NWAC wins 7th straight

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club won its seventh straight team title in the six-team Fall Thunderbird meet at Anacortes’ Fidalgo Pool Oct. 2 and 3.

Ethan Tack, boys 9-10, led the way for the Aquajets by winning 10 of 10 individual events and recording personal records in all 10 individual events and two relays. He also broke a 14-year-old team record in the 50 back (34.47) and qualified for Age Group Sectionals in Federal Way in March in the 100 breast (1:27.44) with an eight-second improvement in the event.

Other event winners for the NWAC were Emily Huffer, Ciara Hu, Price Hu, Jacob Jepsen, Ashleigh Merrill, Marissa Morris, Tori Nickerson, Lucas Tack and Rachel Weinstein.

Those achieving new Pacific Northwest Swimming Association Championship (in Federal Way in December) cuts were Taliah Black, Kelly Huffer, Joey Jepsen, Morris, Jillian Pape and Cole Weinstein.

Black (girls 10-and-under 50 breast, 41.20) and Pape (girls 10-and-under 50 fly, 35.15) made their first PNS cuts

Those achieving 100 percent individual PR’s were Jarik Bainco, Black, Ryan Cuajunco, Angele Dennen, Maggie Jappert, Michael Johnson, Jeron Kosbar, Julia Krishtal, Michael McGinnis, Alex Mueller, Emily Schroeder, Erica Sugatan, Ethan Tack, Jacob Thompson, Andrew Vogt and Cole Weinstein.

Those achieving 100 percent relay PR’s were Bainco, Black, Rachel Crowther, Dennen, Alyssa Hickinbotham, Alli Hoffmire, Maggie Jappert, Jeron Kosbar, Julia Krishtal, Michael McGinnis, Morris, Rachel Mueller, Pape, Andrea Ruben, Ella Schroeder, Erica Sugatan, Ethan Tack, Micah Thompson and Cole Weinstein.

Swimmer of the meet was Sugatan, girls 9-10, with PR’s in 10 of 10 individual events and two relays, an average improvement of four seconds per 50, six new Silver cuts (including a 22-second drop in the one CR to 1:22.09) and aggressive racing.

The Aquajets next compete at the Oct. 16 and 17 Bellingham Challenge at Arne Hanna Swim Center where it will field a team of 60 athletes.

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club is a competitive swimming program of the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District. It includes swimmers of all abilities and ages from 6 through college. Tryouts occur Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the city pool from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

New swimmers should be able to swim a length of the pool in freestyle and backstroke. The first two weeks are free.

For more information, please call the pool (765-7665) to speak with head coach Neil Romney or view the team’s website at

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