NVST Trio Competes At Far Western Meet

Fresh on the heels of winning Pacific Swimming’s Zone 3 Championship, the Napa Valley Swim Team sent Emily Dusky, Iona Pascual and Gabe Wright to the Speedo Long Course Far Western Championships July 27-31 in Concord.

The Far Westerns are the largest regional international meet and are held on a 50-meter course that features about 1,000 of the fastest age-group swimmers in California, Washington, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, western Canada and Mexico.

Pascual made the finals in two events while smashing two team records that had stood for 21 and 31 years. He placed seventh in the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 53.23 seconds, eclipsing the team record of 4:56.91 set by Casey Hague in 1995. His time in the 200 IM of 2:18.79 broke the team record of 2:18.89 set by Shayne Wilson in 1985. Pascual also placed eighth in the 50 freestyle in 26.05 seconds, and swam the 100 free in 56.96.

Dusky, the current NVST record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke, made the finals in that event and placed fourth overall in 1:16.16.

Gabe Wright shattered his personal record in the 400 free by 9.88 seconds with a time of 4:24.45.​