Pleasanton Seahawks shine at Winter Championship

Local swimmers post high finishes in range of events

The Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers earned a variety of high finishes and personal bests during the 2015 Zone 2 Winter Championship meet held Jan. 24-25 in Moraga, leading to 14 Seahawks being selected for the upcoming Zone 2 All-Star Meet.

In the 8 and under girls division, Alexis Mesina and Jessica Tsai each had personal bests in four events. In 8 and under boys, Rahav Vats raced to best times in all five of his events.

Many Seahawks swimming in the 11-12 girls division showed improvements during their races.

Emma Washam achieved best times in all six of her events, including reaching a new A time in the 100 freestyle with 1:01.65.

Gwyneth Wong also had a strong showing, earning five best times, including the 50 freestyle in 27.17, a new AA time for her, and the 100 backstroke in 1:05.55, a new AAA time for her.

Stephanie Shao swam the 200 individual medley in 2:22.71, reaching the AAA level, and finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.32, giving her a new AA time.

Nicole Stiles posted best times of 26.65 in the 50 freestyle, 57.25 in the 100 freestyle, 1:05.31 in the 100 backstroke and 1:18.60 in the 100 breaststroke. Mackenzie Lee swam the 50 freestyle in 25.65 and 100 freestyle in 57.87.

In the 11-12 boys division, Alex Ren earned a new AA time in the 200 IM with a time of 2:23.51 in addition to personal best times in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly.

Javanni Shen achieved best times in all six events he swam. Andrew Li, Madhav Vats and Andrew Wang each earned four best times.

In 9-10 girls, Sydney Lu achieved a best time and a new AAAA standard in the 50 butterfly (30.61) and earned best times and new AAA standards in the 50 and 200 freestyle.

Aria Harris, Vaishnavi Rao, and Christina Tsai swam personal bests in every event they entered. Sophia Stiles had six best times. New AA time standards were posted by Crystal Wang and Aven Lee while Emily Tsai and Mica Wang each earned two new A times.

For 9-10 boys, Karan Saini raced to four personal best times and Jordan Lee had strong swims in the 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke.

Alexander Smedley achieved three personal bests, and Ethan Wang received an A time in his 200 freestyle (2:29.56) and had three other personal bests in the 100 freestyle, 50 backstroke and 50 butterfly.

In the 13-14 girls division, Elizabeth Balicanta swam six personal bests with a new AA time in the 100 freestyle. Alison Martin swam four personal bests, and Isabelle Smedley raced to three personal bests.

In the 13-14 boys division, Brian Li posted personal bests in all six of his events. Darron Dai, Triston Guerrero, Robert Mitu and Justin Tsai also raced to personal best swims.

Niklas Bengtsson (in the 15-16 boys division) swam best times in all five of his events.

In all, 14 Seahawks were selected to participate in the Zone 2 All-Star Meet from Feb. 28 to March 1 as a result of the performances at the Moraga tournament.

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