Aquajets place second

Aquajet Ciara Hu, age 13, competes in the butterfly at the 32nd annual Spring Thunderbird meet in Anacortes.  - Photo courtesy of Catie Rodeheffer
Aquajet Ciara Hu, age 13, competes in the butterfly at the 32nd annual Spring Thunderbird meet in Anacortes.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Catie Rodeheffer

In their second short course meet of the spring season the North Whidbey Aquatic Club had a strong showing of Aquajets swimming personal records to lead the team to a second-place finish in the 32nd annual Spring Thunderbird May 16 through May 18.

Cascade from Seattle dominated with 1,711 points to win the meet. North Whidbey Aquatic Club posted 893.50 and the Thunderbirds from Anacortes finished in third place with 475.50 points.

Four NWACÂ’ers in particular charged hard from the start and never let up on the gas as they captured high-point status in their age groups.

Twelve-year-old Josh Jepsen was undefeated in all 10 of his races. His 400-yard individual medley time of 5:26.74 garnered him an Age-Group Sectional (AGS) cut, while his 100 breaststroke in 1:25.86 earned him a Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS) qualifying time.

Ciara Hu, age 13, also posted a

new AGS cut in the 400 individual medley with a time of 5:26.09 and PNS cut in the 100 breaststroke at 1:24.11, en route to winning five of her individual races. Her fiery swimming not only put her at the top of the 13- to-14-year-old age group, it put her 37 points up on the next highest 13-year-old girl.

John Hu continued his dominant swimming ways by bagging first place high point winner 15-and-over men. He showed off his consistent hard work with life-time bests in all ten of his events. Swimming the 100 backstroke in 1:02.78 placed him first in a very competitive field.

Completing the quartet was Laura Rosen, high point winner for the 12-year-old girls. Going into the final race, the 100 breaststroke, the trophy was in question between Rosen and teammate Akasha Trisler. It took making an AGS cut at 1:22.86 for Rosen to capture not only the race, but also the trophy. Rosen also swam AGS cuts in the 400 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

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