7th grade swimmer breaks 2 records
Twelve-year-old Mitch Hovis, a student at Harbour Pointe Middle School, broke two 11-12 year old boys Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS) records at the 2012 Northwest Region Short Course Age Group Championships held March 30-April 1 at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Mitch, representing KING Aquatic Club and coached by KING’s Ash Milad, swam to first place finishes and new records in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.09 and in the 200-yard breaststroke finishing in 2:19.18.
His swims in both events place him as the fifth fastest in the nation this year for his age group. Hovis also swam to a first place medal and new meet record in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 29.57.
Mitch swam in three additional individual events at the meet finishing with a second place medal in the 100-yard individual medley (1:00.39); and third place medals in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.76) and 400-yard individual medley (4:40.53).
He was also part of KING’s medal winning relays teams in the 11-12 year old boys 200-yard medley (1:52.27), 400-yard medley (4:01.42 – also a new PNS record), 200-yard freestyle (1:43.58), and 400-yard freestyle (3:42.64) events.
KING Aquatic Club won the combined team championship at the Northwest Region Short Course Age Group Championships which brings together over 1,000 top age group (14 and under) qualifiers annually from USA Swimming clubs across Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.