A contingent of Motherlode Dolphins returned Sunday from South Lake Tahoe’s “Come Up for Air” swim meet with a great deal of pride and accomplishment. The meet took place on July 22-24 and was the team’s first official USA meet since forming in May for it’s inaugural Calaveras County summer program.
Brennan Thompson highlighted the meet for the Dolphins by finishing first and recording a time of 27.81 in the boys 11-12 50-yard freestyle. The super fast swim was a Junior Olympic qualifying time.
Thompson also earned first-place finishes in the 25-yard free (12.83), 100-yard free (1:07.43), 200-yard free (2:36.91), 50-yard breaststroke (39.81), 100-yard breast (1:35.00), 50-yard butterfly (32.80) and 100-yard individual medley (1:16.29).
Katie McCratic paced the 13-14 Dolphin girls with a pair of first-place finishes in the 25 free (13.74) and 200 free (2:36.28). She also finished second in the 100 back (1:26.23),
Bret Harte’s Tristan Boblet earned a first-place finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:51.51. Boblet also finished third in the 100 fly (1:23.81), fourth in the 200 back, sixth in the 200 free and 100 breast and eighth in the 50 free.
He also teamed with incoming Bret Harte freshman Colin Boblet, Thompson and Katie McCratic to finish the 200 free relay with the fifth best time (2:00.42) out of 26 teams.
Colin Boblet, in the 11-12 age group, finished with 100 fly and 100 backstroke times comparable to the Mother Lode high school varsity level, 1:14.22 and 1:15.20, respectively.
Leah Jensvold performed well in the 50 breast and 25 back in the 9-10 age group earning second in both with times of 48.20 and 25.40, respectively.
Leah’s brother Soren, 8, competed over the weekend as the youngest Mother Lode Dolphin. He earned three second-place finishes (25 free, 50 free and 25 back).
Paul Westermann earned second place for the Dolphins in the Boys 11-12 100 back with a time of 1:41.96. He also earned fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 50 free and 50 back.
April Johnson earned fourth place in the Girls 11-12 50 breast and 100 breast and also finished fifth in the 100 IM.
All swimmers improved over previous times they swam during last year’s summer recreation league.
The Motherlode Dolphins will compete one last time at the Tuolumne Aquatic Center’s USA-sanctioned meet to be held August 5-7. Entry to watch the meet is free. For more information go to motherlodedolphins.wordpress.com.