Three Club Olympia swimmers earned High-Point Awards in their age divisions at last weekend’s FAST (Fishers Area Swim Team) Santa Claus Classic against some highly-ranked teams from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.
Misha Machavariani won 10 of his 11 events and placed second in the one event he didn’t win to score 261 points and win the high-point trophy for the 9-10-year-old boys age group.
Nalanie Cortez scored 178 points in her eight 11-12 girls events, swimming the 19th-fastest 500-yard freestyle in the nation for a 12-year old girl. Cortez won four events, was second in three, and fourth in her eighth event to win the high-point trophy for her age group.
Rachel Sabotin also won high-point for the 15-and-over girls, scoring 165½ points by winning two of her eight events, placing second twice and finishing third in three events.
Brady Beyer also was in the race for high point until he chose to swim the Open 200 Backstroke as his third event on the final day of competition instead of one of the 11-12 boys events. Beyer scored 150 points in his seven 11-12 races by winning two events, placing second in three, and finishing in fourth and seventh in two other. He was 17th in the men’s Open 200 backstroke.
Daniella Preston picked up some Divisional cuts for 11-12 girls events as she ages up before the championship season in March. Preston scored 115 points in her eight 10-and-under events, placing fifth in two and eighth in two.
Pratt Badve would have scored more than his 48 points, but he had to scratch out of finals in three events one night to play the drums in a band marching in the Festival of Lights parade. He placed sixth in two of his three 11-12 boys events on the final day and achieved some 13-14 Divisional cuts as he turns 13 at the end of the year.
Zoie Chandelkar had 131 points from her 10 8-and-under events, finishing as high as seventh in two races. Chandelkar, Nandini Kondhare, Sanaa Kulkarni and Lovely Panda finished third in the 8-and-under girls 100 freestyle relay.
Badve, Beyer, Arjun Bhadoria and Aidan Castillo swam on both 11-12 boys relays, placing fifth in the 200 freestyle relay and sixth in the 200 medley relay.
Sabotin, Cortez, Maggie Johnson and Abigail Castillo placed sixth in the Open 200 medley relay and ninth in the Open 200 freestyle relay. Chandelkar, Maddie Beyer, Preston and Brooklyn Pendleton took 19th in the 10-and-under girls 200 medley relay.