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January 4, 2005 > Flying Fish Swimmers End 2004 With a Bang

Flying Fish Swimmers End 2004 With a Bang

by Praveena Raman

For most people December is a month for festivities and revelry, a month to socialize and enjoy Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza but not for some young swimmers from Club Sport Fremont. While Tri-City residents were enjoying parties, baking and shopping, the Flying Fish swimmers were braving cold temperatures and working hard to meet their lofty goals.

"The month was a good one for the Flying Fish" said coach and Athletic Director, Mark Carter with satisfaction. "Rohan was selected to the Quad Meet All Star Team. Three of our 11-12 year olds were selected to attend the Pacifc Swimming Honor Camp in January and three of the Fish attended a special clinic at UC Berkley hosted by the UC Berkeley Head Coach/Olympic Team Coach Nort Thornton."

12-year-old Rohan Patnaik was selected as part of the Pacific Quad Meet All Star Team and will be competing in a dual meet against swimmers from Southern California, Washington and Oregon in Jan. 2005. The team consists of eight 11-12 and 13-14 age group swimmers from Northern California selected on the combined times from all the swim meets that have taken place in the fall season.

Brent Hsu, Victoria Lee and Amy Lam were selected to attend the Pacific Swimming Honor Camp in January of 2005. This is a two-day overnight camp where they will work with other selected swimmers on stroke form and race strategy. Fellow swimmers Rohan Patnaik, Jessica Tu and Jennifer Bone had attended the UC Berkeley clinic hosted by Olympic Team coach Nort Thornton in the past.

From December 3 through December 5, 10 of the Flying Fish swim team members, Rohan Patnaik (12), Jennifer Xu (10), Jennifer Bone (14), Jessica Tu (13), Amy Lam (12), Brent Hsu (12), Victoria Lee (11), Dominic Rapp (9), Justin Ho (9) and Garrett Chan (9), participated in the short course Junior Olympic Championships in Pacifica. At the end of the three days, Rohan had won first place in 50 Fly and 100 Fly and second place in 200 Fly. Jennifer Xu placed first in 50 Fly and second in 50 Free. In the Junior Olympics Championships awards are given to the top eight swimmers and there is point tabulation for age group high point. Detailed results with swimmer times follow the article.

The weekend of December 11-12, 92 Flying Fish swimmers participated in the end of the season Pacific Swimming championships in Stockton, California. Braving Stockton's famed tulle fog and freezing 40-degree temperatures, the swimmers ranging in age from 8-16 years swam their very best. Two of the eight-year-olds had new Pacific Reportable times placing in the top 16 in Northern California, nine of the swimmers had new AA times qualifying them for the next Junior Olympics in December 2005 and 24 swimmers had new A times which is the first level of achievement.

Beginning in January, Club Sport Fremont will offer swimming programs open to both members and non-members. Also in January, private swimming lessons will continue and a five-week pre-season conditioning/stroke improvement clinic for high school swimmers will begin. In February, Club Sport will be starting a seven-week pre-season conditioning/stroke improvement clinic for summer league swimmers. For more information about these programs contact Athletic Director Mark Carter at (510) 226-8500 x520.

Pacific Swimming Junior Olympics Championships Results:

December 3: Rohan Patnaik - 50 Fly First 26.40, 200 IM Seventh 2:23.03; 50 Breast (won the consolation finals but was disqualified for an infraction of the rules); Jennifer Xu - 50 Fly First 32.38, 100 IM Ninth 1:14.72, 50 Breast did not place 41.12 in trials; Brent Hsu - 50 Breast 14th 36.59, 50 Fly 14th 32.1,100 Free did not place 1:01.8 in trials; Jennifer Bone - 200 Back 16th 2:21.86, 200 IM did not place 2:22.8 in trials 100 Breast did not place 1:14.0 in trials; Victoria Lee - 50 Fly 11th place 29.45; Jessica Tu - 100 Breast did not place 1:16.7 in trials; Dominic Rapp - 50 Breast did not place 42.8 in trials

December 4: Rohan Patnaik - 200 Fly Second 2:19.79, 50 Back Sixth 30.37, 100 IM Ninth 1:05.67; Jenn Xu - 100 Fly Ninth 1:16.97, 50 Back Ninth 34.66, 100 Free 1:07.6 did not place; Brent Hsu - 100 IM 1:10.9 scratched consolation finals; Jennifer Bone - 400 IM 5:08.7, 100 Back 1:06.0; Jessica Tu - 100 Back 1:09.1; Victoria Lee - 50 Back 32.76; Amy Lam - 50 Back 33.24; Dominic Rapp - 50 Back 37.0; Justin Ho - 50 Back 37.13, 100 Breast 1:31.58; Garrett Chan - 50 Back 37.56

December 5: Rohan Patnaik - 200 Breast Ninth 2:41.29, 100 Fly First 59.97, 50 Free Ninth 26.14; Jennifer Xu - 100 Back Tenth 1:15.04, 50 Free Second 29.22; Jennifer Bone - 200 Breast 2:39.82, 200 Free 2:09.03; Jessica Tu - 200 Breast 2:44.45;Victoria Lee -100 Fly 1:08.30, 50 Free 28.08.

Pacific Swimming Championships - Stockton, California. Results:

Irene Chon (8) - 50 Fly 40.50 and Kathleen Nguyen (8) - 50 Free 33.99 get new Pacific Reportable Times and place in the top 16.

Nine new AA's (the qualifying mark for the next Junior Olympics) Kimberley Ho (10) - 50 Free 31.94, 50 Back 39.35, 100 Back 1:22.05; Dominic Rapp (9) - 50 Free 31.08, 50 Fly 37.22, 100 Fly 1:24.97; Brent Hsu (12) - 100 Breast 1:20.55, 200 IM 2:35.02 and Rohan Patnaik - 200 Free 2:12.32.

Twenty Four new A times (the first level of achievment) - Austin Chen (8), Andrew Ho (8), Stacey Yi (10), Garrett Chan (9), Eric Lam (9), Daniel Lim (9), Alex Yaung (9), Christina Adams (11), Sasha Alcon (11), Esther Chu (11), Lauren Damain (11), Victoria Lee (11), Brittany Tan (11), Jane Yu (11), Brent Hsu (12), Jefferey Cespon (14), Jonathon Hsia (13), Stephanie Tsuyemura (16).

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