Friday, February 27, 2015

Youth roundup: Aquadarts swim to fifth at Junior Olympics

Davis Aquadart standout Cameron Wright swims at the recent Sierra Nevada Junior Olympics. Wright was one of many locals to have strong performances in the team's fifth-place finish. Courtesy photo

From page B2 | July 25, 2013 |

The Davis Aquadarts, a local youth swim team, took fifth place at the Sierra Nevada Junior Olympics in Redding last Thursday through Sunday.

Competing with a group of 60 swimmers, Davis was especially strong in the 13-14 boys division, where Cameron Wright led the way with wins in the 200-meter butterfly and 200 individual medley. Wright made the finals in all of his events, earning three second-place finishes and two thirds, and taking third in the high-point standings for his age group.

Aquadarts Daniel Alvarez and Sean Kos also placed in each of their seven 13-14 events, with Alvarez taking second in the 100 and 200 backstroke races, and Kos earning the silver in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle swims. Other local scoring in that division came from Nicholas Mason, who had an outstanding third-place finish in the 1,500 free, Zach Byrne, and Brendan Carsel.

The 13-14 boys also placed second in each of their five relays, with the squad of Alvarez, Kos, Wright and Mason breaking two Aquadart relay records in the process.

For Davis’ 13-14 girls, Gabby Maffly and Isabelle Bishop were strong, with Maffly placing third in the 50 free and eighth in the 100 free, and Bishop posting fifth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 back, and taking seventh in the 200 IM.

Lanna Koslowski finaled in six of her seven 15-16 events, winning the 800 free and taking second in the 400 IM, while Jesse Walker and Ben Culberson also earned final swims at that age group.

The Darts 11-12 girls were another impressive group. Hailey Collier made the finals in the 50, 100, and 200 backstroke, and was third in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 free. Keianna Pineda took home a second and third in the 50 and 100 fly, respectively, and was fifth in both the 50 free and 50 back. In addition, Laurel Krovetz was a finalist in three events, while Meg Erickson placed in the 1,500 free.

Davis’ Anthony Cannata was a finalist in five 11-12 boys events, specializing in the distance events of 800 and 1,500 free, 400 IM, and 200 back and breast. Teammate Theo Cariou-Gomez scored in four races, posting a pair of fourth-place efforts in the 100 fly and 400 IM, and adding points in the 200 breast and 50 fly. Luca Urlando was sixth in the 50 fly.

More strong swims came in the 10U division, where Aquadart Linnea Gatmon-Sandrock made finals in four races, including a fifth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Carl Csaposs earned final swims in three events, while Emily Castles and Olivia Harris were finalists in two races each.

The youngest locals, the 8Us, added points for Davis with Charlotte Rosendale winning the 50 breast, and earning final swims in three other races. Sara Kos placed second in two races and scored in three others to take third place the high-point standings. Sarah Bennetts, Nick Goldberg and Devin Draper each earned a pair of medals.


For the first time in the eight-year history of the program, the Davis AquaStarz Synchronized swimming team won the Valley Foothill Aquatics League Championship.

After completing the dual-meet season undefeated, the AquaStarz captured the league title at the championship meet, contested on July 19 and 21 at Rusch Pool in Citrus Heights.

Davis won first place in eight of the nine routine categories it entered and seven of the nine figures events to dominate the other four VFCAL squads.

The AquaStarz owned the team routine categories, winning all four they entered. The local Novice 12U crew — Mady Barth, Molly Anderson, Nellie Cox, Daelin Johnson, Caroline Korinke, Regan Miller, Amanda Soeth and Jenna Spann — earned the win, which was matched by the top finish from Davis’ 12 and over Novices, Daryn Kuhlman, Lizzy Rueda, Amelia Ziegler, Hallie Tobia, Meili Monk and Kaz Angell.

The local intermediate team of Tara Christensen, Jessica Hughes, Maddie Peauroi, Clara Riggle, Natalie Shuman, Elli Sperandio, Molly Thomas and Mia Unger bested the Cordova Cordettes by three points to take first place, while the AquaStarz intermediate combo squad — made up of Olivia Bristow, Tess Van Schoor, Emily Knighton, Hughes, Peauroi, Riggle, Shuman, Sperandio, Thomas and Megan Wong — edged tough competition from the Fulton-El Camino Stingrays and the Sunrise Swans.

Davis standout Christensen continued to be undefeated in figures, topping the field in the intermediate 13-14 age group and teaming with duet partner Karla Estrada to take first in the 11-14 intermediate duet category. That finish was followed by a third-place effort from AquaStarz Mirielle Peauroi and Joanna Hughes.

