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Four Napa Valley Swim Team members compete in Junior Olympics

Four Napa Valley Swim Team members compete in Junior Olympics

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Competing for the Napa Valley Swim Team at the Junior Olympics in Pleasanton last weekend were, from left, Yuki Hayashi, Josie Arbuckle, Kira Tavakoli and J.J. Arbuckle.

Napa Valley Swim Team members J.J. Arbuckle, Josie Arbuckle, Yuki Hayashi and Kira Tavakoli collectively competed in 19 preliminary events and placed in the top 10 in 14 final events at the short course Junior Olympics in Pleasanton March 16-18.

More than 500 top athletes from more than 60 teams represented Pacific Swimming, which covers Northern California south to Monterey County and Modesto. The top 10 finishers in each event received medals.

J.J. Arbuckle, 10, competed in six events, swimming 100-percent personal best times and placing in the top 10 in all of his events. He took fourth place in the 50 backstroke in 32.79 seconds, breaking the NVST record of 33.11 set by Sasha Simenstad 18 years ago. He also placed fifth in the 100 back (1:11.21), sixth in 100 butterfly (1:10.51, a 3-second drop) and 200 individual medley (2:33.95, a 4-second drop), seventh in the 50 fly (31.44) and ninth in 50 freestyle (29.44). a new NVST team record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 32.79 seconds. He achieved new AAA times in the 50 and 100 backs, 50 fly and 200 IM.

Hayashi, 11, competed in seven events, swimming personal best times in six and placing in the top 10 in all of them. He placed second in the 50 free (26.44), third in the 100 free (56.81) and 200 free (202.55, a 2.7-second drop), sixth in the 200 IM (2:21.83), seventh in the 100 back (1:07.03) and 50 breaststroke (35.17), and eighth in the 100 IM (1:07.44). He also achieved a new Far Western time in the 50 free, a new AA time in the 100 free, and a new A time in 50 breaststroke.

For the 12-year-old girls group, Tavakoli conquered the 50 free in 28.25 seconds.

Josie Arbuckle competed in the 50 back, 100 back, 200 back, 100 IM and 200 IM, swimming 100-percent personal best times and placing 10th in the 200 back. She also achieved a new Far Western time in the 200 IM (2:22.89, a 2.9-second drop) and a new AAA time in the 200 back (2:18.64, a 3.7-second drop).

The next competition for Hayashi and the Arbuckle siblings will be the Far Western Championships at the Santa Clara International Swim Center April 5-8. Far Westerns is a nationally recognized meet where teams from all over the United States compete.

Contact NVST at 257-SWIM or napavalleyswim@yahoo.com for more information, or to inquire about joining the team.

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