Napa Valley Swim Team

The Napa Valley Swim Team practices in the heated Vintage High School pool on a cold and rainy morning Jan. 7.

Don Lex,

The Napa Valley Swim Team hosted its first short course home meet of the season in honor of Carole C. Downing, a longtime volunteer who supported age group athletics in Sonoma and Napa County, at Napa Valley College. There were 538 swimmers from 27 teams across Northern California competing, including 74 athletes from NVST.

Participating in their first meet for NVST were Aiden Frisinger, Ruby Allred, Meredith Fishleder, Caroline Simpkins, and German Martinez.

New Far Western times were earned in the 100 butterfly by Max Gilsenan (59.10) and Yuki Hayashi (1:17.72), who also qualified for the Junior Olympics in the 50 fly (34.21).

New A times were recorded by Justin Arbuckle in the 50 freestyle (31.36) and June Kelly in the 25 and 50 backstrokes. Yuki Hayashi and Eric Tapia placed in the top three in all of their events. Josie Arbuckle swam her first sub-30-second 50 free (29.97). Aiden Frisinger, Ari Massey, Aiden Mouriski, Juli Klieman and Jolie Davis all swam 100-percent best times.

For the 6-and-under girls, Jordan Arbuckle won the 50 free and 25 breaststroke and placed second in the 25 free, 25 fly and 50 back. Peyton Padowan won the 25 and 50 backs, and took second in the 50 free and third in the 25 free.

The 6-and-under boys saw Jordan Massey place second in the 25 back, and Jayden Padgett win the 25 back, place second in the 50 and 100 frees and third in the 25 free.

For the 7-8 girls, Claire Hayashi was second in the 50 fly and 100 individual medley, and third in the 25 back, 25 free and 100 free Julia Carr and Sarah Schoenfield also competed.

In the 7-8 boys division, Niko Tavakoli took second in the 25 fly and third in the 25 breaststroke. Grant Wright took third in the 100 free. Aiden Frisinger, Ari Massey and Aiden Mouriski also competed.

The 9-10 girls were represented by Melissa Arndt, Cali Beardsley, Natalie Carr, Bailey Caruso, Juli Klieman, Shelby Padgett and Nina Stanley.

For the 9-10 boys, Yuki Hayashi, along with winning the 100 fly, claimed the 200 free (2:23.11), the 50 breaststroke (41.03) and 200 IM (2:38.88), and was third in the 50 fly (34.21). Justin Arbuckle placed second in the 100 free (1:09.15) and 200 free (2:37.49). Alex Frisinger placed third in the 200 free (2:46.51), and Antonio Bazan, Santiago Flores, Noah Hattori, Jack Larsen, Travis Padgett, Chase Padowan, Lucas Padowan, and Matthew Tapia also competed.

The 11-12 girls were represented by Josie Arbuckle, Rachel Arndt, Jolie Davis, Meredith Fishleder, Gwen Gallenkamp, Rachel Galvin, Emily Hayashi, Annika Meyering, Caroline Simpkins, and Kira Tavakoli.

Representing the 11-12 boys were Kai Hattori, Matthew Larsen, Kyle Link, Noah Massey and John McNamara.

For the 13-14 girls, Sophia Samson placed third in the 400 IM (5:22.28) and Ava Anderson, Keaton Flynn, Rina Klieman and Sarah Reynolds registered best times in two or more events.

The 13-14 boys saw Gilsenan place first in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.49), second in the 100 fly (59.10), and third in the 200 free (1:59.02), 100 back (1:06.55) and 400 IM (4:46.78). Iona Pascual won the 50 free (23.56) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.54) and take second in the 200 IM (2:05.81). Barrett McMichael was second in the 1,000 free (11:26.63), and Keoni Cisco, Luke Gallenkamp, Bradley Hutchings, Troy Kobylka, Matthew Ramirez and Rolando Topete also competed.

For the 15-16 boys, it was Nicholas Cisco winning the 1,000 free (10:48.29), the 100 back (1:01.35) and the 200 IM (2:13.76) and placing third in the 200 free (2:00.41). Eric Tapia won the 50 free (25.67), the 100 free (54.22), the 200 back (2:16.37) and 100 fly (2:12.72), and placing second in the 200 IM (2:14.67) and third in 100 back (1:05.03). Gabe Wright won the 200 free (1:55.25) and 500 free (5:02.27) and was third in the 100 fly (1:02.62). Shea Barret clocked four best times.

The 15-16 girls saw Emily Dusky win the 200 breaststroke (2:30.01) and 100 fly (1:01.44) and place second in the 200 free (2:10.26). Rebecca Reynolds posted a personal best in the 50 free.

For the 17-18 girls, Celine Parra won the 1,000 free (12:04.80) and 200 breaststroke (3:00.96), Grace Murphy placed second in the 200 free (2:07.44) and 100 fly (1:02.27), Verenice Tapia took third in the 100 fly (1:06.23) and second in the 200 IM (2:27.45), and Kelsea Wright won the 200 free (1:59.42), the 100 free (5:22.08), the 100 back (1:01.24) and the 100 fly (1:01.57). Emily Thompson also completed.

The NVST is a year-round competitive program with coaching for all levels of athletic ability for under-18 age-group athletes in the area. Call 257-SWIM or email to set up a tryout and be placed in a swim group.