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Ten year old JD Koster had an impressive performance at the Firecracker Invitational in San Luis Obispo during the first weekend of July by placing top two in four of the five events he had entered. JD swam away with wins in both the 50 breast (46.69) and the 200 IM (3:09.49) events, and second place finishes in both the 50 fly and 50 free events. His final event was a 4th place finish in the 10-under 50 meter backstroke. Not only did JD swam away as the 10-under boy King of the Pool, he also improved 100% of his times while doing it.
Eight-year old Danielle Albright also placed first or second in all eight of her events, winning half of them: 100 back (1:48.95), 50 breast (51.59), 200 free (3:20.47) and 50 free (41.54), and placing 2nd in the other half: 100 free, 50 fly, 50 back and 200 IM. On the boys side, both 7-year old Peyton Costa and 7-year old Toby Jones finished 1st or 2nd in all of their events. Peyton won the 100 free (1:31.96) and 100 back (1:46.80) event and placed 2nd in the: 100 breast, 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, 200 free, 100 fly, 50 free and 200 IM events. Toby took home the gold in the 100 breast (2:02.47), 100 free (1:51.38), 50 back (53.51), 50 breast (57.78) and 50 free (47.81) events.
Our only other event champion at the meet was 10-year old Madison McCarthy who won the 100 fly event for her age group (1:35.53). Other second place finishes came from Desmond Brown (50 free), Jacqui Koster (50 back) and Andrea Morales (200 free & 400 free).
Joining JD in improving 100% of times that had been previously recorded on the team is Andrea Morales who had 3 previously recorded times from the Bakersfield meet, and improved all three: 200 free (2:43.28), 100 fly (1:28.45) and 50 free (33.30). Six additional swimmers improved 50% or more if their times, and they included: Toby Jones (80%), Jimmy Koster (80%), Khloe McCarthy (75%), Danielle Albright (63%), Jacqui Koster (60%), and Kyle Grissom (57%).
Congratulations to both 7-year old Desmond Brown and 5-year old Paige Costa for swimming their first long course meet. Other events that are newly recorded with the team came from Peyton Costa (age 7 100 breast) Toby Jones (age 7 100 back), JD Koster (age 10 200 IM), Jimmy Koster (age 13 400 free), Andrea Morales (age 12 50 fly, 50 back & 400 free) and Javiar Morales (age 15 200 IM & 400 free).