Swimmers take plunge on rainy Saturday
by Bob Brownne
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Penguin Plunge
Christian Munoz takes the lead in the 11-12 boys 100-yard breaststroke, one of three events he won at the Ellis Aquatics Penguin Plunge this past weekend at West High’s Pinkie Phillips Aquatics Center. He placed in the top three in four more events. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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The Pacific Swimming season arrived in Tracy on Saturday and Sunday with the Ellis Aquatics Penguin Plunge at West High’s Pinkie Phillips Aquatics Center.

It’s the second year Ellis Aquatics has hosted a major Pacific Swimming event, which allows swimmers to qualify for Junior Olympics and USA Swimming’s Far Western championship events.

The meet organizer, Michele Loomis, said the Penguin Plunge was the last chance swimmers would have to qualify in a short-course meet, where distances are based on a 25-yard pool length. As of April 1, all Pacific Swimming events are on the long course, based on 50-meter pool lengths.

Loomis said 25 teams and 410 swimmers competed during the weekend, including 110 of Ellis Aquatics’ 270 swimmers. She explained that many Ellis swimmers who already qualified for this weekend’s Speedo Short Course Far Western Championships, which starts Thursday in Morgan Hill, didn’t compete in the Penguin Plunge.

“This one is actually an event for all of those kids who did not make J.O.’s and Far Westerns,” Loomis said. “This is great for the young kids, especially those who never swam. Once they have a time, they can swim in a long-course swim meet with short-course time.”

Among the top competitors was Keiana Fountaine, 13, who had five wins in the 13-14 girls division. She won the 50 freestyle (25.92 seconds), 100 freestyle (55.41), 200 freestyle (2 minutes, 4.83 seconds), 100 butterfly (1:02.99) and 200 butterfly (2:19.74), each with a Junior Olympic qualifying time.

“This is an Ellis meet, so I wanted to represent my team,” Fountaine said. “I thought it was going to be a bad day, because it was raining, but I ended up doing my best times.”

Other top swimmers for Ellis included Lauryn Lucero, who won seven events in the 8-and-under girls division and recorded Junior Olympic times in the 50-yard backstroke (38.28), 50 breaststroke (41.65) and 100 individual medley (1:20.16).

In the 9-10 girls, Aislinn Coombs won the 500 freestyle with a Far Western qualifying time (1:26.99) and the 100 breaststroke with a Junior Olympic qualifying time (2:27.64).

Christian Munoz won three events in the 11-12 boys division, including the 50 freestyle (26.67), 200 breaststroke (2:40.37) and 400 individual medley (5:04.05), each with a Far Western qualifying time.

Abigail Figueroa won two events in the 11-12 girls division, the 500 freestyle (5:58.35) and the 200 breaststroke (2:44.72), and had a Junior Olympic time in the 200 breaststroke.

In the 13-14 boys, Jesse Russell-Cheung won the 200 breaststroke (2:22.17) with a Far-Western qualifying time and the 400 individual medley (4:45.93) with a Junior Olympic time.

Loomis said that the youngest competitor was Ashley Hickok, 5, who swam the 100-yard freestyle for the first time with a time of 2:10.33.

“To me, a 5-year-old swimming the 100 free, that takes a lot of guts,” Loomis said.

The Penguin Plunge is the first of four meets Ellis is hosting this spring and summer leading up to the Junior Olympics Long Course Championships from July 11 to 13 in San Jose and the Far Western Championships from July 30 to Aug. 3 in Concord.

On May 4, Ellis will host a long-course distance meet with just 400- and 800-meter races, and on May 10, the club will host a regular long-course meet, both at West High. Loomis expects the club’s last home meet, June 28 and 29, to be one of Pacific Swimming’s biggest meets of the summer, as it will be the last chance to qualify for Junior Olympics. 

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com. 

MORE SCORES

8 and under girls


50 free — 1, Lauryn Lucero, 32.95.

100 free — 1, Lauren Lucero, 1:13.51.

25 back — 1, Lauryn Lucero, 17.62.

50 back — 1, Lauryn Lucero, 38.28 (JO).

50 breast — 1, Lauryn Lucero, 41.65 (JO).

25 fly — 1, Lauryn Lucero, 16.53.

100 IM — 1, Lauryn Lucero, 1:20.16 (JO).

8 and under boys

25 free — 1, Isaac Russell-Cheung, 16.37.

