NVST: Nine Compete At Far Westerns


Nine members of the Napa Valley Swim Team recently competed at the five-day Pacific Swimming Long Course Far Western Championship meet in Concord. More than 1,500 swimmers from the United States competed in the meet, along with all-star teams from Canada and Mexico.

Quinn McMichael, 10, competed in his first Long Course Far Westerns in the 100 butterfly, dropping six seconds for a time of 1 minute, 30.67.

Eleven-year-old Grace Murphy, competing in her first Far Westerns, swam the 50 breaststroke in 40.19 seconds.

Megan Minor, 12 competed in seven events and reached the championship finals in the 50 backstroke, 100 back and 200 back. In the 200 back, she placed fifth with a best time of 2:32.96 that broke her existing team record, marking the third time she’s broken the record this year. She placed seventh in the 100 back in 1:11.46, took eighth in the 50 back in a best time of 33.40, and broke five minutes for the first time in the 400 free with a best time of 4:58.47.

Louis Ayers, 12, competed in his first Long Course Far Westerns and clocked a 30.45 in the 50 free.

Alex Swanson,13, swam the 100 free in 1:04.04, the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.00, and the 200 breaststroke in 3:02.31.

Haley Murphy, 14, competed in her first Long Course Far Westerns. She swam the 100 breaststroke in a best time of 1:23.40, and the 200 breaststroke in a best time of 3:06.21.

Ximena Mendieta, 15, swam the 100 butterfly in 1:12.70.

Megan Morris, 16, finished ninth in the 100 back. She swam the 50 free in 28.36, the 100 free in 1:01.36, the 200 free in 2:17.22, and 100 fly in 1:07.40.

Corinne Schafle, 17, swam the 50 free in 29.07 and the 100 free in 1:05.52.

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