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Mammoth Sharks swim team reaches end of season

August 24, 2012

Anastasia Seator-Braun practices her backstroke during a morning training session. This is her second year on the team. Photo/Submitted

The Mammoth Lakes Swim Team is finishing up another successful summer swim season, according to summer coaches Lindsay Barksdale and Teryn Falkingham.

The Sharks began practice at Whitmore Pool on May 22 and will finish up with a meet in Morgan Hill over Labor Day weekend. The team had just over 90 swimmers, ranging from 5 to 17 years old.

In order to test their skills, fitness level, and show off their team spirit, the Sharks traveled to many away swim meets. The team competed in Carson City at an indoor 50 meter pool; at Idlewild Pool in Reno, a 50-meter outdoor pool; at the Bishop Invitational; at the South Lake Tahoe “Swimming at Altitude Meet;” and enjoyed a long weekend in Minden for the High Country League Championships.

“There were many memorable moments this season,” Barksdale said. “Snow flurries and 40 degree temperatures on the deck around Memorial weekend; a long course meet in a 50 meter pool in Reno where a wide-eyed young Shark commented, ‘Hey coach. This pool is REALLY long;’ dryland workouts at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday morning where the competition team got strong enough to hold a five-minute plank by the end of summer; qualifying both Sydney Knadler and Katrionna Furness for Junior Olympics in Concord, and enduring lightning storms at the beginning of August which kept the athletes out of the water and doing more dry land exercises and stretching than they thought possible.”

According to Barksdale, the championships were a great success this season.

“Individual athletes hit many personal best times, the 8-and-under boys 100-free-relay set a meet record, and we had numerous High Point Awards,” she said.

First-year swimmer Cabot Godoy was runner-up in the 6-and-under boys category.

Madeline LeFrancois and Summer Furness came in first and second (respectively) in the 6-and-under girls category.

The 7-and-8-year-old boys category was dominated by Dane Westfall and Quentin LeFrancois, who came in first and second respectively.

Liam Bassler was runner up for the 9-to-10-year-old boys category.

Katrionna Furness tied for first with Nikki Jackson from the Douglas Dolphins Swim Team in the Girls 9-to-10-year-old division.

And Sydney Knadler continued a strong season placing second in the girls 15-to-18-year-old category.
The Mammoth Lakes Swim Team earned third place out of 11 teams.

“The past two years, the Sharks have come in fourth place at Championships so their third place finish was highly celebrated by the team,” Barksdale said.

Other than Bishop and Mammoth, other competing teams in the meet train and compete year round.
The Sharks have one more week of practice and then head to Morgan Hill for a final meet.

“Morgan Hill is a new pool for most of the Sharks and the team hopes to finish off the season on an even higher note, especially since Morgan Hill is at low elevation and has a nice (hopefully very fast) new pool,” Barksdale said.

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