The Westchester Family YMCA swim team, the Orcas, were represented by five of their top swimmers at the 2008 Southern California Spring Junior Olympics, held at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach from February 1st to 10th.

Competing in the 12-and-under events were Brett Albert in the 100- and 50-yard backstroke, Sterling Salvaterra in the 50-yard backstroke and Nichol Walloch in the 500-yard freestyle and the 100- and 50-yard backstroke. Walloch reached the consolation finals in both backstroke events.

Competing in the 15-and-older events were Teresa Lincoln in the 1,000-yard freestyle and 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and Sarah Tuggy in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

“Our team is very proud of these swimmers,” said Coach Gaku Ito. “Our team has worked exceptionally hard this season and with the SoCal YMCA Championships coming up February 23rd in El Monte, we anticipate a strong showing, bringing an exciting finish to our YMCA League short course season.”