August 18, 2017
Left to Right - Coach Caitlin DeNise, Lleyton Plattel, Lyon Zhang, Tyler Lu, Daniella Hawkins, Chris Jhong, Jonah Cooper, Ed Smith, Miranda Heckman, and Coach Steve Morsilli
The Pleasanton Seahawks placed 12th at The 2017 Speedo Junior National Championships held August 8-12th at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, New York, where over 250 teams competed.
The men’s relay teams did well, placing and scoring points for the Seahawk team. The 4x200m Free Relay included Lleyton Plattel, Ed Smilth, Tyler Lu, and Chris Jhong, taking 7th; the 4x100m Free Relay with Lu, Smith, Platell and Jonah Cooper took 11th; and the 4x100m Medley Relay with Cooper, Lyon Zhang, Jhong, and Lu took 16th place.
Plattel, 15, had a record breaking swim in the 1500m Free, taking 2nd Place with a time of 15:29.71. This is a new Pacific Swimming Record for the 15-16 boys age group. Plattel is just three weeks into this age group. He had a strong 800m Free (8:11.39) as well, earning him 3rd place overall. Plattel also swam the 400m Free.
Miranda Heckman, age 16, competing well on the female side of the pool, took 4th place in the 400m Free with a 4:13.46. Her 200m Free swim of 2:01.16 earned her 6th place. She also took 16th in the 100m Free.
Jhong, age 17, was strong in his IM swims with a 5th place finish in the 400m IM in a time of 4:25.55, and a 12th place finish in his 200m IM (2:06.66). Jhong also competed in the 200m and 400m Frees and the 200m Fly. Cooper swam the 100m Back taking 14th place with a time of 58.07. He also swam the 200m Back and the 50m Free.
Daniella Hawkins swam four Freestyle events (200m/400m/800m/1500m). Tyler Lu and Ed Smith represented the Seahawks in both the 200m and 400m Freestyle events. Lyon Zhang competed in the 200m and 400m IM’s and the 100m and 200m Breaststrokes.
Congratulations to the Pleasanton Seahawks and these talented athletes!