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Pleasanton Seahawks place 4th at Far Western Championships

48 local swimmers compete in San Jose meet

The Pleasanton Seahawks swim club posted a fourth-place finish as a team at the 2015 Speedo Far Western Championships earlier this summer in San Jose.

The 48 Seahawk swimmers combined to earn 605 points at the event July 29 to Aug. 2, putting the team about 480 points behind the tournament winners, Santa Clara Swim Club.

In the older division, 17-year-old Seahawk Katie Woods led the way, earning the high-point award in the 17-18 girls division with 48 points.

By swimming the 100-meter freestyle in 58.33 seconds, she claimed a USA Winter Junior National cut. Woods also placed second in the 50, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 free.

Earning the USA Summer Junior National cut was Samantha Howell, 16, with her first-place time of 2:04.60 in the 200 free. Howell also took home five other medals: second in the 400 and 800 free, third in the 100 and 1500 free and fifth in the 50 free.

Anthony Jhong, 18, swam a Winter Junior National cut in the 200 breaststroke with a winning time of 2:25.86. He also took second in the 100 breast.

The Seahawks had three swimmers earn their first sectional standard cuts, including Lleyton Plattel (13) in the 1500 free, Nicholas Skinner (14) in the 100 backstroke and Preston Tsang (17) in the 100 breast.

With nine top-eight finishes, 12-year-old Alex Ren was the Seahawks' top medal winner. He was second in the 100 and 200 back, third in the 200 individual medley, fourth in the 400 IM and 200 and 400 free, fifth in the 100 free and 200 butterfly and seventh in the 100 fly.

In the 17-18 boys division Alexander Gilchrist and Robert Scott each earned six medals. Scott's finishes included first in the 400 free (4:07.78) and a pair of seconds in the 100 back and 200 free. Gilchrist was second in the 200 fly and 200 IM and third in the 100 free, 100 fly and 400 IM.

In the same division, Jared Brandley reached the final in three events, with his best finish being second place in the 100 free.

In 17-18 girls, Sarah Wang took home six medals, including first place in the 100 fly at 1:04.58. Eva Chung's time of 2:23.97 gave her a win in the 200 IM.

Danielle Zacharias took home medals in the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 free races. Amanda Helle, Victoria Kaleta and Ryane Skinner each placed in two events, and Caitlyn Plattel finished in the 100 free.

Tyler Lu, Jonah Cooper and Brandon Brown were the point scorers for the 15-16 boys. For the 15-16 girls, Jacqueline Davis medaled in the 100 breast with a seventh-place finish.

Nicholas Skinner in the 13-14 boys took sixth place in the 100 and 200 back. Lleyton Plattel took sixth in the 800 free and eighth in the 1500 free. Mattias Blanco raced an eighth-place finish in the 100 back. In the 200 fly, Calvin Chui took fifth with a personal best time of 2:14.73.

The 13-14 girls had two Seahawks reach the final in three events each. Daniella Hawkins took second in the 400 and 800 free and fourth in the 200 free. Claire Suen took fourth in the 100 free, seventh in the 50 free and eighth in the 200 back.

Gwyneth Wong was the only 11-12 girl Seahawk to place, with a third-place finish in the 50 fly with a time of 30.75. Christina Tsai, age 10, took sixth in the 100 breast and seventh in the 200 IM.

For the 10-and-under boys, Ethan Wang came in seventh in the 200 free and eighth in the 400 free.

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