2010-11 Season

The National YMCA Short Course Swimming Championships

Kevin Bell was the lone Shark swimmer competing at the this year’s National YMCA Short Course Championships in Ft Lauderdale, Florida April 5-9, 2011. This was Kevin’s first time qualifying for Nationals in an individual event (100 back)! What a great way to finish his YMCA Short Course swimming career with the Sharks. We are proud of you Kevin not only as a swimmer for your incredible accomplishments but in the fine way that you have represented the LCFY Sharks swimming program with class.


The USA Swimming Speedo Championship Central Zone Sectional Series

Congratulations to Kevin Bell, Makenna Dunlap, Sydney King, Keely Lovern, and Alex Untiedwho represented the LCFY Sharks at the USA Swimming Speedo Championship Central Zone Sectional Meet held in Indianapolis at the IUPUI Natatorium on March 24-27, 2011.  

Here are some pretty neat stats:

  • 873 swimmers competed at this event
  • 146 Teams were represented
  • We placed 26th with 11 points out of 39 teams who scored any points
  • Overall we placed 39th out of 51 teams who scored any points
  • Kevin Bellhad all personal best swims
  • Makenna Dunlap competed in her 1st ever USA Sectional meet as a relay swimmer
  • Sydney King scored all 11 points for the Sharks
  • Keely Lovern had all personal best swims
  • Alex Untied has a personal best in her 50 fr
  • Time standards for this meet are comparable (in some cases faster) than YMCA National standards so great job Sharks!

Danger: Sharks at OSU!

            The LCFY Sharks sent a small but hungry contingent to the Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship held March 18-20 at The Ohio State University. The weekend saw top ten finishes, YMCA National qualifying times, and eight new team records from the Sharks.

            Kassandra Mestemaker led the way for the Sharks with team records in the 50, 100, and 200 yard breaststroke. She finished third in the 50, fourth in the 100, and eighth in the 200, with her times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke qualifying her for YMCA Nationals. Mestemaker was joined by Keely Lovern, Kayla Fenimore, and Alex Untied for an eighth place finish in the 400 yard medley relay.

            Keely Lovern finished ninth in the 200 yard individual medley, while Alewx Untied finished fourth in the 50 yard breaststroke and 10th in the 100 yard freestyle. Syndey King also set team records in the 50 and 100 backstroke, and finished in third in the 100 backstroke at the meet. In addition, the 200 yard medley relay of Maggie McGonagle, Shelby Seas, Kayla Fenimore, and Makenna Dunlap placed sixth overall.

            Jack Barrett and Wyatt Wortkoetter also had outstanding swims. Barrett set a new team record in the 200 yard breaststroke , while Wortkoetter lowered the team mark in the 100 yard freestyle.

            The younger Sharks also had outstanding swims at the meet. Josie Bunstine finished seventh in the 50 yard breaststroke and Sarah Martin finished tenth in the 50 yard butterfly. Martin was joined by Sydney Bednarski, Kelsey Seas, and Gabrielle Brust to set a new team record in the 9/10 girls 200 yard medley relay.

            The spring and summer seasons are just around the corner. How fast will the Sharks swim?

Junior Olympics meet the Sharks

            The USA Junior Olympic Championship, held at Bowling Green March 11-13, saw some of the top swims by Sarah Martin, Makenna Dunlap, and Wyatt Wortkoetter of the LCFY Sharks yet this season.

            Wortkoetter, coming off an outstanding high school season, achieved USA Swimming AA time standards in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle, and set a new team record in the latter. Dunlap, who also had an outstanding season for her high school team achieved a USA AA time standard in the 100 yard butterfly.

            Martin, swimming in the 9/10 age group, continued her assault on the team record board, swimming best times and setting new marks in the 50 yard freestyle, the 50 and 100 yard backstroke, and the 50 yard breaststroke.

            The trio will be joined by a number of their teammates March 18-20 for the Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship at The Ohio State University. Look forward to more top swims and more new records!


A Few Sharks go for One Last Chance!

On March 9th the Sharks came out for one last feeding during the Last Chance meet at the Liberty Powell YMCA. 6 kids braved a swim meet on a school night to try to better their times to end the 2010-2011 winter swimming season. The meet started off with a bang and Katie Darby dropping over a second in her 50 backstroke. The rest of the meet continued with that trend. Out of 14 swims on the night we had 9 lifetime bests. The highlight of the meet was Madi Cartnal’s swim in the 50 butterfly when she dropped over two and a half seconds.  Best times were also achieved by Kelsey Seas in the 50 free and 50 breast, Sydney Bednarski in the 100 I.M. and 50 Free, Katie Darby in the 50 free and 50 breast, Rowan Moore in the 100 breast and 50 Breast, and Nathaniel Graham in the 100 back.  

Congrats to all who participated, you guys should be proud of all you have accomplished!

Go Sharks!!

Sharks Take Bite Out of Competition at Champs

            The LCFY Sharks chomped into their competition at the SEOWV League Championship held March 5 and 6 at Ohio University. Swimmers of all ages from the team turned in their top performances of the season to help the Sharks finish fourth in the overall team standings.

