Local swimmers shine in Santa Clara

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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Eight members of the Lifetime Fitness Swim Team traveled to Santa Clara Aug. 2-5 to compete in the USA Swimming Futures Championships.

Coached by Tim McCormick, the team members included Cris Gore, Evan McCormick, Hannah Joseph, Jonah Harm, Morgan Gore, Jasmine Williams, Chris Ranlett and Isaiah Arnez. Four of the swimmers made the finals and scored top-nine finishes, while three others qualified for the consolation final heats.

Leading the way was Cris Gore, who picked up the team’s only gold medal, as he won the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes, 4.63 seconds. Gore’s Futures Championship swim was just .04 seconds off of the Winter Nationals qualifying time.

Evan McCormick posted the second-best finish for the team, as he took third in the 100-meter breast stroke in 1:05.15. His time was a Winter Nationals mark, his first ever. McCormick also placed 10th in the 50-meter freestyle (24.02) and he finished 22nd in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:10.62.

Hannah Joseph also made the finals and placed sixth in the 50-meter freestyle in 26.85. Her swim earned her a trip to Austin, Texas this December for Winter Junior Nationals.

Also reaching the finals was Jonah Harm, who placed seventh in the 200-meter individual medley. Harm’s time of 2:08.89 was sixth-tenths of a second shy of qualifying for Winter Nationals. Harm also took 16th in the 100-meter butterfly (57.20) and 100-meter breast stroke (1:06.89), while placing 17th in the 200-meter breast stroke (2:26.67).

Morgan Gore also made the consolation finals in two events. Gore placed 20th in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:03.82, while finishing 21st in the 200-meter butterfly in 2:22.38. Gore also dropped 1.3 seconds off her best time in the 200-meter individual medley.

Jasmine Williams improved her times in the 100-meter backstroke (1:08.53) and 50-meter freestyle (27.79). Chris Ranlett and Isaiah Arnez both qualified for the Futures Championships two weeks earlier at Junior Olympics, swimming the same 24.83 qualifying time in the 50-meter freestyle. Both ended the Futures meet with some personal-best times, according to Coach McCormick.

Ranlett swam on two relays teams with Harm, Cris Gore and McCormick that placed in the finals. The 400 freestyle team placed fifth in 3:34.92, while the 400-medley relay team’s time of 3:57.21 was good enough for an eighth-place finish.

“Our swimmers performed well in a meet featuring some of the top talent in the western United States,” McCormick said. “We sought amazing swims and personal-best times and ended up placing 14th out of 86 teams. It was exciting to watch and fun to experience together. All-in-all, it was an unbelievable weekend for our athletes and parents to experience. I’m very proud of each and every one of my athletes on how they performed throughout the competition.”