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Aquajets win in Anacortes
The North Whidbey Aquatic Club Aquajets scored 1,813 points to win the eight-team Anacortes Challenge swim meet at Fidalgo Pool in Anacortes on Jan. 17 and 18. Second place went to Gold’s Aquatic Club of Mill Creek with 1,034 points and the Bellingham Bay Swim Team finished in third place with 989 points.
Leading the Aquajets was John Hu, who won nine events in the boys 15-and-older division.
Kennedy Trisler in the girls 11 and 12 division was first to the wall in seven events and Jacob Jepsen (boys 13 and 14) and Dakota Powers (boys 11 and 12) each claimed six wins.
Also coming first in individual events for NWAC were Emily Huffer, Josh Jepsen, Joey Jepsen, Marissa Morris, Lauryn Plush, Caley Powers, Laura Rosen and Meghan Scott.
Victorious Aquajet relay teams included the boys 13-and-older 200 medley and freestyle teams composed of Jacob Jepsen, John Hu, Price Hu and Bryce Vagt; the girls 11 and 12 200 freestyle team of Emily Huffer, Danae Nash, Kennedy Trisler and Irysh Concepcion; and the girls 11-and-older 200 freestyle team of Laura Rosen, Rachel Weinstein, Akasha Trisler and Karina Concepcion.
Seven Aquajets established new Pacific Northwest Swimming Championships qualifying times. These swimmers were Emily Huffer, Olivia Meyer, Marissa Morris, Laura Rodeheffer, Meghan Scott, Kennedy Trisler and Rachel Weinstein.
Four swimmers achieved Western Region Section Age Group Sectional qualifying times, allowing them to compete in Federal Way in March in the fastest 14-and-under meet in the western United States. This group was Emily Huffer in the girls 11 and 12 100 freestyle (59.13), Josh Jepsen in the boys 13 and 14 50 freestyle (25.66) and 100 (55.81) freestyle, Caley Powers in the boys 13 and 14 200 individual medley (2:18.28) and Dakota Powers in the boys 11 and 12 200 individual medley (2:28.26).
A dozen NWAC athletes swam 100 percent individual and relay best times including Cedric Cabigting, Kaitlyn Chelberg, Ryan Cuajunco, Justin Erickson, Emiline Glade, Breanna Grehan, Danielle Kobelin, Kevin Levy, Michael McGinnis, Michelle Robinson, Elise Still and Erica Sugatan.
Two Aquajets earned induction to the Minute Club for breaking 60 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. Emily Huffer became only the seventh 12-and-under NWAC athlete to achieve this milestone, ripping her way to a 59.13 to win the girls 11- and-12-year-old race. Michael McGinnis broke into the club by the biggest margin ever, scorching a 56.25 in the boys 13 and 14 division.
NWAC next competes Feb. 7 and 8 at the Bellingham Challenge, where it will field a team of 83 competitors.
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 are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at the city pool from 4:45 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 at 765-7665 to speak with head coach Neil Romney or visit the team’s Web site at www.teamunify.com/pnswznwac.