Five members of the Yosemite Marlins Swim Club competed June 24 - 26 on the Central California All-Star Team at the Clovis Swim Club Summer Slam Invitational.
This long-course meet (Olympic pool) was attended by teams that included the fastest swimmers in the state of California.
Dominic DeBernardi placed first for 10-and-under in three events - the 200 freestyle with a personal best time of 2:31.93, the 50 butterfly in 33.47, and the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:16.32.
His 50 butterfly time has ranked him No. 26 in the nation, and his 100 fly time has ranked him No. 32 in his age division.
Parker Jones, Mackenzie Arnold, and Coury Jones competed in the girls 13-14 age group, Josh Johnson competed in the boys 13 -14 age group.
All five Marlin swimmers earned points for the All-Star Team.
In addition to DeBernardi’s three first place finishes, Parker Jones placed first in the 100 meter butterfly with a personal best time of 1:13.58, cutting more than 2.5 seconds off her previous best time.
Johnson had personal best times in all eight events that he swam in throughout the weekend. He placed second out of all of the 13-year-old boys in the final round of the 200 IM with a time of 2:38.18. This swim also qualified him to attend the Arena Grand Challenge Senior level meet along with his teammates Coury and Parker Jones.
The very next Monday, June 27, these All-Star swimmers jumped right back in the water with the rest of their swim club teammates and participated in the club’s annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser, bringing in about $3,500.
During this event all swimmers on the team, ranging in age from 6 years old to 72, swam either 200 laps or for two hours, whichever came first.
Several swimmers under the age of 10 completed all 200 laps before the time limit, and even the club’s youngest swimmers were able to complete 100 laps before time was up. To celebrate their accomplishments, each swimmer hopped out of the pool and got to build their own sundae and collect a special prize.
The top boy and girl earning the most sponsorship funds will earn tickets to Disneyland, and the second place winners will receive tickets to Island Water Park in Fresno.
The nonprofit Yosemite Marlins Swim Club is a year-round competitive swim team offering high quality, professional coaching and technique instruction for all ages and abilities throughout the Mountain Area. The goal of the program is to provide every team member an opportunity to improve swimming skills and achieve success at his or her level of ability.
All of the YMSC coaches, as members of the American Swimming Coaches Association, have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program of any American youth sport.
Details: Head Coach Tammy Kudela, (559) 213-3304, www.yosemitemarlinsswimclub.com.