Congratulations Julia and Nicole!
The Paseo Club sent two swimmers, Julia Wolf (12) and Nicole Whitehead (11), to the Long Course Junior Olympics, held July 26-29 in Fresno, California, and both swimmers more than held their own representing the Paseo Swim Team.
Julia Wolf qualified for 7 events, with ambitions of returning to Valencia holding a Medal in every race. She came up just short of that goal, but still came back with plenty of hardware as she took home Medals in 6 of 7 events, including the Gold in the 50 Backstroke. Julia also earned Bronze Medals in the 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle, and 4th place Medals in the 500, 200 and 50 Freestyle races.
Julia narrowly missed the Medal Round in her 7th event, the 200 Individual Medley, but earned a spot in the Consolation Round of that race.
Also competing in the Junior Olympics for the very first time was newcomer Nicole Whitehead, who qualified for the 100 Freestyle event in one of her last meets of the Long Course season. Seeded at #46 out of 50-plus swimmers in that race, Nicole took on the mostly 12 year old competition and dropped almost 5 seconds in her swim, catapulting her nearly 20 spots in the seedings. Though Nicole did not qualify for the Medal Round, she is clearly a force to be reckoned with heading into 2013.
Coaches Chris Dahowski and Mikaela Cowan have dedicated their efforts to raising the level of competing swimmers at The Paseo Club. Through sound fundamentals and a rigorous conditioning regimen, both coaches have taken the swimmers to new heights.
The team now turns their attention to the upcoming Short Course season, where Julia, Nicole and a talented group of up-and-coming Paseo swimmers will compete to qualify for next year’s Junior Olympics, held in February. Julia Wolf is considered one of the top 11/12 Age Group swimmers in Southern California, and will have her sights set on both Western Zone and Junior National Qualifying Times.