North Coast Aquatics win overall team honors at Short Course Junior Olympics

The young swimmers of North Coast Aquatics were able to secure the Overall Team Championship at the 2015 Short Course Junior Olympics, held at Poway Community Pool, with 3,933 points — more than 1,000 points beyond the second-place finisher.

Three days full of fast-paced racing ensured that NCA would have memorable swims and other accolades in addition to the Overall Team Championship. Two NCA athletes earned the title of Individual High Point Winner: Lan Zhu was the High Point Winner for the Boys 10 and Under category, and Cassidy Liu tied for High Point Winner in the Boys 11 and 12 bracket.

One of the highlights of the weekend came on Saturday evening during the Championship Final of the Boys 10 and Under 50-yard butterfly. Five North Coast swimmers qualified for the A final and were able to sweep first through fifth place: Lan Zhu, Cathal Ryan, Brady DiMaria, Ian Palmroos, and Jaeden Tran.

Also noteworthy was NCA’s dominance of the girls butterfly in the 13- and 14-year-old girls 200 Butterfly Championship Final. Of the eight swimmers who qualified for the A Final, six were North Coast swimmers. NCA swimmer Anna Stephan won the 200 fly with a time of 2:10.93. Teammates Mia Thomas, Lindsay Turner, Emily Ekaireb, Evelyn Chou, and Julianna Natale finished second, third, fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively.

“I am thrilled with the success of our age group program this season,” said North Coast Aquatics head coach and team owner Jeff Pease. “We have a ton of potential in our 14 and Under swimmers, and I am excited to watch them grow in the sport.”