The past few weeks have been busy for the senior swimmers of the Swim Club of Ridgecrest. SCOR swimmers have competed at several championship and senior meets and broke multiple SCOR team records.
At the national level, Joshua Hanson (25) swam at the USA Winter National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina the first week of December. He finished 34th in the 100M Backstroke event in a time of 58.15, which is within 2 seconds of the Olympic Trials qualifying time.
“Josh is now coaching part-time at his alma mater, California Baptist University, where he was an NCAA Nationals finalist, in addition to working full-time as an engineer at the Corona Navy base,” said SCOR Head Coach Grant Hanson, “but he still trains a few times a week and manages to keep turning in qualifying times for Nationals.”
In November, four SCOR swimmers competed in the Kevin Perry Senior Invitational meet in La Mirada. Joshua Hanson swam the 400Y IM (4:08.79), 100Y Fly (51.14), 200Y Back (1:51.86), 100Y Back (51.68), and the 100Y Free in 47.96. Thomas Bui swam the 400Y IM (4:19.19), 200Y Fly (2:06.81), 200Y Breast (personal best 2:09.67), and 100Y Breast (1:00.00). Bryce Halterman swam the 200Y Back (personal best 1:57.74), 100Y Back (55.30), and 100Y Free (personal best 48.71).
Douglas Bui joined the other three swimmers in two relays. They set a SCOR team record in the 200Y Free relay in 1:31.25, with Hanson leading off in 21.81, Halterman in 22.66, Thomas Bui in 22.65, and Douglas Bui in 24.13.
The four also set a SCOR team record in the 400Y Free relay in 3:22.63 with splits: Hanson 47.83, Halterman 48.83, Thomas Bui 50.68 and Douglas Bui 55.29.
December 7-9, seven SCOR swimmers competed at the SCS Winter Age Group Championships. Highlights of the meet included both Bryce Halterman and Thomas Bui breaking two minutes in the 200Y IM (Bryce 1:58.23, Thomas 1:59.60), and two team record-breaking 13-14 relays. Adrian Riendeau, Douglas Bui, Halterman and Owen Wong (8th and 9th graders) swam the 200Y Medley relay in 1:47.21, immediately followed by a 400Y Free relay in 3:29.85, a time which would have qualified for CIF last year. Halterman (a freshman) also swam the 50Y Free in 22.60.
On December 15 Thomas Bui swam the 100Y Breast at the California-Nevada Sectional Championships in Yucaipa. He swam a personal best in the prelims in 59.69 and finished 7th in the finals. The same weekend, freshman Adrian Riendeau swam at the Lakewood Senior Invitational. He posted 3 personal best times at the meet, dropping 5 seconds in the 400Y IM (4:49.03), almost two seconds in the 100Y Free (52.25), and nearly 7 seconds in the 200Y Back (2:09.86).
The Burroughs boys school records have stood undisturbed for decades, since the days of David Chan, Andy Lopez, and the Garland brothers, with the exception of the 200Y Free.
“Bryce is within a second or two of breaking the Burroughs records in the 50, 100 and 200 Free, and Thomas is about 1 second away from the 100 Breast record,” Hanson said, “and both are closing in on Chan’s 200 IM record. With other fast guys like Adrian, the relay records could also be challenged in the next few years. Burroughs could once again become a serious contender at CIF.”