2015 Short Course Far Westerns: Day Two Prelims

2015 Short Course Far Westerns Championships

  • Dates: Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12, 2015
  • Times: prelims 9 am, finals 5 pm (PDT)
  • Location: Morgan Hill Swim Club Makos, Morgan Hill, California
  • Live Results: (on Meet Mobile)
  • Championship Central


The Far Westerns short-course championship meet is the end-of-season taper meet for a large number of teams in the Western Zone, and specifically so for their 14-and-under swimmers. The format is prelims/finals, but with only ten swimmers scoring in one heat of finals.

On Day Two, the scored events will be:

10/UNDER 11-12 13-14 15-16 17-18
200 IM 200 IM 200 IM 400 IM 400 IM
100 free 100 free 100 free 100 free 100 free
50 back 200 back 200 back 100 fly 100 fly
50 fly 1650 free (M) 1650 free (M) 1650 free (M)
1650 free (M) 400 free relay
400 free relay


400 IM – Prelims

Walnut Creek Aquabears’ Brittany Usinger led the 17-18 girls, going 4:28.27. Reno Aquatic Club’s Madeleine Hurst, winner of the 200 IM last night, qualified second in 4:33.61. Palo Alto Stanford’s Chloe Isleta* was the fastest qualifier in the 15-16 age category with 4:20.02, just .10 ahead of Santa Clara Swim Club’s Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou.

PASA teammates Joe Molinari and Daichi Matsuda* went with a 1-2 punch in the boys’ 17-18 400 IM, qualifying with 4:01.53 and 4:02.83, respectively. Dagen Kipling of Lakeridge Swim Team set the pace for the boys’ 15-16 group with 4:07.10.

200 IM – Prelims

Emily Lo of Terrapins Swim Team clocked a PB of 2:04.61 to earn the right to Lane 4 in tonight’s finals of the girls’ 13-14 race. Peak Swimming’s Vivian Wang was 2:05.30 for second, while PASA’s Isabelle Henig* knocked 3.2 seconds off her seed time to qualify third in 2:06.59.

Top-seeded Nathan Yates of Santa Clara finished the morning with 1:56.54, the fastest boys 13-14 200 IM by 3 seconds. Irvine Novaquatics’ Kevin Tu qualified second in 1:59.49, just ahead of Pleasanton Seahawks’ Tyler Lu (1:59.86).

In the 11-12 age category, Mission Viejo’s Mia Ristic dropped 3.7 seconds, qualifying just in front of Bianca Yongyuth of Santa Clara Swim Club, 2:10.03 to 2:10.88. Alexander Pascual of Napa Valley Swim Team went right at his time, qualifying first by over 3 seconds in 2:06.69. Theodore Makler of PASA came in second with 2:09.91, a best time by just a tick, while Mission Viejo’s Alexander Borjal dropped nearly 4 seconds and shot up to the third spot with 2:10.53.

Mia Tandingan of Pikes Peak Athletics went a best time by 5 seconds to lead the 10-and-under girls qualifying for finals in 2:18.73. Yosemite Marlins’ Claire Tuggle, who broke a national age group record in the 200 free last night, qualified second in 2:22.12. Miriam Sheehan of Phoenix Swim Club, who broke a NAG record in the 50 back earlier this month, was third in 2:23.33. On the boys’ side it was Ronald Dalmacio of Rose Bowl Aquatics who led the way in prelims, with a meet record of 2:17.42. Anthony Sebastian of PASA qualified second in 2:25.48, ahead of Humberto Najera of NOVA (2:26.41).

100 Freestyle – Prelims

Danielle Taylor* from Walnut Creek Aquabears took put up the morning’s leading time for the 17-18 girls, coming to the wall in 51.66. Top-seeded Jennifer Campbell* of PASA was second in 52.25. Shelby Koontz of Douglas Dolfins led a tight 15-16 girls field; she qualified first with 51.39, ahead of Walnut Creek’s Isabella Barattolo (51.50) and Gianna Garcia* (51.83).

