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Pleasanton Seahawks win division crown at Winter Sectionals

Rooney leads all boys with 4 new individual league records

On the strength of dominating relay performances, the Pleasanton Seahawks took first place in the large team division at the Speedo Champions Series CA/NV Winter Sectionals in Southern California.

The event, competed at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park, is one of four sectionals held across the United States.

The Seahawks finished the mid-December event with a combined score of 1313.5, with 767.5 points for the ladies and 546 points for the boys.

They trailed their rival, the Sandpipers (Nevada), after individual events but excelled in the relays to leapfrog the Sandpipers for a 84.5-point victory.

Maxime Rooney, 17, starred for the Seahawks, breaking four Pacific Swimming records during first-place swims in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 and 200 butterfly. He also won the 100 and 200 backstroke en route to earning 192 points overall, giving him the boys high-point award.

Rooney was also part of three strong relay teams, joining Ed Smith, Jonah Cooper and Tyler Lu for a second-place finish in the 800 free relay and third place in the 400 free relay. Rooney and Cooper also teamed with Lyon Zhang and Chris Jhong to take third in the 400 medley relay.

Christy Chong and Miranda Heckman led the way for the ladies, each earning 128 team points for the Seahawks.

Heckman won the 200 free with a personal best time. She also took second in the 500 and 1,000 free and earned a personal best in the 100 free.

Chong finished third in the 200 back, fourth in the 1,000 free, sixth in the 500 free and 200 individual medley and ninth in the 100 back.

Daniella Hawkins also posted a strong point total, amassing 71 team points helped by personal best times in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free.

Jessica He (48 team points), Samantha Howell (30 team points) and Kennedy Truex (24 team points) were among the other top individual female swimmers for the Seahawks.

On the relay side, Heckman, He and Howell joined Katie Woods to win the 400 free relay. Heckman, He, Hawkins and Danielle Zacharias took second in the 800 free.

For the boys in individual races, Zhang earned 61 team points, helped by personal best times in the 400 IM and 200 breaststroke.

Smith had personal best times in the 100, 200 and 500 free and 200 breast. Cooper posted personal bests in the 100 and 200 free and 100 back.

Calvin Smith added personal bests in the 500 and 1,000 free, Lu posted bests in the 50, 100 and 200 free and 100 and 200 butterfly. Nicholas Skinner had bests in the 100 and 200 back.

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