          Sydney King led the way for the team in the 15 and over girls age group. King earned the high point award for her age group by finishing first in the 400 yard IM, the 200 yard backstroke, and the 200 yard freestyle. She set a new meet record in the IM, and new team records in her other events. King was joined by teammates Keely Lovern (who won the 200 yard IM and finished second in the 200 yard backstroke), Hannah Rush, and Rebecca Holmes for a team record setting performance in the 800 yard free relay. King was also part of the team record setting 200 yard medley relay along with Lovern, Kassandra Mestemaker, and Abigail Brown.

          Not to be outdone, Brown and Mestemaker won their own share of events and set new team records over the weekend. Brown set new team records in the 50 backstroke and the 50 and 100 butterfly, winning both fly distances at the meet. Mestemaker set new team records in the 50 and 200 yard breaststroke and won both of those events at OU.

          Additional team records were set by the 400 yard freestyle relay of Makenna Dunlap, Abigail Brown, Kassandra Mestemaker, and Alex Untied. Untied went on the win the 50 yard breaststroke and the 100 yard freestyle as well. Tom Barrett also set a new team record in the 15 and over boys 200 yard breaststroke.

          Some of the most exciting swims of the season occurred in events in the 8 and under age groups. Gabrielle Brust and Madi Cartnal showed that little sharks are fast when they took first and second place in the 25 yard freestyle. Brust set a new team record in that event and went on to set additional records in the 50 yard freestyle and the 25 yard butterfly. She was joined by Cartnal, Riley Bunstine, and Reilly Zink for the 8 and under girls freestyle relay which was one by a fast Shark touch in a come-from-behind finish that left spectators and coaches deafened by the cheers. The same group set records not only in the free relay but also in the 100 yard medley relay.

          The 8 and under boys also had their share of exciting swims, led by Bryson Hauenstein’s win in the 25 yard backstroke. Hauenstein was joined by Alex Fenimore, Austin Hercenberg, and Dylan McColley for team record setting performances in the 8 and under boys 100 yard freestyle relay and 100 yard medley relay.

          The weekend saw best times for all of the Sharks, and also saw Sharks swimmers rise to the challenge of competing against all swimmers. Trevor Price, who usually competes in the 13-14 boys age group, was one such swimmer: he found himself competing on the 15 and over boys relays. Although nervous before each relay, Price stepped up on the blocks, dove off—and swam his best races of the season helping his teammates score for the team.

          Ross Barrett, swimming in the 8 and under boys events, also had his best swims of the season, dropping five seconds in his 25 yard butterfly and more than nine seconds in his 25 yard breaststroke. “All the Hammerheads did awesome at such a big, overwhelming meet!” said his coach, Emily Spangler. “Kellie Lonzo dropped a second in her 50 yard breaststroke after dropping two seconds the week before,” added coach Kalani Friend. 

          While most of the team will take a well deserved break after the meet, more than two dozen Sharks swimmers will continue to represent the team at additional meets in March and April, culminating with the YMCA Short Course National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida April 5 through 8.



The Sharks finished the season on a high note.  Sarah Gundler represented the Sharks on Saturday. She gave 110% and kept coach Susan company on the deck. Sunday was a great day for the Sharks. All four girls represented the team well by singing the national anthem. Madi Cartnal, Maddy Gundler, Sarah Gundler, Livia Barnett, Bryson Hauenstein showed the competition was swimming is all about. Everyone had personal best swims and Madi, Sarah and Bryson earned points for the team.  These swimmers should be very proud of themselves…all the coaches sure are!

Personal Best Swims:

Madi Cartnal: 25 Fly 22.61; 100 Free 1:18.16

Maddy Gundler: 50 Free 41.79; 25 Fly 21.72

Sarah Gundler: 25 Fly 22.61; 25 Breast 32.18

Livia Barnett: 50 Free 49.86

Bryson Hauenstein: 100 Free 1:28.44


Madi Cartnal: 50 Free - 7 points;  100 Free - 11 points; 25 Fly - 11 points; Total: 29 points

Sarah Gundler: 25 Fly - 1 point; Total: 1 point

Bryson Hauenstein: 25 Back - 7 points;  50 Free - 2 points; 25 Fly - 5 points; Total: 14 points


Sharks Swim Big at Big Little

          The LCFY Sharks competed at the 43rd annual Big Little Invitational at Kenyon College on Sunday, February 27, 2011. The Sharks took advantage of the meet to qualify additional swimmers for the SEOWV YMCA League Championship and the Great Lake YMCA Zone Championship held in March.

          Seven Sharks achieved new Y Championship qualifying times at the meet. Spencer Bowman, Mason Clark, Abby Jarvis, Kellie Lonzo, Connor McColley, Dylan McColley and Kelsey Seas all reached SEOWV time standards in one or more events. They are all continuing to prepare for the meet to be held March 5 and 6 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

          Thirteen and over swimmers Kayla Fenimore and Shelby Seas each achieved qualifying times for the Great Lakes YMCA Zone Championship. They will first compete at the SEOWV Y League Championship before going on to represent the team at Zones at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on March 18 to 20, 2011.

          The 2010-2011 season has seen a large number of qualifiers for end of season meets and numerous new team records. If the Sharks can perform at this level without being rested, what will they do once they are rested during March?


YMCA Regionals 2/26/2011

YMCA Regional’s was another big success this year! Our little Sharks did amazing! The 8& under girls medley team of Livia Barnett, Lily Plaugher, Sarah Gundler and Reilly Zink took 2nd to start the meet off! Next the 9-10 girls medley of Alex Nethers, Kellie Lonzo, Alexa Specht, and Kate Plaugher took 1st; so did the 11-12 girl’s medley team of Abby Jarvis, Hannah Dehus, Adrianna Hansen, and Emma Mortellaro. Great job Ladies!  

