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Maestas, Batty medal at Junior Olympics swim meet

Fallbrook Associated Swim Team members Kaimana Maestas and Cameron Batty earned medals at the Junior Olympics meet July 28-31 at Coronado High School.

Maestas won two medals in the 11-12 boys division, finishing sixth in both the 50-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter breaststroke. Batty, who competed in the 13-14 boys division, was sixth in the 50-meter freestyle.

The two breaststroke races were the only Junior Olympics events for Maestas, who is 12. He had times of 38.55 seconds in the 50-meter race and 1:26.40 in the 100-meter competition.

Batty completed the 50-meter freestyle in 26.82 seconds. He also swam the 100-meter backstroke, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter freestyle, and 200-meter backstroke races although he did not earn medals in any of those events.

The 14-year-old Batty will be a freshman at Fallbrook High School when the school year resumes. He is expected to be part of the Warriors' water polo program this fall and will likely swim for Fallbrook during the 2017 boys swim season.

"He should go pretty fast right off the bat in the first meet," said FAST coaching director Sean Redmond.

The Junior Olympics invited the top 750 youth swimmers in San Diego County and Imperial County. FAST had five individuals and two relay teams. "Did very well," said Redmond.

Batty is the only FAST member who had previously swam in Junior Olympics competition while Maestas was one of the four first-time participants. Twelve-year-old Doug Pierce was in the 11-12 boys 400-meter freestyle race, 10-year-old Amelia Vorndan swam in the 10-and-under girls 100-meter backstroke event, and eight-year-old Rios Campbell competed in the 10-and-under boys 200-meter freestyle race.

Vorndan joined three other first-time Junior Olympics participants in two 10-and-under girls relay races. Vorndan, Tatum Brown, Stephanie Hanlon, and Samantha Hanlon were the four FAST swimmers in the 200-meter medley relay and the 200-meter freestyle relay.

"It was a great meet for our swimmers," said Redmond. "All of them had best times."


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