The Santa Clara Pro Swim Series was held this weekend at the Santa Clara International Swim Center, and two Arroyo Grande swimmers had big swims.
Alumnus Zachary Stevens qualified for his second Olympic Trials by posting a time of 1 minute, 3.67 seconds in the 100 meter breaststroke. Stevens, who was representing California Aquatics, went on to place 17th in the finals of the event.
Stevens is heading into his junior season as a member of the mens swimming team at the University of California, Berkley. The Golden Bears are one of the premier programs in the nation, having placed in the top two in the NCAA in each of the past seven seasons.
Stevens swam for Arroyo Grande from 2011-2014. In that time he accumulated numerous honors and achievements, and became the most successful swimmer in the history of the program. He was a three time All-American in the 100 yard breaststroke, and was a CIF-SS Division 2 champion and meet record setter in 2013. He holds three school records in the 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley, and 200 medley relay. He was also a three time team captain.
Stevens qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes. The 2016 Olympic Trials will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from January 26-July 3.
Trent Schachter, who just completed his junior season at Arroyo Grande, also competed in the meet. He swam the 100 meter butterfly in 56.42, and dropped nearly a second from his best time. He also qualified for summer Junior Nationals, which will be held in Minnesota in August. Schachter was representing the San Luis Obispo Swim Club.
Schachter is quickly building a high school career that could rival that of Stevens. He now holds four school records: the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle, and 400 freestyle relay. This past season Schachter placed third in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 free at the CIF-SS Division 2 finals. He made All-American consideration mark in each event, and qualified for the CIF State meet. He was also part of the Eagle 400 freestyle relay that placed seventh in the state finals.