February 6, 2023

Local Swimmers Make Major Contribution to YMCA Marlins Championship Success

Taking a well-earned moment of rest are Marlins coach Patrick Callahan (standing) with his four senior swimmers (clockwise from front), Caius Mergy, Jessica Lee, Peter Fuchs and Michael Iranpour.

The Valley Shore YMCA Marlins swim team qualified six athletes ranging from age 9 to 15 to compete in the USS Age Group Championships held in Middletown this past weekend.

Representing the 9-10 age group, Taylor Gray of Old Lyme competed in the 100 yard individual medley (IM), the 50 yard breaststroke and the 100 yard breaststroke.  She set new personal best times in the two breaststroke events.

In the 11-12 age group, Michael Healey of Madison qualified for the championship event in six events; two IMs, two freestyle events , the 50Y butterfly and the 50Y breaststroke.  He set personal records in the 200 yard freestyle, the 50 yard butterfly and the 100 yard IM.  By placing 12th in the 200 yard freestyle and 16th in the 50 yard butterfly, Healey advanced to the consolation finals in both events.

Three athletes competed in the 13-14 age group — Michael Iranpour of Madison,  Jessica Lee of Old Lyme, and Peter Fuchs, also of Old Lyme.

Iranpour set personal records and advanced to the finals in all four events that he swam (50Y freestyle, 100Y freestyle, 100Y backstroke and 200Y backstroke). 

Jessica Lee started the weekend with the highest place finish of the team: 4th in the 50 freestyle and she participated in the championship final.  This performance was a personal record, a team record, and 0.17 seconds shy of qualification for YMCA National Championships.

Peter Fuchs swam personal records in both the breaststroke events, and set a new team record in the 200 breaststroke.

Finally, Caius Mergy, of Old Lyme filled out the 15-18 age group, swimming in the 100Y and 200Y breaststroke.  He broke his own team record when he swam a personal record in the 200 breaststroke.

With three team records broken this weekend, the Marlins are swimming faster than ever.  Eighteen Marlins athletes will compete in Cambridge on March 26-27 at the Y – New England Championships. 

The Marlins are currently accepting new team members to join the Long Course season.  Call the Valley-Shore YMCA at 860 399-9622 for more information, or contact head coach Pat Callahan at vsymarlins@gmail.com.