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Mayfield 8th Grader Places First in Junior Olympics Breaststroke

Kate Herrill led competition by placing first in both 100- and 200-yard Breaststroke

Published on Monday, February 20, 2012 | 11:31 am

RBAC Swim Team member Kate Herrill set personal best by placing 1st in the 100- and 200-yard Breaststroke at the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics, held February 9–12 in Monterey Park, Calif. [Photo: RBAC]

The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center 13 and Older Group finished a combined fourth place at the Southern California Junior Olympics, held February 9 – 12 in Monterey Park,  just 14.5 points off of 3rd place.  Numerous RBAC individual, relay and team records were set.

“Teams from across California and Las Vegas send only athletes with qualified times to compete,” said Jeff Julian, Head Coach, Swim. “We had more swimmers in the finals than ever before. It was a huge step for our team and I’m extremely pleased as a coach.”

Kate Herrill, an 8th grader at Mayfield Jr. School, was a Junior Olympic Champion, placing 1st in the Girls 13 – 14, 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.52 and 1st in the Girls 13 – 14, 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:21.85.

“After the 200 breaststroke, I couldn’t feel my legs,”  Herrill said, “but I won – I did it! It was a great feeling to know all my hard work paid off.”

Herrill, a current member of the RBAC National Group, has been a member of the Rose Bowl Swim Team for the past 4 years.

“Kate is extremely talented, but she also understands that you need to work hard in order to get ahead,” said Julian. “She practices 6 days a week, both long and short course, stays focused and I know we’ll see great things from her. Up next – Junior Nationals and I know she’ll perform just as well.”

The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center is dedicated to providing the finest aquatic and fitness opportunities through instruction, training and competition. There are over 17 coaches, many with Olympic competitive and coaching experience, that provide direction for over 500 team members who work out daily on the swim team, 220 on the water polo team and 80 on the dive team.

For more information about the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center Competitive Teams, email or visit

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