Pleasanton Seahawks win league awards


Pleasanton Seahawks swimmers, as well as a team coach, received awards at the Pacific Swimming annual league banquet last weekend in Milpitas.

Leading the way was Maxime Rooney, who won Swimmer of the Year for his accomplishments this season.

Rooney was the national champion in the 200-meter freestyle at Summer Nationals, the youngest member of the USA men's 2015-16 national team, a FINA World Junior gold medalist and record-holder in the 200 free and 4x200 free relay, a summer junior national champ in the 100 and 200 free and a section champ in the 200 and 500 free.

Rooney received two other awards last weekend: Outstanding Short Course/Long Course for male swimmers in the 16-17 age division and Race of the Year for his 200 freestyle (1:47.10) at U.S. Nationals, which placed him third in the nation.

Seahawks standout Miranda Heckman received the Outstanding Short Course award for 13-year-old female swimmer.

She was also nominated for Race of the Year (1,000-meter freestyle with a time of 10:02.06) and Swimmer of the Year for her three Pacific Swimming records, eight national top-10 rankings, three Far Western Championships individual wins and a Far Western record in the 1,000 free for girls 13-14.

Moriah Simonds received the Outstanding Short Course award for 16-year-old female swimmer and was nominated for Race of the Year for her 1,000 free (9:37.35) at Winter Sectionals.

Christopher Jhong received the Outstanding Short Course award for 14-year-old male swimmer, and Lleyton Plattel (13) was nominated for Race of the Year for his 1,500 free swim in 17:26.56.

Pleasanton Seahawks coach Steve Morsilli was named Senior Group Coach of the Year.

The annual banquet took place Saturday at the Embassy Suites in Milpitas, an evening of dinner, awards and a presentation by guest speaker Natalie Coughlin, a 12-time Olympic medalist. Pacific Swimming is the third-largest of USA Swimming's 59 regional associations, made up of 120 swim clubs and more than 16,000 swimmers.

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