The 2013 Far Western Short Course Championship in early April had entries from the Canadian All-Star Team, 15 USA local swimming committees, 184 USA swim clubs, 1,861 USA swimming athletes, 7,187 individual entries and 372 relay entries. The meet regularly attracts athletes from across the United States, Mexico and Canada.
One athlete from Nevada County made her way to compete at this very prestigious event — Emma Lawless, 12, who swims year-round for Northern Sierra Aquatics and qualified in four events for this year’s Far Westerns.
Lawless took 15th in 50-yard butterfly with a time of 28.35 seconds. She was also 32nd in the 100 butterfly.
Northern Sierra Aquatics is a club swim team part of USA Swimming, the governing body of the country’s most successful Olympic sport.
Northern Sierra Aquatics is a coach-directed program. The coaching staff has put in a tremendous amount of work to develop this program into one of the most comprehensive in the United States. This program can take a swimmer as far as she dares to dream while focusing on the importance of each team member, regardless of ability or talent level.