After a win over the Fulton-El Camino Stingrays last week, the Davis AquaStarz synchronized swimming team finished its dual-meet season undefeated for the second consecutive summer.
The locals now head into this weekend’s Valley-Foothill Aquatics League Championships — to be contested at Rusch Park Pool in Citrus Heights on Friday and Saturday — as the favorite.
In the victory over FEC on July 10, Davis dynamo Tara Christensen completed her season unbeaten in individual competition as she won the Intermediate 13-14 event. AquaStarz athletes Joanna Hughes (11-12) and Clara Riggle (15-16) also triumphed in Intermediate-division action.
Davis went 1-2 in the 8U group with Audrey Portello and Alexandra Barth taking the top spots, while Molly Anderson and Daelin Johnson (Novice 11-12) and Elizabeth Rueda and Daryn Kulhman (Novice 15-18) matched that 1-2 finish in their respective categories. AquaStar Alika Carter won the Novice 13-14 group.
Davis Water Polo Club
The Davis Water Polo Club’s 14U boys Blue team finished third in its division at last weekend’s Santa Cruz Invitational, capping the run with a decisive 16-2 win over DACA during which eight locals found the net.
The tournament began in dramatic fashion as George Van Vorhis, Davis’ leading scorer for the weekend, tallied the winning goal in an 8-7 sudden-death overtime victory over Santa Clara Valley. Also scoring in the DWPC win were Nate Burmas and Anthony Lucchesi.
After suffering their only loss of the weekend — 13-6 to San Jose despite a hat trick from Van Vorhis, two goals from Alex Preisler and one from Scott Soderquist — the locals bounced back in the third-place game.
In that win, Preisler tallied three times, while Liam Lawless Roberts, Matthew Martin, Soderquist and Lucchesi scored two goals apiece. Jack Liu and Burmas each found the net once.
On the other end of the pool, Spencer Demmin and Lucas Brown were stellar in splitting time at goalie, while Christian Blair, Liu and Martin played tenacious perimeter defense.
Davis hopes to ride that momentum into its next competition, the National Junior Olympics in Orange County later this month. For more information on Davis youth water polo for boys and girls of all ages, contact Jamey Wright at [email protected].
The Davis AquaMonsters took on a pair of opponents on Saturday, swimming against the Winters Water Warriors in the morning, then racing the Elk Grove Piranhas in the late afternoon and evening.
The morning got off to a great start when the local 6U mixed 100-yard freestyle relay team — made up of Carli Schulz, Keegan Ruiz, Remo Mann and Benjamin Feyrer — sped to first place. They were the first of many AquaMonster relay squads to post strong performances.
There also was no shortage of individual contributors to the Davis total, as Natalie Bercutt, 10, scored 15 points with first-place finishes in the 100 individual medley, 50 free and 25 butterfly. Her feat was matched by 14-year-old Joshua Thompson (50 free, 100 free and 50 breaststroke) and Chris Irish, 17, who won the 100 IM, 50 free and 100 backstroke.
Eight-year-olds Gianna Cacciatore (50 free) and Halla Sorensen (25 free) added points with second-place finishes as did 10-year-olds Clara Ault (50 free), Carter Stoltz (25 free), Noel Riely (25 breast), Chase Johnson (25 back) and Nicole Schlenker (25 breast). In all, an amazing 75 AquaMonsters contributed points in individual events.
The most exciting swim of the day was Brennan Fuchslin’s 25 fly, where his blistering time of 16.9 eclipsed the old team record, making Brennan the first AquaMonster record-setter of the year. In addition to his record swim, he also placed in 25 free and 25 back.
A much more sizable Elk Grove team came for the afternoon meet, challenging Davis to put up some fast individual swims. Up to the challenge were Colby Mayer, 10, who placed in all three of his events — the 25 free, 25 breast and 25 fly — as well as 12-year-old Makena Wahl (placing in the 50 free, 50 back and 50 fly), Noah Crawford and Ben Hedman, among others.
In addition, many AquaMonster swimmers posted new personal records. Jonathan Vochatzer, age 9; Kimberly McCutcheon, 12; Aissa Cassillas, 12; Cody Hargadon, 12; and Ava Wittkop, 13; set new marks in all six of their events, while Jessica Siu, 11; Thor Strandgaard; 11; Janine Tsai, 11; and Siddharth Chilamankur, 8; each put up five PRs. Aly Dolcini and Jack Mauranronio set new personal records in four events each.
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 Saturday, July 27.
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 www.getfitdavis.com and click on the “Registration Form” link under the kids triathlon logo.