Penguin swimmers rule home pool
At the conclusion of the Penguin Plunge open swim meet, Penguins swim team coach Larry Gruver joked with his swimmers that maybe they all should spend part of their summer with another sport.
Penguins Jon Huffman-Eddy and Tess Carlson did just that, though one wouldn’t know that by watching them dominate their respective age groups at the season-ending meet, held Friday through Sunday at Nevada Union High School.
Huffman-Eddy, who spent three weeks of his summer attending basketball camps, took eight individual firsts in the boys 13-14 age group at a meet that featured 15 club teams, some of which traveled more than two hours to compete.
Carlson, who split time between swimming and water polo this summer, set personal bests in each of the 11 individual events in the 11-12 age group she entered, winning five of them.
“Jon was one of many boys who had a great meet,” Gruver said. “I thought Andy Franks was another swimmer who did as well, and had a great meet. And Tess is getting bigger, stronger. She is a heck of a swimmer.”
Huffman-Eddy won the 500 freestyle in 5 minutes, 19.74 seconds on Friday in the first event he entered. He also took firsts in the 200 individual medley and the open 400 IM. He also won the 200 open breast stroke, the open 1,000 freestyle, the 100 breaststroke, the 200 freestyle, and took first in the 100 freestyle, with Franks and Ryan Stefani placing second and third.
Stefani went on to lead a sweep in the 50 freestyle (24.52). Franks finished second to Huffman-Eddy five times, but topped the field in the 100 backstroke (1:02.01) and the 200 open backstroke (2:14.78).
“I didn’t expect to do this well, but I did expect to make a showing,” Huffman-Eddy said.
Carlson was one of four Penguins to compete earlier in the week at the Far Western swim meet in Concord. She carried the momentum of her performance there into a strong showing at the Penguins home pool.
Carlson finished second to Penguin teammate Caitlin Lee in the 500 freestyle in her first event Friday. Saturday, Carlson found her stroke in the speed events. She won the 50 butterfly (29.88), the 100 freestyle (1:00.6), the 200 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and the 50 freestyle (28.25) events before the three-day meet had concluded.
“I was definitely most pleased with my 50 ‘fly,” Carlson said. “I finally broke the 30(-second) barrier, which I’ve been waiting for. It was an all-around great meet for me.”
The Penguins took numerous first-place finishes throughout the three-day meet. Kellyn Loehr won the 15-16s won the 200 open breaststroke, 100 breaststroke and the 100 freestyle. Julie Heaton won the 100 freestyle in the 17-18 age group, while Elise Tuttle won the 200 backstroke. Samantha Stowe won the 200 IM.
Francis Giuliani won four individual events in the boys 15-16 age group, defeating the field in the 500 freestyle, the open 1,000 freestyle, 200 freestyle, and open 200 backstroke.
Evan Feickert won six events in the 17-18 age group. Feickert won the 500 freestyle, the 100 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the open 1,000 and 100 freestyle events, the 200 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. He was atop a Penguin sweep in the 50 freestyle, with J.D. Ellingson and Jesse Kirkpatrick taking second and third.
Seth Derrick took firsts in the 19-and-over age group in the 200 IM, the 100 breaststroke and the 100 freestyle. Dan Robinson won the open 400 IM in the 13-14 age group, as well as open 200 butterfly.
Mason Edwards took first in the 15-16s 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle with a time of :51.92.
Nicholas Ingersoll won the open 200 breast stroke and the 100 breast stroke events at the 11-12 age group.
Gabriel Ingersoll won the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke events at the 9-10 age groups.
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