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August 17, 2004 > Rohan Patnaik Wins Gold in the Far Western Championship Swim Meet

Rohan Patnaik Wins Gold in the Far Western Championship Swim Meet

by Praveena Raman

12 year old Rohan Patnaik a swimmer on the Flying Fish team of Club Sport, Fremont won first place in the 50 meters butterfly race in the Far Western Swim Championship Meet in San Jose. He was also one of eight 11/12 year old boys selected to compete in the Western Zone All Star Meet August 8th through the 15th in Redding, California.

Earlier this summer, Rohan, while biking on the Mission Peak trails, fell and broke his arm. He was determined not to let this stop him from competing. Covering the cast and his arm with plastic, he kept swimming using his body and legs so that he would be in shape to compete in the Far Western Swimming competition, one of the biggest age group meets in the country that attracts swimmers from the Western United States as well as from other countries like Mexico.

Five days before the competition, Rohan's cast came off. He went into the 50 meter butterfly event with a weak hand, seeded 6th in his event due to his qualifying time. His passion for swimming and hard work paid off as he won the event coming in first with a time of 30.72 sec. Besides a gold medal, his victory also qualified him to participate in the Western Zone All Star Meet where swimmers from all over the Western United States compete in their age groups. Rohan was one of eight Northern Californian boys in the 11/12 age group to qualify for this meet.

Another local success story is the 10 & under Flying Fish girls, Jade Woo, Lauren Damain, Sasha Alcon, and Jennifer Xu, who placed 6th in the 200 meter Free Style Relay at the Far Western Swim Meet. The Flying Fish is a year round USS (United States Swimming) team that has been in existence at Club Sport for about six years. It is composed primarily of children 8 - 16 years of age.

The Flying Fish compete in multi-team meets with other teams from around the Bay Area and Northern California. Most competitions are held in Alameda, Contra Costa or Santa Clara counties although recently, swimmers traveled to Hawaii for a meet. To become a member of the Flying Fish Swim team a swimmer must try out but does not have to be a member of Club Sport. Many are residents of the Tri-City area and some from Milpitas. The team is overseen by the Aquatics Staff at Club Sport under the direction of Mark Carter, Aquatics Director. For more information on the Club Sport swim teams contact Mark Carter at 510-226-8500 x520 or by email flyingfishoffremont@yahoo.com.

 
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