Team Santa Monica entered the 2008 Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics hoping to improve upon their tenth-place finish a year earlier.
The team succeeded and then some, amassing 1,489 points to post a sixth-place finish, its best since 2003.
Thirty-three swimmers contributed points to the cause by placing in the top 16 in their respective races.
The team’s most outstanding individual performer, 11-year-old Jasmine Margetts, won four individual events (11-to-12-year-old girls 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley) and placed third in the 11-to-12-year-old girls 200-meter freestyle.
She was also a member of four top-three relay finishes, including the victorious 200-meter and 400-meter medley relays.
Other top three finishers include:
— Liliana Casso (first in 13-to-14-year-old girls 1,500-meter freestyle, third in 800-meter freestyle);
— Andi Murez (first in 15-and-over 50-meter freestyle, first in 100-meter backstroke);
— Tessa Franke (third in 15-and-over 100-meter butterfly);
— Steven Turnbull (third in 11-to-12-year-old boys 50-meter freestyle);
— Matthew Wu (first in 13-to-14-year-old boys 200-meter individual medley, second in 200-meter breaststroke, third in 100m breaststroke and 100m freestyle);
— Jonathan Lait (second in 15-and-over over boys 200-meter breaststroke); and
— Robbie Shilton (third in 15-and-over boys 50-meter freestyle).
Team Santa Monica is a non-profit club member of USA Swimming and practices at Santa Monica College and the Culver Plunge.