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Amanda Gamboa
07/31/2014 12:14 PM
Polar Bears posing for a photo are, from left, Coach Josh Smart, record-breaking swimmers Josh Coy, Andrew Crosby, Makenna Gamboa and Aidan Hood, and Coach Ellie Routt. Photo courtesy of Amanda Gamboa

The Amador Polar Bears competed in the 2014 NorCal Swim League season championships last weekend. They had a fine time competing in the West Sacramento pool against four other teams, including West Sacramento, Galt and Carmichael. Quite a few records were broken.

Coaches Josh Smart and Elli Routt, and many age-group coaches led the kids during the competition. Host West Sacramento had the largest contingent, with 175 swimmers. Galt arrived with 138 swimmers, Carmichael with 113 and the Amador Polar Bears with 85 swimmers. Although the Polar Bears were holding third place through Saturday, they ultimately finished fifth.

Three Polar Bear swimmers received high-point awards for their performances. In Men’s 15-18, Josh Coy earned the first-place high-point award. Aidan Hood received the second-place high-point award in Boys’ 11-12, and Makenna Gamboa nabbed the third-place high-point award in Girls’ 9-10.

Each of the three broke multiple records at the championships, some of them set as many as 38 years ago.

Gamboa set two new Polar Bear records: in 9-10 Girls’ 100 Individual Medley, her new APB record is 1:20.28. The old APB record was 1:20.45, set by Katie McMlellan in 1990; in 9-10 Girls’ 25 Breast Stroke, her new APB record 18.13. The old APB record was 18.35, set by Kristi Hoskins in 1985.

Hood set four new Polar Bear records and two Motherlode Conference records: in 11-12 Boys’ 100 IM, his new APB record is 1:09.93. The old APB record was 1:11.08, set by Bryan Flynn in 1988; in 11-12 Boys 50 Freestyle, his new APB and Motherlode Record is 25.99. The old APB record was 26.20, set by Bill Settlage in 1976. The old Motherlode record was 26.49, set in 1997; in 11-12 Boys’ 100 Freestyle, his new APB and Motherlode record is 58.07. The old APB record was 1:01.93, set by Aiden Hood in 2014 (yes, he broke his own record). The old Motherlode record was 59.27, set in 2009. (Note: Aidan’s new Motherlode record was broken in the same race by a Galt swimmer. with 57.74. What a great race that was); in 11-12 Boys’ 50 Butterfly, his new APB record is 29.65. The old APB record was 1:01.93, set by Bryan Flynn in 1988.

Coy set two new Polar Bear records and one new Motherlode Conference record: in 15-18 Men’s 100 IM, his new APB record is 56.90. The old APB record was 58.91, set by Alan Korematsu in 2009; in 15-18 Men’s 100 Backstroke, his new APB record is 59.08. The old APB record was 59.48, set by Jason Neuschmid in 2013; in 15-18 Men’s 50 Butterfly, his new Motherlode Conference record is 23.78. The old ML conference record was 23.91, set by Dominic Grillo in 2010

The three, along with many other Polar Bears (current count is 13, but registration is still open) will be traveling to Woodland next weekend for the Meet of Champions, which is an invitation-only All-Star Swim Meet.

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