April 10, 2016
The Pleasanton Seahawks USA swim club hosted the 2016 Spring Short Coarse Far Western Swimming Championship March 31 – April 3. Since 1925 the Far Western Swimming Championship has provided one of the fastest and most prestigious venues for USA Swimming. Athletes from across the United States, Mexico and Canada travel to the area to compete. The Seahawks hosted approximately 1100 swimmers, 50 of them were qualified Seahawk swimmers, with 7 records falling to Seahawk swimmers.
The top performance for the Seahawks was Miranda Heckman taking first place in all 7 of her events. She earned the High Point Award for the 13/14 girls with 77 points. In the process, she broke 5 Far Western Meet Records including the famous Natalie Coughlin’s 1650 yard free. Heckman swam a 16:28.51 beating Coughlin’s 16:38.44, which had stood since 1997. Her new 1650 yd. free time is also a new Pacific Swimming Record and a Pleasanton Seahawk Team Record. Another huge swim was Heckman’s 500 yard Free (4:44.09) also a Pacific Swimming Record, Far Western Meet Record and Seahawk team record. Two other swims by Heckman were Far Western and Pleasanton Seahawk team records, the 200 yard Free (1:47.65) and the 400 yard IM (4:15.91). Heckman’s fifth Far Western record came in the 1000 yard Free with a time of 9:50.84. Heckman still managed to break one more Seahawk team record; it came in the 100 yard Free with a time of 50.23. Her 7th First Place finish came in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:04.79.
Maxime Rooney, a National Team member and a Seahawk, swam to a new Far Western Record and 3 first place finishes in the 17/18 Boys division. His first place finish in the 200 yard fly (1:44.94, dropping 7.12 seconds) is a new Far Western Meet Record. Rooney also took 1st in the 500 Free (4:26.24) and the 50 yard Free, swimming a very fast 20.84. He dropped time in both the 100 yard Back (49.17) and 200 yard IM (1:51.54), taking 2nd place in both. Also placing for the Seahawks in the 17/18 Boys was Alex Gilchrist in the 200 yard IM (1:58.58) for 4th and the 200 yard Fly (1:57.12) earning 8th.
In the 17/18 Girls Christie Chong took 2nd in the 1000 yard Free (10:23.47), 5th in the 500 yard Free (5:03.03), 6th in the 100 yard Back (56.36), 8th in the 100 yard Breast (1:06.35), 9th in the 200 yard IM (2:07.53). Samantha Howell took 3rd in the 1000 yard Free with a time of 10:25.66. Katie Woods took 5th in the 1000 yard Free and 8th in the 500 yard Free. Danielle Zacharias took 4th in the 1000yd. Free and 10th in the 500yd. Free. Placing 10th in the 100 yard Breast was Tori Kaleta.
The 15/16 Boys were well represented. Lyon Zhang earned a Far Western Meet Record and 1st place finish in the 200 yard Breast with a time of 2:00.57. Zhang took 3rd in the 100 yard Breast (57.71) and the 400 yard IM, and also placed 7th in the 200 yard Back. Chris Jhong took 2nd in both the 200 yd. Fly (1:50.33) and the 200 yd. IM (1:50.76) dropping time in both. He placed 3rd in the 1000 yd. Free, and 5th in the 100 yd Back. Ed Smith took 7th in the 1000 yd. Free, 8th in the 500 yd. Free and the 200 yd. Fly, and 10th in the 100 yd. Breast. Swimming a 1:43.22 in the 200 yd. Free earned Tyler Lu 2nd place; he also took 8th in the 100 yd. Free. Brandon Brown took 8th in the 1650 yd. Free and Nick Skinner took 10th in the 1000 yd. Free.
In the 15/16 Girls Seahawk swimmer Jessica He swam well. She took 2nd in the 500 yd. free (5:00.26), 4th in the 200 yd. Free (1:52.60) and the 100 yd. Free (51.82), and 9th in the 200 yd. IM (2:08.49). Daniella Hawkins took 1st in the 1000 yd. Free swimming a quick 10:03.64 and 1st again the 500 yd. Free with a time of 4:58.31. In the 1650 yd. Free Emma Valentine took 4th and she took 10th in the 1000 yd. Free.
Lleyton Plattel earned 44 points for the team in the 13/14 Boys with fast swims. He finaled in 5 events, dropping time in all 5. He took 1st in the 1650 yd Free (15:58.91) and the 1000 yd. Free (9:36.90). He took 2nd in the 500 yd. Free (4:41.17), 4th in the 100 yd. Free (49.01), and 5th in the 200 yd. Free (1:45.28). Calvin David took 1st in the 500 yd. Free with a time of 4:38.01 and took 2nd in the 1000 yd. Free in 9:49.60. In the 200 yd. Back, Alex Ren placed 6th and Ren took 7th in the 400 yd. IM.
In the 13/14 Girls, besides Heckman, the Seahawks had 4 others place. Claire Suen took 1st in the 200 yd. Back (2:03.46), 5th in the 200 yd. Free (1:53.25), and 6th in the 1650 yd. Free. Mackenzie Lee placed 6th in the 100 yd. Back and 7th in the 200 yd. Back. Ellen Wang went 2:24.73 to take 6th in the 200 yd. Breast, and Carloline Eckel went 53.61 in the 100 yd. Free taking 8th.
The 11/12 Boys and Girls each had one Seahawk place. Sydney Lu took 6th in the 100 yd. Fly (1:00.89) and Ryan Kobayashi took 8th in the 50 Fly (27.25). The 10 & Under Girls had a 9th place finish from Paige Bennett in the 100 yd. Breast.
In the Relays, The 13/14 Girls 400 Medley Relay (Lee, Wang, Gwyneth Wong and Suen) took 2nd with a time of 3:58.36. The same group of girls took 4th in the 400 yd. Free Relay. The PLS A 200 yd. Free Relay with Lee, Wang, Wong and Emily Chen took 8th. The 13/14 Boys 400 yd. Medley Relay with Justin Tsai, Gregory Quach, Ren and Plattel took 7th in 3:49.84. In the Girls 10 & Under 200 yd. Medley Relay the PLS A team of Alexis Mesina, Bennett, Faith Carroll, and Jasmine Phan took 8th in 2:15.09.
Congratulations Seahawk Swimmers on some great swims. The team will continue to work hard as they target their next meets. Go Seahawks!