The Terrapin’s Age Group Team put together an outstanding series of championship meets to end their 2018-2019 Short Course Season. The coaches are so proud of all the swimmers for their ability to focus and continually improve throughout the season, and then top it off with even more amazing performances to end the season off.
The series began with the 2019 Pacific Swimming Short Course 14&Un Junior Olympic Championship Meet on March 15th-18th held in Walnut Creek. The team had a strong group of eighteen 14&Unders qualify for the meet who racked up many new best times along with a plethora of Top 10 Finalists making the Terrapins Team one of the top teams of the competition.
Next the Team attended the final c/b/bb+ meet of the season in Moraga where many of the team’s younger and up and coming swimmers finished of their season with a bang. Many of the swimmers blew away their end of season goals, with many achieving new time standards.
The final meet of the season was the 2019 Pacific Swimming Short Course Far Western Championship Meet on April 4th-7th held at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. This meet is considered to be one of the fastest age group meets in the country, many teams from out of state travel here to participate, and we were proud to have 15 Age Group Swimmers representing our Team. That team was able to rack up a total of 266 points placing them 7th overall in the meet, out of over 85 teams that attended the meet. This is the highest placing from any small team of 100 swimmers or less in the meet.
Some Highlights from this end of season series of meets were as follows;
- 8&Under Morgan Wendler was one of only two 8 year olds that qualified for both the Junior Olympic and Far Western Championship Meets. Morgan made six out of six 10&Under Boys Championship finals at the Junior Olympic Meet, and five out of five finals at the Far Western Championship Meet, all while breaking multiple Terrapin Top 10 Team Records.
- 10& Under Abigail Keller achieving lifetime best times and making finals in all of her events at both the Junior Olympic championship and Far Western Championship Meets.
- 11-12 Girls Kaya Andresen, Vlada Chekurova, and Elizabeth Joseph making Top 10 finals in all of their events at the Junior Olympic Championship meet, and multiple finals at the Far Western Championship meet. All three girls accumulated multiple lifetime best swims throughout both meets.
- 11-12 Girls Lillian Struempf led the way individually scoring at the top of finals in all of her events (7) at both the Junior Olympic and Far Western Championship Meet. Lily continued to crush many Top 10 Team Records and broke the Pacific Swimming 11-12 Girl’s 50yrd Freestyle Record with a time of 24.13 along the way.
- 11-12 Boys Aden Li, Davidka Skov, Diego Castaneda and Mason Wendler truly led the team scoring top three in all of their relays (200 Medley, 400 Medley, 200 Free, 400 Free) at both the Junior Olympic and Far Western Championship meets. All four boys made finals and scored points for the team in all of their events at both meets accounting for over 60% of the total team points.
- Some of the outstanding performances from the last c/b/bb+ meet of the season included; 8 year old Aubrielle Dorsett- 5 out of 7 best times, 10 year old Abby Ikeda- 6 out of 8 best times, 10 year old Zoe Thong- 8 out of 9 best times, 12 year old Madison Branse- 8 out of 8 best times, 12 year old Grace Cleary- 6 out of 8 best times, 11 year old Alastair Curran 6 out of 7 best times, 11 year old Ozzy Layton- 6 out of 6 best times, 11 year old David Rubin- 6 out of 7 best times, and 13 year old Calvin Tam- 8 out of 8 best times.
The Terrapin’s Senior Team is fired up and ready to finish their 2018-2019 Short Course Season with the upcoming High School League Championship Meets on April 25th-27th, the North Coast Section Championship Meet on May 3rd-4th, and the CIF State Championship Meet on May 10th-11th.