Record-setters
by Bob Brownne
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Kimball High senior Michaela Loomis swims the breaststroke during a practice with the Ellis Aquatics team at West High on Wednesday, May1.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press.
Kimball High senior Michaela Loomis swims the breaststroke during a practice with the Ellis Aquatics team at West High on Wednesday, May1. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press.
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Tracy High senior James Thompson swims the 100-yard butterfly in the San Joaquin Athletic Association meet at Lincoln High on Saturday, April 27.  Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
Tracy High senior James Thompson swims the 100-yard butterfly in the San Joaquin Athletic Association meet at Lincoln High on Saturday, April 27. Bob Brownne/Tracy Press
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Loomis secures monopoly at Kimball High

Kimball High senior Michaela Loomis says her competitive nature extends far beyond swimming championships.

“I am insanely competitive in everything I do,” Loomis said. “If something is not perfect I cannot stop worrying about it and cannot stop thinking about it.”

She won’t have to worry anymore about being a Valley Oak League swimming champion.

Her wins in the 100-yard butterfly (59.8 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.2) at the VOL finals on Saturday, April 27, at Oakdale High, make her the repeat champion in those events in all three years Kimball has been in the VOL.

She was also the 100 breaststroke champion in the Tri-City Athletic League during her freshman year in 2010, the first year of athletics at Kimball High.

She won’t have to worry about setting the school’s varsity girls swimming records either. Loomis holds every one of them, including eight individual records and a place on three record-setting varsity girls relay teams.

Loomis said that seven league gold medals makes up for having missed setting the VOL records in the butterfly and breaststroke by a half-second in each event on Saturday.

She has another chance to improve her times and pursue another championship at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet Thursday, May 9, to Saturday, May 11, at Tokay High in Lodi.

Loomis acknowledged her rare opportunity to be the original author of Kimball’s record book.

She expects that upcoming swimmers, mostly from her club team, Ellis Aquatics, will start breaking her records after Loomis heads to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., following graduation.

“My breaststroke record will stand for a little while, especially if I do what I hope to do at sections,” she said. “My other records will probably fall over the next four years, just because the kids at Ellis are so incredibly talented.”





Thompson eyes faster times in section meet

In four years on Tracy High’s swim team, senior James Thompson has made more changes to the list of school records than any swimmer since the 1980s.

Heading into the Sac-Joaquin Section finals on May 11, the holder of three school records expects to chase down two more in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.

“I’m right where I need to be going into the section meet,” Thompson said Saturday, April 27. “Once I rest down and suit up and shave, I’ll be ready to go.”

Thompson won the 100 butterfly in 55.53 seconds at the San Joaquin Athletic Association meet on Saturday at Lincoln High, and earned a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle (1:47.64).

But those were short of his best times, and Thompson said he’s ready to cut nearly four seconds off his best Tracy High competition time (54.99) in the butterfly and beat the school record that Richard Giambastini set in 1985 (51.52).

Thompson will also swim the 500 freestyle at the section meet. His best time as a Tracy High swimmer in that event (4:49.32) is less than five seconds shy of Chris Tarrant’s school record from 1982 (4:44.89).

Thompson’s overall best time in the 500 freestyle (4:37.46) came this year during competition with his club team, the Pleasanton Seahawks, where he also set a personal best in the 100 butterfly (52.34).

Thompson has been breaking records ever since his freshman year, starting with the 200 freestyle. He broke his own record in that event with a fourth-place finish at the 2012 section finals (1:42.05).

He also set the record in the 50 freestyle (22.40) his junior year and in the 100 freestyle (48.40) his sophomore year.

Thompson has matched his athletic prowess as a student in the Tracy High International Baccalaureate program and is bound for NCAA Division I Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the fall.

Thompson said he looks forward to improving his times as a member of the Ivy League.

“Their team is improving,” he said. “They’re recruiting some good swimmers this year, and I’m looking forward to getting better.”

n Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.

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