August 11, 2015
The Pleasanton Seahawk swim club placed 4th at the 2015 Speedo Far Western Championships July 29-August 2 in San Jose. The team sent 48 swimmers to the long course meet which has difficult qualifying times and scored 605 total points. The first place team was Santa Clara Swim Club which scored 1088 points.
Katie Woods, age 17, was awarded the high point award for the 17-18 Girls, scoring 48 points for the team. Woods also swam a 58.33 in her 100 meter free, earning her a USA Winter Junior National cut. She placed in the top eight in seven of her events: 1st in the 100m Free and 2nd in the 50/200/400/800/1500m Frees and also in the 100m Back.
Earning the very challenging USA Summer Junior National cut was 16 year old Samantha Howell in her 200m Free with a time of 2:04.60, also giving her 1st place in the event . She took home five other medals: 2nd in the 400/800m Free, 3rd in the 100/1500m Free, and 5th in the 50m Free. Anthony Jhong, 18, swam a Winter Junior National cut in his 200m Breast with a 2:25.86 and took first. He took 2nd place in his 100m Breast.
The Seahawks had three swimmers earn their first Sectional standard cuts at this meet. Lleyton Plattel (13) earned the cut in the 1500m Free, Nicholas Skinner (14) in the 100m Back, and Preston Tsang (17) in the 100m Breast (taking 5th in the event.)
Alex Ren, age 12, was the top medal winner for the Seahawks with 9 top eight placings. He received 2nd in the 100/200m Back, 3rd in the 200m IM, 4th in the 400m IM and 200/400m Free, 5th in the 100m Free and 200m Fly, and 7th in the 100m Fly.
In the 17/18 Boys division Alexander Gilchrist and Robert Scott each earned 6 medals. Scott took 1st place in the 400m Free with a time of 4:07.78, 2nd place in the 100m Back and 200m Free, 6th in the 200m Back, 7th in the 1500m Free, and 8th in the 800m Free. Gilchrist took 2nd in the 200m Fly and the 200m IM, 3rd in the 100m Free, 100m Fly and 400m IM, and 4th in the 100m Back. Jared Brandley finaled in three events, with his best finish being 2nd place in the 100m Free.
In the 17/18 Girls division, Sarah Wang had fast swims with six medals, taking 1st in the 100m Fly with a 1:04.58. She took 2nd in the 200m IM, 3rd in the 200m Fly, 6th in the 100m Free, 7th in the 800m Free and 8th in the 400m IM. Also swimming well was Eva Chung who went 2:23.97 in the 200m IM, taking 1st place. Chung took 2nd in the 200m Breast, 200m Fly and the 400m IM. Distance Freestyler, Danielle Zacharias, took home medals in the 200/400/800/1500m Frees. Amanda Helle, Victoria Kaleta, and Ryane Skinner each placed in two events, while Caitlyn Plattel placed 7th in the 100m Free.
Tyler Lu, Jonah Cooper and Brandon Brown were the point scores for the 15/16 Boys. Lu earned 7th place in the 100m Free and the 400m IM, and 8th in the 50m Free. Cooper took a 4th and 8th place finish in the 100m Back and the 200m Back. Brown dropped 28 seconds to take 6th place in the 800m Free with a time of 9:04.78. For the 15/16 Girls Jacqueline Davis medaled in the 100m Breast with a 7th place finish.
Skinner in the 13/14 Boys took 6th place in both the 100m and 200m Backstrokes. Plattel took 6th and 8th in the 800m and 1500m Free. Mattias Blanco raced to take 8th place in the 100m Back. In the grueling 200m Fly, Calvin Chui took 5th with a personal best time of 2:14.73.
The 13/14 Girls had two Seahawks final in three events each. Daniella Hawkins took 2nd in both the 400m and 800m Free and she took 4th in the 200m Free. Claire Suen took 4th in the 100m Free, 7th in the quick 50m Free, and 8th in the 200m Back.
Gwyneth Wong was the only 11/12 Girl Seahawk to place with a 3rd place finish in the 50m Fly with a time of 30.75. Christina Tsai, age 10, took 6th in the 100m Breast and 7th in the 200m IM. For the 10 & Under boys, Ethan Wang had great swims in the 200m Free, 7th, and the 400m Free, taking 8th.
The Seahawks reached great success at this meet and throughout the entire 2015 season.