2013 Summer Aquatics
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BEAVER RELAY TEAMS SET FIVE NEW RECORDS
The American River College women’s swim and dive team finished in 10th place at the California Community College State Swim and Dive Championships. The team reset all five school relay records at the meet. The 200 free relay finished 9th in the state with a time of 1:41.61 (Miner, Boston, Johnson, Whittal) but had the 6th fastest time in the state from the Big 8 Conference swim meet in a time of 1:39.21 (Grottkau, Miner, Johnson, Whittal). The 400 medley relay was also 9th in a time of 4:06.93, (Grottkau, Johnson, Boston, Whittal). The 200 medley relay was 11th in 1:52.95 (Grottkau, Johnson, Boston, Whittal), while the 400 free relay won consolation finals in 3:40.17 (Grottkau, Boston, Renfro, Whittal). All relay times qualified as All-American times, which means they are in the top 16 in the country!
In individual events, freshman Jenner Johnson qualified for finals in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke. She finished 4th in the 50 breast with a personal best time of 31.11 and 6th in the 100 breast with a time of 1:08.77….a great accomplishment for a freshman! Other great freshmen performances were Elise Whittal in the 200 and 100 free, winning consolation finals and finishing 9th respectively, and Kristin Boston in both the 500 and 200 free. Sophomore Nicole Grottkau qualified in the 200 free and finished 14th in a time of 1:59.61 Grottkau also qualified in the 100 free, finishing 10th in 54.09, and the 100 fly, finishing 14th in a time of 1:00.66. Both Marissa Renfro and Natalie Miner qualified as relay members and contributed to the success of the women’s top ten finish.
NEW RECORDS SET AT BIG 8 CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Big 8 Championships began with diving events on Saturday, April 13th. Freshmen Sara Amaya and Kylie Johnson competed on the 1M and 3M boards, finishing in the top eight on both. The swim meet opened on Thursday, April 18th with a great start when freshman Kristin Boston swam a lifetime best of 5:18.21 in the 500 free, finishing third in the conference and securing a spot in the State Championships. Sophomore Nicole Grottkau and freshman Jenner Johnson competed in the 100 individual medley. Each finished in the top eight and swam in the championship finals. The 400 medley relay team of Grottkau, Boston, Johnson, and Elise Whittal closed out the first night of competition by setting a new school record in 4:07.95.
On Friday the ARC women qualified a second relay for the State Championships in the 200 medley with a time of 1:53.11 (Grottkau, Johnson, Whittal, Miner), and every athlete qualified for the finals. Boston, Grottkau and Whittal all advanced to the final eight in the 200 free and swam lifetime bests in the process, all below the two minute mark. Boston finished first in the prelims with a lifetime best of 1:57.07, Grottkau followed in 1:59.21 and Whittal in 1:59.81, all advancing to the State Championships. Breaststrokers Mackenzie Kaplan and Jenner Johnson swam prelim times to earn a top eight spot in the finals, both with season best times. Kaplan finished fifth in 33.12 while Johnson placed third in 31.24, and also qualified for the State Championships in the 50 breast. Freshmen Miner, Morrow and Ashen all swam personal bests in the 50 back as well as Renfro, Beck and Wenger in the 50 fly. The evening closed with the 800 free relay and a new school record in the time of 8:04.25.
The Beavers saw more success on Saturday with a new school record in the 100 fly set by Nicole Grottkau in 1:00.21. Ashen swam the mile and dropped 1:20 from her time, moving her up five spots from her seed time. Whittal went 53.87 in the 100 free and finished in second place overall. Miner, Beck and Renfro all swam personal bests, with Renfro winning the consolation finals in a time of 55.68 in the 100 free. The meet closed with the 400 free relay and another new school record in a time of 3:39.27. The team finished in fourth place in the Big 8 Conference, the fastest conference in the state! All five relay teams have qualified for the State Championships in addition to twelve individual swims. The ARC Women's State Team is comprised of sophomores Nicole Grottkau and Marissa Renfro, and freshmen Kristin Boston, Elise Whittal, Jenner Johnson and Natalie Miner. The State Championships take place at East Los Angeles College April 25th through 27th.