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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Alumni Update! Kara Leasure


Kara has been staying involved with the sport while working at the lab and applying to Grad School Programs.  (We hope she ends up back in New England, but know she'll have lots of great choices when all is said done!).  Read the fun article below...

Our last woman to qualify for nationals is still showing some speed!  Congrats Kara!

(Quick side note... all 4 swimmers on the club team are past Bates College Swim Campers... looks like we need to get them back on campus for some more work - and to guarantee they don't lose to those washed up old-timers again!)

Aquatomics Host Teams From Across New Mexico

on February 19, 2013 - 6:50am
And bragging rights goes to … (dual at the pool), from left, Dane Spearing, Karen Henderson, Kara Leasure and Kevin Henderson. Courtesy photo
AQUATOMICS News:
The Los Alamos Aquatomics swim team hosted a meet at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Jan. 26-27. This meet was open not only to age-group club swimmers from around New Mexico, but Master swimmers as well. 
Charger Aquatics took advantage of this to put its best-of-the-best swimmers from the club team against its more seasoned Masters team in a relay race that would determine bragging rights on the pool deck (for at least the next year.)
Anticipation was high and the margins too close to call as the first swimmers jumped into the water to begin the competition. Kevin Henderson (former Stanford University swimmer, Olympic Trials qualifier, and father of two Charger swimmers) got the Master’s team off to an early lead in his backstroke swim against high school junior, Maria Venneri. 
Connor Schultz, also a high school junior, was able to get back a little more than a second in the breaststroke leg of the race against Kara Leasure (former Bates College swimmer and current Charger Aquatics coach.)
The gap was negated, finally putting the youth in the lead by four-tenths of a second, when Sam Harris (a high school sophomore) delivered a fantastic butterfly swim against Karen Henderson (former Notre Dame swimmer, mother of two, and another Charger Aquatics coach.)
In the end, it came down to the last two swimmers to decide the victory between the teens and the adults. Leaving the blocks simultaneously, Dane Spearing (a Leader for Boy Scout Troop 22 and father of two) battled it out with Sarah Lott (high school freshman) in the final freestyle leg of the race. 
In a nail-biting sprint from start to finish, Dane was able to claim victory for the Charger’s Masters team. Way to go Masters and good job by the youngsters – you’ll get them next year!
Clockwise from left, Sarah Lott, Maria Venneri, Connor Schultz and Sam Harris. Courtesy photo
200 IM Relay
Charger Aquatics Masters Team
Charger Aquatics Club Team

Name
Age
Split Time
Name
Age
Split Time
50 Back
Kevin Henderson
        42
27.10
Maria Venneri
15
30.76
50 Breast
Kara Leasure
22
32.88
Connor Schultz
17
31.17
50 Fly
Karen Henderson
38
28.74
Sam Harris
16
26.35
50 Free
Dane Spearing
46
24.66
Sarah Lott
15
25.44
FINISH TIME

1:53.38

1:53.72

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