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More than 600 swimmers attend regional meet in Victoria

July 14, 2012 at 2:14 a.m.
Updated July 15, 2012 at 2:15 a.m.

Grant Young backstrokes during a 25-yard heat on Saturday at the Victoria Aquatics Center.

It's the smallest gains that produced the biggest smiles.

Hundreds of swimmers, and many more supporters, filled the Victoria Aquatics Center on Saturday for a Texas Amateur Athletic Foundation regional swim meet.

Saturday's races for swimmers 10-year-old and under were the first of two days of competition. Swimmers 11-year-old and older will take the pool Sunday morning, with the first race starting at 10 a.m.

For the most part, everyone was all smiles. But, there were some who didn't.

When 8-year-old Jackson Crocker found out his time of 25.59 in the boys 25-yard backstroke knocked nearly two seconds off his personal best, his face lit up in surprise - but no smile.

"I went to practice every day. I stopped and took a break and I still beat my time," Jackson said, explaining he got a bit tired in the middle of his race.

This is Jackson's first summer swimming. He has quickly adjusted to life in the pool.

"My mom and dad wanted me to learn how to swim," Jackson said. "I was afraid to swim at first, but now I'm not."

Meet director Debi Mease said nearly 620 swimmers, more than 100 of whom were from the Victoria area, entered. The top three qualifiers in each event qualified for the TAAF Summer Games in Corpus Christi at the end of the month.

Mease said this is the first time in at least a decade Victoria has hosted a TAAF swimming regional. The meet is only open to seasonal swimmers.

"This gives the kids in little towns like Yoakum, Edna and Victoria a chance to compete in swimming," Mease said. "It's a great program.'

Within seconds of Mease's comment 6-year-old Victoria swimmer Lainee Ballin waved to Mease as she walked toward the pool to compete in the 25 freestyle. Mease smiled and waved back in a sign of good luck.

Moments later Ballin exited the pool, winner of her heat, with a smile bigger than the one she originally beamed toward Mease. Her time of 36.34 seconds sliced more than five seconds off her personal best.

It was all about having a fun time in the water. If there was any pressure, it was self-inflicted. When it arose, Deanna Chang was there to smile it out.

"We're here to have fun," Chang said between heats. "Debi encourages us to push for the kids and have fun. That's our philosophy, for the kids to have fun."

Chang, one of nearly 50 volunteers, stood at the ready bench just beyond the edge of the pool playfully telling swimmers they didn't come to the Natatorium to have fun, or "there will be no smiling." Usually, the boys and girls cracked up at Chang's histrionics.

"The good thing about swimming is you are competing against yourself," said Victoria's Tisha Franz, whose daughter competed Saturday. "No matter what place you come in, if you beat your time, you're doing well."

Franz was the one who alerted Jackson to his personal best in the backstroke. Her daughter, Macey swam in the 25 butterfly, 50 freestyle and 100 individual medley. Macey's times of 45.74 in the 50 freestyle and 2:08.20 in the medley were personal bests.

Victoria's Maddi Stanush also set a pair of personal records Saturday. She won the 25 backstroke, 25 breaststroke and 100 medley to qualify for state for the third straight year.

"Today was fun. Almost all your friends are here and you can talk with them," Maddi said.

Maddi was part of a 100 freestyle relay that won a gold medal at the TAAF state meet a year ago. With a big grin 8-year-old Maddi said she hopes to win her first individual gold at the TAAF Summer Games in two weeks.

"Watching these kids, they are getting better every week and bettering their times every week," Mease said. "It's amazing for the Victoria area to have a Natatorium like this so we can have events like this."

TAAF Region 16 Swim Results

10 and under

Victoria Aquatics Center

Girls

Girls 8 & Under 100-Yard Medley Relay

  1. Alice 1:47.57. 2. Victoria 'A' (Kallus, Sydney; Wagner, Bailee; Mann, Shaylee; Elliott, Emily); 1:47.58.

Boys 8 & Under 100 Yard Medley Relay

1, Port Aransas Swim Team 'A'; 1:24.43. 2, Alice Swim Team-ST 'A'

Girls 9-10 100-Yard Medley Relay

1, Port Aransas Swim Team 'A'; 1:10.89. 2, Nat Shipwreckers-ST 'A', 1:16.61. 3, Victoria 'A' (Cervantes, Cristina; Barker, Robin; Andrus, Catherine; Desanno, Isabel) 1:16.98.

Boys 9-10 100-Yard Medley Relay

1, Alice Swim Team-ST 'A', 1:26.38; 2, Calallen Area Swim Team 'A', 1:32.63. 3, Port Aransas,1:47.59.

