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Steiner shines for Aquaducks

Petaluma's USA swimming team, Westside Aquaducks, sent six qualifying athletes to compete at the 2014 Pacific Swimming Junior Olympic Short Course Championships in San Ramon last weekend.

Henry Steiner, 16, represented the Aquaducks in the Boys 15-16 Championship Finals, winning first places and swimming personal bests in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.95), 100-yard butterfly (53.15) and 100-yard freestyle (49.56). Steiner also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley with a personal best time of 2:01.32, and second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.29.

Teammate Taka Shimokobe, 17, swam in the boys 17-18 championship finals, placing third in the 100-yard butterfly (57.07) and 100-yard freestyle (50.03) and fourth in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.34.

In the girls 15-16 championship 100-yard backstroke final, Yui Shimokobe, 15, finished seventh with a time of 1:04.96, and in the girls 17-18 consolation final Priscilla Ng, 17, placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58.61.

In the Boys 13-14 age group, Ford Stolp, 14, swam a personal best in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:21.71 and Kai Hagmann, 14, competed in the 100-yard butterfly finishing, with a time of 1:01.51.

Swimmers will be training to compete at the highest level of age group swimming in the 2014 Speedo Short Course Far Westerns Championships in April.

Westside Aquaducks is open for registration to new swimmers at any skill level.

Tryouts are scheduled weekly, email seniorcoach@westsideaquaducks.com for more information.


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