August 27, 2018
The 2018 Western Zone Age Group Championships, Aug 8-11, welcomed 16 All-Star Teams from 12 western states (AK, CA, CO, ID, HI, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY). California entered five All-Star Teams (San Diego-Imperial, SoCal, Inland Empire, Central Cal, and Pacific). Approximately 721 swimmers (14 & under) competed in 102 events at the Roseville Aquatic Center.
Pacific Swimming is made of 120 swim clubs and more than 16,000 swimmers. A total of 71 top swimmers were selected to the Pacific All-Star team. Ten Pleasanton Seahawks (PLS) were included, contributing 26 medals.
Alexis Mesina led the PLS medal count with 9. She defended her top ranking for both the 50m and 100m breaststroke by finishing 1stin both events. She also earned 2ndin 100m backstroke, 3rdin 200m IM, 5thin 200m freestyle, 6thin 100m freestyle, 1stin 200m medley relay, 1stin 400m medley relay, and 2ndin 400m freestyle relay. In PLS tradition, she set a new Western Zone (WZ) record for the 100m breaststroke and earned a second WZ record on the 400m medley relay team.
Dominick Wonosaputra energized his teammates with 4thin 200m freestyle, 7thin 400m IM, 1stin 200m medley relay, 3rdin 200m freestyle relay, and 3rdin 400m freestyle relay. His team set a new WZ record for 200m medley relay.
Brooke Bennett continued her break out season by placing 8thin 200m IM. She also competed in finals for 100m backstroke and 200m freestyle.
Lillyana Caples extended her final appearances in 200m freestyle and 200m IM with all best times.
Kaitlin Lee propelled herself to 8thin 400m freestyle with a personal best time.
Devyn Caples powered through a competitive field and seized 2ndin 400m freestyle, 3rdin 200m freestyle, and 7thin 50m breaststroke. His team finished 3rdin 400m freestyle relay.
Yassin Dwidar performed skillfully to grab 5thin 50m breaststroke and 8thin 200m butterfly.
Jeremy Ting’s relentless effort earned him final appearances in 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, and 100m butterfly.
Ethan Wang (10y old) triumphed with 3rdin 100m breaststroke.
Ethan N. Wang (13y old) competed in one of the toughest age groups (13-14) and captured 2ndin 1500m freestyle, 4thin 800m freestyle, 8thin 400m freestyle, and 8thin 400m IM.
Pacific Swimming won 2ndplace for Team High Point Award.