Girls 8 & Under 50-Yard Freestyle

1, Dykehouse, Eliana K, PAC-ST, 40.70; 1, Mann, Shaylee, VIC, 40.70; 3, Schlimper, Christa, TMST, 46.59; 8, Lynch, Alex, VIC, 57.28.

Boys 8 & Under 50-Yard Freestyle

1, McClelland, Ian, PAST, 35.76; 2, Boyd, Thomas, CBA-ST, 36.20; 3, Lugo,

Jonah, TMST, 41.12; 5, Young, Garrett, VIC, 43.36; 8, Braunholz, Ian, VIC, 49.54; 11, Stanford, Brodde, VIC, 1:00.46; 12, Kurtz, Sammy, VIC, 1:01.30; 13, Mendoza, Braden, VIC, 1:01.80.

Girls 9-10 50-Yard Freestyle

1, Clark, Hailey, PAST, 31.05; 2, Becker, Julia J, NRST, 31.42; 3, Barwise, Kylee, PAST, 33.9;. 13, Smith, Ann, VIC, 40.94; 14, Coleman, Ella Grace G, VIC, 41.26; 18, Elliott,

Caroline, VIC, 42.06; 22, Franz, Macey, VIC, 45.74.

Boys 9-10 50-Yard Freestyle

1, Wilkey, Preston, OSO-ST, 32.52; 2, Vargas, Aidan, TMST, 35.87; 3, Pizana,

Aaron, ODEM-ST, 36.00.

Girls 6 & Under 25-Yard Backstroke

1, Winters, Karlie, KST-ST, 26.60; 2, Andrus, Alexis, VIC, 29.40; 3, Mitchon,

Aimee, VIC, 30.29; 4, Steinmann, Madilynn, VIC, 30.64; 11, Desanno, Sonja, VIC, 39.21;14, Ballin, Lainee, VIC, 44.07; 18. Stanush, Karli, VIC, 55.89.

Boys 6 & Under 25-Yard Backstroke

1, Mann, Dylan, VIC, 26.01; 2, Stunz, Hunter, PAST, 26.75; 3, Nisimblat, Matteo, ALICE-ST, 28.61; 4, Kurtz, Sammy, VIC, 32.94.

Girls 8 & Under 25-Yard Backstroke

1, Stanush, Maddison, VIC, 19.46; 2, Winters, Katie D, NRST, 21.88; 3, Mann,

Shaylee, VIC, 22.15; 5, Elliott, Emily,

VIC, 23.77. 10, Wickham, Kate, VIC, 26.11; 12, Kallus, Sydney, VIC, 26.46; 18, Wagner, Bailee, VIC, 28.82.

Boys 8 & Under 25-Yard Backstroke

1, Wohlschlegel, James I, FAST-ST, 20.05; 2, Chase, Akun S, FAST-ST, 23.42; 3,

Braunholz, Ian, VIC, 23.89; 5, Crocker,

Jackson, VIC, 25.59; 8, Burleson, Brandon, VIC, 27.38; 10, Rangnow, Jaxx, VIC, 28.32; 13, Stanford, Brodde, VIC, 29.61.

Girls 9-10 25-Yard Backstroke

1, Garcia, Zoe, TMST, 18.83; 2, Norwood, Kaitlyn M, CBA-ST, 19.11; 3. Villegas, Natalie, CCAA, 19.21. 14. Mendoza, Haley, VIC, 24.65; 18, Vinson, Kylee, VIC, 25.04; 26, Mitchon, Kaitlin, VIC, 27.48; 33. Franklin, Reece, VIC, 29.04.

Boys 9-10 25-Yard Backstroke

1, Potter, Eric, TMST, 18.36; 2, Vargas, Aidan, TMST, 19.89; 3, Guerrero, Luis, CBA-ST, 20.12; 5, Narvaez-Patterson, Maurice, VIC, 20.98; 6, Immenhauser, Alec, VIC, 21.40; 12, Meyer, Austin, VIC, 24.13; 22, Buchhorn, Cameron, VIC, 28.98.

Girls 8 & Under 25-Yard Breaststroke

1, Stanush, Maddison, VIC, 21.48; 2, McKinney, Lindsay, ROCK-ST, 24.08.; 3. Winters, Katie D, NRST, 28.00; 13, Zinke, Dru, VIC, 39.47.

Boys 8 & Under 25-Yard Breaststroke

1, Parsons, Miles, PAST, 22.38; 2, Nunley, Ross, VIC, 24.96; 3, Nisimblat, Luca, ALICE-ST, 26.13. 11, Rangnow, Jaxx, VIC, 32.68. 12. .

