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NWAC third at Big Wave Decathlon Swim Meet
The North Whidbey Aquatic Club Aquajets placed third (706 points) in the Columbia River Swim Team’s Big Wave Decathlon Swim Meet at the Mount Hood Community College’s Aquatic Center in Gresham, Ore., May 29-30.
Thunderbolt Swimming of Beaverton won the meet with 1,065 points. The host Columbia River Swim Team of Vancouver, Wash., was second with 938. Fifteen teams competed.
Leading the way for NWAC were its three decathlon winners, Ethan Tack in the boys 9-10 division, Laura Rosen in the girls 13-14 division and John Hu in the boys 15-and-over division. Each won several individual events and easily outdistanced the field in the overall standings.
Other Aquajet top-eight decathlon finishers earned a T-shirt and included Cullen Wood, Toren Wood, Josh Jepsen, Akasha Trisler, Ciara Hu, Price Hu and Jacob Jepsen. Other NWAC individual event winners included Ciara Hu, John Hu, Josh Jepsen, Trisler, Molly Vagt, and Cullen Wood.
Josh Jepsen established new team records in the boys 13-14 100 (1:17.87) and 200 (2:47.72) breast, while Ciara Hu accomplished the analogous double in the girls senior 100 (1:08.18) and 200 (2:29.46) butterfly.
Aquajets making new meet time standards included the following:
Pacific Northwest Swimming standards:
Silver — Mariel Empinado and Brett Vagt.
Gold — Karina Concepcion, Leanne Empinado, Joey Jepsen, Marissa Morris, Tori Nickerson, Lauren Vagt, Molly Vagt and Cullen Wood.
Championships — Bon Bainco.
Northwest Senior Sectional standards: Trisler.
Those earning 100 percent PR’s were Bainco, Joel Erickson, Joey Jepsen and Toren Wood.
NWAC Swimmer of the Meet was Bainco, who made his first PNS Champs qualifying time in the boys 13-14 100 breast (1:21.75), swam 10 of 20 PR’s and improved by an average of over two seconds per 100 meters covered.
NWAC next competes at the 10th Annual Wine Country Invitational in Toppenish June 11-13. It will field a team of 24 athletes.
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. 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 view the team’s website at www.teamunify.com/pnswznwac.