Aquatic club triumphs at Anacortes meet

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club won the Spring Grand Challenge meet last weekend in Anacortes with 1255 points. They defeated the host Thunderbird Aquatic Club (864), Bellingham Bay Swim Club (833) and nine other teams.

NWAC was led by Price Hu, who won seven 11-12 boys events and set two team records; Cameron Spence, with six victories in the 15-and-over boys division and Nick Streubel, who won all of his five races in the 8-and-under boys division and placed in four of five races swimming in the 10-and-under division.

Other NWAC event winners included Ciara Hu, Zach Johnston, Annie Leete, Julia Marriott, Laura Rosen, Yale Rosen, Amanda Streubel, Julia Tichy, Weinstein, and Kerianne Wright.

Those setting new qualifying times for the state championships were Ciara Hu, Price Hu, Johnston, Stacy Kallander, Marriott, Yale Rosen, Devin Schell, Tyler Schell, Cameron Spence, and Amanda Streubel. In addition, Laura Rosen and Cameron Spence also qualified for the sectional championships

NWAC had several victorious relays including the boys 11-12 200-yard free relay of Hu, Rosen, Schell, and Schell, who set a team record and qualified for State in a time of 2:01.37. Other winning relays were the boys 13-and-over 200 medley (Spence, Oleg Tsvyetayev, Johnston, and Spencer Livermore) and the boys 8-and-under 100-yard medley and freestyle relays (Dakota Powers, John Rodeheffer, Streubel, and Aaron Wright).

NWAC is a North Whidbey Parks and Recreation Department program for competitive swimmers ages 6 to college. Anyone wishing to join the swim team can tryout at the city pool any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday at 4:45 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, call the pool (675-7665) to speak with head coach Neil Romney or assistant coach Erika Miller.

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