North Coast Aquatics swimmers finish fast at Far Western Championships

Swimmers from North Coast Aquatics made the trip to Morgan Hill, Calif., to compete recently in the 2015 Speedo Short Course Far Western Championships.

Morgan Hill Swim Club (Makos) hosted more than 90 teams that raced at Far Westerns in the four-day swim meet. NCA swimmers competed in both individual events and in team relays over the course of the meet.

Ten-year-old Talia Cercero placed 8th in the 200 Individual Medley (IM) and 5th in the 500 Freestyle. Twelve-year-old Cassidy Lui finished 6th in his 50 Back, 10th in the 100 Back, and 15th in the 200 IM. Ian Moore, also 12, broke the team record in the 50 Freestyle with an official time of 25.24. Up until Moore’s swim at Far Westerns, the 50 Freestyle record for his age bracket, set by Kenneth Trang, was 25.27.

In addition to the other finalists, Coach Rob Mackle highlighted Yuma Dugas as a standout performer at Far Westerns. Dugas placed 6th overall in the 50 Breaststroke and reached his personal best with a time of 31.41.

The girls 11-12-year-old 400 Freestyle Relay and 400 Medley Relay also held their own against the competition at Morgan Hill. Greta Fanta, Catie Pentlarge, Keely Ryan, and Carlie Dorokstar finished with a time of 4:21.91, securing an 11th-place finish in the 400 Medley Relay.

Perhaps the most outstanding performances from Far Westerns took place in the 11-12-year-old boys relays. In the 400 Medley, 400 Freestyle, 200 Medley, and 200 Freestyle Relays, the NCA 11-12 boys took 5th place. In these relay swims, they beat all team records for the aforementioned relays.

Far Westerns marked the end of North Coast’s short-course season. Long-course season began immediately, and NCA will be competing in meets on April 18 and the weekend of April 25.

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