Amaya Rocheleau

Over the last decade, a handful of elite level swimmers have called Kodiak their home. 

Add another name to the list. 

Amaya Rocheleau, 10, qualified in three events for the Western Zone Age Group Championships with her performance at the Northwest Region Sectional Age Group Championships that concluded Sunday in Federal Way, Washington state.

The North Star Elementary School fourth-grader turned Western Zone qualifying times in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle and 50 backstroke. The Western Zone Age Groups is in August in California. 

Kodiak High School and Kodiak Kingfishers head coach John Lindquist said that during his time only two other Kodiak swimmers have qualified for the big race at that age — Talon Lindquist and Nando Macinko. Talon Lindquist did not attend the meet and the coach believes Macinko did not either.

According to Akswimming.org, only 15 Alaska swimmers have qualified for this year’s Western Zone Age Groups. 

At the Northwest Regionals, Rocheleau placed sixth in the 100 free (1 minute, 3.36 seconds), 12th in the 50 backstroke (34.12) and 17th in the 200 free (2:24.68). She disqualified in the 50 free, her first event. However, she later recorded a time-trial time of 28.81, which would have placed seventh. 

All her times were personal-bests. 

Jacob Sarnowski, 11, was the only other Kingfisher to compete at Northwest Age Groups. He placed 17th in the 50 breaststroke (38.72). 

“They both swam really well at a competitive meet,” Kingfishers coach Maggie Rocheleau wrote in a text message. “Just having the opportunity to compete was a great experience — it’s exciting to see their hard work pay off.”  

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