Far Westerns/North American Challenge Cup

As many of you know PNS has chosen to attend this year’s North American Challenge Cup (NACC) in Veracruz, Mexico instead of Zones. The meet will be held on August 6-8, 2009. The PNS team will leave Seattle on Monday, August 3rd and return on Sunday, August 9th. After recent enhancements to the PNS travel plan KING has decided that the competition offers a positive competition opportunity and will encourage swimmers who qualify to accept position on the team.

KING Coach Ash Milad has been named Head Coach for the team. Selection criteria will be based on the judgment of the coaching staff along with consideration of the combined Hy-Tek age group power points for each swimmer in the following pairs of events:

  • 50/100 Free
  • 200/500 Free
  • 100/200 Back, Breast, Fly
  • 200/400 IM

The age group breakdowns for the team will be as follows: 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, and 17-18. There is not a 9-10 age-group in this meet and 11-12’s will swim 100/200’s instead of 50/100’s.  Invitations from PNS will come to swimmers during the months of April and May.
KING believes that this taste of international experience and the high level of competition at this meet will provide a good developmental opportunity for those that are selected to attend.  We encourage any swimmers selected to be on the team to attend the meet. 
Any swimmer with a Junior National/US Open qualifying time should consult with their coach before accepting an invitation.

We will still be sending a team to Far Westerns. Far Western qualifying times can be found on the KING website in the events section. We encourage all swimmers that qualify for Far Westerns and are not invited to attend the North American Challenge Cup to attend the meet.

More details on each of the meets will follow in the coming weeks.

For more information from PNS on the NACC meet,
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Check out a couple of videos found on YouTube from the last two NACC meets. It is slide show with music. While the 2007 video is generic the 2008 version features swimmers from Southern California Swimming. See if you recognize some of your friends from SoCal.