2018 Pacific Northwest Swimming Sectional Championships – Federal Way
- March 15th-18th, 2018
- King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Washington
- 25y Course, Prelims/Finals Format
- Meet Central
- Live Results
The 2018 Pacific Northwest Swimming Sectional Championships didn’t start the way most do, with a partial, distance-and-relay day, but instead jumped in full-bore with 12 events on Thursday in Federal Way. Montanan Katharine Berkoff and Oregonian Ethan Heasley won a pair of events on the opening day, while the home team from KING and the visitors from Fort Collins, Colorado duked it out in the team battles.
Berkoff doubled up with wins in the 100 free (49.18) and 200 back (1:51.40), both of which improved on her lifetime-bests by more than half-a-second. The 200 back, specifically, ranks behind only U.S. World Championship team member Regan Smith among 17 & unders in the event this year (Berkoff is 17).
On the men’s side, Ethan Heasley’s first win of the session came in the boys’ 1000 free, where he swam an 8:59.64 to break the old Meet Record done by Yoelvis Pedraza in 2015. He becomes the 17th swimmer aged 16 & under to go sub-9 minutes in this event – including 12 done this decade. That marks the beginning of a recovery in American men’s distance swimming; 5 swimmers in this age group went sub-9 minutes in the 1980s, and then none did it for 20 years, until 2010 when Danny Thomson and Arthur Frayler both did it.
He later won the 200 fly in 1:45.93.
He was one of two male swimmers to break individual Meet Records: Daniel Roy of the local King Aquatic Club took out the 200 breaststroke in 1:51.69. That broke his own record of 1:53.55 done in prelims, and ranks him as the 3rd-fastest junior in U.S. history in the event. The top 5 swimmers in 17-18 history in the event all swam or will swim in the Pac-12, including Roy at Stanford next season. Whitley, Seliskar, and Koon are all Cal Bears, while Cordes swam at Arizona.
Top 5 All-Time, 200 Yard Breaststroke, 18 & Under:
- Reece Whitley, 1:51.43, 2017
- Andrew Seliskar, 1:51.57, 2015
- Daniel Roy, 1:51.97, 2018
- Kevin Cordes, 1:51.97, 2012
- Nolan Koon, 1:53.78, 2009
The day’s lone female Meet Record was broken by Zoe Bartel from the Fort Collins Area Swim team in the 200 breaststroke, where she swam a 2:06.24. That broke the 11-year old Meet Record of 2:07.80 set by Olympic gold medalist Megan Jendrick in 2007. That time knocked a full second from Bartel’s previous best. The 17-year old Stanford commit will help fill the Cardinal’s current breaststroke hole: she was already faster than Stanford’s top time this season in the 100 breaststroke, and now is faster than Stanford’s best time this season in the 200. 2:06.24 is already a top-5-at-NCAAs caliber time in the 200.
In the 100 free, former Cal bear ‘Aukai Lileikis won in 42.72, which is a new lifetime best for the former member of the US Junior National Team from Hawaii. 16-year old Tualatin Hills swimmer Caspar Corbeau finishing 2nd in 43.78.
Other Day 2 Winners
- Lindsey Soule of the Corvallis Aquatic Club in Orgeon was the only girl sub-10 in the 1000 free. She touched first in 9:57.64 for a 6-second win.
- Ethan Harder of the Billings Aquatic Club gave ‘team Montana’ another event win when he won the 200 backstroke in 1:43.19. That just-missed his best time of 1:43.04, but did give him a 2-second edge over the field. Kyle Millis was 2nd in 1:45.23, while 15-year old Tyler Lu was 3rd in 1:45.54.
- Fort Collins picked up their 2nd win of the day when Coleen Gillilan won the girls’ 200 fly in 1:56.64. Her prelims time of 1:56.25 is her new personal best in the event, and moves her into the top 25 among 15-16s all-time.
- Fort Collins won the girls’ 800 free relay in 7:19.49 with a relay of Kylee Alons, Zoe Bartel, Bayley Stewart, and Coleen Gillilan.
- Tualatin Hills topped the 800 free relay in a new Meet Record of 6:34.90. The team was made up of Ethan Luc, Caspar Corbeau, Marco Nosack, and Trenton Martinez.
Women’s Top 5 Teams
- Fort Collins – 388
- King Aquatic Club – 233
- Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 184
- Bellevue Club Swim Team – 163
- Lake Oswego Swim Club – 144
Men’s Top 5 Teams
- King Aquatic Club – 270
- Tualatin Hills Swim Club – 197
- Hillsboro Swim Team – 168
- Charger Aquatics – 161.5
- Fort Collins – 156