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Blazers place at NCSA Junior Nationals

Swimmers Jack Foster and Brian Tsau competed in Florida meet

By Richard Chen, Online Opinions and Entertainment Editor
April 15, 2012
From March 20 to March 24, junior Jack Foster and freshman Brian Tsau competed in the Spring National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) Junior Nationals meet in Orlando, Fla. Foster placed 30th in the 1000 yard Freestyle and 55th in the 400 yard Individual Medley (IM). Tsau placed 13th in the 1500 Long Course (LC) meter Freestyle and 23rd in the 1000 yard Freestyle.

Jack Foster getting ready at Junior Nationals. Courtesy of Jack Foster
Jack Foster getting ready at Junior Nationals.
The NCSA Junior National Championship is an annual event that invites swimming clubs from across the country to compete in a large swim meet. The competition has 72 events and the top 16 finishers in each event score points for their respective swimming club.

Foster swam for the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RMSC), and participated in the 500 yard Freestyle, the 1000 yard Freestyle, the 1500 LC meter Freestyle, the 200 yard IM and the 400 yard IM. While Foster did not break top 16 or top eight in any of his events, he was content with his performances and hopes to place in the future. "I had a few good races, including the 1000 yard free, where I placed 30th and I also had a few bad races where I gained a lot of time," Foster said.

Tsau represented the Curl-Burke Swim Club in the 500 yard Freestyle, 1500 meter Freestyle and the 1000 yard Freestyle. While he only placed in the latter two events, Tsau was content with his swims. "Overall, I swam fairly well," Tsau said. "Even though my performance was not stellar, I am satisfied with my performance this year and hope my next year will be even better."

In the end, Curl-Burke won the 2012 NCSA Junior National Championships with 546 points. Although Tsau only scored a few points for his team, he is optimistic that next year he will be able to contribute more and place higher in all three of his events. "My goals for next year are to place top eight in all three of my events," Tsau said. "And to place top 50 in the 200 yard freestyle."

RMSC placed 3rd in the championships with 312 points. Although most of the points were scored by the team's seniors, Foster did his best to cheer on his teammates for a win at the Junior Nationals. "I personally did not contribute much to RMSC's success because only the top 16 finishers in each event score points," Foster said. "But I was there cheering for people and such."

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