NWAC swimmers shine in Cascade Invitational

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club continued to excel this season at the Cascade Invitational at Seattle’s Helene Madison Pool Nov. 6 and 7.

Marissa Morris was named NWAC Swimmer of the Meet. She qualified for Age Group Sectionals (AGS) next March in Federal Way in the girls 11-12 200 back (2:26.59) and 400 individual medley (5:12.21).

She also qualified for the Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS) Championships next month in Federal Way in the 100 fly (1:12.37) and 200 breast (2:56.09) and recorded personal records in the 200 free, 200 individual medley, 200 fly and 500 free.

In addition to Morris, the Aquajets had three other AGS qualifiers, including Ethan Tack in the boys 10-and-under 500 free (6:14.75), Olivia Tungate in the girls 10-and-under 100 back (1:15.70) and Cole Weinstein in the boys 15-and-older 400 IM (4:37.92).

Joining Morris in qualifying for PNS Championships were Taliah Black in the girls 10-and-under 50 (32.21) and 100 (1:10.54) free, Ryan Cuajunco in the 13-14 boys 200 fly (2:31.14), Michael Johnson in the boys 11-12 50 (28.28) and 100 (1:03.06) free, Weinstein in the boys 15-and-over 200 back (2:16.02) and Molly Vagt in the girls 11-12 500 free (6:15.24).

Other highlights included PNS gold standard times by Angela Johnson, Jeron Kosbar, Michelle Robinson, Harry Tack, Lucas Tack, Jacob Thompson, Micah Thompson and Lauren Vagt.

Achieving the PNS silver standard were Julia Krishtal and Erica Sugatan.

Cuajunco, Harry Tack, Caleb Thompson and Jacob Thompson each clocked 100 percent personal bests.

One hundred percent relay PR’s were recorded by Black, Josh Byers, Jerrin Concepcion, Josh Jepsen, Autumn Robinson, Sugatan, Ethan Tack, Jacob Thompson, Akasha Trisler, Brannigan Vogt, Kelsey Vogt, Nicole Vogt, Cole Weinstein and Rachel Weinstein.

Event winners included Jerrin Concepcion, Jacob Jepsen, Ethan Tack and Olivia Tungate.

The Aquajets next compete at the Nov. 14 Lake Stevens Mile, where it will field a team of 12 swimmers.

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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