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Folsom’s Sierra Marlins host 2012 Sierra Nevada Junior Olympics

Prestigious three-day event draws hundreds of athletes and families to city
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The Folsom Aquatic Center, home of the Sierra Marlins Swim Team, was the site of the 2012 Sierra Nevada Junior Olympics Swimming Championships from March 2-4. The event, drawing 24 Northern California teams, was the highlight of the short-course swim season with 563 qualifying athletes competing. “We have one of the top facilities in the region which made for a very fast swim meet,” said Sierra Marlins Head Coach Jeff Pearson. “Our Marlin athletes swam extremely well with many earning new qualifying standards, swimming best times and breaking Junior Olympic records.” The Marlins, which have been a partner at the Folsom Aquatics Center since 2001, conducted a fiscal impact survey of the three-day meet, tallying the city’s financial boost from families’ hotel stays, restaurant dining and other expenditures. “The fiscal impact survey we conducted shows that this meet brought in more than $215,000 in revenue to the city of Folsom,” said Sierra Marlins Board President Nathan Laskey. “We are very proud to have brought Junior Olympics to the city. We plan to continue bringing high profile events like this one to the aquatics center.” Among the top three finishing teams at the meet, California Capital Aquatics earned first place, Arden Hills finished second and the Sierra Marlins took third place. Sierra Marlins highlights include: Junior Olympic record breakers • Colby Mefford, 10 and under boys, 200 free (2.10.08); 50 fly (30.32) • Chloe Miller, 13-14 girls, 200 breast (2:24.81) • 11-12 boys, 200 free relay (1:45.96), Jason Feldkamp, Ryan Thoms, Kyle Wong, Leon Kassianenko • 13-14 girls, 400 free relay (3:44.33), Paige Brackett, Chloe Miller, Alayna Gocke, Heaven Quintana • 13-14 girls, 200 medley relay (1:54.37), Fiona Dodson, Chloe Miller, Delaney Down, Heaven Quintana Top 3 finishers • Avery Conrad, 11-12 girls, 200 breast, 3rd (2:41.11) • Jason Feldkamp, 11-12 boys, 100 free, 3rd (57.87) • Leon Kassienenko, 11-12 boys, 50 fly, 2nd (27.94); 100 back, 2nd (1:05.02); 100 IM, 3rd (1:04.31); 50 back, 2nd (30.19); 200 IM, 3rd (2:20.31); 50 breast, 1st (33.76); 50 free, 2nd (25.53) • Halladay Kinsey, 11-12 girls, 200 breast, 2nd (2:39.91); 100 IM, 2nd (1:06.10); 200 IM, 2nd (2:21.09); 50 breast, 2nd (33.58) • Kyle Lehr, 10 and under boys, 100 back, 3rd (1:16.19) • Bryce Mefford, 13-14 boys, 100 back, 2nd (59.19); 500 free, 3rd (5:05.91), 200 back, 3rd (2:06.14); 1650 free, 3rd (17:44.82) • Colby Mefford, 10 and under boys, 200 free, 1st (2:10.08); 50 back, 2nd (32.47); 500 free, 2nd (5:56.16); 50 free, 1st (27.42); 100 IM, 2nd (1:12.90); 50 fly, 1st (30.32); 100 free, 2nd (1:00.16) • Chloe Miller, 13-14 girls, 200 breast, 1st (2:24.81); 100 breast, 1st (1:08.36); 200 IM, 2nd (2:10.75) • Jacob Mitchell, 10 and under boys, 50 fly, 3rd (33.33) • Finn O’Haimihrgin, 10 and under, 100 fly, 3rd (1:16.88) • Jason Phen, 13-14 boys, 200 fly, 3rd (2:11.91) • Heaven Quintana, 13-14 girls, 200 fly, 2nd (2:08.93); 1650 free, 3rd (18:12.37); 100 fly, 2nd (59.49) • Isabella Sangraw, 11-12 girls, 100 breast, 2nd (1:12.54), 50 breast, 1st (33.03) • Kyle Wong, 11-12 boys, 200 breast, 1st (2:39.36); 100 breast, 2nd (1:13.09) The Sierra Marlins Swim Team is affiliated with USA Swimming and strives to help kids become extraordinary individuals through the sport of swimming. The team’s 250 swimmers are taught life concepts such as goal setting, self-discipline and commitment.