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Aquajets closing out strong summer season | NWAC

Whidbey News-Times Sports editor
July 27, 2013 · Updated 12:06 PM

Brannigan Vogt, top, and Shamus Warden compete for NWAC this summer. / Cindy Huffer photo

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club is nearing the end of a successful summer season, highlighted by 10 members qualifying for this weekend’s Pacific Northwest Swimming Championships and Olivia Tungate’s selection for the North American Challenge Cup.

Aquajets competing at the PNS championships in Federal Way July 25-28 are Tungate, Jerrin Concepcion, Emily Huffer, Kelly Huffer, Ashleigh Merrill, Jillian Pape, Maira Sulin, Bruce Vagt, Shamus Warden and Cole Weinstein.

Tungate was selected to a Pacific Northwest Swimming elite squad, which will face all-star teams from Pacific Swimming, Southern California Swimming and the Mexican Swimming Federation Aug. 8-10 in Federal Way in the North American Challenge Cup.

Following are highlights of this season’s meets:


May Flower Meet (May 4, 5)

Emily Huffer, Kelly Huffer, Autumn Robinson, Michelle Robinson, Tungate and Weinstein represented NWAC in the first long course meet of the year in Federal Way, and the group achieved 85 percent personal record times.


TAC Spring Thunderbird Swim Meet (May 17-19)

NWAC sent 22 swimmers to Anacortes and three won high point honors: Merrill (9-10 girls), Concepcion (11-12 boys) and Tungate (11-12 girls).

Tungate set five team records  and just missed a sixth. Her 400 freestyle time of 4:44.9 broke a record set 13 years ago by Missy McIntyre.

Tungate also met five Western Zone cuts.

Concepcion achieved seven age group sectional cuts; Merrill picked up one; and Maira Sulin captured her first two.

Weinstein narrowly missed setting a team record in the 400 freestyle.

As a team, NWAC set 90 percent personal bests.


Wine Country Invitational (June 14-16)

NWAC, with a team of 28, placed fourth in the Yakima meet, just 12 points behind third-place Cascade ,which had 18 more swimmers.

Kelly Huffer was high-point winner in 13-14 girls while earning four PRs, and Emily Huffer won six races.

Joe Gorman, Ella Schroeder and Erica Sugatan each went 8-for-8 in personal bests, with Schroeder making PNS cuts in the 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley and Sugatan dropping nearly two minutes in the 1,500 free.

Pape recorded eight PRs in nine races; and Tungate hit five PRs, met a Western Zone cut in the 200 breaststroke and set a team record in the 50 butterfly.

Sulin collected five PNS cuts, and Molly Vagt set five PRs and earned a PNS cut in the 200 free.

Also getting personal bests were Michael Johnson (6-for-7), Autumn Robinson, Michelle Robinson, Emily Schroeder, Hannah Schroeder, Lauren Vagt and Kelsey Vogt.


King Invitation (July 11-14)

Tungate led the way for the 11 Aquajets at Federal Way by swimming to personal bests in all six races, setting two team records and winning two events.

The records came in the 100 and 200 backstrokes (1:10.77, 2:32.21), and she collected a senior sectional cut while winning the 200 fly.

Concepcion placed in three events (fourth, 400 IM; seventh, 200 back and 100 fly), and Sugatan finished fifth in the 50 back and clocked seven PRs.

Michelle Robinson swam to three personal bests and Tricia Desquitado two

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