In the competitive world of youth swimming, one of the highest achievements for age-group swimmers is the Junior Olympic Championships, which are held a few times each year in multiple locations across the country.
Last month, three Valley athletes represented the local USA swimming club, the Sonoma Sea Dragons, battled some of the best swimmers in the Pacific region at the prestigious Pacific Swimming Junior Olympic Championships in California High School’s Olympic-sized pool in San Ramon.
The large Pacific Swimming organization spans Northern California on the coast from San Mateo in the south to Humboldt in the north, and east to include the Central Valley and the Reno/Tahoe area.
By achieving qualifying times, racing throughout the year in meets within the Pacific Zone, Sea Dragon standouts Hannah Ladouceur, 14, and Maya Grajczyk, 12, earned their return to the Junior Olympic Championships along with teammate Sophia Obbagy, 10,
who accomplished the difficult task of making the finals.