Girls 9-10 25-Yard Breaststroke

1, Becker, Julia J, NRST, 19.53; 2, Parsons, Wynne, PAST, 20.49; 3, Downes, Kendall, ALICE-ST, 21.02; 8. Kallman, Piper, VIC, 23.98; 9. Broughton, Sawyer, VIC, 24.17; 15. Groll, Autumn, VIC, 24.66; 18. Coleman, Ella Grace G, VIC; 25.82; 20. Pohl, Jillian, VIC, 26.98.

Boys 9-10 25-Yard Breaststroke

1, Kreutziger, Conner, PAST, 22.05; 2, Brown, KC, CAST, 24.60; 3, Cardona,

Brandon, CAST, 25.17.

Girls 8 & Under 25-Yard Butterfly

1, Wilson, Bianca L, FAST-ST, 21.37; 2, Dykehouse, Eliana K, PAC-ST, 23.28; 3,

Escobar, Bria, ALICE-ST, 27.57.

Boys 8 & Under 25-Yard Butterfly

1, Boyd, Thomas, CBA-ST, 18.6; . 2, Molina, Jaden, ALICE-ST, 20.57; 3, Parsons, Miles, PAST, 22.98.

Girls 9-10 25-Yard Butterfly

  1. Andrus, Catherine, VIC, 17.53; 2, Ferguson, Cynthia, NAT-ST, 17.97; 3, Parsons, Wynne, PAST, 18.22; 11. Elliott, Caroline, VIC, 23.97; 14. Groll, Autumn, VIC, 27.93; 15, Franz, Macey, VIC, 28.33; 18, Mitchon, Kaitlin, VIC, 31.80.

Boys 9-10 25-Yard Butterfly

1, Potter, Eric, TMST, 17.18; 2, Guerrero, Luis, CBA-ST, 19.46; 3, Charles,

JC, ALICE-ST, 19.91.

Girls 6 & Under 25-Yard Freestyle

  1. Steinmann, Madilynn, VIC, 25.53; 2, O'Brien, Taryn, ODEM-ST, 26.83; 3. Wickham, Anna Grace, VIC, 27.17; 8. Mitchon, Aimee, VIC, 30.80; 9, Andrus, Alexis, VIC, 30.9; 18. Desanno, Sonja, VIC, 42.39.

Boys 6 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle

  1. Stunz, Hunter, PAST, 22.19; 2. Mann, Dylan, VIC, 24.47; 3, Nisimblat, Matteo, ALICE-ST, 25.47; 4. Kurtz, Sammy, VIC, 26.08. 5, Young, Grant, VIC 28.37.

Girls 8 & Under 25-Yard Freestyle

1, Wilson, Bianca L, FAST-ST, 17.76. 2, Edwards, Katryn, ODEM-ST, 18.83. 3,

Winters, Katie D, NRST, 20.16. 4, Elliott, Emily, VIC, 20.45. 21, Lynch, Alex, VIC, 25.87. 23, Zinke, Dru, VIC, 26.81. 25, Wickham, Anna Grace, VIC, 27.24.

Boys 8 & Under 25-Yard Freestyle

1, Boyd, Thomas, CBA-ST, 16.87. 2, Wohlschlegel, James I, FAST-ST, 17.88. 3,

Nunley, Ross, VIC, 17.98. 8, Young, Garrett, VIC, 19.62. 9, Braunholz, Ian, VIC, 20.76. 14, Burleson, Brandon, VIC, 22.12. 18, Crocker, Jackson, VIC, 23.23. 24, Rangnow, Jaxx, VIC, 25.48. 28, Stanford, Brodde, VIC, 28.13.

Girls 9-10 25-Yard Freestyle

1, Garcia, Zoe, TMST, 15.56. 2, Barwise, Kylee, PAST, 15.68. 3, Andrus, Catherine, VIC, 15.70. 4, Elliott, Caroline, VIC, 15.83. 9, Cervantes, Cristina, VIC, 16.98. 15, Broughton, Sawyer, VIC, 17.88. 18, Smith, Ann, VIC, 19.14. 29, Smith, Victoria, CCAA, 21.31.

Boys 9-10 25-Yard Freestyle

1, Wilkey, Preston, OSO-ST, 15.52. 2, Vargas, Aidan, TMST, 16.37. 3, Kalbfleisch, Joey, SFMR-ST, 16.68. 11, Immenhauser, Alec, VIC, 17.59; 14, Narvaez-Patterson, Maurice, VIC, 18.72. 23, Meyer, Austin, VIC, 20.15. 24, Dry, Allen, VIC, 20.19.

36, Buchhorn, Cameron, VIC, 25.70.