As a team we achieved 11 1st place finishes and 5 of them were AA times! 1st place finishes for the Sharks were Sarah Gundler 25 Fly; Lily Plaugher 25 Br; Emmett Ness 25 Fly AA; Reilly Zink 50 Fr AA; Issaac Hansen 50 Fly; Conner McColley 50 Br, 100 Br AA; Hannah Dehus 50Br, 50 Fr, 50 Fly AA; and Owen Keith 100 Bk AA.

Seven, 2nd place finishes were achieved by Emma Graham 25 Fly; Kellie Lonzo 50 Fly, 50 Br; Issaac Hansen 50 Fr, Hannah Sturgeon 200 Fr; Ethan Ness 50 Fly; Adrianna Hansen 200 Fr.

Eleven, 3rd place finishes by Emma Graham 100 Fr; Livia Barnett 25 Fly; Emmett Ness 25 Fr; Lily Plaugher 25 Bk; Reilly Zink 25 Br; Adrianna Hanesn 100 Fr, 50 Fly; Wyatt Bunstine 50 Br; Abby Jarvis 100 Im, 100 Bk; Owen Keith 50 Bk.

The team also achieved three 4th place finishes; five 5th place finishes; nine 6th place finishes; six 7th place finishes; and six 8th place finishes.

 To round the day up the 8& under girls began the free relays off by placing 2nd (Reilly Zink, Lily Plaugher, Livia Barnett, Sarah Gundler). The 9-10 boys placed 1st (Andy Litle, Issaac Hansen, Ethan Ness, Emmett Ness). Then the 9-10 girls placed 3rd (Kate Plaugher, Kellie Lonzo, Hannah Sturgeon, Alex Nethers). The 11-12 girls placed 1st as well (Hannah Dehus, Emma Mortellaro, Adrianna Hansen, Abby Jarvis).  Lastly the 11-12 boys placed 3rd (Owen Keith, Conner McColley, Wyatt Bunstine, Ben Litle).

Great job to all the swimmers!


Sharks Reign at USA Regionals

          The LCFY Sharks competed at the USA Swimming Regional Championship meet in Worthington, Ohio over the weekend of February 19 to 21. Twenty-nine Sharks swimmers represented the team. Although not rested, the Sharks still posted some top performances, including two new Junior Olympic qualifying times.

          Josie Bunstine and Maggie McGonagle led the way for the Sharks. Bunstine, competing in the 11/12 girls age group, qualified for the Junior Olympic Championship in the 50 yard breaststroke. McGonagle, competing in the 13/14 girls age group, qualified for the same meet in the 200 yard backstroke.

          The Sharks also posted best times for all twenty-nine of their competing swimmers in at least one event, and most swimmers posted personal bests repeatedly over the weekend. Top performances were turned in by Caillie Barnett (7 of 8 best times), Sydney Bednarski (6 of 7 best times), Gabrielle Brust (4 of 5 best times), Josie Bunstine (13 of 13 best times), Katie Darby (10 of 11 best times), Alex Fenimore (8 of 10 best times), Kayla Fenimore (10 of 13 best times), Nathaniel Graham ( 11 of 13 best times), Philip Hall (8 of 10 best times), Connor McColley (7 of 7 best times), Maggie McGonagle (11 of 13 best times), and Wyatt Wortkoetter (9 of 11 best times).

          The Sharks have just under two weeks to go until the SEOWV League Championship meet in Athens, Ohio. That’s two more weeks to fine tune and prepare. How fast will the shark attack become by March 5?


JB Chambers dual meet 2/5/11

Congrats to a great group of 17 kids who all swam well at the JB Chambers Dual Meet to start off the month of February. The Sharks once again traveled through snow and rain to get to Wheeling, West Virginia  to swim the JB Chambers Cardinals. Although we didn’t have a lot of best times on the day, we had a lot of good, competitive swims showing we are very ready for the upcoming championship season. The day was highlighted by the longest race with Avery Bednarski and Spencer Bowman both posting personal bests in the 500 free. Who knows, maybe it’s the salt water in the pool?

Go Sharks!


2011 TYR Sport Invite  Feb 4-6th

          A small group of Sharks represented us well at the TYR Invite Feb 4-6th, 2011. We broke 1 Team record, had 39 personal bests, achieved 34 Champs cuts, 7 YMCA Zone cuts, 4 USA JO cuts, and 2 USA Zone cuts.

  • Maddie Gundler: 8/10 personal bests, 3 Champs cuts
  • Alex Fenimore: 7/10 personal bests, 7 Champs cuts
  • Bryson Hauenstein: 8/8 personal bests, 6 Champs cuts
  • Austin Hercenberg: 3/5 personal bests, 2 Champs cuts
  • Sarah Martin: 4/6 personal bests, 3 Champs cuts, 3 Y Zone cuts, 3 USA JO & Zone cuts, 1 Team record (50 Fly)
  • Jack McGonagle: 2/8 personal bests, 6 Champs cuts
  • Kayla Fenimore: 3/11 personal bests, 3 Champs cuts, 1 Y Zone cut
  • Maggie McGonagle: 3/9 personal bests, 2 Champs cuts, 2 Y Zone cuts, 1 USA JO cut
  • Juli Pintz: 1/5 personal bests
  • Shelby Seas: 1 Y Zone cut
  • Timmy Spichiger: 1/8 personal bests, 2 Champs cuts



LCFY vs LYST 1/29/2011


            The sharks made a big splash at the final home meet of the season. Everyone from the young to the older swimmers put up excellent times and gave 110%. The Sharks also did an awesome job raising money for Coach Keith with the 50/50 drawing.  All the coaches are very proud of how far each and every swimmer has come this season. Great job Sharks!


