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Sierra Nevada Swimming 14& Under Championship Highlights
Sierra Nevada Swimming 14& Under Championships
Northern Sierra just wrapped an impressive weekend of swimming at the 14&Under Sierra Nevada Championships. The team finished 5th overall in the Northern California and Nevada region, taking a team of 30 swimmers to compete in Folsom, March 3-5.
 
Standout performances came from two 11 year old swimmers, Tyler Nattrass and Emily Starnes. Nattrass was the 11-12 boys meet champion in three events, winning the 100 yard backstroke (1:04.16), 100 yard freestyle (55.53), and 200 yard freestyle (2:01.09). Starnes was 11-12 girls meet champion in two events, winning both the 50 yard backstroke (29.67), and the 100 yard backstroke (1:02.59). Both swimmers had top ten finishes in all seven of their events, and both finished 4th in their age group overall. Additionally, the two broke a total of eleven club records, including the oldest existing records for swimming in the area. Nattrass swam the 500 yard freestyle in a 5:28.41, breaking Philip Kierney's record from 1976. Starnes raced the 50 yard freestyle in 26.18, besting Patty Eacobacci's record from 1975, the very oldest swimming record in the books in the gold country. Nattrass also broke team records in four other events, the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles and the 100 backstroke. Starnes set additional club records in the 50, 100 and 200 backstrokes, and the 200 and 400 IM. Another team 11 year old, Elle Larsen, broke the club record for the 11-12 girls' 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:48.35.
 
Northern Sierra had thirteen swimmers place in the top ten in their age group at the meet, and four relay finishes in the top three. 
 
The top ten finishers were:
  • Kyler Simpton (8), 9th place boys 8&under 25 freestyle 
  • Natalie Lesnau (8), 10th place girls 8&under 25 backstroke
  • Jaden Sharp (9), 9th place girls 9-10 200 freestyle
  • Chloe Huges (10), 9th place girls 9-10 50 butterfly
  • Mia Axelman (11), 3rd place girls 11-12 100 freestyle, and 7th place 50 freestyle
  • Elle Larsen (11), 8th place girls 11-12 200 breaststroke
  • Emily Starnes (11), 1st place girls 11-12 50 backstroke, 1st place 100 backstroke, 2nd place 200 backstroke, 3rd place 200 IM, 5th place 400 IM, 5th place 50 freestyle, 5th place 100 IM, 
  • Tyler Nattrass (11), 1st place boys 11-12 100 freestyle, 1st place 200 freestyle, 1st place 100 backstroke, 2nd place 500 freestyle, 4th place 50 freestyle, 5th place 200 butterfly, 7th place 200 IM, 
  • Mackenna Hensley (12), 4th place girls 11-12 100 butterfly, 5th place 200 butterfly, 6th place 100 backstroke,
  • Robin Lawless (12), 8th place girls 11-12 200 backstroke
  • Kayla Heenan (13), 3rd place girls 13-14 1650 freestyle, 4th place 1000 freestyle, 6th place 500 freestyle, 
  • Alli Kouba (13), 5th place girls 13-14 1650 freestyle, 7th place 1000 freestyle, 9th place 500 freestyle
  • Evie Mitsuda (14), 5th place girls 13-14 100 butterfly, 6th place 400 IM, 8th place 200 IM
     
The top relay teams were:
11-12 girls 400 Medley Relay: Starnes, Larsen, Hensley, Axelman, 3rd place
11-12 girls 400 Free Relay: Axelman, Starnes, Hensley, Lawless, 3rd place
13-14 girls 400 Free Relay: Mitsuda, Heenan, Meilinger, Kouba, 3rd place
13-14 girls 200 Medley Relay: Kouba, Meilinger, Mitsuda, Heenan, 3rd place
 
Fourteen qualified Northern Sierra swimmers will next advance to the South West Age Group Regionals in Roseville, March 16-19.