Swimmers compete in Grand Challenge

Swimmers compete in Grand ChallengeThe Swim Club of Ridgecrest sent eight swimmers to the Arena Grand Challenge senior swimming championship meet on July 12-14 in Clovis. The SCOR team finished in 10th place out of 20 teams with 128 points, ahead of the Bulldog Swimming team from Fresno State and the Fresno Dolphins team, both of which had Olympic Trial swimmers on their roster.

The SCOR men (Joshua Hanson, Jacob John Haw, Bo Haas and Jason Frando) contributed 97 points, while the women (Mary Hanson, Ashley Flatman, Karina Costanzo and Ashley Bloomberg) scored 31 points.

Joshua Hanson swam six individual events and scored 45 points. In the prelim sessions he finished among the top eight in all six events. He posted the fastest preliminary time in the 200M IM at 2:14.71, and set a new personal best in the 100M Free in 55.55. In the finals, he finished third in the 200M Fly, fourth in the 200M IM and fifth in the 100M Breast in 1:08.64.

Mary Hanson swam four individual events, advancing to finals in the 100M Breast, 200M IM and 200M Back, and time trialed the 50M Free in a season-best 27.90.

Jacob John Haw, who just finished his freshman season at Burroughs High School, swam seven events. He swam personal-best times in the 200M Free (2:19.59), 100M Fly (1:06.21), 200M IM (2:34.04), 400M IM (5:44.07), and 200M Fly (2:31.39).

Jason Frando swam personal bests in the 50M Free and 100M Breast (1:27.07).

Ashley Flatman swam personal bests in four individual freestyle events (50M, 100M, 200M, 400M). Karina Costanzo qualified in four freestyle events also.

Bo Haas swam best times in the 50M Free and 100M Back, and Ashley Bloomberg improved more than one second in the 50M Free.

The SCOR swimmers scored 82 points in the relay events. The men’s team of Hanson, Haw, Frando and Haas took seventh in the 800M Free relay (9:43.22), 12th in the 400M Free relay (4:24.02) and 13th in the 400M Medley relay in (4:39.03).

The women’s team of Hanson, Flatman, Costanzo and Bloomberg set new team records in the 400M and 800M Freestyle relays (16th and 10th place) and 400M Medley relay (18th).

Story First Published: 2013-07-24