The Valley Shore YMCA Marlins swim team enjoyed a busy and successful championship season. Twelve athletes qualified to swim in the New England YMCA Championships held at MIT in Cambridge, MA held March 15-16 and 22-23. Top accolades go to Jessica Lee of Old Lyme for her 1st place finish in the girls 15 and over 50 yard freestyle event and 7th in the 100 yard freestyle. Other notable finishes include Kyle Wisialowski of Old Saybrook finishing 4th in the boys 9-10 year old 50 yard fly, 4th in 100 yard fly, and 6th in 100 yard individual medley; Kaeleigh O’Donnell of Essex earning 4th in the girls 9-10 year old 100 yard breast stroke and 6th in the 50 yard breastroke; Helen Day of Old Saybrook earning 4th place in girls 9-10 year old 100 yard individual medley and 8th in the 100 yard backstroke; Mike Healey of Madison finishing 5th in boys 13-14 200 yard individual medley; and Kayla Mendonca of Madison finishing 8th in girls 11-12 year old 100 yard butterfly.
Accolades also go to the ten Marlin swimmers who qualified to compete in the US Swimming Connecticut Age Group Championships which include top swimmers from all regions of the state. Daniel Chen, Kayla Mendonca, Michael Healey of Madison; Nick Husted, Christopher Thomson, Kyle Wisialowski of Old Saybrook; Peter Fuchs, Jessica Lee of Old Lyme; Kaeleigh O’Donnell of Essex; and Robert May of Guilford qualified for this short course season championship event.
Four of the team’s senior athletes, Nick Husted, Christopher Thomson, Jessica Lee and Peter Fuchs, qualified for the Connecticut Senior Championships.
The Valley Shore YMCA Long Course season (competing in 50 meter pools) starts in mid-April and the team welcomes aspiring swimmers to come by the Y, located in Westbrook, to try out and learn more about our program. For more information, please visit our website at www.vsymarlins.org or call 860-399-9622