Gold Medal Achieves 60 New State Times At The JO's

Michael Chasson

Junior Olympics Wrap-up

 

Senior Group

 

Eight Senior Group swimmers competed in the JO meet and seven recorded at least one best time. Overall, the group achieved five new Senior State times. The top female performer was Tatum Spray, with four best times and two new Senior State cuts. The top male performer was Dylan George, with seven best times. New Senior State times were achieved by Colorado Stanley in the 200 breast, Reed Lucero in the 1000 free, Ryne Davenport in the 200 IM, and Tatum in the 400 IM and 200 free.

 

Pre-Senior Group

 

Eight Pre-Seniors competed in the JO meet and everyone recorded at least one best time, and the group achieved 10 new Age Group State times. The top female performer was Amberly Yu, who recorded seven new best times and new State times in 50 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM. The top male performer was Joe Luken, who also recorded seven new best times and new State times in 400 IM and 200 fly. Following close behind were Molly Hendrick with six best times and a new State time in the 1000 free, Adia Peterson, with six best times and a new State time in the 1000 free, and Lawrence Wen with six best times and two new State times, in the 50 free and 1000 free. Also achieving a new State time was Myra Streit in the 400 IM. 

 

Age Group 1

 

Since I joined the team in 2016, I cannot think of a better overall group performance than what we had last weekend!  AG1, in particular, did an outstanding job.

Usually I would mention the 2 or 3 people that achieved 100% best times, but we had 14 out of 18 AG1 swimmers that had 100% best times! WOW!  We had 123 best times on 130 swims for over 94% as a group.  Since one of the primary goals of the JO Meet is to achieve state qualifying times I will highlight those in particular. 

 

The most impressive performance was put in by Zachary Basha this meet.  Not only did he qualify for his first state meet, but he qualified in 6 events!  50 back, 50 Breast, 50 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, and the 100 IM.  He averaged drops of more than 3 seconds on all his 50’s and dropped more than 10 seconds on all of his 200’s.

 

Others achieving state qualifying times were:

 

Alp Cetegen (5) 50 Back, 200 Back, 100 Butterfly, 200 IM, and the 500 Free

Anthony Kummet (4) 50 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, and 100 Back

Tila Tometich (3) 50 Back, 100 Free, and the 100 IM

Aidan Feirstein (2) 100 Breast and 200 Breast

Peter Hendricks (2) 200 Back and the 500 Free

Markus Crawford (2) 200 Back and the 400 IM

Sasha Volkova (2) 200 Free and 500 Free

Carl DiGiovine (1) 200 IM

Alexa Largent (1) 100 Free

 

That’s 28 new state qualifying times for AG1!  I would like to note that Markus, Aidan, and Alexa are all new additions to the most recent state team as they all moved up in age groups this past season.  I am very much looking forward to what we can accomplish during the upcoming long course season.

 

Age Group 2 and 3

 

The Age Group 2/3 swimmers did a great job this past weekend at the JO meet. The group as a whole had 23 new State qualifying times and over 80% best times across all events. We also had 4 relay teams compete and win all 4 of their races. Here are some individual highlights:

 

Kailey Albright: 6 best times and 3 new State cuts

Jordan Cruz: 4 best times

Mackenzie Feirstein: 8 best times and 6 new State cuts

Alexis Morley: 8 best times and her first ever State cut

Grant Rathjen: 3 best times and 2 new State cuts

Madeline Riggle: 4 best times and 3 new State cuts

Eli Ross: 1 best time (only 1 event swam)

William You: 6 best times and 6 new State cuts

Abdi Hendricks: 7 best times 

Cullen Kelly: 4 best times and 1 new State cut

Maya Stubbs: 1 best time (only 1 event swam)

Angela You: 4 best times

Addison Zius: 7 best times and her first ever State cut

 

 

 

 

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