Congratulations and best wishes to our friend Jack DesCombes, who was selected to swim for the United States in the North American Challenge Cup Aug. 5-7 against teams from Pacific Swimming (San Francisco), Pacific Northwest Swimming (Washington), Mexico and two time defending champion Canada.
We charted some of Jack’s success last summer, here and here, but he has since changed swim teams and is now a member of the Mission Viejo Nadadores.
Southern California all-star swimming teams have a rich history and a "golden" past – having been the first real competition outside of Southern California for many recent and past Olympians such as Aaron Piersol, Amanda Beard, Kaitlyn Sandeno, Anthony Ervin and many more.
Jack had a successful short course season, where he posted six times in the “Top 16” in Southern California for his 13-14 age group. He was the fifth fastest in the 50-yard freestyle and seventh and eighth fastest in the 200-yard and 100-yard backstroke.
He qualified for the NACC team by posting some of the best long course times in Southern California this season, including second place finishes at the recent June Invitational at La Mirada in both the 50 and 100 meter freestyle (times of 25.97 and 56.83, respectively).
The Nadadores are now preparing for the Summer Junior Olympics in late July. Jack and his 13-14-year-old relay teams have a chance of setting some Southern California records and posting the fastest times in the nation this year.
Looks like another former participant in our kids’ fantasy football league who is making a name for himself (see blog from June 11).