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2017 US Open Swim Championships

Left to Right – Coach Steve Morsilli, Jonah Cooper, Calvin David, Miranda Heckman, Daniella Hawkins, Maxime Rooney, Chris Jhong, Lleyton Plattel, and Lyon Zhang.

The Pleasanton Seahawks were well represented at the 2017 US Open Swim Championships held August 2-6th at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York. The Seahawks placed 14th among American teams at the national level meet.

Maxime Rooney, age 19, had great swims, placing 3rd overall in both the 100m Free with a time of 49.25 and the 100m Fly with a time of 52.45. Rooney will now be focusing on the 2017 World University Games where he will compete August 20-27th in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei.

Miranda Heckman, age 16, took 5th overall in the 200m Free with a 2:00.73, dropping almost a second off her prelim swim. Heckman swam a 4:16.44 in the 400m Free, taking 11th place. Her 100m Free was 1st in the D Final, and she also competed in the 800m Free and 400m IM. Heckman will be on her way to the2017 FINA World Junior Championships held August 23-28th in Indianapolis, IN.

Jonah Cooper, age 17, swam well enough to qualify for the D Final in all three of his races; the 100m Back, 200m Back, and the 100m Free. Calvin David, age 16, had strong Freestyle swims in the 200m Free, 400m Free and 1500m Free where he also managed to be in the top 32 in each of those events. In the Medley events, Chris Jhong, age 17, raced well taking 5th in the D Final in both the 200m IM and the 400m IM. Jhong also swam the 400m Free.

Also representing the Seahawks was Daniella Hawkins (16) swimming the 400m Free (D Final), 800m Free and 1500m Free (29th); Lleyton Plattel (15) swimming the 400m Free (1st in D Final), 800m Free and 1500m Free; and Lyon Zhang (17) swimming the 200m IM (D Final), 400m IM and the 100m and 200m Breaststrokes.

The men’s 4x200 Freestyle Relay took 3rd overall in an exciting swim. The Relay included Cooper, David, Rooney and Plattel.