2011 Kelly German Shark Recap

January 21-23rd, 2011

Another great showing from our Age Group shark swimmers.

So just what did we do? ...

  • We broke 9 Individual team records
    • Madison Cartnal (100 back)
    • Gabrielle Brust (50 fly & 100 breast)
    • Alex Fenimore (200 IM, 100 Back, 100 fly)
    • Sarah Martin(100 back, 50 fly, 100 breast)
  • Won 2 events
    • Sarah Martin 50 fly & 100 Free
  • 7 people improved in all events they competed in
    • Gabrielle Brust
    • Madison Cartnal
    • Alex Fenimore
    • Issaac Hansen
    • Brooke Kauchak
    • Daniel Cowan
    • Alexis Hercenberg
  • Had a 68% improvement rate as a group
  • Achieved 6 USA JO cuts
    • Sarah Martin
  • Achieved 2 USA Zone standards
    • Sarah Martin
  • Achieved 44 Y Champs
  • And Achieved 6 Y Zone cuts
    • Sarah Martin (3)
    • Kayla Fenimore (1)
    • Maggie McGonagle (1)
    • Shelby Seas (1)

Congratulations to:

  • Gabrielle Brust: 3/3 personal bests
  • Madison Cartnal: 3/3 personal bests, 2 Y Champs cuts
  • Sarah Martin: 11/12 personal bests, 6 USA JO cuts, 2 USA Zone cuts, 2 1st place finishes, 4 Champs cuts, 3 Y Zone cuts
  • Kelsey Seas: 6/8 personal bests, 4 Champs cuts
  • Alex Fenimore: 6/6 personal bests,1 Champ cut
  • Issaac Hansen: 3/3 personal bests
  • Austin Hercenberg: 2/3 personal bests, 1 Champs cut
  • Dylan McColley: 2/5 personal bests, 1 Champs cut
  • Avery Bednarski: 1 Champs cut
  • Sydney Bednarski: 1/3 personal bests, 3 Champs cuts
  • Adrianna Hansen: 2/3 personal bests
  • Rachel Howe: ¼ personal bests
  • Brooke Kauchak: 3/3 personal bests, 3 Champs cuts
  • Emily Kauchak: 2/3 personal bests, 3 Champs cuts
  • Daniel Cowan: 3/3 personal bests
  • Connor McColley: 4/6 personal bests
  • Jack McGonagle: 5/9 personal bests, 7 Champ cuts
  • Rowan Moore: 4/5 personal bests, 4 Champs cuts
  • Kayla Fenimore: 9/12 personal bests, 4 Champs cuts, 1 Y Zone cut
  • Alexis Hercenberg: 6/6 personal bests
  • Maggie McGonagle: 4/10 personal bests, 2 Champs cuts, 1 Y Zone cut
  • Shelby Seas: 7/9 personal bests, 1 Champ cut, 1 Y Zone cut
  • Nathaniel Graham: 3/5 personal bests
  • Timmy Spichiger: 2/11 personal bests, 2 Champs cuts


Way to go sharks!!

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen”

John Wooden


17th Annual Sprints Invitational

          On January 22nd the Sharks had a great meet at the Sprint Invitational at the Columbus North YMCA.  Both the older and younger swimmers dominated the water.  It was a long but great day!  Several swimmers achieved their AA times and EVERYBODY dropped time in at least one event. The hard work at practice certainly paid off.  Keep up the good work Sharks!


JB Chambers 1/8-9/11

Snow, ice, and freezing rain… it’s all the same; nothing will keep the Sharks tame! Even though the weather was incredibly bad, the Sharks still came out to play. On Saturday, the 12 & under’s kicked the day off on the right foot. The 9-10 boys took second in the 200Medley and the 200 Free Relay. A few girls did not make the trip with all the bad weather, so Alex (10) and Ellie (8) Nethers stepped up and took their place on the 11-12 200 Medley and 200 Free Relay. With only 8 swimmers at the meet, the Sharks really showed they were at the pool!

Personal Best times were posted by all!

Ellie Nethers 2/5

Alex Fenimore 3/5

Megan Clark 3/5

Bryson Hauenstein 2/5

Alex Nethers 5/5

Mason Clark 5/5

Adrianna Hansen 4/5

Issaac Hansen 5/5

Great job to all the swimmers on Saturday!

Sunday, the Sharks had two Swimmers make the trip… Kayla Fenimore and Philip Hall. Kayla achieved her AA time in the 400IM and went 3/4 personal best swims on the day! Philip swam great going 4/4 personal best swims on all his events! Great job Kayla and Philip!


