Aquajets edged in Anacortes

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club Aquajets scored 398 points to fall one point short of Gold’s Aquatic Club of Mill Creek that won the six-team Anacortes Grand Pentathlon at Fidalgo Pool on Dec. 6.

Third place went to the host Thunderbird Aquatic Club with 326 points.

Leading the Aquajets was Addy Jackson, who won all five events in the girls 13-year-old division, to take home the high-point award.

Other high-point award winners were Preston Rankin in the boys 11-year-old division and Brett T. Vagt in the boys 14-year-old division, each of whom won three individual events.

Other Aquajets winning events included Matt Barrailler, Leanne Empinado, Joel Erickson, Nick Fromme, Michelle Robinson, Olivia Tungate, Cullen Wood and Toren Wood.

Thirteen Aquajets finished the meet with 100 percent individual best times. These swimmers were Kaitlyn Chelberg, Lexy Cribb, Joel Erickson, Kelly Huffer, Addy Jackson, Megan Maronde, Natalie Plush, Michelle Robinson, Andrea Ruben, Ella Schroeder, Emily Schroeder, Chris Trisler and Brett T. Vagt.

Ben Cardinal joined the Minute Club, swimming the 100-yard freestyle in under one minute, racing to a time of 58.67 in the boys 15-and-older division to finish second.

He is the third new NWAC member to join the Minute Club this year.

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club is a competitive swimming program of the North Whidbey Park 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 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

For information, call the pool 675-7665 to speak with Head Coach Neil Romney or visit the team Web site at


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