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Aquajets swim well at Kamiak distance meet

Jacob Jepsen strokes his way to a 14th-place finish out of 72 athletes in the mixed 13-and-over division at the Kamiak Distance Swim meet Nov. 16. His breathing action on the freestyle exemplifies what is called one-goggle breathing, for the minimal head movement it involves.     - Photo courtesy of Neil Romney
Jacob Jepsen strokes his way to a 14th-place finish out of 72 athletes in the mixed 13-and-over division at the Kamiak Distance Swim meet Nov. 16. His breathing action on the freestyle exemplifies what is called one-goggle breathing, for the minimal head movement it involves.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Neil Romney

At Kamiak High School Nov. 16, The North Whidbey Aquatic Club Aquajets had 13 athletes complete the 1,650-yard freestyle, commonly known as the mile, the longest distance in competitive pool swimming.

NWAC was led by 12-and-under bronze medalist Laura Rosen, who had the fastest NWAC time of the day with a clocking of 18:58.34.

Jacob Jepsen placed 14th in the mixed 13-and-over division and showed the biggest improvement, dropping almost four minutes to finish in time of 19:03.72. His clocking was fast enough to earn him a Pacific Northwest Swimming Championships qualifying time.

The Aquajets also had several first-time milers including 10-year-old Mollie Briddell (28:34.17), 12-year-olds Kasha Trisler (20:32.70) and Olivia Meyer (22:05.58), 13-year-old Brett Vagt (22:25.84), 14-year-old Michael McGinnis (20:56.47) and 16-year-old Bryce Vagt (18:59.86).

Other NWAC Finishers and their places

Caley Powers, age 12, fourth 19:19.60.

Dakota Powers, age 11, eighth 19:55.05.

Cole Weinstein age 12, 10th 20:31.14.

Rachel Weinstein, age 15, 18th 19:38.79.

Josh Jepsen, age 12, sixth 19:41.57.

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club is a competitive swimming program of the North Whidbey Parks 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 4:25 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, call the pool 675-7665 to speak with Head Coach Neil Romney or Assistant Coach Catie Rodeheffer.

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