June 7, 2017
Three Pleasanton Seahawk swimmers broke three records last weekend at the 2017 CIF State Swimming & Diving Championships May 19-20, 2017 at Clovis West High School in Clovis, California. Many Seahawk swimmers, representing multiple local high schools, also placed in the finals (top 8) or the consolation finals (top 9-16) of the two day meet.
Miranda Heckman, a sophomore, took the title of champion in both the 200 Free and the 500 Free. Her time of 4:41.53 in the prelim swim of the 500 Free on Friday broke the state meet record, seeding her first in finals on Saturday, where she went on to win the race at 4:45.28. In the 200 Free, Heckman also took first place with her time of 1:47.21.
For the boys, Calvin David, a sophomore, broke the 500 Free meet record in Saturday’s Finals, swimming to first place and the record in 4:21.66. David also placed 10th in the 200 Free with a 1:38.31. Jonah Cooper, also a sophomore, had a record breaking performance in the 100 Backstroke. He broke the record in his prelim swim on Friday (47.57) and then broke his own record again during Saturday’s Finals with a time of 47.34.
Other Seahawks placing at the meet include Chris Jhong, a Junior, who placed 2nd in the 200 Individual Medley with a 1:47.34. Jhong also placed 6th in the 500 Free with a time of 4:28.11. Another Seahawk swimming well in the 500 Free was freshman Lleyton Platell, who took 3rd Place, swimming the race in 4:27.00. Making Finals in the 100 Breaststroke was Lyon Zhang, a senior, taking 8th with a time of 56.30. Zhang also swam the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.07, giving him 10th place. Tyler Lu, a sophomore, finaled and took 8th in the 500 Free (4:29.25) and made consolation finals in the 200 Free, taking 12th (1:39.47). Senior Ed Smith raced to an 11th place finish in the 200 Free with a 1:39.23.
For the females, Daniella Hawkins, a sophomore, took 6th place in the 500 Free with a 4:51.29. Hawkins also made finals in the 200 free, finishing in 8th place, swimming it in 1:51.12. Claire Suen, a freshman making her first appearance at the state meet, swam the 100 Free in 51.04, winning the consolation finals and taking 9th place.
Congratulations to the Pleasanton Seahawks and these talented athletes!