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Winter JO's 2012

posted Dec 18, 2012, 10:57 AM by Pat Windschitl   [ updated Feb 13, 2013, 1:41 PM ]
Swimmers from Ellis Aquatics set new records for their team this past weekend at the Pacific Swimming Junior Olympic Championships in Morgan Hill from Dec. 2 to 4. The Pacific swimming region encompasses over 130 teams stretched out from Monterey to Ukiah and as far east as Reno. Ellis Aquatics placed 25th overall.

Among the 10U girls, Caitlin O'Neill was one of the strongest in the Pacific region placing 5th overall in her age bracket. O'Neill did incredibly well in the mid-distance events, taking 2nd in the 500y Free (5:58.47), 200 Free (2:13.15), and 200 IM (2:29.57). In the sprint events O'Neill set a new team record in the 50y Breaststroke with a 36.57, and a Tracy city record in the 100y with a 1:18.11, finishing 3rd in finals. O'Neill finished 4th in the 100y free with a 1:01.90.

“Caitlin had an incredibly full meet and I'm very proud of how she swam”, said Coach Pat Windschitl. “During the Friday session she raced 750 yards in trials, then came back to repeat the same 750 yards that evening for finals. She then went on to earn herself a second swim in every single event on Saturday and Sunday. You couldn't ask for more.”

With the 11-12 girls, Madesyn Ronquillio broke new Tracy city and Team records in the 50y backstroke with a 31.52, placing 22nd in the event, as well as in the 100 backstroke with a 1:08.69, placing 17th in the event.

In the 11-12 boys division Aaron Aguilera was incredibly strong in the mid distance 200 yard races through the weekend. Aguilera placed 29th in the 200y Butterfly with a new Tracy city record at 2:38.44 and 2:52.54 in the 200y Breaststroke, another new team record.

“In the 200 Butterfly Aaron went out with a controlled start of 37 seconds on his first 50y, but then consistently held 40 seconds for each following 50.” said Coach Windschitl. “That's not an easy task for anyone let alone for someone who just started competing in 200's three months ago”.

Vincent Tejidor was both the team's only male veteran and also our youngest male swimmer at the meet. Tejidor went a personal best in the 50y Breaststroke with a 35.79, placing 32nd. Tejidor had a strong followup swim in the 50y Butterfly with a 32.46. Riley Gilmore went best times in the 200y freestyle with a 2:12.22, and in the 100 IM with a 1:09.99.

“This was the first regional qualifier meet for Riley, Aaron, and Madesyn, and I've seen a huge improvement in their work ethic and focus of all our athletes since it ended”, said Coach Windschitl. “This was a great experience for all of them as they were able to see not just what they are capable of, but what's capable of their age group.”