Four NWAC swimmers compete in prestigious post-season meets
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
August 16, 2010 · Updated 11:30 AM
Four members of the North Whidbey Aquatic Club competed in three different prestigious post-season events this month.
Evan Wilson, 21, and John Hu, 19, qualified for and swam at the National Championships in Irvine, Calif., Aug. 2-7.
Wilson placed 120th in the 400 individual medley (4:48.69) and time-trialed in the 100 freestyle (55.6) and 100 breast stroke (1:10.57).
Hu was 143rd in the 200 IM (2:15.24) and time-trialed in the 200 butterfly (2:10.9).
The National Championships featured the country's best swimmers, the top one-half of one percent, including Olympic medalists and world record holders.
Wilson and Hu, Oak Harbor High School graduates, currently compete together for the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
Lauren Rosen, 14, finished in the top 12 in four events at the North American Challenge Cup, an all-star event involving swimmers from Washington, California, Canada and Mexico in Santa Clara, Calif., Aug 5-7.
The OHHS sophomore-to-be finished third in the girls 13-14 400 IM (5:08.09), third in the 800 free relay (2:11.63 split), fourth in the 200 fly (2:23.18) and 12th in the 800 free (9:51.56).
Her times in the 400 IM and 200 fly were NWAC team records.
Ethan Tack, 10, earned a spot in the Western Zone Championships in San Jose, Calif., Aug. 10-14 for the leading swimmers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii.
Tack nabbed a bronze medal as part of the Pacific Northwest Swimming boys 10-and-under 200 medley relay team.
He also swam in six individual events; his best finish was 10th in the 50 fly (35.61).
Tack clocked a NWAC-record 40.21 in the 50 backstroke.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.