JCC Waves All-Stars
JCC Waves swim team swimmers and coach Gina Duncan to the All-Star Swim Meet.
The annual Southern California Swimming All-Star Festival meet will be held on January 25th and will include three of the Merage JCC’s top swimmers and our own Coach Gina.
The top 32 swimmers in the 10&U, 11-12 and 13-14 age groups are selected to represent the best of Southern California Swimming.
JCC Waves swimmers who earned this honor are Vanessa Yi (9 yrs.), Lucas Mallmann (9yrs.), Alexia Duncan (14yrs.) and Coaching the 11-12 girls team is Coach Gina Duncan. Yi is a spirited member of the JCC Waves who qualified with strong events at swim meets in November and December. Lucas trains hard with the JCC Waves each week and has earned a chance to showcase his talents. Alexia swam at the Southern California Championships in December and also the CA/NV Championships to qualify for the All-Stars.
Coach Gina Duncan was thrilled to receive this honor because it gave her the opportunity to work with elite 11- and 12-year old girls in Southern California. “It means so much to me because I get the chance to inspire a whole new group of young competitors,” she said.
Duncan believes that there is no better feeling than reminding talented swimmers of the potential they possess.
“I love it when I’ve just finished a pep talk and I look around at the faces of my swimmers and see that spark in their eyes. That’s when I know that they’ve started to believe in themselves as much as I believe in them. It’s those moments that I love being a coach,” said Duncan.