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April 2014 Far Western Championships

posted Apr 5, 2014, 5:28 AM by Pat Windschitl   [ updated May 6, 2014, 9:08 AM ]
We are two days in to the 2014 SCY Far Western Championships and I'm amazed at how well the team is doing! Over 175 teams have come out from across the US to compete over the 4 day weekend in Morgan Hill, and we are the 16th largest one here!

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On day one we had two swimmers make it into the top 10 to final. And the most exciting swim of the night for the team was definitely the 11-12 girls 100 fly. Emma Magnussen was seeded 4th in the program with a time of 59 seconds but added one second in prelims, which bumped her to 9th place and put her in the outside lane 1 during finals. Despite the setback, she came back motivated to race. She was out 27.63 at the first 50, 4th in the event and only .2 seconds faster than the next three girls, but on the back 50 Emma did not slow down! She had an excellent turn and a great finish to out touch her heat and finish 2nd overall with a time of 58.59, a new age group team record. 

Caitlin O'Neill was our second swimmer of the night in the 200y Breaststroke and finished 8th overall. O'Neill was out her fastest 100y split yet in the event at 1:11! 

Day 2 we saw Emma return in finals for the 50y Fly for 6th place with a 27.30, just slightly faster than she was out in the 100 fly. The major upsets of the meet were Malia Fernandez and Jenika Tanjuakio, both dropped 2 and half seconds in their events to jump 15+ places and fight for top spots in finals. With Malia it was in the 100y Freestyle where she was out in her best 50y time yet of 25.96 to finish with a 55.10 in the event! She finished 8th overall! 

Jenika swam backstroke as we've been training (which is to swim as little of backstroke as possible) and saw her huge time drops! In finals Jenika was the only girl to streamline to exactly 15m off the start and kept her on pace with the top swimmer in the event, and off her turn she made it about 12m underwater as well! Her final time was 32.05, a new team record, a new central valley record (I think), third place overall, and also, the FINAL MISSING PRT TIME ON THE 9-10 GIRLS RECORDS LISTING!