Namba, Cameron Price, Wong, and Hauss earned a 3rd place medal with a U.S. Open cut.   The “B” team of Martin Vanek, Larson, Corey Okubo, and Smith swam a 3:33.31 and placed 9th. 

The Irvine Aquazot boys represented the team well at Sectionals. Chris Wong took 4th in the 100 Fly (49.96), 11th in the 200 Fly (1:51.06), 5th in the 200 Ind. Medley (1:52.57), and 16th in the 200 Freestyle (1:43.84) Chris’s 100 Fly, 200 Fly and 200 I.M. are Summer Junior National qualifying times. Garrett Larson also earned his first Summer Junior National qualifying time in the 200 I.M. with at time of 1:52.71. (17th place) Cameron Price earned his first Florida Junior National Time in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:09.64. Corey Okubo broke another 13/14 boys AZOT record in the 200 Fly with a time of 1:52.15 in 14th place. Corey also took 22nd place in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:24.26.   Aquazots also well represented in the backstroke. Jared Namba took 18th with a time of 52.94, Martin Vanek took 22nd with a time of 53.57 and Joshua Smith took 23rd with a time of 53.72. Martin Vanek also took 21st in 200 Back with a time of 1:53.48. In the 100 yard Breaststroke Lyndon Tran took 23rd with a time of 1:01.14. 

The girls “A” 400 Medley relay of Morgan Sprosty, Casey Mims, Aya Fujimura, and Megan Rankin took third place at Sectionals with a Short Course National Time of 3:51.37. The “B” relay team of Maggie Hofstadter, Lauren Parrett, Rosalie Thiessen and Olivia Evans took 15th with a time of 3:56.97. The 800 Free Relay of Rankin, Sprosty, Fujimura and Angela Lee took 9th place (7:37.17) for another Short Course National Time.

In the girls individual events, Megan Rankin took 9th in the 500 yard Freestyle with a time of 4:50.61 a Summer Junior National Qualifying time. Megan Rankin also took 24th in the 400 Ind. Medley with a time of 4:27.73. In the 100 yard Breaststroke Casey Mims took 18th (1:05.39) and Lauren Parrett took 24th (1:07.29). Casey Mims also took 16th in the 200 yard breaststroke with at time of 2:21.02. Morgan Sprosty took 21st (57.23) and Aya Fujimura took 23rd (57.39) in the 100 yard Butterfly. In the 1650 Freestyle Kendal Brown took 19th with a time of 17:37.55. Brooke Wanser earned a Florida Junior National Time in the 200 Breast with a time of 2:22.95.  

Great job to all the Aquazot swimmers at Sectionals!