Broadstone Barracudas win league swim title for first timeBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
The Suburban Swim League championships held July 20-22 at Sierra College was the culmination of a season-long worth of work, as well as a coronation of a team’s long climb to the top.
After years of being the smallest and lowest-scoring team in the league, the Broadstone Barracudas capped off an undefeated 7-0 regular season by winning the league championship meet with 1,499 points, outscoring Park Terrace 1,198 and the El Dorado Hills Taz, 1090.
Not only was it Broadstone’s first time winning the championship, it was the first time a team from Folsom, either Broadstone or the Folsom Sea Otters, finished higher than third place in the championship meet. It was also the first time in the last 28 years that a team other than Park Terrace or El Dorado Hills won the championship.
“The Broadstone Barracudas were at the bottom of the league for many years, but have been gradually improving over the last five-plus years,” Coach Wendy Webster said. “Last year, we finished third at champs, and while we certainly thought we could improve that again this year, I’m not sure any of us realized how ready the team was to take the leap into first. Our goal as a team was simply to continue focusing on technique and working together as a team to improve.
“One of the biggest challenges we gave the swimmers this year was to focus more on the team and not only their individual results. We asked them to swim from their heart and let their passion drive them. The results that took place this weekend are a reflection of how much they embraced that challenge and completely exceeded our expectations.”
The Barracudas set 14 Suburban Swim League records during the meet, not to mention numerous team records. Aaron Siy and Tyler Nguyen each set three individual league records, while Maggie Lam set one. Siy had a dominant meet in the 11-12 age group, as he placed first in all of his events, setting league records in the 100-yard individual medley (1:00.65), 50-yard breast stroke (30.64) and 50-yard butterfly (26.89). He was the high-point award winner in his age group, and also won the 50-yard backstroke (29.81) and 100-yard freestyle (57.56).
Nguyen was also the high-point winner in the 13-14 boys’ division, as he set league records in the 100-yard individual medley (58.18), 100 freestyle (51.63, in prelims) and 50-yard breast stroke (28.58). He also won the 50-yard backstroke (27.83).
Lam earned the most points in the 15-16 girls’ division, setting a league record in the 100-yard individual medley (1:01.83), while also winning the 50-yard freestyle (25.42).
Other individual event winners included Sarah Galovan (100 IM, 1:07.10), 50-yard freestyle, 26.61), and 50-yard butterfly, 28.41), Jack Jenkins (100-yard backstroke, 55.29), Audrey Camarillo (50-yard free, 24.94), Sydney Salas (100-yard free, 59.71), Megan Baker (100-yard free, 54.20), Andrew Baker (100-yard free, 50.38), Taryn Graham (25-yard breast stroke, 20.17), Levi Perez (25-yard breast stroke, 19.63), Marisa Ritchie (100-yard breast stroke, 1:08.60), Kat Poon (50-yard butterfly, 28.09) and Eric Thomure (50-yard butterfly, 23.37).
Graham (7-8 girls) and Galovan (11-12 girls), joined Siy, Nguyen and Lam as high-point scorers for the Barracudas.
Broadstone also set seven league records in relay events: 11-12 girls’ 200 medley (Sydney Salas, Megan Gover, Sarah Galovan, Olivia Mancinelli, 2:05.74), 13-14 girls’ 200 medley (Lexi Galovan, Carly Baadte, Kat Poon, Natalie Mancinelli, 2:00.50), 15-18 girls’ 200 medley (Maggie Lam, Marisa Ritchie, Megan Baker, Audrey Camarillo, 1:51.91), 11-12 girls’ 200 free (Sarah Galovan, Olivia Mancinelli, Avery Dean, Sydney Salas, 1:51.05), 11-12 boys’ 200 free (Alexander Webster, Drew Dillard, Peyton Crawford, Aaron Siy, 1:49.20), 13-14 boys’ 200 free (Pierson Diehl, Anthony Camarillo, Jackson Baker, Tyler Nguyen, 1:37.32) and 15-18 girls’ 200 free (Megan Baker, Audrey Camarillo, Marisa Ritchie, Maggie Lam, 1:40.78).
Broadstone also won four other relays: 7-8 girls’ 100 medley (Addisyn Fitch, Gracie Woodward, Taryn Graham, Harper Rios, 1:21.33), 11-12 boys’ 200 medley (Alexander Webster, Drew Dillard, Aaron Siy, Peyton Crawford, 2:06.59), 13-14 boys’ 200 medley (Tyler Nguyen, Ryan Pham, Pierson Diehl, Anthony Camarillo, 1:49.54) and the 13-14 girls’ 200 free (Lexi Galovan, Camryn Tice, Kat Poon, Natalie Mancinelli, 1:46.68).
Webster attributed the team’s success to the members of the team.
“The kids worked so hard and consistently came to practices and meets,” Webster said. “They put aside their fears and allowed their bodies to push past perceived limits. Most importantly, they worked together as a team; pushing each other at practices and cheering for each other at meets.”