December 18, 2017
Three elite swimmers from Manta Ray Aquatics traveled to the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way over the weekend to compete in the prestigious Washington State Senior Championship Meet. Noah Heaps (17), Jessica Williams (15), and Zachary Washburn (14) all had to achieve difficult qualifying times to attend this meet.
Noah and Zachary kicked off the meet with best times in the 50 free, swimming 23.5 and 22.2 (new team record) respectively. Jessica Williams dropped over 4 seconds in her 200 breaststroke and a second in her 50 breaststroke, setting a new team record in the 50 that had stood for 10 years. Noah set a new team record in the 50 backstroke, lowering the previous record by almost 2 seconds. Zachary Washburn dropped over 7 seconds in his 200 breaststroke, breaking a 22 year old team record by 4 seconds. He also qualified for finals in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 21st place, and also setting a new team record as well as a new Inland Empire Swimming record.