July 17, 2017
Photo Left to Right - Chris Jhong, Miranda Heckman, Maxime Rooney, and Lleyton Plattel
The Pleasanton Seahawks were well represented by four swimmers at the 2017 World Championship Trials and Phillips 66 National Championships June 27-July 1 at Indiana University in Indianapolis. The top swimmers in the nation competed for spots on the World Championship National Team, the World University Games Team, and the Junior World Team.
Maxime Rooney qualified for the World University Games Team to be held in Chinese Taipei August 23-28 when he placed 1st in the B final of the 200m Free, 100m Free and 100m Fly. These swims qualified him in the 200m Free, the 4 X 200m Free Relay, the 100m Free and the 4 X 100m Free Relay. In the 100m Backstroke, he placed 31st.
Miranda Heckman, 16 years old, made the Junior World Team, which (for females) is made up of the top two swimmers in each event not on the World National Team and born between 2000-2003. Heckman qualified for the team with her 400m Free swim, where she placed 4th in the C Final with a time of 4:14.46. The Junior World Meet will be held in Indianapolis August 23-28. Heckman also had the opportunity to compete in the 200/800/1500m Free events.
Lleyton Plattel, age 14, broke two Pacific Swimming 13-14 age group records, the 800m and 1500m Frees during the meet. He swam personal bests in both, swimming 8:09.74 in the 800m Free and 15:35.36 in the 1500m Free. Those times also earned him the second fastest time in history for 13-14 year olds in both events, placing him ahead of Michael Phelps, who now sits 4th, on both of those two lists. Plattel also swam the 400m Free in 4:02.74. He was the youngest competitor in the distance events in Indianapolis.
Chris Jhong qualified for the meet in three events. Jhong swam the 200m and 400m Individual Medley and the 400m Free. His top finish was the 400m IM, where he placed 46th with a time of 4:34.06.
Congratulations to the Pleasanton Seahawks and these talented athletes!