Trio paces Aquajets at Starlight meet | NWAC

Producing three high-point winners, the North Whidbey Aquatic Club finished second in the 17-team Starlight Invitational in Wenatchee July 6 to 8.

NWAC rolled up 1,245 points; host Velocity Swimming of Wenatchee/East Wenatchee earned 1,354.

Kelly Huffer (girls 11-12), Laura Rosen (girls 15-and-over) and Cole Weinstein (boys 15-and-over) took high-point honors.

Huffer won 10 events and participated on two winning relay teams, one with Taliah Black, Olivia Tungate and Erica Sugatan that set a new 400 medley record (5:12.94).

Among Rosen's seven wins was a seven-second improvement in the 1,500-meter freestyle (18:30.53).

Weinstein won the 200 individual medley and 1,500 and teamed up with combinations of Josh Jepsen, Price Hu, Brett Vagt and Jarik Bainco to win three relays.

Other event winners were Hu and Molly Vagt.

Twelve Aquajets earned Pacific Northwest Gold cuts: Irysh Concepcion, Mariel Empinado, Sam Hines, Angela Johnson, Michael Johnson, Jillian Pape, Michelle Robinson, Sugatan, Lauren Vagt, Molly Vagt, Kelsey Vogt and Shamus Warden.

PNS Silver cuts were posted by Sophia Dickinson, Sydney Dickinson, Ashley Vogt and Brannigan Vogt.

PNS championship times were met by Black, Bruce Vagt and Molly Vagt.

Black, Jerrin Concepcion and Mackenzi LaRue clocked 100 percent personal records, while Black, Jerrin Concepcion,  Empinado, Sam Hines, Chloe LaRue, Mackenzi LaRue, Pape, Autumn Robinson, Michelle Robinson, Sugatan, Molly Vagt, Brannigan Vogt, Kelsey Vogt and Warden had 100 percent relay PRs.

Molly Vagt received the NWAC RelayBig Award for swimming PRs in all three relays while dropping four seconds in the 400 free relay (1:11.01) and two seconds in the butterfly leg of the 200 medley (34.96).

NWAC Swimmer of the Meet honors went to Black for producing PRs in all her individual and relay events, helping set the 400 medley relay record, reaching three PNS cuts and dropping 13 seconds in the 200 free (2:34.91).

NWAC next competes July 23 to 26 at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Championships in Federal Way, where it will field a team of 20.

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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