Twenty swimmers from the Tri-City Channel Cats club team will compete in the Arena Western Zone Senior Championship from July 29-Aug. 2 in Clovis, Calif.
Four others are entered in the Western Zone Age Group Championships from Aug. 4-8 in Maui, Hawaii.
The zone championships bring in top regional swimmers from the senior and age group levels. The Western Zone consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Several of the female Channel Cats going to senior zones will start their high school seasons in a few weeks.
Lauren Hall, Alyssa Musick, Claire Schaef and Katie Schroder of Richland High, Maddie Elliott and Megan Gelston of Hanford, Mackenzie Hale of Walla Walla, and Alexis and Blair Murphy of Kennewick competed at the WIAA state championships in November in Federal Way.
Hall, Musick, Schaef and Schroder helped the Bombers finish in a tie with Jackson of Everett for the Class 4A state title. Schaef, a freshman last year, was the Bombers’ top individual finisher, taking second in the 500-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200 free.
Among the boys, Charles Fillebrown, Jeff Kern, Ryan Shiplet, Cole Westendorf, Scott Francis, Conor McShane and Addison Pollick swam for Richland at state in February.
The Channel Cats had four senior zones-bound swimmers ranked in the Western Zone top 20 for their age divisions as of July 22.
Schaef was ninth in the girls age 14 400-meter freestyle (4 minutes, 28.22 seconds) and 800 free (9:15.30). Kjerstyn Jordheim was 17th in the girls age 13 800 free (9:42.34) and 18th in the girls age 13 1,500 free (18:49.34).
John Markillie was 10th in the boys age 14 1,500 free (17:09.92). Westendorf was 11th in the boys age 15 50 backstroke (30.07).
Kennewick’s Luc Johnson, Pasco’s Andy Gelston and Andrew Jones, and Richland’s Ryan Monrean will compete at the age group championships in Maui.
Arena Western Zone Senior Championships
July 29-Aug. 2
In Clovis, Calif.
Kennewick: Charles Fillebrown, Jeff Kern, Alexis Murphy, Blair Murphy, Hilary Petersen, Ryan Shiplet, Cole Westendorf. Richland: Maddie Elliott, Scott Francis, Lauren Hall, John Markillie, Conor McShane, Alyssa Musick, Addison Pollick, Katie Schroder. Pasco: Megan Gelston. West Richland: Kjerstyn Jordheim, Claire Schaef, Skyler Younkin. Walla Walla: Mackenzie Hale.
Western Zone Age Group Championships
In Maui, Hawaii
Kennewick: Luc Johnson. Pasco: Andy Gelston, Andrew Jones. Richland: Ryan Monrean.