The Nevada Union Swim team finished its 2013 season last week, competing against 113 other high school teams at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section meet in Lodi.
Swimmers had to achieve qualifying times in individual events or be part of a qualifying relay team to compete in this meet. The top 16 qualifiers in the May 9 and May 10 preliminary events returned to swim in the finals Saturday.
The varsity girls team of Nicole Blaney, Lisa Ellis, Hayley Chase, Robyn Fernandez and Christie Wurster swam the 200 medley and 200 free relay, qualifying for Saturday’s consolation final in the 200 free relay. The girls had a total of nine individual swims May 9. Ellis qualified for Saturday’s 100 backstroke final and swam a season best 1:00.24. Blaney, who qualified for the consolation final in the 100 backstroke, swam a season best 1:02.57.
The varsity boys team of Parker Rhodes, Nathan Ashbaugh, Kendall Pawlowksi and Patrick Herbert qualified for two relays and seven individual events. Although unable to attend the event, senior Darby Porteous helped the 400 free relay team qualify for sections, and he also qualified for the individual 100 freestyle. The boys 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams both qualified May 10 for the consolation finals Saturday. Pawlowski, a senior who swam in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle May 10, qualified for the consolation final in the butterfly. Herbert qualified for the consolation heats of the 50 free and 100 backstroke, in which he dropped more than a second to move up from 15th to 13th place.
The frosh/soph girls team of Faith Robichaud, Grace Baker, Sydni Robinson, Charlotte Coffin, Samantha Kruschke and Emma Lauterbach qualified for three relays and six individual events. Robinson qualified in the top 16 in both her individual events, swimming a 56.08 in the consolation heat of the 100 free and a 1:01.74 in the finals heat of the 100 backstroke.
The frosh/soph boys team of Dominic Giuliani, Theo Twidwell, Franz Shimek, Forrest Lee and Quinn Moorehead qualified for two relays and three indivual events. The 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay teams both qualified for Saturday’s consolation finals heats. On May 10, Twidwell swam a personal best in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.54. Giuliani, a sophomore on the varsity team, qualified for Saturday’s scored finals events in the 100 and 50 freestyle. He finished second in the 50 free with a time of 22.56 and moved up from sixth to third place in the 100 free, dropping a full second in the process with a 49.16.
Several of the seniors on the NU section team are planning on swimming at the college level, while the majority of the non-seniors plan to train with the local Northern Sierra Aquatics swim club this summer and beyond.