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OJAI MASTERS GOLDEN FIN AWARD

From Coach Rick Goeden:

The Golden Fin Award is annually presented to a swimmer who has displayed hard work, loyalty, improvement and good team spirit. It has primarily been awarded to a technique class member.

This year's (2021) recipient is Doug Borgatti, who has not only fulfilled all the requirements but has endured harassment, ridicule, and been the brunt of many of Coach Rick's jokes.

Thank you, Doug, for being a great teammate and an all around good guy.

OJAI HEATWAVES ATTEND 2021 WINTER AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP

Qualified Junior and Senior competition swimmers participated in their final meet of the season, the weekend of December 18 – 20 in Oceanside, CA.

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The following 12 swimmers from the Ojai Heatwaves qualified and competed at this meet: Dahlia Bates-Torres, Malakai Bigler, Aliyah Bly, Ija Burton, Danielle Jowell, Amelie Pinkernell, Tayten Neiderhiser, Quin Seider, Melina Seider, Reegan Devries, Flynn Van Auker, and Meghan Roney.
Apart from best time swims achieved from every single participating swimmer, the highlights of the meet were:

Dahlia (14) and Melina (13) each dropping 20 seconds in the 1000 free finishing in 11:28.48 and 11:29.99 respectively.

Malakai was able to qualify for finals in the 50 back (0:32.09) placing eighth, as the only 11-year-old in a final full of 12-year-old competitors.

Aliyah (11) qualified for finals in the 50 breast (0:37.30) and the 100 breast dropping four seconds with a 1:19.88.

Ija (10) also qualified for two finals. One in the in 50 breast (0:37.30) and another in the 100 breast (1:34.88) placing seventh and eighth respectively.

Tayten (16) managed to drop 2 seconds in her 200 back (2:22.95).

Amelie (15) had some impressive time drops in the 100 breast (1:13.40) and a four second drop in the 200 breast (2:36.95), just narrowly missing finals.

Meghan (12) was able to make top 16 and qualify for finals in the 100 fly with an impressive new best time (1:12.23).

Quin (15) saw time drops and made finals in the 15-18 age group in all his events (50, 100, 200 free, 100 back, 100 fly and 200 IM). He placed fourth in the 200 free (1:42.74), third in the 50 free (0:21.32) and second in the 100 free (0:46.15). Quin's 0:46.15 in the 100 free ranks him in 17th place out of all 15-year-olds in the United States, for 2021.