Far Westerns 2017

Northern Sierra age group swimmers wrapped their short course championship season over the weekend, sending six swimmers to the national-level Far Western Championships meet in Pleasanton, California. 

Over 1700 of the top youth swimmers in the western United States competed in the four day meet. The six Northern Sierra swimmers swam a total of 25 events, including one relay, and set four new club records. 

Tyler Nattrass, 11, competed in six events: the 50,100, and 500 yard freestyles, the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes, and the 400 yard individual medley. Nattrass earned a top ten finish in his 200 backstroke, finishing 5th in the 11-12 division, and resetting his own Northern Sierra team record with a 2:13.54. Nattrass also lowered his own club records in the 50 yard freestyle (25.44) and the 500 yard freestyle (5:24.00).

Mia Axelman, 11, competed in six events: the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1650 yard freestyles, and the 50 yard butterfly.

Emily Starnes, 12, competed in five events: the 50 yard freestyle, the 50, 100, and 200 yard backstrokes, and the 100 yard individual medley. 

Mackenna Hensley, 12, competed in four events: the 100 yard backstroke, and the 50, 100, and 200 yard butterfly. Hensley set a new club record for the 11-12 girls in her 200 butterfly with a time of 2:24.99.

Robin Lawless, 12, competed in two events, the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes. 

Evie Mitsuda, 14, competed in the 100 yard butterfly. 

Northern Sierra sent its first relay team to the elite event, comprised of Axelman, Hensley, Starnes, and Lawless. They competed in the 400 yard freestyle relay. 

"It's exciting to be taking larger groups to a meet of this caliber. Far Westerns gives our age group athletes the opportunity to compete with elite youth swimmers from all over the country, which continues to push us to improve as a team."-- Coach Allie Anderson