2011 Northwest Ohio Invitational Meet results at BG January 8-9

A BIG way-to-go to our 34 Shark swimmers who accomplished some pretty great things last weekend at BG. We won 11 individual events (Riley Bunstine 1, Madison Cartnal 2, Gabrielle Brust 5, Juli Pintz 3), set 4 team records (Sarah Martin set all 4), achieved 6 Ohio JO cuts (Sarah Martin), swam events for the 1st time, we improved in 167 out f 235 individual swims (71%), 70 YMCA Champ cuts, 4 YMCA Zone cuts (Sarah Martin),, and 6 people who dropped time in every event they competed in Sarah Martin, Spencer Bowman, Emily Kauchak, Brooke Kauchak, Rowan Moore, Alexia Rose)!! Simply AWESOME!! And…our 8 and Under Girl’s 100 Medley (Livia Barnett, Riley Bunstine, Madison Cartnal, Lily Plaugher) and 100 Fr relays (Sarah Gundler, Maddie Gundler, Lily Plaugher, Gabrielle Brust) swept their age group.

Some cool stats by our LCFY Shark swimmers:

  • Livia Barnett: 6/7 personal bests
  • Gabrielle Brust: won all 5 events she swam, 5 Champ cuts, 3/5 personal bests, member of winning 100 FR R
  • Riley Bunstine: won 1 event, 3/5 personal bests, member of winning 100 MR
  • Madison Cartnal: won 2 events, 3 Champs cuts, 4/5 personal bests, member of winning 100 MR
  • Maddie Gundler: 1 Champ cut, 2/5 personal bests, member of winning 100 Fr R
  • Sarah Gundler: 3/5 personal bests, member of winning 100 Fr R
  • Lily Plaugher: 6/8 personal bests, member of winning 100 FR and 100 MR R
  • Dylan McColley: 5/8 personal bests
  • Callie Barnett: 1 Champ cut, 7/10 personal bests
  • Katelyn Darby: 3  Champ cuts, 7/10 personal bests
  • Sarah Martin: 6 USA JO cuts, 10 Champ cuts, 4 Y Zone cuts, 10/10 personal bests
  • Kate Plaugher: 6/8 personal bests
  • Kelsey Seas: 2 Champ cuts, 5/9 personal bests
  • Ian Jarvis: 4 Champ cuts, 3/5 personal bests
  • Robert Worrell: 7/10 personal bests
  • Thomas Worrell: 1 Champ cut, 8/10 personal bests
  • Avery Bednarski: 5 Champ cuts, 7/8 personal bests
  • Sydney Bednarski: 6 Champ cuts, 5/8 personal bests
  • Spencer Bowman: 1 Champ cut, 4/4 personal bests
  • Josie Bunstine: 4 Champ cuts, 4/5 personal bests
  • Rachel Howe: 7/8 personal bests
  • Abby Jarvis: 2/5 personal bests
  • Brooke Kauchak: 1 Champ cut, 1/1 personal best
  • Emily Kauchak: 4 Champ cuts, 5/5 personal bests
  • Wyatt Bunstine: 4/5 personal bests
  • Connor McColley: 5/10 personal bests
  • Jack McGonagle: 9 Champ cuts. 5/9 personal bests
  • Rowan Moore: 5 Champ cuts, 5/5 personal bests
  • Maggie McGonagle: 2 Champ cuts, 4/8 personal bests
  • Alexia Rose: 5/5 personal bests
  • Shelby Seas: 1 Champ cut, 7/8 personal bests
  • Nathaniel Graham: 6/8 personal bests
  • Timmy Spichiger: 2 Champ cuts, 6/9 persona bests
  • Juli Pintz: won 3 events


Penguin Plunge 1/2/11

Congratulations to the Sharks swim team for another great meet to start the New Year. The Sharks had not had a swim meet since December and were ready to attack the waters with a fight. The morning started the attack with 4 Champ cuts taken by the Sharks. Spencer Bowman and Avery Bednarski achieved AA times in the 100IM, and Garrison Brown in the 100 Back. Spencer also achieved her 100 Back cut as well. Great job to all the swimmers in the morning!

The afternoon came and the attack by the Sharks did not slow down at all. The relays kicked the meet off with a bang. Alex Fenimore, Bryson Hauenstein, Madi Cartnal, and Gabrielle Brust set a new meet record for the Mixed 100 Free Relay with a time of 1:06.38.  Following the relays Madi Cartnal kept the sharks on fire with a Champs cut in the 100IM and Riley Bunstine followed suit!  Katie Darby turned things around after the 9-10 Free relays and achieved an AA time in the 100IM.  Shortly after, Sarah Martin sped things up and the sharks were swarming the pool; she achieved her Zones cut in the 100IM.  Caillie Barnett stirred the pool around herself, getting an AA cut in the 100Free. Gabrielle and Bryson hit the water again and this time really started to turn the heat up.  Both achieved AA cuts in the 50Back as 8year olds for the 9-10 AA cuts. Curtis Boren got the 9-10 boys cranking and received his first ever AA time in the 50Fly. Wrapping the Sharks attack up for the 8 and under boys, Dylan McColley achieved his first AA time in the 25Free. Lastly, Kelsey Seas swam Oceans to achieve her 50Back AA time!

Great Job to all the swimmers at the meet, not only did we achieve some great times and cuts for Champs and Zones; other members of the Sharks team swam 59 personal bests out of 80 individual swims as a team. The Sharks are well on their way to a Great Championship Season!


2010 Makos Holiday Spirit Invitational

December 10-12th, 2010

Miami University 

Congratulations to Sarah Martin, Ian Jarvis, Abby Jarvis, Jack McGonagle, Maggie McGonagle, Timmy Spichiger, Wyatt Wortkoetter, and Juli Pintz for representing the Sharks with pride! We broke 1 Team record and had some great swims!!

