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Far Westerns Recap - 2019

Far Westerns Recap

Reno Aquatic Club had a very successful weekend of swimming in Santa Clara! We had team records, several best times, multiple second swims, and new time standards. Overall, the weekend was another step in the right direction for the team. Here's the meet recap:

High Point

In a very competitive battle for the 13-14 girls high point award, RENO’s Emma Karam ended up winning high point by .5 points. Over the course of the weekend, Emma won two events, finished 2nd in four events, and 4th in one event. Way to go!

Team Records

RENO swimmers set 5 team records over the weekend! Our team records are very fast, so it is a big accomplishment for the swimmer when they break a record. Congratulations to the following swimmers on their new records:

Katelyn Buono

15-16 Girls 100 back – 57.07 (old record: 57.50 by Skylar Craig in 2004)

Emma Karam

13-14 Girls 50 free – 23.94 (old record: 24.26 by Katy Houston in 2002)

13-14 Girls 100 back – 54.52 (old record: 55.95 by Emma Karam in 2019)

13-14 Girls 400 IM – 4:22.76 (old record: 4:23.43 by Julie Hardt in 1996)

Aidan Pflieger

13-14 Boys 200 breaststroke – 2:15.14 (old record: 2:15.79 by Boomer Roepke in 2004)

Click here to view all the Reno Aquatic Club records.

Top-10 Swims

In addition to our records, RENO’s all-time and age-group top-10 times list is very competitive. We had several swimmers achieve top-10 times during the meet. Click here to view the top-10 times list.

Congratulations to the following swimmers:

Katelyn Buono

15-16 Girls: 1st in 100 back, 2nd in 200 back, 5th in the 400 IM, and 6th in the 200 IM

All-Time Girls: 4th in the 200 back and 5th in the 100 back

Addison Crain

13-14 Girls: 4th in the 200 fly and 6th in the 100 fly

Emma Karam

13-14 Girls: 1st in the 50 free, 1st in the 100 back, 1st in the 400 IM, 2nd in the 200 IM, and 3rd in the 1000 free

All-Time Girls: 2nd in the 100 back, 3rd in the 50 free, 7th in the 1000 free, 8th in the 200 IM, and 8th in the 400 IM

David McLean

15-16 Boys: 5th in the 100 back, 5th in the 200 back, and 10th in the 100 fly

Aidan Pflieger

13-14 Boys: 1st in the 200 breast, 3rd in the 200 free, 5th in the 1650 free, 5th in the 200 IM, 6th in the 500 free, and 6th in the 400 IM

Alexia Taylor-Arredondo

17-18 Girls: 3rd in the 50 free

All-Time Girls: 6th in the 50 free

New Time Standards

Last year at this time, RENO had two swimmers with Sectional cuts. We now have 9! Congratulations to Aidan Pflieger for making his first Sectional time standard in the 1650 freestyle. 

Top-20 Finishes

Far Westerns was a trials and finals meet. The top-20 swimmers qualified for a second swim. We had multiple second swims and finished the meet scoring 148.5 points. Last year, RENO only scored 54.5 points. Congratulations to the following swimmers for their top-20 finishes:

Elena Aramini – 12th – 100 free and 17th – 50 free and 200 free

Julie Abrigonde – 9th – 200 breast, 16 – 200 IM, 19th – 100 free, 100 back, and 100 breast

Katelyn Buono – 2nd – 200 back, 3rd – 400 IM, 4th – 200 IM, 6th – 100 back

Addison Crain – 14th – 200 fly

Emma Karam – 1st – 100 and 200 back, 2nd – 50 free, 1000 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 4th – 200 free

Nathan McAlister – 7th – 200 back and 200 IM, 10th – 500 free, 13th – 200 fly, 15th – 100 fly, 16th – 200 free

David McLean – 3rd – 100 back, 5th – 200 back, 12th – 100 fly, 15th – 500 free and 200 IM

Aidan Pflieger – 3rd – 1650 free, 7th – 1000 free, 8th – 500 free, 10th – 400 IM, 11th – 200 IM, 14th – 200 breast

Alexia Taylor-Arredondo – 4th – 50 free, 7th – 100 free, 13th – 200 free

Claire Trevithick – 7th – 1000 free, 13th – 500 free, 18th – 200 free

And congratulations to Angelo Aramini and Sam Lindley for participating in their first Far Westerns. Angelo swam best times in 2 of his 3 events, and Sam had some gutsy performances after dealing with pneumonia just a few weeks ago.

Far Westerns is one of the fastest age-group meets on the west coast. Swimmers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Iowa, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah were competing. RENO has a total of 18 swimmers with Far Western time standards (Lydia Dyer, Julia KennedyMarni Kraemer, Ella Palmer, Delaney Skuse and Nicole Van Geel all had cuts but didn't attend), and I look forward to more swimmers qualifying over the next year!