Other Davis figure standouts were Audrey Portello, who won the 8U group, and Korinke, Johnson and Anderson, who finished 1-3 in the Novice 11-12 event. Additionally, Monk (13-14 Novice), Lizzie Rueda (Novice 15-18) and Hughes (11-12 intermdiate) won golds for the AquaStarz and Riggle, Jessica Hughes, Maddie Peauroi and Unger combined to go 1-4 in the 15-16 intermediate event.

Other first-place finishes went to Johnson and Anderson for their duet; Kuhlman, Rueda and Ziegler for their trio; and Jessica Hughes and Alex Wong for their duet in the intermediate 15-18 group.

Velocity soccer

The Davis Velocity, a U18 girls soccer team, continued a rigorous stretch against tough competition at the Pleasanton Rage College Showcase last weekend.

Coming off a third-place finish at their own college-showcase tournament the previous weekend, Velocity battled Strikers FC Sanger to a 0-0 tie on Friday morning in Pleasanton, as Jade Bugsch and Aly Bowers blasted consecutive shots off the crossbar in the final minutes. Davis keeper Jen Lawson and defenders Brooke Palmer, Claire Buhlman and Angelica Arellano keyed the shutout.

Later Friday, local midfielders Shawna McLaughlin, Macaylea Mitchell, Jessica Cummings and Asia Calvo shined in a 2-0 loss to Valley United Soccer Club.

On Saturday, Velocity came within minutes of securing a tie against L.A. Premier FC, succumbing by a 2-1 margin after surrendering a late goal. Davis had battled back to tie the game in the second half when midfielder Jessica Syracuse ran onto a gorgeous pass from forward Natalie Vann and slotted it past the keeper. Midfielders Jasmine Calderon and Madeline Wolcott had strong performances for the locals.

Velocity started strong in Sunday’s finale against Beach Futbol Soler, as Silvia Garcia slipped past a pair of defenders and beat the keeper from close range. Though outside defenders Meaghan Murphy, Natalie Silver and Gabby Willey joined Palmer and Buhlman in thwarting numerous Beach attacks, Velocity ultimately came up short in a 2-1 defeat.

Heat soccer

The Davis Heat, a U17 girls soccer team, participated in the Pleasanton Rage College Showcase last weekend, finishing strong with a 2-1 win in its final game.

The Heat’s first game against Southern California Athletic ended in a 0-0 draw, despite local shots attempts from Renee Schuman, Sophia Hernandez and Olivia Haass. Davis goalkeeper Christina Roeckl-Navazio made a few saves and was helped by solid play from Vanessa Arellano, Brooke Rosenblum, Mikayla Vang, Emily King, Kaitlyn Wagner, Alexia Moore, Melissa Teuber and Madison Nicholas.

The Heat dropped its next two matches, 2-0, to Legends FC and Slammers FC, but bounced back to beat the Simi Valley Eclipse.

Hernandez got Davis on the board early when she converted a corner kick, before Schuman scored after some deft passing from Hernandez and King. From there, the locals held on for the 2-1 victory.

Legacy 98 Red soccer

The Davis Legacy 98 Red, a U16 boys soccer team, lost just one of three games at last weekend’s Davis College Showcase.

Despite outplaying their opponents in the first half, the locals opened with a 3-0 loss to the Sacramento United before rebounding to defeat Placerville United, 2-0, later in the day. Guest player Joaquin Brennan scored both of 98 Red’s goals in the win.

The next day, Davis played Seattle United to a dramatic 1-1 tie. Seattle got on the board in the opening minutes, but Brennan quickly tallied to finish the scoring. The rest of the game was a defensive chess match, with locals Alex Dhong, Daniel Perez, David Quintero, Ethan Hessl, Sergio Farias and Sebastien Gonzalez — on a diving header — each coming close to finding the net in the first half.

The second half featured a strong defensive effort as Red 98 goalkeeper Salvador Chavez made a series of saves, Perez stopped the possible winning goal with a block in the box and more strong defense came from Kyle Fix, Chris Marelich and Matthew Rowen.

Throughout the tournament, Davis got strong play from midfielders Giovanni Aguilar, Denilson Puentes and Alden McLean and offensive pressure from Elgin Lovell and Matthew Cheung.

Kids’ triathlon

Get Fit Davis and the El Macero Country Club are joining forces this summer to host the second annual triTRAINed kids’ triathlon event.

The triathlon, which is for children and youths ages 5 to 15, is set for this Saturday.

At the triathlon, which begins at 8 a.m. at the El Macero Country Club, 44571 Clubhouse Drive, kids will be divided into three age groups, each with different distances to swim, bike and run.

For more information and to register, visit and click on the “Registration Form” link under the kids triathlon logo.



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