Pair lead NWAC at Bellingham Challenge

North Whidbey Aquatic Club's Jerrin Concepcion and Ethan Tack set team records and took high-point honors at the Bellingham Challenge Feb. 5 and 6.

Concepcion, competing in the 8-and-under division, broke a 13-year-old team record in the boys 25-yard backstroke, winning the event in 18.8. This was the first team record broken in that division in six years.

Concepcion added wins in the 25 butterfly (17.75) and 25 freestyle (15.41) to secure the boys 8-and-under high-point award.

Tack established new NWAC marks in the 50 back (32.36), 100 fly (1:07.88) and 100 individual medley (1:11.94).

Other event winners included Taliah Black, Karina Concepcion, Ciara Hu, Price Hu, Jacob Jepsen, Michael Johnson, Mary Middleton, Marissa Morris, Kenneth Morrow, Laura Rosen, Lucas Tack, Akasha Trisler, Olivia Tungate and Lauren Vagt.

Other NWAC highlights included 100 percent individual personal records from Black, Angele Dennen, Mariel Empinado, Maggie Jappert, Makenzi Judd, Morrow, Maira Sulin and Jacob Thompson.

One hundred percent relay PRs were earned by Josh Byers, Irysh Concepcion, Jerrin Concepcion, Sophia Dickinson, Empinado, Jappert, Brighton Jensen, Sterling Jensen, Judd, Ashleigh Merrill, Morrow, Harrison Tack, Lucas Tack, Micah Tack, Thompson, Tungate and Nicole Vogt.

Silver times were clocked by Ridgely Briddell, Sydney Dickinson, Jappert, Judd, Merrill, Kelsey Vogt and Derek Volk.

Recording Gold times were Irysh Concepcion, Empinado, Dennen, Julia Krishtal, Maira Sulin, Harrison Tack, Lucas Tack, Thompson, Brett Vagt, Nicole Vogt and Toren Wood.

Black, Johnson, Middleton, Morrow and Cullen Wood met PNS times; Morrow and Wood met AGS times; and Tungate met a WZ time.

Competing in their first meet were Caitlin Dennen, Aaron Martinez, Alana Miller, Tyeson Neal and Kayla Wiley.

NWAC Swimmer of the Meet was Judd who was a perfect 7-for-7 in individual event PRs and 2-for-2 in relay PRs. She also met three new Silver times.

NWAC next competes at the Kamiak Age Group Invitational Feb. 26 and 27, where it will field a team of 20 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 visit the team website at

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