February 6, 2023

Valley-Shore YMCA Swim Team Produces State Champion

State Champion Peter Fuchs

For the second consecutive year, the Valley-Shore YMCA Marlins Swim team has produced a state champion. A credit to coach Pat Callahan and the coaching staff, twelve members of the Marlins Swim Team qualified to represent the team in 32 events at Age Group Championships held at the Wesleyan University pool in Middletown July 30 – August 1.   Age Group Championships serve as the Connecticut state championship for those athletes under the age of 19 competing in events segregated by age group.

Peter Fuchs won the state championship in the 50 meter breaststroke event for the 11-12 age group in a time of 37.14 seconds. Peter also finished second the 200 meter breaststroke and third in the 100 meter breaststroke.  Peter’s performances qualified him to go on to the Eastern Zone Championships held in Rockville, Maryland. Eastern Zone Championships brings together the top athletes from states on the east coast from Maine to Virginia. In Rockville, Peter improved his 50 meter breaststroke again, swimming a time of 36.42 seconds, and ranking 9th in the zone. Peter also enjoyed joining other top Connecticut swimmers in a relay which finished 5th in the zone.

The Marlins are currently welcoming new swimmers to join the team for the short course season. Tryouts will be held September 13 or 14 at 5:30-6:30pm, and practices start on September 16.

Marlins registration forms and further information about this team are available on www.vsymca.org. Otherwise, please contact Aquatic Director Heather Husted at 860-399-9622, ext 14.