NU 15-year-old making waves |

NU 15-year-old making waves

Haley Porter, a 15-year-old Nevada Union sophomore, turned several heads at the U.S. Swimming Sectional Championships held March 1-4 in Long Beach.

As a member of Grass Valley’s Penguin swim team, Porter became the youngest Penguin to qualify for the U.S. Swimming Senior National Championships, which will be held in New York on March 27.

Porter set Penguin team records in four events. She placed 10th in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.39 seconds and also recorded U.S. Junior National Standards in the 50-yard freestyle (23.82) placing seventh; the 100 butterfly (57.78) placing 20th and the 200 freestyle (1:51.79) placing 14th.

Kyle Virva, a 17-year-old NU senior, also recorded Club Junior National Standards by placing 10th in the 100 butterfly 50.95 – also a Penguin team record); 14th in the 200 Individual Medley (1:55.57); 21st in the 200 freestyle (1:43.26) and 22nd in the 100 free in 47.60.

Three other Penguin swimmers competed. Caitlin Lee, also a 17-year-old NU senior, finished 26th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:42.11. Colleen Heauser, also 17 and an NU senior, finished 50th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.62.

Nicolas Ingersoll, a 16-year-old NU junior, finished 36th in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.82) and 40th in the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.67.

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