Island sports: Islanders swimmers compete at Junior Olympics
Fifteen swimmers from Alameda Island Aquatics competed at the Junior Olympics championships last weekend in Orinda.
Catherine Boles made the finals in three events: Women’s 11-12 50 meter back (7th), 100 meter back (6th), and 200 meter back (7th). Her times of 1:15.14 in the 100 and 2:42.43 in the 200 meter races were also new Islander team records.
Marlena Nip also made the finals and placed 8th in the 400 meter freestyle with a time of 5:00.42 in the 17-18 age group. In the men’s 17-18, Daniel Truong placed 8th in the 200 meter breast stroke with a time of 2:54.18 and also swam to personal bests in the 100 meter freestyle and 100 meter breast stroke.
In 10-under boys, Arron Clavin qualified for a Far Western time in the 50 meter freestyle, beating his previous best time by nearly two seconds. Jake Cuenca and Yosiah Fetahi swam in their first Junior Olympics and swam to best times as well.
Alexa Lum qualified in six events in 11-12 girls and raced an amazing 400 meter freestyle. Rebecca Krause (13-14 girls) beat her best time in the 100 meter back and Helene Takamura (15-16 girls) dropped more than four seconds from her previous best in the 100 meter back.
In the men’s 15-16 age group, Christopher Lam and Galen Lam (no relation) put in good races, while Morgan Truong qualified for Far Westerns in the 100 meter breast stroke. In the women’s 17-18, Zoe Allen and Jennifer Hwang also put in personal bests.
Twelve Islanders are gearing up for next weekend’s Far Western Championships out in Concord.