Two Kodiak youths tested their skills against elite swimmers at the Western Zone Age Group Championships last week in Gresham, Oregon.
Amaya Rocheleau and Alison Narog both were part of Team Alaska that competed in the four-day meet that featured swimmers from 14 states.
This was Rocheleau’s third and best appearance at Western Zones.
The 12-year-old qualified for the B final in the 50-meter backstroke and finished 10th overall in a field of 64 swimmers with a time of 32.95 seconds.
Rocheleau was ninth in the preliminary round with a time of 33.46 — .11 seconds from making the A final.
In the B final, she finished runner-up to Jade Garstang of Utah by .15 seconds.
The overall winner clocked a time of 30.73.
Rocheleau was 32nd in the 200 backstroke (2:45.71), 41st in the 100 backstroke (1:17.00), 47th in the 100 freestyle (1:06.89, personal record) and 54th in the 50 freestyle (34.14).
She was also part of three relays — the 200 medley that placed 14th (2:14.20), the 400 medley that placed 16th (5:04.07) and the 400 free that placed 19th (4:32.84).
Narog, competing in the girls’ 13-and 14-year-old division, was 51st in the 50 freestyle (29.73, PR), 73rd in the 100 freestyle (1:05.08, PR), 80th in the 100 backstroke (1:18.47) and 87th in the 200 freestyle (2:30.15).
She was also part of two relays — the 200 freestyle that placed 16th (1:55.72) and the 400 freestyle that placed 24th (4:23.44).