Seahawks post strong showing at Junior Olympics

Pleasanton squad brings home 95 medals from San Jose meet

The Pleasanton Seahawks earned a strong performance at the 2015 Summer Long Course Junior Olympics in San Jose earlier this month.

The local team received 95 medals during the competition at Gunderson High School, with the top eight finishers in individual and relay events eligible for medals.

The Seahawks' 11-12 boys swimmers accounted for 17 medals overall, with Lleyton Plattel leading the way with six first-place finishes in seven individual events.

He took the top spots in the 100, 200 and 400 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly, and 100 backstroke. He also posted a third-place finish in the 200 individual medley.

Alex Ren also won seven solo medals in the division, with runner-up results in the 100 and 200 free, 100 back, 200 fly and 200 IM. He also took third in the 100 fly and fourth in the 50 free.

Alex Smedley took third in the 800 free for 11-12 boys. The Seahawks' 400 free "A" relay took second with Plattel, Ren, Smedley and Andrew Wang. In the 200 free relay, the "A" team of Ren, Madhav Vats, Smedley and Plattel was third.

Calvin Chui (13-14 boys) was another strong Seahawk swimmer, earning seven individual medals, including first-place finishes in the 400 and 1,500 free and 200 fly.

In the same division, Mattias Blanco took home four medals, with a third in the 400 IM, fourth in 200 back, and fifth in the 100 back and 800 free.

Robert Mitu won two medals and Robert Torres and Justin Tsai captured one each.

The 13-14 boys 200 free relay with Chui, Tsai, Blanco and Calvin David took third. The 200 medley relay also took third with Blanco, Nicholas Wonosaputra, Chui and David.

In the 10-and-under girls division, Aven Lee and Christina Tsai earned five medals each, with Lee posting three third-place finishes plus and fourth and eighth while Christina Tsai was first in the 400 free to go along with a third, a fourth, a sixth and a seventh.

The pair was also part of the second-place 200 medley "A" relay with Sophia Pedersoli and Paige Bennett that set a new Seahawks record with a time of 2:32.15. The same quartet also set a new team record during their third-place swim in the 200 free relay at 2:14.17.

The 10-and-under boys 200 free "A" relay of Ethan Wang, Kevin Yuan, Alexander Suen and Dominick Wonosaputra took seventh at 2:20.54.

The 11-12 girls group took home nine medals overall, including five individuals won by Gwyneth Wong, whose top finishes were thirds in 100 back, 50 fly and 200 IM.

In the division, the Seahawks also had a sixth-place finish from Sydney Lu in the 100 breast and top-eight results in the 200 and 400 free "A" relays and the 200 medley "B" relay.

The 13-14 girls group won six relay medals, highlighted by a fourth-place finish from the 200 free "A" relay squad of Caroline Eckel, Hannah Franzwa, Elisabeth Balicanta and Emily Claridge.

Individually, Franzwa captured four medals, Eckel and Paulina Umansky each got a pair and Stephanie Shao earned one medal.

Mandy Helle had a solid performance in the 15-18 girls division, including first-place in the 800 free, second in the 400 free and seventh in the 100 and 200 free races. Sofia Moufarrej took second in the 1,500 free, Alexandra Hernandez took fourth in the 200 back and Amber Fornoles took fourth in the 200 breast.

Those four swimmers managed seventh-place finishes in all three of their relays.

The 15-18 boys saw Michael Martin and Alex Suehiro earn two individual medals each and Jeffrey Tang, Preston Tsang and Nathanial Sproul earn single medals. The 200 "A" medley relay placed sixth with Martin, Tsang, Nathanial Sproul, and Ben Sproul.

Next up for the Seahawks is the Far Western Championships at the end of this month.

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