Aquajets edged in Round Robin event

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club finished second in its four-team Round Robin event June 24 to 26 at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool.

The Aquajets finished the round robin portion of the tournament undefeated, but the Stingray Swim Club of Snohomish slipped by the NWAC in the championship finals to earn the team title. The Mighty Marlins Swim Club of Marysville finished third, and the Thunderbird Aquatic Club of Anacortes placed fourth.

During the head-to-head competition, each winning club received one point. The six fastest individuals qualified for the championship finals, and team points (4, 3, 2, 1) were awarded to the top four places.

Although the NWAC topped the SSC 586-582 in their dual meet, SSC earned a 517-463 win in the finals.

The Aquajets were led by four high-point award winners, Jerrin Concepcion (boys 10-and-under), Ethan Tack (boys 11-12), Emily Huffer (girls 13-14) and John Hu (boys open). Each won all eight individual races across the three days, including both of their races in the championship final.

Other Aquajets winning final races included Mariel Empinado, Marissa Morris, Kenny Morrow, Lucas Tack, Olivia Tungate and Brannigan Vogt.

Team records were set by Lucas Tack (boys 10-and-under 50 butterfly, 39.65; 100 individual medley, 1:31.85); Olivia Tungate (girls 10-and-under 50 fly, 34.45); Ethan Tack (boys 11-12 50 fly, 31.67; 50 back, 34.44; 50 freestyle, 31.18); Emily Huffer (girls 13-14 100 backstroke, 1:07.77); and Ciara Hu (girls open 200 IM, 2:28.08; 100 fly, 65.97).

Lucas Tack’s fly time qualified him for the 10-and-under event at this July’s Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS) Championships in Federal Way. Tack, 8, is the first NWAC’er to qualify for the 10-and-under division in many years.

Michael Johnson also added a PNS cut in the boys 13-14 100 back (1:14.74). Ethan Tack’s fly and back times were also Pacific Northwest Swimming Association records, shattering marks that had stood for 40 years.

The boys open 200 medley team of Jacob Jepsen, Josh Jepsen, Price Hu and John Hu (1:56.68) and the boys open 200 free relay team of Josh Jepsen, John Hu, Jacob Jepsen, and Michael McGinnis (1:43.51) established NWAC relay records.

Aquajets achieving 100 individual personal records for all four meets included Jerrin Concepcion, Ashleigh Merrill, Harrison Tack, Nicole Vogt and Lawrence Zapanta; those achieving 100 percent relay PR’s across all four sessions included Concepcion, Carl Davis, Empinado, Mackenzi LaRue, Michelle Robinson, Harrison Tack, Brett Vagt and Nicole Vogt.

NWAC Swimmer of the Meet was Concepcion, who won all of his races in personal best time; took the boys 10-and-under high point award; and dropped 2.5 seconds in the 50 free (36.20), two seconds in the 50 back (42) and six seconds in the 100 IM (1:31.57).

NWAC next competes July 8 to 10 at the Starlight Invitational in Wenatchee, where it will field a team of 45 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 (675-7665) to speak with head coach Neil Romney or view the team’s website at


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