Sarah Martin: 3/3 personal bests, 1 JO cut in the 100 fly and Team record

Ian Jarvis: 6/6 personal bests

Abby Jarvis: 3/6 personal bests

Jack McGonagle: 7/7 personal bests

Maggie McGonagle: 4/7 personal bests

Timmy Spichiger: 5/7 personal bests

Wyatt Wortkoetter: 4/6 better swims from last meet

Juli Pintz: 7/7 personal bests


Katy Callard Memorial Invitational

December 5, 2010

A small but mighty group of swimmers swam at the Katy Callard memorial invitational in worthington. The older kids swam very well in the morning. The morning was highlighted by Kayla Fenimore's swim in the 200 IM.  She posted her best time of the year at 2:31.91.  The afternoon only had two swimmers and was highlighted by Kelsey Seas' swim in the 50 free.  She dropped two seconds off of her seed time.

The meet was capped off by one of Worthington’s former swimmers giving Katy Callard's kickboard, framed, back to the program.  A fitting way to honor a swimmer.


LCFY Home Meet vs. Mt. Vernon and PICY

December 4, 2010

The SHARKS used their home pool advantage and flexed their muscles when they swam against Mt. Vernon and PICY.  Many swimmers had the opportunity to try new events and the Mega Sharks swam their second meet with the Sharks team at this meet. Every swimmer has made awesome improvements so far this season and it shows at every and all swim meets. All swimmers are declared swimmer of the meet this meet and extra recognition goes out to Alex Fenimore and Mason Clark for swimming the 800 Meter Freestyle.




We had a good meet in Hilliard this weekend. A lot of swimmers had the opportunity to swim different events than they usually do. Since there weren't a whole lot of older swimmers there it was nice to see the younger ones running the show. There were quite a few swimmers who dropped a lot of time, so great job swimmers! We all owe a congratulations to Austin Hercenberg (100 free), Jack Owen (200 free), Avery Bednarski (200 IM), and Reilly Zink (25 free) for getting their AA times! Coach Kalani also wanted to point out how well Garrison Brown did, so good job Garrison! Great job to all the swimmers and thanks for helping the meet run smoothly!

Mason Fall Invitational
Congrats are in order for all those Shark swimmers who competed in the Nov 12-14th Mason Invitational. 10 weeks into the season we had some really good swims. Try to learn from each race and if there is something that you need to work on to get faster….by all means start doing it at practice. Each time you step up on the block you have an opportunity to put your training to the test and also find more out about yourself. If you had a dq at the meet then make sure you are clear about what you did incorrectly and let’s make sure it does not happen again. Again it’s your practices that really can make a difference in correcting bad or illegal habits.
Complete meet coverage and final results can be found on the Mason Manta Rays site:
Competing with over 700 swimmers we really stepped our efforts up J I know we had many 1st time swims as well as this being the 1st USA meet for many swimmers. Keep up the great work and continue to work hard J
Some very cool stats:
  • We won 11 events
    • Sarah Gundler 25 & 50 fly
    • Gabby Brust 25 fly
    • Alex Untied 100 & 200 breast
    • Sydney King 50, 100fr, 100, 200 ba, 100 fly, 400IM
  • Set 5 meet records
    • Gabby Brust 25 Fly
    • Sydney King 100fr, 100 & 200 ba, 400IM
  • Broke 9 individual team records
    • Sarah Gundler 25 & 50 fly
    • Alex Fenimore 200IM
    • Riley Bunstine 50 br
    • Sydney King 200& 400 IM
    • Keely Lovern 50 ba, 400 IM, 200 ba
  • Broke 1 team relay record
    • 6 and under girls 100 Medley Relay(Maddy Gundler, Riley Bunstine, Madison Cartnal, Lily Plaugher)
I hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as all of the coaches did.
Here’s to many more time drops, great races, learning experiences, and FAST SWIMS this season!

Determination + Hard Work = Fast Swims at Lancaster...

                The LCFY Sharks sent a small but determined squad to the Lancaster Invitational on  November 6th and 7th. Although tired from a week of hard training, the Sharks posted some of the top times of the season at the meet.

                Kayla Hill set the tone of the meet for the 11 and overs with a gutsy performance in the 200 IM. Hill’s foot slipped on the block at the start of the race, causing her to fall in sideways on her dive and bruising her foot and ankle on the block. Many swimmers would have stopped, but Hill not only completed the race, but swam it in a best time. She went on to post best times in the rest of her events even though her ankle and foot were sore and swollen.

                Wyatt Bunstine, Garrison Brown, Clayton Childers, Emily Fouts,  Jayna Hulse, and Rowan Moore had breakout meets, posting best times in all of their events.

                The 10 and unders also showed their toughness, with strong races and fast finishes. Madi Cartnal raced for the wall in the 8 and under girls 25 Free. She kept her head down,  stretched for the finish, and narrowly out-touched her closest competitor. Cartnal went on to post best times in all of her events.

Gabrielle Brust showed the same competitive drive and attention to detail in her swims, with great races in the 25 Fly, 50 Free, and  25 Breast. The Sharks swept the top three places in the 8 and under girls 25 breast, with Brust, Riley Bunstine, and Madi Cartnal finishing 1-2-3.

