Blue Heron shine in Prothero meet / NWAC

Two club records, seven first places and a bevy of personal-best times highlighted the efforts of eight North Whidbey Aquatic Club members at the Mark Prothero Invitational July 6-9 in Federal Way.

The Blue Heron also posted 32 club top-16 marks at the meet, which featured more than 800 competitors.

Haley Borja, 10, won five events and set an NWAC record in the 50-meter freestyle with a 32.2, breaking Kyla Meuer’s mark of 32.34 set in 1995.

Borja earned NWAC Swimmer of the Meet honors for her efforts.

Jillian Pape, 17, established the other new club record with a 30.75 in the 50-meter butterfly, topping Ciara Hu’s 30.87. Pape qualified for six finals, with a best finish of second in the 200 fly (2:28.26).

Lecya Santiago, 12, snared her first win in a USA Swimming event with a victory in the 100 backstroke (1:13.76) and was named the Most Improved Swimmer of the Meet by coach Dick Taylor.

Lindsay Brown, 11, came from behind to win the 200 breaststroke (2:59.87).

Jasmine Borja, 12, clocked seven lifetime bests; Cassidy Drown, 9, swam a personal-best in the 50 free (42.31); Lola Chargualaf, 11, set a PR in the 50 free (33.28); and Grace Chargualaf, 14, posted person records in all six of her swims.

The Blue Heron will compete in the long course championships at the end of July.

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