The Union Democrat Sports Department

Brennan Thompson earned top awards for the Motherlode Dolphins at the Tuolumne County Aquatics Annual "Age Group Open" USA Swim Meet in Sonora last weekend.

Brennan swam in 10 events in the Boys 11-12 group throughout the weekend improving in all but one, and has attained USA Pacific Swimming "A" times for his 11-12 age group in all 10.

He swam to a 3.3 second improvement in the 100 free (1:04.10) and a

9.24 second improvement in the 200 free (2:27.67). He continued to

power through his back, fly and breast stroke events with a 3.3-second

improvement in his 50 back (34.72), a 5.37 second improvement in the

100 breast stroke and a 2.7 second improvement for a personal record in

the 100 Individual Medley (1:14.22).

Two of his teammates also showed significant time improvements.

There was Kaitlynn McCratic with a 4.16 second improvement in the 100

back (1:22.07), 1.91 second improvement in the 100 free (1.06.67), 2.38

second improvement in the 100 fly, and a 5.08 second improvement in the

200 free (2.31.20). Also, Tristan Boblet had a 3.95 second improvement

in the 200 Individual Medley (2.47.56).

Motherlode Dolphins with new Pacific Swimming "B" time standards

include Colin Boblet, Kaitlynn McCratic, and Michelle Morozinski.

Swimmers achieving Pacific Swimming "A" times include Tristan Boblet, Leah Jensvold, and Brennan Thompson.

All Motherlode Dolphins swimmers - Seth Bakke, Colin Boblet,

Tristan Boblet, Leah Jensvold, Kaitlynn McCratic, Michelle Morozinski

and Brennan Thompson - achieved their best times in at least one event.

Dolphins coach Michelle Pogue said, "There was some tough

competition at this meet with most competitors swimming year-round

compared to the Dolphins. The Dolphins coaching staff is proud of how

well the Dolphins performed, especially for a team just starting out.

We are hoping that someday Bret Harte Aquatics will find a way to keep

their facility open to the public year-round. We have lots of

participants with great potential for lucrative swimming careers which

could possibly earn them scholarships."

Motherlode Dolphins, a USA Swimming sanctioned summer swim team

program, is an elite youth swim team that holds workouts in Calaveras

County emphasizing the introduction and improvement of stroke skills,

water fitness, water games, and competition. Visit for more information.