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Tracy Dehn
08/07/2014 12:37 PM
Mary Khattar is flanked on the left by Shasa Lucio, and Sydney Keslar on the right. Photo courtesy of Dario Lucio

Eighteen members of the Amador Polar Bears swim team traveled to Woodland for last weekend’s 2014 Northern California Meet of Champions. The swimmers were: Josh Coy (15-18); Andrew Crosby (15-18); Lance Eggers (7-8); Aja Fuller (6 & under); Makenna Gamboa (9-10); Seth Harlan (9-10); Lucia Hermoso (9-10); Zayden Higgins (6 & under); Aidan Hood (11-12); Sydney Keslar (15-18); Jude Khattar (9-10); Mary Khattar (15-18); Rose Khattar (11-12); Sam Khattar (15-18); Shasa Lucio (13-14); Karsyn Miller (9-10); Teddy Puc (13-14); and Mackenzie Waverly (9-10).

There were 49 teams and 968 swimmers at the meet. The largest team had 82 swimmers and the smallest had only one. The Polar Bears swimmers scored 182.5 points and finished in an impressive 16th place overall out of the 42 teams that scored, and an equally impressive 9th place out of 31 scoring teams in the small team division. It was a very successful meet for the Polar Bears.

Some Amador Polar Bear records were broken at the meet.

Aidan Hood set an outstanding four new APB records for boys 11-12 years old. In the Boys 100 Individual Medley, the new record is 1:09.55, The old record was 1:09.93, set by Aidan at this year’s NorCal League championships. In the Boys 50 Freestyle, Aidan set a new record of 25.70, again breaking his own record of 25.99, also set at the leaague championships. In the Boys 50 Backstroke, Aidan’s new record of 30.88 broke a 38-year-old record of 31.60, set by Bill Settlage in 1976. In the Boys 100 Freestyle, Aidan again shattered his own mark, swimming in a time of 57.78, breaking his own mark of 58.07, also set at the league championships.

Mary Khattar also set a new APB record, in the 15-18 Girls 50 Freestyle. Her new record of 26.05 eclipsed Carrie King’s old record of 26.15, set in 1996.

Congratulations to the record setters and all the swimmers, as well as to Coach Josh Smart and all the parents for a great Meet of Champions. The Meet of Champions marks the end of the recreational league swim season, but the Polar Bears and Coach Josh Smart are putting together a Fall swim program for technique and conditioning, expected to begin in September. For more information about the Amador Polar Bears, visit amadorpolarbears.com.

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