The 10 and under boys made up for their few numbers with outstanding swims. Curtis Boren competed in his events for the first time and still finished in the ribbons in most of them. Bryson Hauenstein posted best times in his events and raced his competition to the finish.

With four more months of the season ahead of them, the Sharks plan to continue to train hard and work on fine tuning starts and finishes. The results from the Lancaster Invitational are only the start of an outstanding season for the Sharks.


Sharks Jam at Rocktober Invitational...

            Have you ever wondered what you would get if you took a swim meet, held on Halloween, and added rock music? Why, the Rocktober Invitational, of course. While the coaches aren’t sure if it was the meet, the music, or the décor, the LCFY Sharks swam some of their best races of the season on October 30 and 31 while at the meet.

            While the coaches were met with some spooky decorations and great food in hospitality, the meet opened with a rocking guitar rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” performed by Sharks swimmer Wyatt Wortkoetter. Then the Sharks got down to business and showed why they were a force to be reckoned with as they set meet records and lowered team records in event after event over the weekend. The final point tallies in the team and individual standings, done after all the swimming, shouting, rocking and rolling were over, said it all. The Sharks were first in the team standings with 4,001 points, more than double their nearest competitor, and had equally impressive individual high point results.

            The 8 and under girls finished with Gabrielle Brust at the top of the high point standings  and Madi Cartnal in ninth. Brust earned swimmer of the meet recognition from the Great Whites for her accomplishments, and set new team records in both the 50 meter freestyle and the 50 meter backstroke. Brust and Cartnal were joined by Riley Bunstine and Reilly Zink on the record setting 100 meter freestyle relay.

            Not to be outdone, the 8 and under boys finished with Alex Fenimore at the top of the standings, with teammates Bryson Hauenstein in third, Austin Hercenberg in fourth, and Ross Barrett in seventh.

            The 9/10 girls finished with Sarah Martin at the top of the standings, with teammates Sydney Bednarski in fifth and Caillie Barnett and Kelsey Seas tied for tenth. The 9/10 boys showed their depth, holding most of the top ten spots in their age group with Ian Jarvis in second, Thomas Worrell in third, Mason Clark in fifth, Curtis Boren in seventh, Ethan Ness in eighth, Issaac Hansen in ninth, and Nathaniel Carlsen in tenth.

            The 11/12 age group continued the team’s dominance, with Josie Bunstine in second, Avery Bednarski in third, Brooke Kauchak in seventh, and Abby Jarvis in tenth. The boys also finished well, with Clayton Childers in third, Wyatt Bunstine in fourth and Rowan Moore in sixth. Bednarski earned swimmer of the meet honors from Bronze for her break out performance.

            In the 13/14 age group the girls nearly swept the top places, with eight of the top ten positions held by Sharks as follows: Kayla Fenimore in first, Alex Untied in second, Maggie McGonagle in third, Makenna Dunlap in fourth, Shelby Seas in seventh, Vivian Carney in eighth, and Rachel Baughn and Alexis Hercenberg tied for ninth. The 13/14 boys held four of the top five spots with Timmy Spichiger in second, Philip Hall in third, Wyatt Wortkoetter in fourth, and Nathaniel Graham in fifth. Alex Untied earned swimmer of the meet honors from Platinum for her races during the meet and set a new team record in the 50 meter breaststroke. Graham set a new team record in the 50 meter backstroke and Spichiger lowered the mark in the 200 meter backstroke.

            The 15 and over age group was possibly the deepest for the Sharks, with the girls sweeping the top five places, and the boys sweeping the top four. The finishes for the girls were: Syndey King in first, Keely Lovern in second, Abby Brown in third, Hannah Rush in fourth, Abby McGonagle in fifth, Becca Holmes in sixth, and Kassandra Mestemaker in tenth. On the boys side the finishes were Jack Barrett and Cody Byrd tied for first, Joel Roth in third, Kevin Bell in fourth, Charlie Peppers in seventh, and Derek Esh in eighth. Barrett earned swimmer of the meet honors from Platinum for his performance and set a new team record in the 200 meter breaststroke. Byrd set a new team record in the 800 meter freestyle, and Brown set team records in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly. King set new team records in the 200 and 800 meter freestyle and in the 50, 100, and 200 meter backstroke. She joined teammates Mestemaker, Brown, and Lovern to set a new team record in the 15 and over girls 200 meter medley relay, and was joined by Untied, Brown, and Lovern for a record setting 400 meter medley relay. Lovern also set an individual record in the 200 meter breaststroke, and Mestemaker set new marks in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke.

            Sarah Gundler, swimming in the 8 and under age group, set a new team record in the 50 meter butterfly and earned swimmer of the meet honors for Bull Shark for her performance. Although she was swimming against nine year olds, Gundler brought her best to the race and finished strong.

            Alex Nethers and Alexa Specht earned swimmer of the meet honors for Tiger Shark, setting new personal best times and competing in new events, while Jarod Rose earned swimmer of the meet from Silver for his hard work, positive attitude, and great swims. Swimmers in Mega, Bull, and Hammerhead showed that hard work and positive attitude produces fast swims as they overcame nerves and raced from wall to wall.

            The Sharks finished the meet with a host of swimmers qualified for the SEOWV YMCA Championship meet to be held in Athens, Ohio the beginning of March, well ahead of the pace they set to qualify swimmers last year. With meets during the months of November and December, you have to ask “How fast will they go?”

