Seal swimmers post strong times in CCSL opener
CLEAR LAKE - Saturdays are probably quite peaceful on Park Center Drive in this northerly Clear Lake subdivision.
Birds chirping, a slight wind blowing through the branches of the many pine trees and it’s suburban living at its best.
But the chirping of birds was drowned out this past Saturday by the sounds that only a Clear Creek Swim League meet can bring as the 2018 campaign kicked off in grand fashion on Park Center Drive, home to the Pine Brookwood Orcas swim team.
The Deer Park Seals helped the Orcas celebrate their season opener with over 70 swimming events in their quaint six-lane community pool.
Here’s a look at how some of those 70 races finished for the Seals as they began defense of their 2017 CCSL championship.
In the 15 to 18-year-old 50-yard freestyle, Caitlyn Bracher, along with Emily Pope and Alexandria Penny captured three of the four-fastest times.
Bracher was clocked at 26.48 seconds, while Pope was third at 28.09 and Penny was a close fourth at 28.69. Keeping it from being a 1-2-3 finish for the Seals was Orcas swimmer Sydney Patterson and 26.67 swim.
Action in the girls’ 13-14 50-yard freestyle did feature a 1-2-3 finish for the Seals. Jaden Haines cornered first place in 28.08 seconds, followed by Katherine Higginbotham in 29.51 and Tinley Winters 30.01.
In the 8-and-under girls 25-yard freestyle showdown, Deer Park’s Paige Kight was tops with a strong 18.08 time. She won by over two seconds, defeating Orcas swimmer Ava Stevens and her 20.36 time. Seals swimmer Emma Turner was third at 22.83.
Deer Park’s 200-yard medley relay team of Bracher, Sierra Moralez, Erika Yeguez and Pope were clocked at 2:01.21 for first place.
The 13-14 200-yard medley relay team of Higginbotham, Kayla Ramon, Winters and Danielle Reitenour won the race by 45 seconds, thanks to the time of 2:09.03.
The 11 and 12-year-old girls division had the Seals winning one more medley relay race. Avery Kight, Ellie Burke, Madison Murray and Reyna Zuniga secured the time of 2:18.69.
In the 100-yard individual medley for the 11 and 12s, Murray and Burke finished 1-2. Murray was clocked at 1:10.70 and Burke at 1:13.42.
If Seals fans were thirsting for another 1-2-3 finish, they found it in the 13-14 IM. Higginbotham, Catalina Lopez and Reitenour did the honors with times of 1:13.76, 1:13.78 and 1:15.74.
However, the very first race of the morning saw the Orcas go 1-2 in the 9 and 10-year-old 100-yard IM.
Benjamin Tercero was involved in a too close to call race in the 100-yard IM for the 11 and 12-year-olds. His time of 1:11.08 however barely edged out Orcas swimmer Nathaniel Joiner and his 1:11.13 swim for first place.
in the 200-yard medley relay race for the age group, Luke Cook, Tercero, Xavier Galvan and Jakeb Kurth cooked to the time of 2:21.59. An Orcas team finished 20 seconds back.
The 13-14 200-yard medley relay race saw the Seals team of Hunter Null, Sergio Reyes, Justin Bay and Spencer Meyers secure the time 1:55.09, defeating the Orcas and their :04.22.
The 15 to 18-year-old team of Richard Gutierrez, Gerardo Avila, Eleazar Galvan and Evan Penny were clocked at 1:49.71 in the 200-yard medley relay.
Action in the 15 to 18-year-old 200-yard IM had Eleazar Galvan and Matthew Konvicka easily nabbing first and second place with times of 2:15.19 and 2:15.47.
For the freestyle action, it got started with Alex Galvan winning the 9 and 10-year-old freestyle race with the time of 35.36 seconds. Orcas swimmer Michael Abrego gave him a good test with his time of 38.69 seconds. Seals swimmer Shay Kight easily secured third at 38.74.
As a footnote to that event, Deer Park’s Philipe Demers still owns the record of 27.71 that he set way back in 1989.
Tercero and Cook enjoyed a 1-2 finish in the 11-12 freestyle race with times of 28.03 and 32.64, respectively.
In the backstroke, it was a 1-2-3 finish for the Seals in the 11-12 division. Galvan, Cook and Kurth did the honors. It was started with Galvan swimming to a 35.23 time.
For the 13-14 50-yard backstroke, Hunter Null(30.61), Spencer Meyers (33.90) and Harrison Brown (36.07) were the top three.
For the 15-18 division in the backstroke, Gutierrez and Matthew Konvicka savored a 1-2 finish and was it close. It showed Gutierrez winning with a 1:03.20 time and Konvicka next at 1:03.81.