San Francisco Tsunami started the 2017 competition season with 23 swimmers making a fierce showing at the top swim meets in the Bay Area. In total, Tsunami brought home 21 first-place finishes across three swim meets in January and February.
Tsunami dove into 2017 by competing in the Olympic Club Mile. This annual event is one of the Bay Area’s toughest races, and 10 Tsunami swimmers kick-started their New Year’s Resolutions by swimming the 1500 Meter Freestyle. Courtney Chase and Kieron Leslie weren’t intimidated by the stiff competition, as they led the way with first place finishes in their age groups. Laura Ascenso, Michael Chen, Jeremy Davidson, Nathaniel Haynes, Jason Prodoehl, Jari Salomaa, and Nick Wood showed up to race, and did Tsunami proud by challenging the field in one of the most difficult events in all of swimming. Special shoutout to Craig Raphael, who made an impressive statement by making the Olympic Club Mile his first swim meet ever!
Tsunami kept it moving with a dominant performance at the USF Valentine’s Affair, one of the Bay Area’s largest annual sprinting competitions. Two Tsunami relays claimed first place finishes, highlighting the sprinting abilities of Christopher Bardales, Andrew Cunningham, Mark Dorshkind, Ryan Olsen, Enrique Ortiz, Zack McClernon, Jari Salomaa, and Jason Singh. Tsunami wasn’t going to stop with relay wins, however, as Casey Cheung, Andrew Cunningham, Jeremy Davidson, Mark Dorshkind, Paul Frentsos, Zack McClernon, Alex Solomon, Jari Salomaa, and Jason Singh all brought home first place finishes in individual events. Big congrats to first-time Tsunami competitors Antonio Azori and Camille Gulick, who made bold debuts with top five finishes in their events!
Tsunami closed out February by swimming the 1650 Freestyle at The City Mile. Dan Bell, Tsunami’s resident hardcore Ironman, scored a second place finish in his age group. Andrew Cunningham rounded out the field by grabbing a first place finish and setting a new meet record in his age group. Proceeds from the City Mile went to benefit the City College of San Francisco Women’s Swim Team.
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