August 17, 2015
Pleasanton Seahawks Swim at International NACC Meet
The Pleasanton Seahawks had six swimmers selected to represent Pacific Swimming at the North American Challenge Cup, an international all-star meet, at the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California August 6-9, 2015. Teams from Mexico, Gulf Swimming, Southern California, and Pacific Swimming competed. Southern California took first place, with Pacific Swimming placing second.
Miranda Heckman, age 14, was the top Seahawk at the meet. Heckman scored 51 points for Pacific Swimming by placing first in five of six events and taking third in her other event. Heckman’s most competitive race was the 100 free as she out touched the second place competitor at the wall by .03 seconds. She went 58.30 taking first and also earning her a Winter Junior National time standard for the 100 Free. Heckman’s other first place finishes came in the 200/400/800 Frees and the 400 IM. She came in third place in the 200 IM. She managed best times in all her events except one, the 400 Free.
Also placing in six events, was 12 year old Alex Ren. He took first in the 200 Back with a best time of 2:23.63, winning by two seconds. Ren also raced to three second place finishes (200 Free, 100 Back & 200 IM), a third place (400 Free) and a 6th place (50 Free). His races earned him five new personal bests.
In the 15-16 Boys, the Seahawks were represented well by both Chris Jhong and Tyler Lu, each earning three medals. Jhong took first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:33.36, a personal best by two seconds. Jhong took second in the 200 IM and third in the 200 Fly as well. Lu took sixth place in both the 200 Free and the 1500 Free with personal best times. He also took eighth in the 400 Free.
Gwyneth Wong, 12, placed seventh in the 100 Free with a best time in finals of 1:04.10. Mattias Blanco, 14, swam the 100 Back in 1:06.72 and took eighth.
Congratulations to the Seahawk swimmers for being selected and representing the team well at this international all-star meet.