2021 Pacific Coast All-Star Meet
- January 8 – 9, 2022
- Pacifica, California
- Jean E. Brink Swimming Pool
- Short Court Yards (SCY)
At the 2021 Pacific Coast All-Star Meet, Bella Brito nearly had a freestyle sweep when she won the 13-14 50 and 100 freestyles and added a second-place finish in the 200. She won the 50 freestyle with a 23.75, just ahead of Sophie Sunwoo‘s 23.80, and took the 100 freestyle crown with a 51.24. Sunwoo was also the runner-up in the 100 with a 1:52.12. Those swims were just off her PBs from fall 2021 of 22.88 and 49.79.
In 200 freestyle Alexa McDevitt out-swam Brito’s 1:52.12 with a 1:51.94, while Audrey Lee rounded out the podium in a 1:53.15. McDevitt also took gold in the 500 freestyle with a 5:01.99. Brito added another top 3 finishes in the breaststroke and IM events by winning the 100 breaststroke in a 1:03.16, winning the 200 IM in a 2:03.84, and placing 3rd in the 200 with a 2:19.19.
Both Kaitlyn Nguyen and Alexis Mesina were in the top 3 in both breaststroke events as well. Nguyen was 2nd in the 100 breast (1:03.47) and 1st in the 200 (2:14.43). That 200 breaststroke victory for Nguyen was a particularly wide margin, taking gold by more than 4 seconds as Mesina followed with a 2:18.43.
Nguyen also won the 13-14 400 IM in a 4:26.16, which was a few seconds off her seed time of 4:26.16. Gracyn Kehoe followed with a 4:28.92 and Brooke Bennett was a 4:31.77 for third.
Double runner-up in the sprint freestyles Sophia Sunwoo got to the wall first in the 100 backstroke (56.47), narrowly defeating Gracyn Aquino (56.65). Sunwoo swam a personal best of 54.36 last month in the 100 backstroke, while Aquino holds a PB of 55.74.
Clark Kent Apuada was in the water on the 13-14 boys’ side and swam to victory in the 50 freestyle with a 22.28. Apuada shaved 0.04 seconds off his former best time in the event, finishing just ahead of Peter Vu‘s 22.40. He nearly won the 100 freestyle as well, touching with a 48.32 to improve upon his PB of 48.52, but Andrew Coombs got his hand on the wall first in a 47.82. Coombs’ sub-48 swim was a slight PB as well, beating his own 47.92.
Aiden Hammer and Zach Tower topped the field in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, respectively. Hammer posted a 1:43.79 best time in the 200 freestyle to out-swim runner-up Edward Kim (1:44.17). Hammer couldn’t quite out-touch Tower in the 500 freestyle, though, and placed second with a 4:37.14 to Tower’s 4:36.61 for the win.
Hammer also swam to victory in the 200 backstroke with a 1:54.57, which was an improvement upon his PB of 1:55.35.
In addition to his 2nd place swim in the 200 free, Edward Kim picked up 3 gold medals in the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, and 200 IM. He won the fly event in a 59.37, followed closely by Ethan Suehiro (59.61) and Peter Vu (59.72). In the 100 breast Kim swam a 50.58 for the swim, while Andrew Coombs was a 51.22 for second place.
In the 200 IM, Edward Kim was nearly two second ahead of the field with his 1:55.47 and shaved 0.05 seconds off his seed time of 1:55.52. Peter Vu was 2nd in a 1:57.33, while Matthew Kim placed 3rd with a 1:57.96.
Milkie won the 11-12 girls 100 and 500 freestyles with a 54.79 and 5:23.04, respectively, while Alyssa Ton picked up 4 wins in the 50 back (28.24), 50 fly (26.90), 100 IM (1:00.68), and 200 IM (2:13.56). Mia SU was golden in both the 50 and 100 breaststrokes, touching the wall in a 31.31 in the former and a 1:06.55 in the latter. SU won the 100 breast by nearly 4 seconds as Vivian Taylor took silver in a 1:10.29.
As for the boys, Luka Mijatovic topped the podium in the 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and 200 IM. Both the 100 free and 200 IMs were PBs as he went from a 52.10 to a 51.05 and a 2:03.68 to a 2:01.95. Syunta Lee matched that 3-event victory by Mijatovic by earning gold in the 50 back (27.04), 100 back (55.94), and 200 freestyle (1:51.39).
The third triple winner amongst 11-12 boys was Aiden Yeo who was the only sub-24 50 freestyler, posting a 23.80 to win that event. He also won the 100 butterfly in a 54.99 and the 100 IM in a 56.91.