December 19, 2017
Northern Sierra age group swimmers returned with a team trophy for the second year in a row from the Hillsboro Heat Age Group Jubliee Swim Meet, December 8-11. Twenty-one Northern Sierra swimmers ages 10 to 14 traveledto Hillsboro, Oregon for their championship meet of the season and finished 3rd overall. Helping their team to a top finish were 12 year olds Tyler Nattrass and Mia Axelman,who both won the high-point award for the their 10-12 age groups.
Nattrass finished 1st in 6 out of 7 individual events: 100 Free (53.47), 200 Free (1:57.10), 100 back (59.48), 200 back (2:08.90), 100 fly (58.91), and 200 fly (2:13.50). Nattrass finished 2nd in the 500 Free.
Axelman was also champion in 6 out of 7 individual events: 50 free (25.93), 100 free (56.02), 200 free (2:01.92), 500 free (5:29.74),50 breast (33.67) and 100 breast (1:13.68). Axelman finished 2nd in the 200 IM.
Other top finishers include Aiden McCormick (12), who earned 1st place finishes in 3 events: 100 breast (1:14.02), 200 breast (2:38.51), and 100 IM (1:05.94), as well as 2nd in the 200 IM, 4th in the 200 free, and 6th in the 500 free.
Elle Larsen (11) was meet champion in the 200 breast (2:43.05), 2nd in the 400 IM and 100 breast, 3rd in the 50 breast and 100 IM, and 7th in the 50 free
Kyle Adamson (12), earned a 2nd place finish in the 400im, 3rd in the 200 back, 7th in 100 back, and 9th in the 50 back.
Hannah Molitor (12) earned top finishes in six events, earning 3rd in the 200 fly, 4th in 100 and 200 back, 5th in 400IM, and 6th in the 50 and 100 fly.
Chloe Hughes (11), finished 5th in the 200 back, 6th in the 400 IM, 7th in the 50 back, 9th in the 100 back, and 10th in the 50 fly.
Elsie Luisetti (12) finished 7th in the 200 back.
In the 13-14 age division, Robin Lawless (13), finished 5th in the 100 fly and 100 back, 7th in the 200 back, and 8th in the 50 free.
Alli Kouba (14) finished 4th in the 500 free, 7th in the 50 free and 200 fly, 8th in the 200 free, 9th in the 200 back, and 10th in the 200 IM.
Kayla Heenan (14) finished 5th in the 100 fly, 8th in the 100 free, and 10th in the 50 free.
Maddie Meilinger (14) finished 6th in the 500 free and 10th in the 100 free.
Joey O’Shea (14) finished 6th in the 400 IM.
Clara Luisetti (14) finished 10th in the 200 breast.
Northern Sierra Relay teams finishes:
10-12 girls: 3rd in the 200 medley relay (Hughes, Larsen, Molitor, Axelman) and 4th in the 200 free relay (Axelman, Molitor, Larsen, Luisetti)
10-12 boys: 4th in the 200 medley relay (Adamson, McCormick, Pellow, Nattrass) and 4th in the 200 free relay.
13-14 girls: 3rd in the 200 medley relay (Lawless, Meilinger, Heenan, Kouba) and 3rd in the 200 free relay.
Members of the travel team also included: Lucy Carson (14), Megan Hundemer (12), Si Moorehead (14), Jacob Pellow (10), Lachlan Ryan (13), Caitlyn Sullivan (13), and Nora Tanovic (13).
“We had a fantastic trip, and it shows in the meet results. Team travel fosters independence in the athletes,which helps them build confidence as well as leadership skills. The camaraderie and team pride on the trip amps up the excitement,and the end result is racing that is off the charts. It’s as much about the learning experience and the skills gained as it is about fast swimming. The coaching staff is extremely proud of this group of athletes, both in their performance in the water and how they represented our team out of state."
In a continuing trend of rewriting the local record board, swimmers broke eight all-time team records on the trip:
- 100 freestyle 56.02 (27 year old record)
- 200 butterfly 2:13.50
- 100 backstroke 59.48
- 200 backsroke 2:08.90
- 100 freestyle 53.47
- 100 breaststroke 1:14.02 (20 year old record)
- 200 breaststroke 2:38.51
Northern Sierra age group swimmers will be back to work in the pool through the winter,next setting their sights on the Sierra Nevada 14&under Championships in March, 2018.