Whidbey Aquajets win swim meet | Youth Sports Roundup

Aquajets win again in wine country

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club (NWAC) Aquajets scored 1,157 points to take the team competition at the 11th annual Wine Country Invitational swim meet June 13 to 15, at the Toppenish City Pool.

The meet featured 12 teams from Washington and Oregon.

NWAC outdistanced second-place Stingray Swimming of Snohomish that finished second with 775 points and Hood River Valley with 552 points finished in third place.

The victory was the Aquajets second consecutive Wine County team title.

NWAC was led by 12-year-old Caley Powers, who won all 12 of his individual events, set team records in seven events, and logged 100 percent individual and relay best times.

Other Aquajet event winners included John Hu, Jacob Jepsen, Julia Marriott, John Rodeheffer, Laura Rosen, Akasha Trisler, Cole Weinstein and Evan Wilson.

Team records were also recorded by the boys 11- and-12-year-old 400 medley and freestyle relays with times of 5:37.35 and 4:56.88, respectively.

The teams were composed of Caley Powers, Dakota Powers, Weinstein and Rodeheffer.

Aquajets establishing 100 percent individual and relay personal bests were Jarik Bainco, Janika Bainco, Leanne Empinado, Jaymee Graves, Joey Jepsen, Caley Powers, Marisa Sligh, Brett Vagt, Lauren Vagt and Mollie Vagt.

Pacific Northwest Championship qualifyers


Jarik Bianco — 200 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

Price Hu — 1,500 freestyle.

Evan Wilson — 100, 200, 400 and 1,500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 and 200 butterfly, and 200 and 400 individual medley.


Emily Huffer — 400 individual medley.

Irysh Concepcion — 100 backstroke.

Julia Marriott — 1,500 freestyle, 100 and 200 breaststroke.

This brings the number of NWAC athletes qualified for PNS Championships to 26, the largest contingent in the past five years.

NWAC competes next in the Starlight Invitational, July 11 to 13 in Wenatchee.

Trisler wins at Safeco Field

Competing in the 7- to-8-year-old division, Oak Harbor’s Christopher Trisler, sectional champion, advanced to Team Championship round of the Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run championships at Safeco Field June 15. The Team Championship competition was held at a Seattle Mariner’s baseball game and once again, Trisler won the all-around championship.

He now has to play the waiting game while his score is tabulated against the other Team Championship winners nationwide, and he said as of Saturday, June 21, he hadn’t heard anything yet.

The players with the top three scores from around the nation will compete in Yankee Stadium at the 2008 Major League All-star game.

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