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Rocklin swimmers make their mark at Meet of Champs

Terry, Wada set record paces
By: Amanda Calzada Placer Herald Correspondent
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This past weekend, the Rocklin Wave took their game to a higher level of competition at the 11th Annual Sacramento Valley Meet of Champions. The meet unites “the best of the best” swimmers of the Sacramento area summer league teams to compete against teams in all conferences of the NorCal Swim League. “In the past eleven years, this event has evolved into something very special and has truly exceeded our expectations. The Meet of Champions has become the premier event for Champions throughout Northern California and consistently showcases exciting races with new records being set each year,” said Trevor Sanders, who organized the weekend meet along with Jenni Sanders. The meet was held at the Roseville Aquatic Center this year. The aquatic complex is a place full of history for the Sanders family, as relative and Olympic medalist Summer Sanders began her swimming career at the Roseville facility. The most notable accomplishment for the Wave during the all star event was Evan Terry’s recognition for having scored the most individual points in his age group and gender. He was awarded first place for the High Point 9-10 Boys award. Terry’s time of 13.6 seconds in the 25-yard butterfly not only ranked him first at the meet, but also set a new Meet of Champions record in the individual event. He and Evan McCormick of the Folsom Tiger Sharks also tied for first place overall in the 25 free with a time of 12.53 seconds in finals. Terry also swam on the Rocklin Wave A medley relay team, which clocked a time of 1:03.12, good enough to place first in the 9-10 boys. Rocklin swimmers who were ranked in the top 16 (consolations) or the top eight (finals) in the individual events include Jenna Loria, Ana Shuler, Emilie Phillips, Lindsay Leppek, Rachelle Karunanyake, Megan Green, Kevin Grech, Cam Reagan, Emily Brustman, Paul Miller, Isabella Sindelar, Janae Wada, Maddy Lent, Max Miller and Ryan Sharkey. In the 100-yard individual medley, a race where swimmers swim each stroke, Jenna Loria placed ninth in the girls 13-14 division (1:09.82) and Shuler ranked eighth in the girls 15-18 division (1:10.66). Phillips placed seventh overall in the girls 6-and-under, 25-yard backstroke (24.46) and Leepek ranked fourth in the girls 7-8, 25-yard backstroke (19.80). In the 50-yard backstroke, Green of the 11-12 girls age group placed 13th (33.56) and in the 100-yard backstroke, Shuler came in 11th for the 15-18 girls (1:11.87). Wada clocked second in the girls 11-12, 50-yard butterfly (31.63). The Wave had 30 swimmers qualify and attend Meet of Champs. Next season’s goal for the Wave is not only team growth, but also moving up to first or second place at Championships in the Gold Rush division. “The idea that you need to succeed right away versus complete an entire swimming career is not my goal,” said head coach Ryan Jones. “I want every kid to make it through to swim as a high school or college swimmer if they choose to,” he said.