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March 2014 Junior Olympic Championships

posted Mar 21, 2014, 2:03 PM by Ellis Aquatics   [ updated May 6, 2014, 9:03 AM by Pat Windschitl ]

We were at the larger site this past weekend at the Pacific Swimming Junior Olympics Championships in San Ramon (March 14-16). There were over 80 clubs from an area covering Northern California to Santa Cruz, San Francisco to Reno out to compete over the 3 day weekend, and roughly a third more teams at our site then at the Concord location. 

Our site was a two venue location (one venue boys, one venue girls) while Concord was a one venue location (girls/boys in one course). 

Despite the larger number of competitors fighting for those top 16 spots, we had 30 of our swimmers competed in individual events with 29 qualified to compete in finals! We were the 5th largest team at the meet and had one of the highest percentages of athletes making it into finals (top 16 in an event). Ellis swimmers broke 22 team records and 5 Central Valley records at the meet.

The 5 new Central Valley records were broken this weekend at the meet by two Ellis Aquatics 11-12 year olds. Emma Magnussen (12) won the 50y and 100y Butterfly events this weekend, setting new Central Valley Records in all three butterfly events with a 27.47 in the 50, a 59.39 in the 100, and 2:15.06 in the 200. Magnussen is the first 12 and under girl in the central valley to break the 1:00 mark in the 100 fly. 

The other 2 records were broken by Caitlin O’Neill, who finished 3rd in the 100y and 200y Breaststroke events with a 1:09.91 and 2:27.60. O’Neill is the first 12 and under girl to break the 1:10 mark in the 100 breast from the valley, and the first valley swimmer to break the 2:30 mark in the 200 breaststroke. Both girls are set to be top competitors at the upcoming Far Western International Championships in early April.

It was an incredible experience seeing so many of our local swimmers competing at this level. This was a huge milestone for our club as it was the first time we’ve taken more qualifiers to JO’s then the total number of swimmers we started the club with in late 2010.

In the 9-10 girls division Jenika Tanjuakio (10) was a top five finisher in all seven of her events. She finished third in the 50y butterfly with a 31.43. Tanjuakio and teammate Aislinn Coombs (10) had an incredibly close race in the 100 butterfly with Tanjuakio beating out Coombs for a 2nd place finish in prelims with a 1:09, Coombs third with a 1:10. In finals Coombs out-touched Tanjuakio for 2nd with a 1:09 with Tanjuakio finishing 3rd. Abby Medellin (10) picked up her first Far Westerns International cut in the 100 Backstroke. Liahla Fernandez (9) was one of the youngest swimmers in the meet. Fernandez earned second swims in the 100 IM, 100 Back, and 50 Fly.

I was so proud to see all four of 9-10 girls earn a chance at a second swim. We've been working hard to grow our 9-10 competition group over the past year and their success at the meet really shows how hard they have been working. 

Four 11-12 Ellis girls picked up new qualifying times for the Far Western Championships. Camyle Rosa in the 100 Back (1:06.75), Megan Gee in the 50 Breast (33.51), Abby Figueroa in the 200y Breaststroke (2:42.69), and Malia Fernandez in the 100 IM (1:05.95). These girls, along with Emma Ronquillio, all finished in the top 16 in their events.

Hudson Tsang (12) dropped four seconds in the 50y Breaststroke to finish 2nd overall with a 32.51, beating out many of the expected winners. Tsang times are a new team and Tracy city record. Cristian Munoz earned a chance to make a second swim in his races as well but unfortunately could not stay for finals. 

Hudson was a major upset at the meet by out placing many of the swimmers expected to win in the breaststroke. He dropped a staggering 4 seconds between his entered times, prelim times, and final times during the day! 

All three 13-14 Ellis boys finished top 8 at the meet. Jesse Russell-Cheung (13) finished with a 2:20.49 in the 200y Breaststroke, a new central valley record in the event. Jesse finished 4th in the 200y Breast and 8th in the 100y Breast. Vincent Tejidor (13) finished 8th in the 200y Butterfly with a 2:11.35, a new Far Western time in the event. Tejidor also achieved a new Far Western time in the 100y Breaststroke with a 1:07.49. Caleb Andres (13) finished 8th in the 500y Freestyle with a 5:15.80 in the event. Over the 3 day weekend Andres competed in the 500y, 1000y, and 1650y (mile) freestyle events.

Eighth grader Madesyn Ronquillio finished in the top 16 in all six of her events. Ronquillio was 4th in the 100 Backstroke with a 1:00.40, 5th in the 200y Backstroke with a 2:10, and 5th in the 200 IM with a 2:14.12. Ronquillio will be starting at Tracy High in the fall. Her times in the 100y Back and 200y IM would have been 4th place finishes at last years Sac-Joaquin High School Sections. 

Brianna Carino (13) and Keiana Fountaine (13) both finished in the top 16 in the 200 Butterfly, with Carino finishing at 2:20.86 3rd in consolation finals and Fountaine at 2:21.44 at 4th.

Kamryn Lucero (14) dropped time in the 50y Free with a 25.78 and finished 4th in consols. Hunter Luna was right off of best times in her 100y Butterfly and did fantastic for her first major championship meet.

In the 15-18 division Bridgette Houser (15) finished 2nd in the 100y Breaststroke with a 1:10.70, and 4th in the 200y Breaststroke with a 2:36.53. Nathan Hu (15) finished 2nd in the 500y Free with a 5:02.43 and 2nd in prelims in the 200 free at 1:49.47. Danny Russell-Cheung (18) finished 2nd in the 200y Breast with a 2:22.03. Scarlett Green (15) finished 8th with a 1:13.87 in 100y Breaststroke.

Julia Vares (16), Seth Suzuki (16), Preston Tsang (16), Cassidy Waters (18), and Connor Waters (16) all qualified for second swims in their events with this being the first time for most of them competing in individual events at a Junior Olympic meet (except Seth. Seth's always there).

EMMA MAGNUSSEN 200 FR, 50-100-200 Fly, 200 IM
CAITLIN O'NEILL - 100 & 200 BR
MADESYN RONQUILLIO 100/200 BA, 100 Fly 200 IM
NATHAN HU - 200/500/1000 FREE. 200 IM

50 Fly 27.47
100 Fly 59.39
200 Fly 2:15.06

100 Breaststroke 1:09.91
200 Breaststroke 2:27.60