Tack wins high point honors at NWAC meet

North Whidbey Aquatic Club (NWAC) Aquajet Ethan Tack won the boys 9-and-under high-point award at the Divisional Championship Swim meet at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School pool Dec. 5 and 6.

Tack secured the victory with a convincing win in the 100 individual medley, carving more than three seconds off his previous best with a 1:29.19.

Tack also won the 50 back and placed second in his other three events.

Other high-point placers included Mariel Empinado (11-year-old girls), Brett Vagt (13-and-over boys) and Jerrin Concepcion (8-and-under boys). Both Empinado and Vagt also won individual events.

Nine Aquajets finished the meet with 100 percent best times in the preliminary heats: Cedric Cabigting, JD Cabigting, Concepcion, Empinado, Michael Johnson, Clayton Livermore, Lyndsay Loomis, Elisabeth Lundgren and Hannah Schroeder. Surpassing those preliminary times again in every finals race were Cedric Cabigting, Livermore and Schroeder, completing their meets swimming personal records every time they stepped on the blocks.

Achieving new Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS) Silver time standards were JD Cabigting, Lundgren, Ameerah McCowin and Jacob Thompson.

New Gold standards were met by Concepcion, Tricia Desquitado, Empinado, Kevin Levy, Schroeder, Cassie Stanford, Tack and Lauren Vagt.

Aquajet swimmer of the meet was Schroeder, competing in the girls 13-and-over division. She recorded

100 percent preliminary and final best times, dropping an average of three seconds per 100 and recording her first Gold time standard in the 200 breaststroke (3:01.76).

The Aquajets next compete at the Pacific Northwest Swimming Championships in Federal Way Dec. 11 to 13. It will field a team of 28 athletes.

The North Whidbey Aquatic Club (NWAC) 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. 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, please call the pool (765-7665) to speak with Head Coach Neil Romney or visit the team website at

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