Some record-breaking efforts highlighted performances by the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) Swim Club at the New Year's Classic at the University of Texas last weekend in Austin.
Daichi Matsuda (10-under) set four Pacific Swimming records and teammate Curtis Ogren (11-12) set two. Their swims helped PASA finish fifth out of 29 teams from Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Kansas, to name a few.
Matsuda set Pacific Swimming records in the 50- and 100-yard butterfly plus the 100 and 200 IM. He broke the oldest 10-under Pacific record, in the 100 butterfly, a time of 1:03.60 by Brian Jones in 1976. Matsuda's time of 1:03.47 is now No. 1 in the U.S. in his age group.
Ogren set Pacific Swimming records in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. He is now ranked No. 1 in the U.S. (in the 11-12 age group) in three events: 200 breast, 1000 free, and 1650 free. Ogren's 400 IM time of 4:13.38 is now the third fastest in U.S. history for his age bracket. The national record of 4:11.77 by Nick Silverthorn of Pleasanton in 2008 is also the Pacific Swimming mark.
Pacific Swimming is the third-largest of the USA Swimming's 59 regional associations. It's made up of more than 100 clubs and more than 15,000 swimmers. The territory is centered in the SF Bay Area, but also includes the coastal counties of Northern California from Monterey to the Oregon border, the Stockton-Modesto area of California's Central Valley, and the Reno-Carson City-Lake Tahoe area on the CA-Nevada border.
Athletes who have been affilliated with Pacific clubs include current and past American and world recordholders like Matt Biondi, Pablo Morales, Jenny Thompson, Dara Torres, Natalie Coughlin, and Ben Wildman-Tobriner.