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Thompson, Froiland show well in Pacifica
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PACIFICA — Christmas and chlorine?
In the state of California, there is no break in the swimming season.
When the weather turns cold, the swimmers head indoors and that’s exactly where James Thompson and Alyssa Froiland were Dec. 5 through 7 in Pacifica, the site of the 2008 Pacific Swimming 14 and under Junior Olympics.
Representing the Manteca Aquatics club swim program and guided by coach Clay Basepayne, Thompson and Froiland both turned in exceptional efforts.
Competing in the 13-14 boys division, Thompson qualified for the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard Freestyle events.
In the 50 Free, Thompson improved his seed position from 30th to 27th, and in the 100 Free, he improved from 34th to 25th.
But Thompson’s best race was the 200 Free in which he improved from 44th to 23rd and shaved 3.5 seconds off his seeding time.
Froiland qualified for six events at Pacifica in the 9-10 girls division, and she improved her personal best time in every one.
Froiland qualified the finals in the 50 Breast and the 50 Free, taking first in the consolation heat in the 50 Breast and third in the 50 Free.
Froiland also qualified for the finals heat in the 100 Breast and finished fourth place overall with a time of 1 minute, 21.11 seconds.
All three finals events were personal best times for the young swimmer.
The Junior Olympic event draws the top qualified swimmers from Northern California and Nevada.
Storm 4, Hayward 1

After a pair of 1-0 losses to kick off the California Youth Soccer Assocition’s Founder’s Cup last weekend in Morgan Hill, the MASL girls  Under-12 Storm took down Hayward to wrap the tournament on a solid note.
Alivia Lemay scored a hat trick and racked up an assist to Bernice Cordova.
Anna Pineda helped on one of Lemay’s goals, while Faith Lopez finished the weekend with 20 saves at keeper.
Sanda De La Riva, Courteney Barker and Sealy McAdams were solid on the defensive end.

— Brandon Petersen