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Dec 2011 14 and Under Junior Olympics

posted Dec 9, 2011, 1:20 PM by Pat Windschitl   [ updated Dec 9, 2011, 3:15 PM ]

Our swimmers shattered team records this weekend at the Pacific swimming 14 and Under Junior Olympic Championships. There were over 100 club teams competing last weekend at the Morgan Hill USA swim meet and 1115 swimmers participating in the 100 offered events. We couldn't have asked for a better weekend in regards to the weather or swims.

Vincent Tejidor broke four of the 10 and under boys team records, with the 100 yard breaststroke in a 1:29.47, 100 IM in 1:20.13, 200 IM in 2:49.55, and in the 50 Butterfly with 32.78. With Butterfly Vince placed 11th in trials and dropped an additional second in finals to pick up the 5th fastest time in the event. Cristian Munoz was right off his best times in the 100 Free with a 1:10, and in the 100 Fly with 1:27.

In the 10 and under girls division Caitlin O’Neill set the team record in the 50 yard Freestyle with a 30.01, which was set by Keiana last year at this meet with a 30.32. Caitlin also set the 50 Breaststroke with a 38.62, both of these meet the new Far Western standards for 2012. O’Neill also placed 19th in trials for Breaststroke, just missing 2nd alternate. Brianna Carino broke team records in the 100 Butterfly with a 1:18.85, the 100 Individual Medley with a 1:16.98, and the 200 Individual Medley with a 2:46.74, all new Far Western cuts. Mariah Hu went a personal best in the 50 Backstroke with 37.49.

For the 11-12’s girls division Kamryn Lucero broke the team record in the 500 yard freestyle with a 5:44.66, picking up Far Westerns in the event. Keiana Fountaine set the team record in 100 Butterfly with a 1:11.40. Maddie Wittkowske set a personal best in the 500 Free with a 5:51.69. This was the girls first time with events spread out over all three days of a qualifier meet!

The coaches couldn’t be prouder of our athletes accomplishments at the meet. This was Mariah, Maddie, Cristian, Brianna, and Vincent's first qualifier championships and with the level of competition being so high we were excited that they were able to drop time and fight their way into the top 25 in most of their events.

The coaches are looking forward to the training time leading in to the next Junior Olympics and feel that this meet was a huge step forward for us as a club. We were larger than over half of the teams participating (Whoooo! 45th biggest team out of 100!!!!) and one of the biggest teams from the Stanislaus/San Joaquin area this year! It’s only encouraging for all our swimmers and we can’t wait to see how many more we come back with in the upcoming months.

-Coach Pat