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Guerra completes at winter junior nationals

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Issue 03, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent

Fallbrook’s Bobby Guerra competed at the 2012 Speedo Winter Junior National Championships swim meet Dec. 6 to 8 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The 16-year-old Guerra, who is a sophomore at Fallbrook High School, competed in four events and had time trials in two other events.

"His performance there, being in his first national-level meet, I thought he did great," said FAST coach Sean Redmond. "This meet had the top 18-and-under boys, and there were 400 of them, in the country."

Guerra posted a time of 4:40.49 in the 500-yard freestyle race Dec. 6, which would be his only performance at the meet which didn’t set a personal record. His time trial of 52.90 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly that day was a drop of 1.7 seconds from his previous best time in that event. His competition in the 200-yard freestyle Dec. 6 produced a time of 1:42.83, which was more than four seconds faster than his previous personal best. Guerra also swam the 400-yard individual medley as a time trial Dec. 6 and had a time of 4:10.15, which was an 11-second drop from his previous best time.

Guerra began Dec. 8 with the 200-yard butterfly. He swam that event in 1:55.42, which was a 2.9-second drop from his previous best.

Guerra’s best showing of the meet was 28th place in the 1,650-yard freestyle. "That was a good race," Redmond said.

Guerra had a time of 15:48.90 in that Dec. 8 race, which was a drop of 38 seconds from his previous personal record. "At that level that is not expected to be that big of a drop," Redmond said.

Guerra’s previous best time in that event was set on Nov. 16 in the Aqua Caliente meet in Palm Springs. He had a time of 16:27.66 in that meet.



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