The Kimball High junior was just focused on winning the championship race of the 100-yard breaststroke at the Sac-Joaquin Section championship meet Saturday, May 12, at Tokay High.
“I was going to get the girl right next to me, and I missed her by three-tenths of a second,” Loomis said, referring to her final time of 1:04.29, just behind Stephanie Klotz of Vista Del Lago High (1:03.96).
A second-place finish in the section championship race was exciting enough for Loomis before she realized just how fast she had swam.
Before the section meet, Loomis set her previous best time and Kimball record (1:06.56) at last year’s section meet. Loomis beat that mark (105.16) during trials on Thursday, May 10, before swimming her new record time on Saturday.
“The faster you get the harder it is to take off time,” she said. “To take two seconds off in a period of two days is insane.”
Loomis said she works out constantly for that moment when she is up against the other top athletes in her sport.
“It's my favorite thing to do and I'm so happy I can do it,” she said. “I work out every single day for two hours a day. It's for this. It was the best race of my life and it was so much fun.”
Loomis is one of three local swimmers to make it to the top-16 in their events in the section trials on Thursday and Friday, and qualify to compete in Saturday’s section championship races, which featured the top-eight swimmers in each event.
Loomis also swam the 100-yard butterfly in a consolation race and finished third with a time of 59.07, also a school record.
Saturday’s meet was also the high point of the season for Tracy High junior James Thompson, who placed fourth and set a new school record in the 200-yard freestyle championship race with a time of 1:42.05.
“That's about a second faster than what I did in trials yesterday,” Thompson said Saturday. He qualified for the championship race, and was the sixth seed, with a time of 1:43.15 in Friday’s trials. “I was swimming a lot better today and knew I was going to go faster. I'm really happy with how I did.”
It’s also nearly two seconds faster than his time in the same event last year, 1:43.96, when he set the school record. Thompson also placed second on Saturday in the consolation race of the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.87.
Also swimming on Saturday was Tracy High senior Ella Green, who broke her own school record in the 50-yard freestyle (25.50), first in Thursday’s trials (25.12), and again on Saturday with a time of 25 seconds flat in the consolation race, where she finished sixth as the 16 seed.
“I'm happy with that because I moved up from where I was seeded,” she said. “At this meet I'm doing really well. I'm really happy with the way I'm ending.”
Green also placed fifth in the consolation race of the 100-yard backstroke, 1:01.11.
Tracy High also competed in the diving finals, held on Saturday, May 5, at Bella Vista High in Fair Oaks. Tracy High senior Erich Hutchinson placed eighth in the section varsity competition with a score of 354.30, and Cassidy Dolstra was 16th in the varsity girls competition, with a score of 250.5.
Katie Vogt was 14th in the freshman-sophomore girls competition with a score of 230.55.
Sac-Joaquin Section swimming trials and finals
Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12 at Tokay High in Lodi
200 medley relay: 17 West, Alexander Kraschinsky, Matt Van Niekerk, Matt Dunniway, Bradley McCain, 1:46.31; 20 Tracy, Devin Brown, Miguel Munoz, James Thompson, Ian Hutton, 1:48.01
200 free: F4 James Thompson (T) 1:42.05
100 fly: C2 James Thompson (T) 52.87, 25 Devin Brown (T) 54.99
100 free: 46 Alexander Kraschinsky (W) 51.70
500 free: 18 Bradley McCain (W) 4:53.33
200 free relay: 40 Tracy, Jake Smith, Sam St. Clair, Ian Hutton, Austin Meyer, 1:41.12
100 back: 32 Bradley McCain (W) 58.66, 37 Devin Brown (T) 59.22
100 breast: 19 Matt Van Niekerk (W) 1:02.87, 37 Miguel Munoz (T) 1:06.71
400 free relay: 17 Tracy, Devin Brown, Austin Meyer, Ian Hutton, James Thompson, 3:29.13; 20 West 3:31.74
Diving: 8 Erich Hutchinson (T) 354.30
200 medley relay: 30 Kimball, Courtney Andres, Michaela Loomis, Sydnie Black, Julihanna Mandeville, 2:06.08
50 free: C6 Ella Green (T) 25.00
100 fly: C3 Michaela Loomis (K) 59.07
200 free relay: 37 Kimball, Julihanna Mandeville, Courtney Moberg, Valerie Wong, Sydnie Black, 1:54.83
100 back: C5 Ella Green (T) 1:01.11
100 breast: F2 Michaela Loomis (K) 1:05.16 2 1:04.29
400 free relay: 21 Kimball, Sydnie Black, Courtney Moberg, Courtney Andres, Michaela Loomis, 4:10.87
Diving: 16 Cassidy Dolstra (T) 250.50
200 medley relay: 22 Tracy, Maisy Green, Mariana Monascal, Kylie Taylor, Angela Mesgarzada, 2:07.47; 27 West 2:10.58
200 free: 23 Kylie Taylor (T) 2:10.35, 42 Cassidy Waters (W) 2:14.71
100 fly: 36 Maisy Green (T) 1:11.09
100 free: 27 Cassidy Waters (W) 58.92
500 free: 29 Kylie Taylor (T) 5:57.54
200 free relay: 25 West 1:53.45
100 breast: 32 Madison Tessera (W) 1:17.62, 35 Mariana Monoscal (T) 1:18.59, 44 Maisy Green (T) 1:20.99
Diving: 14 Katie Vogt (T) 230.55
200 free relay: 22 Kimball, Seth Suzuki, Joseph Grande, Justin Riccobono, Daniel VanNiekerk, 1:41.35