For the first time in over five years, the Newark Wahoos had swimmers qualify and participate in the Niagara LSC Championships on March 17 through March 20 at the Webster Aquatic Center. The swimmers representing the Wahoos were Jeff Garrett, Chris Healy, Zak Westfall, and Joel Wildrick. As a team they finished 46th out of 52 teams with 1,477 points. They also achieved 17 best times in their 22 swims and set 19 team records.


 


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For the first time in over five years The Newark Wahoos had swimmers qualify and participate in the Niagara LSC Championships on March 17 through March 20 at the Webster Aquatic Center. The swimmers representing the Wahoos were Jeff Garrett, Chris Healy, Zak Westfall, and Joel Wildrick. As a team they finished 46th out of 52 teams with 1,477 points. They also achieved 17 best times in their 22 swims and set 19 team records.

Leading the way in both of the best time and team records categories was Zak Westfall. Zak had a total of 13 swims throughout the weekend which included 9 best times and 8 team records along with an additional 5 team records in the relays. He set team records for the 15-16 boys age group in the 1650 Free (17:56.37), 50 Free (24.64), 500 Free (5:11.38), 50 Back (29.17), 400 IM (4:32.34), 100 Fly (58.36), 200 Free (1:56.02) and the 200 Back (2:11.71). He also finished 13th in the 1650 Free and 16th in the 400 IM.

Also contributing to the efforts was Chris Healy who swam 3 events and earned 3 best times and 3 team records. His records were in the 500 Free (5:09.75), 100 Fly (58.34), and the 200 Fly (2:08.00) for the Open boys age group. Healy’s time in the 200 Fly placed him 5th in the event. Jeff Garrett also swam 3 events and he earned 2 best times and 2 records himself. He set new marks in the 17-18 boys age group in the 200 IM (2:16.53) and the 200 Breast (2:31.62). The other notable performances belonged to Joel Wildrick who swam 3 events. In those 3 events he got all best times and bettered Westfall’s 50 Free record set earlier in the session going a 24.34 for the 15-16 boys age group.

In addition to all of the boys’ individual swims, they teamed up in the relays to take a clean sweep for records in the 5 relays they swam in. They started with the 200 Free Relay going 1:37.59, then followed that up with a 4:04.40 in the 400 Medley Relay. In both of those relays they placed 15th and scoring points for the team. On the second day they swam the 200 Medley Relay (1:50.19) and the 800 Free Relay (7:57.38) placing 16th and 13th respectively keeping the scoring streak alive in the relays. On the last day they fell a couple places short in the 400 Free Relay (3:38.42) placing 18th in the event. The top 16 places for relays scored points, but every relay for the Wahoos set new Open boys age group team records.

“This was a successful and excellent experience for them as 3 of them had never swam in this meet before and had to swim against some tough competition,” commented Head Coach Matthew Lincoln. “I am very proud of how they all swam throughout the weekend and really looking forward to seeing what the Long Course season will bring with these boys and the other swimmers on the team.” The Wahoos will be hosting a fun meet on Saturday, April 9th at 9 am with some of the local area swim clubs before swimming in their first Long Course meet on May 13th to May 15th in Tonawanda.

The Newark Wahoos, an age group swim team based in Newark, are always excepting new swimmers at any point of the year. So if you are interested or want more information on the Newark Wahoos contact Head Coach Matthew Lincoln at (585)750-7123 or swimmaster1650@hotmail.com. Come join a growing and strong competitive swim program in the Wayne County area.

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