PAC Seniors Place 5th at Washington State Open

PAC took a small group (11- the smallest group among the top 5) of senior swimmers to the Washington State Open this past weekend in Federal Way, WA and finished 5th overall (over 40 teams- we were behind KING, MHA, CAST- Idaho, and SAS- Spokane).  Our seniors were coming off hard training, school finals, numerous high school meets, illness, etc. and swam extremely well at a prelims- finals meet!  Some of our swimmers competed 15 or more times over four days of swimming.  For example on Saturday, Dana Emerson swam three individual events in prelims and made finals in all of his events.  In finals he competed in a relay to start of them night, then had three indidual races which were back to back.  So, he had four races in 45 minutes.  Then Dan had a 30 minute break and swam in our 800 Free relay, which won from lane one! 

This meet was a great mental and physical challenge for our PAC swimmers.  They were no where near rested for the meet and they swam extremely well (our training has intensified over the last week).  We had over thirty best times, tons of second swims (final swims) and won the boys 800 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay!  So, this meet was a great test for high school districts, state, and our upcoming Sectional meets!

In addition Alex Johnson made his first senior sectional cut in the 1650 free with the help of Dan Volker, who swam next to him the race and pushed him to the cut (Dan just missed it, but has the long course cut).  What great teamwork!

Other outstanding performances were turned in by Jessica Bottelberghe breaking her own 100 Back record with a 58.15 and placing among the top 24 (top 24 compete in finals) in all 8 of her races (she was top three in three events)!  Her sister, Monica placed among the top 24 in two events and broke 1:00.00 in the 100 Fly for the first time!  Dana Emerson competed in all six of his races and had two best times.  Henry Fellows competed in finals in all six of his races and had 100% best times.  Alex Johnson had five best times, a senior sectional cut and had three finals (11th place in the 1650)!  Robert Macy had four best times and one final.  Aaron Reynolds had one best time.  Brandon Risley had three best times.  Daniel Volker had three best times and one final and a 13th place finish in the 1650.  Finally, Max Yakubovich had three best times and placed among the top 24 in four events!  Way to go PAC!  PAC Results