Published June 24th, 2009
Orinda Aquatics Competes with Olympians Santa Clara International Invitational Swim Meet hosts tournament
Submitted by Ann Smallwood
Rachael Cleak, 50 meter freestyle Photo Robert Ashby
Orinda Aquatics (OA) did not have to travel far to compete against big names. The Santa Clara International Invitational Swim Meet, June 11-14, at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara is known to host the best of the best including Michael Phelps. Twenty OA swimmers qualified to swim in this four day event.
"It is amazing that we have high school age swimmers qualifying and competing in a National Grand Prix Meet with numerous Olympians, record holders and internationally known swimmers," commented Coach Don Heidary. "These are kids who live in our community and started in recreational programs."
Meet qualifiers from the team included Rachael Cleak, Eva Erikson, Isa Guardalebene, Jill Jones, Shelbi Luchini, Caroline Lukins, Sam Swinton, Jordan Tominatsu, Andrea Ward, Courtney Whyte, Brooke Woodward, Shannon Harman, Robbie Ashby, Jeremy Chang, Chris Chuck, Tommy Dowley, Sean Haufler, Jeffrey Strausser, Steven Stumpf and Shane Tutass.

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