In the boys’ 17-18s, PASA’s Albert Gwo* broke the meet record with his prelims swim of 45.39. Lodi’s Joshua Owens went 46.95 for second. Arjun Sharma* of Walnut Creek qualified third in 47.64. Palo Alto Stanford’s Benjamin Ho* (45.83), Alex Liang* (46.94), and Trent Tosky* (47.94) were at the top of the boys’ 15-16 age group.

Isabelle Henig* of PASA was the lone 13-14 girl under 51 seconds with a prelims swim of 50.96; four girls followed in the mid-51s. On the boys’ side, top-seeded Hunter Hitchens of Novaquatics was the fastest qualifier with 47.24, while Nathan Yates of Santa Clara went 48.19 for second.

Ella Ristic of Mission Viejo was just off her seed time but still put up the morning’s fastest 11-12 qualifying time with 53.64. McLean Hall of Heartland Swim Association dropped 8/10 to qualify second with 54.70. Redding Swim Team’s Winn Aung broke the boys’ 11-12 meet record, set by Maxime Rooney in 2011, by .20 with his morning swim of 49.15. Justin Culetu* from Bulldog Swim Club came within a tenth of his best, qualifying in 50.57 for second.

Yosemite Marlins’ Tuggle led the 10-and-under girls with 57.30, but Tandingan of Pikes Peak dropped 2/10 to come in second with 57.55, setting up a potentially great final tonight. Carolyn Nguyen was the only other girl under 1:00 with 59.99. Rose Bowl’s Dalmacio, who came in with the fastest time by over 3 seconds, led the boys’ field in 56.56. Mitchell Schott of NOVA dropped 2/10 to qualify second in 58.43, just in front of SCSC’s Lorenzo Martinelli (58.93).

100 Butterfly – Prelims

Walnut Creek’s Usinger broke the girls 17-18 meet record with her 53.76 prelims swim, while PASA’s Isleta* and Aquabears’ Garcia went 54.52 and 54.94 to lead the girls 15-16 contingent into finals. On the boys’ 17-18 side there were four sub-51s, led by Sharma of Walnut Creek (50.00). PASA’s Ho broke the boys 15-16 meet record, going 50.13 in prelims, but teammate Liang (50.21) was just behind him.

200 Backstroke – Prelims

Top-seeded Milan Hilde-Jones of Palo Alto Stanford put up the fastest time for 13-14 girls with 2:03.12, with Abriana Howard* from Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks not far behind in 2:04.33. SCSC’s Yates and NOVA’s Tu were entered with seed times only .05 apart; they qualified first and second, respectively, with 1:55.66 and 1:56.37, for the boys’ 13-14 final.

The Nadadores’ Mia Ristic dropped 4.7 seconds to qualify at the top of the girls’ 11-12 age group in 2:09.31. Heartland Swim Association’s Hall had an even bigger drop: she improved her seed time by 7.5 seconds to qualify second in 2:12.35. There were a few new times on the boys’ side, too, as Makler of PASA dropped 2.5 to lead the field in 2:04.29. Pleasant Valley’s Nick Williams was second with 2:05.15, and Joshua Cho from Wasatch Front Fish Market improved his seed time by 3.3 seconds to come in third with 2:06.67.

50 Backstroke – Prelims

The 10-and-unders alone contested the 50 back on Friday. Newly-crowned NAG record-holder Sheehan of Phoenix Swim Club led the girls with 29.68 in prelims, with Montclair Swim Team’s Hannah Lockyer (30.62) and Sunn Swimming’s Yelin Tahk (31.64) qualifying second and third. On the boys’ side, Dalmacio of Rose Bowl broke Alex Liang’s meet record with 29.11. Reno’s Aidan Pflieger dropped 1.2 seconds for second with 30.83; Bryce Halterman of Indian Wells Valley Swim Team improved by .6 for third with 32.16.

50 Butterfly – Prelims

Caraline Baker from Flatiron Athletic Club led the girls’ 11-12 age group with 26.43, just 1/100 off her best time. Mission Viejo’s Mia Ristic was second in 26.70, while Jordan Foster of Aces Swim Club qualified in 26.99. Redding’s Aung was the fastest 11-12 boy, clocking a 24.70 in prelims. Matthew Trejo* from Ripon Aquatics was second with 26.15.



*swimming unattached for high school season

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