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Eight local Club Olympia swimmers traveled to Irvine, California, this past week to compete in the four day 2023 West Coast Elite Showcase Championships hosted by the International Swim Coaches Association and NOVA Aquatics. This annual meet attracts top swim talent from California and as far away as New York, Washington State, Utah and Indiana.  This year, twelve teams competed and Club Olympia, despite entering only 8 swimmers, was able to secure a respectable fourth place finish in the four day meet held at the outdoor venue on the campus of Northwood High School.

Josh Pendleton led the contingent from Columbus by claiming the Boys 12 year old high point honors. Pendleton was 1st in the 200, 500, and 1000 Free, as well as the 100 IM, 2nd in the 100 Free and 400 IM, and 3rd in the 50 Free and 200 IM.  Pendleton’s 1000 Free time, 4th fastest in the nation this year for his age group, qualified him to swim at the Indiana Senior State Championships in March.

Tony Machavariani was the Boys 10 year old high point winner. Machavariani won the 50 Fly, was 2nd in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Back, and 100 IM, and 3rd in the 100 Breast.

Camila Mejia Murguia was 3rd in the Girls 11 year old 100 Fly, 4th in the 100 and 200 Free, 4th in the 50 Fly as well as the 50 and 100 IM, 5th in the 100 Back, and had two other top 10 finishes.  Her 200 Free time qualified Mejia Murguia to compete in the event at the Indiana Swimming Age Group State Championships in March.

Also in the Girls 11 year old competition, Rebeca Meija Murguia placed 5th in the 100 Free, 100 Breast and 100 IM, along with seven other top 10 finishes. 

Sanaa Kulkarni placed 4th in the Girls 13 year of 200 Fly and 5th in the 200 Breast.   Brooklyn Pendleton was 3rd in the Girls 14 year old 50 Fly, 4th in the 50 Free and 50 Back, and 5th in the 100 Fly.  Kulkarni and Pendleton also combined for an additional ten top 10 finishes.

Shreyan Kulkarni, also competing in the Boys 10 year old division was 5th in the 100 Breast and 500 Free with four additional Top 10 finishes.   

Lily Pendleton swimming against other 10 year old girls claimed 5th in the 200 Free and added seven other Top 10 finishes.  Pendleton also qualified for the Indiana Swimming Age Group state with her time in the 100 Free.

These Club Olympia athletes returned to Indiana where they have rejoined their remaining Club Olympia teammates in final preparation for the upcoming Indiana Swimming Divisional and State Championships during the month of March.

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