December 29, 2010
AZOTS DEFEND CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE AT THE 2010 CA/NV SPEEDO WINTER SECTIONALS MEET
After a victorious summer sectionals, the Aquazots knew it would be difficult to retake their title as sectional champions in the winter. Though the team lacked several of the high point-scoring swimmers that trained with AZOT during the summer months, the younger Aquazot athletes stepped up and exceeded all expectations by outscoring the second place Pleasanton Seahawks by 252 points!
The majority of swims turned in were best times, and each swimmer competed well against the top-ranked athletes of Southern California Swimming. AZOT had 27 top 8 finishes. Chris Wong finished the meet as the third highest-scoring male swimmer there, earning 138 of the team’s points by competing in 4 “A” finals and 2 “B” finals. Though everyone performed well, the following swimmers are being recognized for their exemplary performances at finals.
- Michael Hauss’ 200 free: Michael went slower than anyone else in his heat in the first 100, however, he came back in the same time and beat everyone for a 9th place finish (1:39.72).
- Eddie Erazo’s 100 fly: After the first 50, it looked like Eddie was going to settle for second place, but he showed his fighting spirit with a sprint to the wall. He out touched the competition by 6 100ths (48.11).
- Casey Mims’s 200 breast: Beating out 3 of the top ranked college girls in her heat, Casey swam to a second place finish and a best time by two seconds (2:12.24). Casey also turned in best times in the 200 IM (2:02.66) and 400 IM (4:20.85) in prelims.
- Corey Okubo’s 200 fly and 200 back: Corey dropped 2 seconds in the fly to take twelfth place (1:49.18). He also dropped 2 seconds in the 200 back for a 13th place finish.
- Erica Taylor’s 100 and 200 breast: Erica dropped 1 second in her 100 breast (1:05.41) for a 19th place finish in the bonus final. Her 200 breast time in prelims (2:19.97) was a 2 second time drop and a new US Open cut.
- Chris Wong’s 400 IM: Although Chris had many good swims throughout the meet, his 400 IM was definitely the highlight of the meet for him. He won the “B” final, dropping 5 seconds off his time, AND achieving the LCM National time standard by 4 seconds!
- Michael Schiffer’s 200 breast : Though his finals time was slower due to a goggle malfunction, Michael’s 200 breast time was almost an 8 second time drop. He just missed the Summer Junior by 3 tenths, but he got the SCY Junior.
- Stephanie Schlobohm’s 200 back: After a great prelims time, Stephanie came back and went a best time again (2:02.25) to take 18th place. Not only is this time a new SCY Juniors time, it is also a 7 second time drop for Stephanie.
- Megan Rankin’s 400 IM: After going right on her best time in prelims, Megan came back at night to drop 3 seconds and place 4th (4:17.06).
- Daniela Georges’ 50 free and 100 back: As one of Aquazot’s younger swimmers, Daniela exceled in her sprint freestyle and backstroke events. Her 100 back time was a 2 and a half second time drop. In prelims, she achieved a US Open cut, and in finals, a Winter Nationals cut (56.95). Her 50 free was her first time under 24 seconds (23.94), and she tied for first in the “C” final, which is especially impressive considering she was the youngest in her heat.
- Brynne Wong’s 100 fly: Winning the “C” final, Brynne achieved her first Winter National time standard (56.11).
- Dayae Choi’s 100 and 200 free relay splits: Dayae’s 100 free anchor time on the 4x100 free relay was just 6 100ths off her best time. Her anchor time on the 4x200 free relay was a best time. Dayae’s excellent relay swims highly contributed to the team’s overall score at the end of the meet.
- Jack Descombes’ 50 free: Jack took 6th place in the 50 free with a time just 1 100th off his best time from prelims (21.15).
CONGRATULATIONS to the Aquazot Swimmers for WINNING the Winter Sectionals Meet!!!