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SWIMMING: Milpitas Tidal Waves Make Gains at Championships

About 45 kids, ages 6 to 15, represented Milpitas this past weekend at their largest meet of the year, the Pac Swim Zone 1 South Championships.

The Swim Meet: Milpitas Tidal Waves represented the city at the Pacific Swimming Zone 1 South Championships, at the George Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara on Saturday and Sunday.

The Stars: Among all boys ages 11-12 who competed in the 50m fly, 50m breast and 50m free, Mark Tran's time always put him in the top eight or higher. Within division C, he ranked first in all three of the events. 

Franklin Do, 8, came out on top for the 100m Individual Medley at 1:39:12 among boys 8 years old and under in division C. He will now compete in division A for this event. 

The Coach: "For the most part, everything went smoothly. A lot of swimmers improved all their times." –Jaime Chew, aquatics program director/supervisor of recreation services, city of Milpitas.

The Parent: "She got her best times on almost everything." –Mary Gray, mother of 9-year-old Heather Gray, fourth-generation competitive swimmer.

The Competition: More than 1,800 kids from Santa Clara Swim Club, Campbell Waves, San Jose Aquatics, Seaside Aquatic Club, Gilroy Gators Swim Team, Valley Splash and more.

The Downside: Milpitas Tidal Waves members did not get to score against other teams because of something unrelated to their performance. The rules require parents to work the events and train to be officials. "We only have one parent that's a certified official," said Chew.

The Upside: Below are the results for swimmers who ranked (top 8 or higher) among their age group/division:

Name Age Age group Event Time Rank Division Roland Chin 11 11-12 50 fly 32.73 5 BB Franklin Do 8 8 and under 100 I.M. 1:39:12 1 C (now A) Franklin Do 8 8 and under 50 free 40:27 5 B (now A) Rebecca Fraser 12 11-12 50 fly 35:70 6 B (now BB) Rebecca Fraser 12 11-12 50 back 42:03 2 C (now B) Alex Hardy 13 13-14 100 breast 1:24:30 8 C Alex Hardy 13 13-14 100 back 1:13:52 5 C (now B) Alex Hardy 13 13-14 200 I.M. 2:37:69 5 C (now B) Brian Nguyen 12 11-12 50 breast 41:25 2 C (now B) Hiep Nguyen 15 15-16 50 free 33:70 8 C Holly Nguyen 12 11-12 50 breast 39:97 6 B (now BB) Nicholas Nguyen 10 9-10 50 back 41.31 3 B (now BB) Maria Paquette 13 13-14 100 free 1:07:52 3 B Maria Paquette 13 13-14 200 I.M. 2:50:33 5 C (now B) Victor Sui 15 15-16 100 free 1:01:56 2 C (now B) Victor Sui 15 15-16 200 I.M. 2:31:50 3 C (now B) Victor Sui 15 15-16 50 free 27:04 5 B (now BB) Eric Tao 15 15-16 100 breast 1:08:43 3 BB (now A) Eric Tao 15 15-16 100 free 1:01:21 6 B Eric Tao 15 15-16 50 free 25:87 7 BB Mark Tran 11 11-12 50 fly 34:34 1 C (now BB) Mark Tran 11 11-12 50 breast 40:68 1 C (now BB) Mark Tran 11 11-12 50 back 37:04 1 C (now B) Allan Zhao 11 11-12 50 back 35.99 6 B (now BB)

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