PASA splashes to second overall at winter national swim meet


Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics came away from the 2014 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals with a second-place finish in the combined standings, a runner-up finish in the boys' meet and a third place by the girls.

The Bolles School Sharks won the combined title (boys and girls) with 591 points while PASA was next with 530. In the boys' meet, Bolles had 426 points to PASA's 307 while the PASA girls finished with 223 points following the four-day meet in Federal Way, Wash.

While neither PASA team had an individual champion in the short-course yards meet, the boys won the 200 medley and 400 medley relays. Each squad consisted of Ben Ho, Joe Kmak, Joe Molinari and Albert Gwo. The 200 MR clocked 1:29.38 while the 400 MR set a meet record of 3:14.80.

The 400 free relay team of Ho, Molinari, Jeremy Babinet and Gwo finished second in a sizzling 2:59.55, a time most college teams wouldn't mind swimming.

The 200 free relay squad of Gwo, Molinari, Corey Gutierrez and Ho clocked 1:21.95 for third and the 800 free foursome finished fourth in 6:37.20 with the team of Alex Liang of Paly, Ho, Lucca Martins and Molinari.

Individually, Babinet was second in the 100 breast (53.70), Gwo was third in the 50 free (20.11), and Kmak was third in the 200 breast (1:58.58).

Other finalists included Molinari in the 400 IM (6th in 3:52.34) and Martins in the 200 fly (7th in 1:47.39).

In the girls' meet, Palo Alto's Grace Zhao was seventh in the 200 breast in 2:13.22, seventh in the 50 free in 22.75 and ninth in the 100 breast in 1:01.81.

Castilleja's Heidi Katter had the best individual finish for PASA while finishing fourth in the 100 fly in 53.60. Teammate Chloe Isleta was fifth in the 200 IM in 2:00.25.

Gunn's Jenna Campbell was ninth in the 100 free in 1:47.56 while winning the B final.

In the relays, PASA was second in the 200 free with Zhao, Isleta, Campbell and Isabelle Henig clocking 1:31.98. The 200 medley relay team of Isleta, Zhao, Katter and Campbell also finished second, in 1:40.34.

Campbell, Isleta, Henig and Alex Grimes finished third in the 800 free relay (7:17.95) and the 400 free relay team of Zhao, Isleta, Henig and Campbell went 3:23.14 for sixth.

Stanford recruit Ella Estin of SoCal Aquatics won the 200 IM in 1:56.55, won the 400 IM in 4:08.71 and set a meet record of 1:54.37 while winning the 200 fly.

Stanford freshman Simone Manuel, meanwhile, lost her American record (46.62) in the 100 free when Abbey Weitzeil clocked 46.29 on the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay for Canyons Aquatic Club.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
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on Dec 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Typo in first paragraph...

a runer-up finish in the boys' meet and a third place by the girls.


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