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By Steve Breazeale
Playing host to 475 swimmers from 10 different swim clubs from around southern California, the San Clemente Aquatics swimmers were in the spotlight at the Blue JO Max Short Course Championships from February 8 through February 10.
San Clemente Aquatics had a strong showing at the meet, which was the club’s first since relocating to the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center. 27 medals were awarded to the clubs’ swimmers, which included six first place medals, 10 second place medals and 11 third place medals in the individual events.
Wyatt Miller, an 8-year-old who attends Concordia Elementary, was among the standout performers for the San Clemente club. Miller finished in the top six in all six events he entered, taking home a gold medal in the mens 5-8 100m freestyle (1:12.86), a silver in the 50m freestyle (33.94) and a bronze in the 50m fly (38.34) as well as the 50m breast stroke (45.66).
In the older divisions, 13-year-old Lauren Amigleo racked up six total medals, which included a gold in the womens 13-14 100m butterfly (1:02.09). The time recorded by Amigleo in the 100m butterfly was a new personal best for the San Clemente swimmer.
13-year-old distance swimmer Quinn Birtles won the gold in the mens 15 & Over 1,000m freestyle with a time of 10:21.98.
“This meet gave our swimmers a chance to demonstrate their community pride. They swam to the best of their abilities to make everyone here in San Clemente proud,” San Clemente Aquatics head coach Keith Kennedy said in a press release.