Girls 8 & Under-100 Yard IM

1, Stanush, Maddison, VIC, 1:31.23. 2, Dykehouse, Eliana K, PAC-ST, 1:45.47.

3, Cardona, Mia, ALICE-ST, 2:09.49. --, Brendalen, Madeline L, NRST, DQ.

Boys 8 & Under-100 Yard IM

1, McClelland, Ian, PAST, 1:35.02. --, Revilla, Tres, ALICE-ST, DQ.

Girls 9-10-100 Yard IM

1, Clark, Hailey, PAST, 1:24.71. 2, Desanno, Isabel, VIC, 1:29.57. 3, Becker,

Julia J, NRST, 1:35.73. 8, Groll, Autumn, VIC, 1:57.43. 9, Franz, Macey, VIC, 2:08.20.

Boys 9-10-100 Yard IM

1, Potter, Eric, TMST, 1:33.69. 2, Guerrero, Luis, CBA-ST, 1:41.46. 3, Kreutziger, Conner, PAST, 1:42.86.

Girls 6 & Under-100 Yard Freestyle Relay

1, Victoria 'A' (Steinmann, Madilynn 6, Andrus, Alexis 6, Wickham, Anna Grace

6, Ballin, Lainee 6), 2:11.09. 2, Alice Swim Team-ST 'A' (Martinez, Alize 6,

Gomez, Abigail 6, Munoz, Aaliyah 6, Nisimblat, Valentina 5), 2:11.54. 3, Alice

Swim Team-ST 'B' (Lara, Ella 6, Porter, Maya 5, Rubio, Caitlynn 6,

DeLosSantos, Jaklyn 6), 2:41.65.

Boys 6 & Under-100 Yard Freestyle Relay

1, Alice Swim Team-ST 'A' (White-Farrell, Gage 4, Munoz, Marco 5, Nisimblat,

Matteo 6, Molina, Joaquin 6), 2:12.10.

Girls 8 & Under-100 Yard Freestyle Relay

1, Alice Swim Team-ST 'A' (Shults, Syddah 7, Escobar, Bria 7, Charles, Elizabeth 8, Cardona, Mia 8), 1:26.09. 2, Victoria 'A' (Wagner, Bailee 7, Kallus, Sydney 8, Chomout, Constance 8, Wickham, Kate 7), 1:37.40. 3, Odem Swim Team-ST 'A' (Rodriguez, Katherine 7, O'Brien, Taryn 6, Rogers, AJ 6, Edwards, Katryn 8), 1:38.98.

Boys 8 & Under-100 Yard Freestyle Relay

1, Alice Swim Team-ST 'A' (Gonzalez, Derrick 8, Nisimblat, Luca 8, Molina, Jaden 7, Revilla, Tres 8), 1:17.23. 2, Victoria 'A' (Nunley, Ross 8, Young, Garrett 8, Burleson, Brandon 7, Crocker, Jackson 8), 1:22.81. 3, Odem Swim Team-ST 'A' (Harshbarger, Henry 7, Underwood, Cody 8, Harshbarger, Nelson 7, Cantu, Danny 8), 1:31.18.

Girls 9-10 100-Yard Freestyle Relay

1, Coastal Bend AllStars-ST 'A' (DeLaRosa, Jade 10, Barraza, Amy M 9, Deleon,

Caitlin 10, Norwood, Kaitlyn M 9), 1:07.54. 2, Victoria 'A' (Desanno, Isabel 9, Cervantes, Cristina 9, Kallman, Piper 10, Barker, Robin 9), 1:07.65. 3, Nat Shipwreckers-ST 'A' (Ramirez, Ashley 10, Garcia-Esparza, Peach 9, Jimenez, Camie 9, Ferguson, Cynthia 9), 1:08.81. 7, Victoria

'B' (Broughton, Sawyer 9, Coleman, Ella Grace G 10, Smith, Ann 10, Pohl, Jillian 9), 1:14.47.

Boys 9-10 100-Yard Freestyle Relay

1, Odem Swim Team-ST 'A' (Mann, Dakota 10, Cantu, Scotty 9, Chavez, Ruben 10, Pizana, Aaron 9), 1:10.38. 2, Alice Swim Team-ST 'A' (Hinojosa, Alex 10, Gonzalez, David 10, Arizpe, Nathan 10, Charles, JC 9), 1:11.48. 3, Odem Swim Team-ST 'B' (Rios, Oscar 9, Summa, Dylan 10, Medina, Art 9, Deluna III, Abelardo 10), 1:20.75. 4, Victoria 'A' (Immenhauser, Alec 9, Dry, Allen 9, Narvaez-Patterson, Maurice 10, Buchhorn, Cameron 9), 1:21.49.

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