On February 8th and 9th, the JJ Pearce Swim Team competed in the 5A Region 3 Swimming and Diving Championship. Preliminary events were held on Friday with the top 16 finishers in each event moving on to Finals on Saturday. Pearce swam well in Preliminaries with ten swimmers qualifying to compete in Finals, including Sophomore Erika Casales, Freshman Jack Hamilton, Junior Scott Lin, Sophomore Blake Maczka, Junior Madeleine Marcos, Sophomore Sarah McNair, Freshman Annette Mendez, Junior Asher Mendez, Freshman Jordan Otto, and Freshman Elise Riggle.
On Saturday, the final day of competition, four Pearce swimmers were recognized for finishing in the top eight positions. Blake Maczka placed 1st in the boys 500 Yard Freestyle and is an automatic qualifier for the State Championship to be held later this month! Sarah McNair finished 2nd in the girls 500 Yard Freestyle. Other Pearce finalists included Annette Mendez with a 6th place finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly and Jack Hamilton with an 8th place finish in the 500 Yard Freestyle.
See the Highights box for additional results.
1st 500 Free, 5th 200 Free
8th 500 Free, 14th 200 Free
16th 100 Breast
Waters / Mendez / Quiros Masis / Zhang
13th 200 Medley Relay
Maczka / Hamilton / Zhang / Quiros Masis
16th 200 Free Relay
Maczka / Hamilton / Zhang / Waters
12th 400 Free Relay
2nd 500 Free, 5th 200 Free
7th 100 Fly, 10th 200 IM
14th 100 Fly, 16th 100 Breast
16th 100 Free
14th 500 Free, 14th 100 Back
Otto / Mills / Mendez / Casales
10th 200 Medley Relay
Otto / Casales / McNair / Marcos
8th 200 Free Relay
Mendez / Riggle / McNair / Marcos
7th 400 Free Relay