Aquajets win titles

North Whidbey Aquatic Club Aquajets Tyler Schell, Laura Rosen and Jacob Jepsen each won an individual title in the Western Age Group Sectional Swimming Championships March 27 through March 29 in Federal Way.

Schell won the boys 15- to-18-year-old 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:51.39, and Rosen the girls 13-year-old 400 individual medley, touching the wall in a time of 4:34.00.

Finally, Jepsen captured the boys 15- to-18-year-old 400 individual medley title in a clocking of 4:27.15.

As a team, NWAC finished in 21st place out of 127 teams at the meet that attracts the fastest age-group swimmers from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii.

Schell’s 500 freestyle performance as well as his 1,650 freestyle (17:10.90), were both fast enough to qualify him for the Senior Sectional Championships. This meet involves the fastest two percent of competitive swimmers nationally, regardless of age.

Also qualifying for Senior Sectionals was Ciara Hu, who placed fifth in the girls 14-year-old 200 butterfly at 2:11.54.

The girls 13 and 14-year-old 400 freestyle relay team of Rosen, Karina Concepcion, Akasha Trisler and Hu also qualified for the sectionals. This foursome also set team records in the 200 freestyle and medley relays with times of 1:45.65 and 1:57.53, respectively.

In addition to Schell, Rosen, Jepsen, and Hu, other Aqujets scoring points by finishing in the top eight were Joey Jepsen, Josh Jepsen, Trisler, and the boys 15 to 18 400 medley and freestyle relay teams composed of Jacob Jepsen, Anthony Yockey, Bryce Vagt and Schell.

Irysh Concepcion's 2:36.21 in the girls 11 and 12-year-old 200 backstroke and Joey Jepse's 39.86 in the boys 11 and 12-year-old 50 breaststroke, established qualifying times for next July’s Pacific Northwest Swimming Long-Course Championships in Federal Way.

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