North Coast Aquatic takes tournament

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COAST CITIES — North Coast Aquatics came home with bragging rights and a very successful month of competition after winning the San Diego Senior Classic hosted at San Diego State University.North Coast scored more than 1,000 points to take the title against some of the top swimming clubs across California, Nevada and Arizona. Head Coach Jeff Pease and Senior Assistant Coach Mickey Murad then took 17 of the top North Coast high school swimmers to Austin, Texas to compete in the American Short Course Championships.

North Coast came away with several of the top eight performances against several premier clubs across the United States and several college teams as well.

Torrey Pines High School senior Kelsey Kafka was top performer for NCA with wins in the 100-meter breaststroke, the 200-meter individual medley and 400-meter individual medley. Other outstanding performances were recorded by Andrew Brady, who places fourth in the 500meter freestyle and fifth in the 400-meter individual medley. Scott Clausen placed sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle, seventh in the 500-meter freestyle and seventh in the 400-meter individual medley.

Jason O’Brien placed sixth in the 500-meter freestyle, Molly Barry was fifth in the 1,6450-yard freestyle and seventh in the 500-meter freestyle. Ariel Jordan placed seventh in the 200-meter backstroke and Gretchen Horbol competed in the 200-meter butterfly.

North Coast also recorded top eight relay finishes in several of the relay events. Head Coach Jeff Pease said, “This was one of our best club meets in several years and a great springboard for great swims later in the spring at the San Diego CIF Championships.

North Coast is a Gold and Silver Medal Club in Carlsbad and La Jolla. For swim team information go to