50 free — 1, Isaac Russell-Cheung, 34.16.

50 back — 1, Isaac Russell-Cheung, 41.28.

50 breast — 1, Isaac Russell-Cheung, 45.04.

100 IM — 1, Isaac Russell-Cheung, 1:24.78.

9-10 girls

50 free — 3, Aislinn Coombs, 30.66 (JO). 6, Sruthika Prakash, 32.35 (JO).

100 free — 5, Sruthika Prakash, 1:11.47 (JO).

200 free — 1, Liahla Fernandez, 2:27.64 (JO). 4, Abigail Medellin, 2:36.57 (JO).

500 free — 1, Aislinn Coombs, 6:33.21 (JO). 3, Liahla Fernandez, 6:55.57 (JO).

50 back — 2, Liahla Fernandez, 35.51 (JO). 3, Abigail Medellin, 35.97 (JO).

100 breast — 1, Aislinn Coombs, 1:26.999 (FW). 3, Abigail Medellin, 1:30.00 (JO).

50 fly — 2, Aislinn Coombs, 30.04 (JO). 3, Sruthika Prakash, 35.45 (JO). 6, Abigail Medellin, 36.48 (JO).

100 fly — 1, Sruthika Prakash, 1:18.66 (JO). 3, Liahla Fernandez, 1:23.96 (JO). 6, Abigail Medellin, 1:25.63 (JO).

100 IM — 2, Abigail Medellin, 1:17.78 (JO). 3, Liahla Fernandez, 1:17.90 (JO). 6, Sruthika Prakash, 1:20.05 (JO).

200 IM — 4, Abigail Medellin, 2:50.77 (JO). 6, Liahla Fernandez, 2:51.79 (JO).

11-12 girls

200 free — 2, Malia Fernandez, 2:10.89 (JO). 3, Abigail Figueroa, 2:14.75 (JO).

500 free — 1, Abigail Figueroa, 5:58.35.

100 breast — 4, Megan Gee, 1:19.96 (JO).

200 breast — 1, Abigail Figueroa, 2:44.72 (JO).

50 fly — 2, Megan Gee, 30.12 (JO).

100 IM — 1, Malia Fernandez, 1:07.20 (JO). 3, Abigail Figueroa, 1:09.46 (JO). 6, Megan Gee, 1:10.84 (JO).

400 IM — 2, Malia Fernandez, 5:23.69 (JO).

11-12 boys

50 free — 1, Christian Munoz, 26.67 (FW).

100 free — 2, Christian Munoz, 57.26 (FW).

100 breast — 2, Christian Munoz, 1:15.44 (FW). 3, Hudson Tsang, 1:16.61 (JO). 7, John Pena, 1:20.89 (JO).

200 breast — 1, Christian Munoz, 2:40.37 (FW). 3, Hudson Tsang, 2:45.02 (JO). 6, John Pena, 2:53.88 (JO).

50 fly — 3, Christian Munoz, 28.66 (FW).

100 fly — 2, Christian Munoz, 1:02.82 (FW).

100 IM — 2, Christian Munoz, 1:05.60 (FW).

400 IM — 1, Christian Munoz, 5:04.05 (FW).

13-14 girls

50 free — 1, Keiana Fountaine, 25.92 (JO).

100 free — 1, Keiana Fountaine, 55.41 (JO).

200 free — 1, Keiana Fountaine, 2:04.83 (JO).

500 free — 2, Keiana Fountaine, 5:30.90 (JO).

100 fly — 1, Keiana Fountaine, 1:02.99 (JO). 2, Brianna Carino, 1:05.20 (JO). 3, Hunter Luna, 1:05.31 (JO).

200 fly — 1, Keiana Fountaine, 2:19.74 (JO). 2, Brianna Carino, 2:28.71 (JO). 3, Hunter Luna, 2:31.01 (JO).

13-14 boys

100 free — 4, Riley Gilmore, 55.04 (JO).

200 breast — 1, Jesse Russell-Cheung, 2:22.17 (FW). 3, Marco Tejidor, 2:31.47 (JO).

200 fly — 2, Marco Tejidor, 2:17.01 (JO). 3, Caleb Andres, 2:29.56 (JO).

400 IM — 1, Jesse Russell-Cheung, 4:45.93 (JO). 

 

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