Team Santa Monica kicked off its 2007-08 season Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th, with a number of swimmers earning first-place finishes at the Pacific Committee opener at Jesse Owens County Park in Inglewood.

The team took a contingent of 66 swimmers to the two-day competition.

“We made great progress towards our goals for the year,” Team Santa Monica coach Jon Carroll said.

“I’m very pleased with our showing this weekend. There is always a special excitement in the swimming community in an Olympic year, so I anticipate that we will see some special performances over the course of this season.”

Andi Murez, George Sun and Orion Young earned the top performances for the team as all three swept their events September 30th.

Murez, 15, a Venice High School junior, won the 200 individual medley, the 100 freestyle, and the 200 backstroke.

Sun, 15, also a Venice High student, won the 100 backstroke, 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle.

Young, 14, triumphed in the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle, and the 200 individual medley in races that were decided by less than half a second.

For the weekend, Murez and Sun completed a clean sweep in all six events that they swam.

Not to be outdone by their older teammates, Sydney Wong, 11, Brendan Casey, 10, Liliana Casso, 12, and Tristan Marsh, 12, all posted multiple victories over the course of the weekend. These swimmers led a team contingent that swept the top three spots in multiple events.

The team will now return to training until its next competition, scheduled Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st.

Team Santa Monica is a nonprofit swimming club that serves Santa Monica and its surrounding areas. The team trains daily at the Santa Monica Swim Center.