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Otters end season with solid County times

Martinez Community Swim Team Otter swimmers Casey Concepcion, Sara Cutright, Kenzie Kirshen and Tatum Cue take a break from the action. (COURTESY / On File)
Martinez Community Swim Team Otter swimmers Casey Concepcion, Sara Cutright, Kenzie Kirshen and Tatum Cue take a break from the action. (COURTESY / On File)

On Saturday, Aug. 6, five Contra Costa County swim teams met to compete in the Twin Counties Swim League (TCSL) Championship. After a full day of stiff competition and excellent swimming, the Martinez Community Swim Team (MCST) Otters won the TCSL Championship, for the fifth year in a row. With a final score of 2,755 points, the Otters topped the American Canyon AHI Swim Team by only 86 points, who took second place with 2,669 points, and the Benicia Stingrays, who finished third with 2,658 points. Less than 100 points separated these top three teams. Crockett finished fourth, followed by the Hercules Piranhas. This hard fought victory came as a result of many fantastic performances by MCST swimmers.

The Otters had two swimmers win the coveted High Point Award in their age groups, and still 12 more who finished in the top five overall for their age groups. With hundreds of personal bests, and nearly 50 top three individual finishes, by all accounts, the Otters had a great meet.

Layna Panaguiton (10) finished first overall for the 9 & 10 girls, scoring a perfect 60 points. Panaguiton finished first in each of her three individual events: 100-yard individual medley (IM), 50-yard butterfly and 50-yard backstroke. Panaguiton was tied for first place among all the ladies swimming that day. It was a very impressive day for Ms. Panaguiton. Earlier this season, Panaguiton qualified for the Contra Costa County Swim Championship (County Meet) in the backstroke.

Ryan Fowlar (18) finished first overall for the 15-18 boys, scoring a perfect 60 points. Fowlar also finished first in each of his three individual events: 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Fowlar tied for first place among all the boys swimming. He qualified in four out of five possible events for the County Meet.

Other top finishers for the Otter ladies included Bella Wilhite (6) who finished fifth overall among the 6 & unders, and qualified for the County meet in her backstroke race; Briar Cue (7) and Adelina Purewal (7) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, among 7-8 girls. Annette Cevasco (10) finished fifth in the 9-10 girls, Casey Concepcion (12) finished fourth in the 11-12 girls, and Lizzy Atencio (17) finished second in the 15-18 girls, and qualified for the County Meet in her IM and butterfly races.

For the Otter boys, Kyle Takomoto (10) finished fifth for the 9-10 boys; Jackson Barnacal (11) and Ryan Bromley (12) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for the 11-12 boys. Nick Wright (14) finished fourth for the 13-14 boys, and qualified for the County Meet in three events: freestyle, butterfly and IM. Josh Deilke (18) and Nick Lucido (18) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for the 15-18 boys, with Deilke qualifying for the County Meet in three events: backstroke, butterfly and IM.

Throughout the season, there were eight Otters who qualified for the County Meet, which took place on Aug. 13-14: Bella Wilhite, Layna Panaguiton, Lizzy Atencio, Devin Purewal (11), Nick Wright, Aidan Concepcion (17), Ryan Fowlar and Josh Deilke. All of the Otters competing in the County Meet had excellent performances, each swimming a personal best time.

For Bella Wilhite, this was her first County Meet, swimming backstroke. She was seeded 27th in the meet. She set a personal best time, beating her previous mark by 1.62 seconds. Wilhite placed eighth in the event.

Nick Wright started the meet seeded 26th in the 100 IM. Wright swam a personal best time and finished 22nd.

Lizzy Atencio competed in the IM and butterfly. In IM, she started the meet seeded 37th. She dropped 1.26 seconds from her best time and moved up to 29th place. In the 100-yard butterfly, Atencio was seeded 23rd; she swam another personal best, finishing in 13th place.

Aidan Concepcion started his first County meet seeded 33rd in the 100-yard butterfly. He dropped three seconds from his personal best time and finished in 19th place.

Josh Deilke started the meet seeded 24th in the IM. He swam a personal best and moved up to 17th place.

Ryan Fowlar competed in freestyle and butterfly. He finished 11th in his freestyle race. In butterfly, Fowlar was entered in the meet with a 53.05 (which was an MCST team record). In the butterfly finals Fowlar swam a 51.36 (improving his previous MCST team record).

The County Meet was a fitting end to a fantastic Otter season. The Otters will continue their training this Fall during the Narwhal Swim Clinic.

Contact Keelan Kirshen at keelankirshen@gmail.com if you know a competitive swimmer who is interested in improving his or her skills at this great technical clinic. Registration for next summer’s swim season will begin in March 2016.

Nick Wright, Logan Pfeiffer-Schwab, Lizzy Atencio, Brynn Crowley, Josh Deilke, Aidan Concepcion, Ryan Fowlar, Otto Deilke and Jake Bower smile for a quick photo. (COURTESY / On File)
Nick Wright, Logan Pfeiffer-Schwab, Lizzy Atencio, Brynn Crowley, Josh Deilke, Aidan Concepcion, Ryan Fowlar, Otto Deilke and Jake Bower smile for a quick photo. (COURTESY / On File)

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