The Lompoc Tsunami Aquatics team hosted the Last Chance Meet for the Central California Short Course Junior Olympics this weekend at the Lompoc Aquatic Center.
The two-day event featured 189 swimmers, ages 5-18, from 12 different teams across the Central Coast, Los Angeles, and even China. It gave athletes the opportunity to post qualifying times before next week’s Junior Olympics at Clovis West High School.
The short course season is meets held from September to March that use pools 25 yards in length.
With all the rain that has fallen on the Central Coast this winter, Lompoc Tsunami head coach Charles Sommer says this location was the perfect spot for the Last Chance Meet.
“It down-poured a couple of times and everyone here really appreciates being indoors, Sommer said. “This is a great facility and we’re just trying to utilize it more and more every year. This will be our third meet in the last 12 months, so it’s pretty exciting for us as a team and as a community of swimming on the Central Coast.”
Sommer added that 170 times qualified for the Junior Olympics the past two days, including 30 times from 11 of his athletes on the Lompoc Tsunami team.