Irvine Novaquatics Wins 2018 Winter Jrs West Combined Team Title

2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West

California’s Irvine Novaquatics won the combined team title at 2018 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – West in Austin, Texas. The girls placed 5th in their meet while the boys finished 3rd in theirs; together they scored 404 points to lead the combined standings. Irvine’s top scorers were Ayla Spitz (49 points), Ella Ristic (22 points), and Hannah Farrow (5 points), and Sean Slusiewicz (23 points), Dominic Falcon (7 points), and Ryan Abdollahi (3 points). NOVA also scored points in all 5 girls’ relays and all 5 boys’ relays.

The only other team with top-10 finishes in both the girls’ and boys’ meets was Scottsdale Aquatic Club, who finished 3rd in the combined team scores with 310 points. Coming in second overall was Bellevue Club Swim Team with 319 points.

Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks claimed the team title in the girls’ meet by 3 points over Bellevue Club Swim Team, 286 to 283. Crow Canyon is home to Zoie Hartman, whose victories in the 100 breast (with a meet record), 200 breast, 200 IM (with a meet record), and 400 IM and 8th-place finish in the 100 free added 92 points to the Sharks’ total and earned Hartman the High Point Award for the girls’ meet. Sophia Kosturos (20 points) and Shelby Suppiger (5 points) also scored individually for the Sharks. The girls won the 200/400 medley relays and finished in the top-8 of the 200/400/800 free relays.

Sierra Marlins Swim Team posted 256 points to earn the high point award among boys’ teams. Second and third went to Rose Bowl Aquatics (208) and Irvine Novaquatics (190 points), respectively. The Marlins’ top individual scorers in the boys’ meet were Colby Mefford (37 points), Ben Dillard (27 points), and Finn O’Haimhirgin, (12 points). Sierra Marlins boys won the 4×50 medley and 4×200 free; they were runners-up in the 4×100 medley and 4×100 free, and 3rd in the 4×50 free.

Top 10 Team Standings

Note: teams must score both boys and girls points to rank in the combined team scoring.

Girls’ Top 10:

  1. Crow Canyon Country Club Sharks 286
  2. Bellevue Club Swim Team 263
  3. Brea Aquatics 233. 5
  4. Magnolia Aquatic Club 222
  5. Irvine Novaquatics 214
  6. Aquajets Swim Team 177
  7. Fort Collins Area Swim Team 141
  8. Scottsdale Aquatic Club 138
  9. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 112
  10. North Coast Aquatics / Santa Clara Swim Club 92

Boys’ Top 10:

  1. Sierra Marlins Swim 256
  2. Rose Bowl Aquatics 208
  3. Irvine Novaquatics 190
  4. Scottsdale Aquatic Club 172
  5. Nitro Swimming 159
  6. Chicago Wolfpack Aquatic Club 155
  7. DART Swimming 131
  8. Alamo Area Aquatic Association 130
  9. Sooner Swim Club 104
  10. Hillsboro Swim Team 100

Combined Top 10:

  1. Irvine Novaquatics 404
  2. Bellevue Club Swim Team 319
  3. Scottsdale Aquatic Club 310
  4. Sierra Marlins Swim Team 267
  5. Magnolia Aquatic Club 225
  6. Aquajets Swim Team 210
  7. Santa Clara Swim Club 182
  8. Nitro Swimming 178
  9. DART Swimming 155
  10. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 145



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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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