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April 5, 2005 > Flying Fish Stand out in Swim Meets

Flying Fish Stand out in Swim Meets

by Praveena Raman

Whether they are swimming the Pacific Swimming the All Star Meet, the Spring Junior Olympics or the Cuda Meet at Oakland, the Flying Fish swimmers from Club Sport Fremont have been making a name for themselves.

"I just received a note from the United States Masters Swimming that two of our relays from last year [2004] qualified for All American Status" beams Mark Carter, Aquatics director and Flying Fish coach. The swimmers who qualified for this status were Mya Fong, Stephanie Yu, Chris Raimondi and Kevin Doe.

In the All Star Meet on March 6, a five way dual meet between the five zones of Pacific Swimming, the Flying Fish girls placed second overall and the boys placed third. The combined team placed third in Zone 1 North and South. Eight-year-old Andrew Ho qualified for the Junior Olympics (March 11-13) in the 50-yard breast stroke while nine year old Justin Ho qualified in the same event for the short course Far Western championships held from March 31 through April 3.

The Junior Olympic meet that took place in San Ramon on March 11 though 13 is not a really a championship meet but is used by most teams as a warm up meet before the championship meet taking place at the end of March. In this meet 13-year-old Rohan Patnaik swam 13 races in 48 hours including six trial races. He placed first in 100 Fly, second in 100 IM (individual medley), third in 100 Breast and 200 IM, fifth in 50 Breast and sixth in 400 IM. The Flying Fish swimmers who qualified after this meet for the championships are Jennifer Bone, 200 Back and 200 Breast; Rohan Patnaik 100/200 Fly; Victoria Lee 50/100 Fly; and Justin Ho 50/100 Breast. Besides these swimmers the 10 and under boys 200 Free and 200 Medley Relay teams and 11 and 12 year old girls 200/400 Medley Relay and 200/400 Freestyle Relay teams qualified as well.

In the Cuda Meet that took place at Mills College on Sunday, March 20, hosted by the Oakland Barracudas some of the Flying Fish swimmers had new "A" times while others qualified for the Long Course Pacific Swimming Championships that will take place from July 14 through 17. The swimmers who made new "A" times are John Xu (8 years, 25 Breast); Victoria Lee (12 years, 200 Free); Dominic Rapp (10 years, 100 Back) and Garrett Chan (9 years, 100 Back).

The Swimmers who qualified for the Long Course Pacific Swimming Championships are Garrett Chan (9 years, 100 Back); Lauren Damian (11 years, 50 Fly); Eileen Nguyen (12 years, 100 Back); Dominic Rapp (10 years, 50 Back) and Jennifer Xu (11 years 100 Back and 50 Free).

The Flying Fish will be swimming this week at the Far Western Championships in Morgan Hill from March 31 through April 3.

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