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2012 Summer Junior Olympics Post Meet Write-up

posted Aug 4, 2012, 11:58 AM by Pat Windschitl

Over 50 swim teams and 800 athletes came out to compete at the Pacific Swimming Junior Olympics Championships Meet in Concord over the July 20th-22nd weekend. Of those 50+ teams Tracy’s own Ellis Aquatics swim club placed 14th.

The team scored best in the distance freestyle events. Swimmers Kamryn Lucero and Keiana Fountaine were neck and neck in the 800m freestyle event with a 2nd and 3rd place finish at 10:33.81 and 10.34.26. They also finished 3rd and 4th in the 1500m, with Lucero at 20:39.35 and Fountaine at 21:02.53. In the 400m Lucero took 6th with a 5:02.09 and O'Neill taking 2nd in the 9-10 age bracket with a 5:26.84.

17 year old Bradley McCain placed 7th in the 800m Free with a personal best of 9:43.71. McCain also finished 11th in his 100m Backstroke, and 8th in the 200m. McCain also swims for Merrill F. West High School where he currently holds 9 individual team records in the Freestyle and Backstroke events.

In the sprint Freestyle events 10 year old Caitlin O'Neill placed 6th in the 50m Free with a 33.04, and 3rd in the 200m with a 2:31.26. In the 11-12 age group Lucero placed 14th in the 100m with a 1:07.98 and 11th in the 200m with a 2:26.56.

The team did incredibly well in the Breaststroke events. In the 10 and under 100m event O'Neill finished 7th with a 1:31.89 with Abigail Figueroa right behind her finishing 8th in 1:32.65. Brianna Do saw a best time in the event with a 1:46.96. O'Neill finished 8th in the 50m with a 43.28, with Figueroa just missing finals at 10th with a 44.64.

Abby was the surprise breakout of the meet. I don't think she went in expecting to drop 4 seconds in her 50m and put herself in a position to almost final. After that I knew she planned on coming back strong on Sunday”, said Coach Windschitl.

16 year old Ian Cox finished 5th in the 100m Breaststroke with a 1:12.85 and 2nd in the 200m with a 2:40.85, picking up his Far Western Qualifier cuts in both events. 13 year old Nathan Hu went best times in his 100m and 200m Breaststroke's with a 1:22.71 and 1 2:58.52.

In the Individual Medley O'Neill finished 4th with a 2:55.64, Figueroa in 18th with a 3:12.24 and Do was close behind with a 3:19.98, all were best times in the event. Cox finished 11th in the 15-16 division with a 2:31.12.

In Saturday's 200m Medley Relay the 11-12 girls group, made up of Lucero, Fountaine, Brianna Carino and Alex Colina placed 12th with a time of 2:29.38. The 15-18 girls team, Amanda Christensen, Michaela Loomis, Rachel Holmstrom and Cassidy Waters placed 9th with a 2:19.35. The 15-18 boys (McCain, Cox, Miguel Munoz and Daniel VanNiekerk) finished 9th with a 2:03.57.

The relay teams came back stronger on Sunday in the 200m Freestyle with both the 10 and under and 11-12 girls placing 5th, the 15-18 girls placing 8thand the men’s 15-18 relay placing 10th.

Ellis Aquatics followed up their success at the Junior Olympics the following weekend in Sonora at the Tuolumne County Aquatics Age Group Open meet. The team placed first out of 15 participating USA club teams with a score of 1400 points (600 higher than the 2nd place team). 21 team records were broken over the 3 day weekend and Logan Edwards, Caitlin O’Neill, Kieana Fountaine, and Ian Cox each took home their age group’s high point award.

With more than 150 members from ages 4-19, Ellis Aquatics is Tracy's largest USA Swimming competition team. Affiliated with Pacific Swimming and USA Swimming, Ellis Aquatics trains at the Pinkie Philips Memorial Pool at Merrill F. West High School. For more information visit EllisAquatics.net.  

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