Moses Lake swimmer qualifies for Winter Junior Nationals

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Courtesy photo Manta Ray Aquatics swimmer Zachary Washburn pictured at the 2019 USA Swimming Futures Championship over the weekend in Gresham, Oregon.

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake’s Zachary Washburn competed at the USA Swimming Futures Championship in Gresham, Oregon this past weekend.

The Futures meet is a key step for any swimmer with goals of qualifying for Olympic competition. The event brings athletes from across the Western United States out to compete.

Washburn qualified for the finals in both the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle events over the weekend, as one of the youngest competitors at the event at just 15 years old. This is Washburn’s second-straight year qualifying for the event and first year attending.

With his time in the 50-meter event, Washburn also qualified for the chance to compete in the Winter Junior Nationals later this year. In addition to his performance in the pool, Washburn also earned the honor of being named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American for the second time by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.5 for the year in addition to his excellence athletically.

Washburn is headed into his junior year coming off summer competition, where he competed as a member of the Manta Ray Aquatics swim team in Moses Lake. Washburn will have a brief break while he gears up for the short course season getting set to begin.

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