Team Pulls Together to Host Mount Vernon on Short Notice...

            Have you ever wondered if the Sharks could host a meet on short notice? After October 16, that’s no longer a question: the LCFY Sharks hosted Mount Vernon with less than a week’s notice due to on-going pool repairs at the Mount Vernon YMCA.

            Parents from both teams worked together to set up, run, and tear down the meet, providing an atmosphere of cooperation and excitement which allowed the Sharks to focus on their events and swim fast.

            Once again the younger Sharks had an outstanding meet, starting with team records set in the 9-10 girls 100 Backstroke by Alex Nethers, and in the 9-10 boys 100 Breaststroke by Ian Jarvis.  Best times were posted by most swimmers, including Avery Bednarski, Sydney Bednarski, Curtis Boren, Josie Bunstine, Riley Bunstine, Wyatt Bunstine, Alex Fenimore, Emily Fouts, Emma Graham, Nathaniel Graham, Maddie Gundler, Beau Hammock, Adrianna Hansen, Kayla Hill, Becca Holmes, Rachel Howe, Zed Huff, Abby Jarvis, Keely Lovern, Sarah Martin, Abby Moller, Rowan Moore, Kate Plaugher, Lily Plaugher, Kelsey Seas, Arika Taylor, and many others.

            The Sharks’ next home meet is the Rocktober Invitational on October 30-31, 2010. The Sharks will be in their home pool with great parent support—how fast will they go?


LCFY Sharks Crank at WTRC...

                The LCFY Sharks Swim Team travelled to the Dayton area to compete at the WTRC Invitational on October 8-10, 2010. The Sharks swam well at the meet, although only a small squad of tired swimmers attended after a week of hard practices.

            Leading the way for the Sharks with outstanding 200 Individual Medley performances by 8 and under swimmers Riley Bunstine and Alex Fenimore. Both Bunstine and Fenimore set new team records in their respective events, and continued to swim best times through the remainder of the meet. Sydney King won 5 events along with Madison Cartnal's 1st place finish in the 25 free.

            Sarah Martin, competing in the 9-10 girls age group, also set a team record in the 200 Individual Medley, and continued to close in on Great Lakes Zone qualifying times in her events.

            Other swimmers at the meet with best times and outstanding swims included Josie Bunstine (time drops in all events and closing on Great Lakes Zone qualifying times), Wyatt Bunstine (best times), Vivian Carney (11 second time drop in the 500 Freestyle), Madison Cartnal (first ever 200 Individual Medley), Nathaniel Graham (best times despite a sprained wrist), and Julie Pintz (best times).

            The Sharks next compete against Mount Vernon on October 16, 2010.


The Shark Attack is Back...

          The LCFY Sharks hosted LTPY during their season opener on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Although the Sharks swimmers had less than four weeks of practices prior to the meet, they still showed top form. Four team records were set at the meet, numerous swimmers qualified for Y Champs, and almost every Shark posted at least one best time.

            Records were set by Sarah Martin (9/10 girls 100 meter fly) and Sydney King (15 and over girls 50 and 100 back and 50 free).

            With so many swimmers posting best times, the coaches had a tough time picking the swimmers of the meet. Coach Susan decided that Reilly Zink of Bull Sharks was her top swimmer. “She was nervous at the start but showed her true colors as the meet went on,” said Susan. “She got first place in her heat in all of her events. She’s a great swimmer and has a great attitude and is a force to be reckoned with. Overall the Bull sharks did an amazing job. It was their first meet for most of them and I am proud of how they stayed on top of their events and I am proud to announce that we had ZERO missed events. Congrats on a job well done!”

            Coach Emily chose Kate Knapp as the swimmer of the meet for the Hammerhead group. “This was her first meet ever and she won her heat in her first race ever in the 50 free,” said Emily. “She was excited and had a good attitude at the meet even when she had to swim breaststroke. The Hammerhead group had a great meet overall. They were all excited and ready for the first meet of the season. They all knew what to do and where to be throughout the meet like they were professionals. Some of them tried new events and did wonderful. We can’t wait to practice and improve even more for the next meet.”

            Coach Kalani chose Kellie Lonzo as swimmer of the meet for the Tiger group. “This was Kellie’s first meet at the Y,” said Kalani. “She had a perfect meet, going best times in all of her swims, including fly, breast, and free. Great job!”

            Kalani chose two swimmers from the Great White group: Katie Darby and Hannah Dehus. “Katie had a stand out meet,” said Kalani. “This is the best I have ever seen her swim. Every stroke and every race she swam seemed to get faster! Hannah achieved personal best times in all of her races, and she improved her stroke, turn, and start technique.”

            Coach Cathy could not choose which of the Bronze swimmers to name as swimmer of the meet, and selected all of the Bronzes for recognition. “Nearly every swim was a best time,” said Cathy. “Some of the Bronzes dropped 15 or more seconds in their events. They knew where they needed to be, when they needed to be there, and they were pumped and ready to go. They’re already swimming faster than they were at the end of last season. If they’re this fast with less than a month of practice, I can’t wait to see what they do by Christmas!”

            Coach Teresa also could not choose among her swimmers in Silver, Gold, and Platinum. She also recognized all of the swimmers in those groups. “My swimmers of the meet were all the swimmers in Platinum, Gold, and Silver who did a workout before the meet and stepped up to the block and went for it. Great way to start the 2010-2011 season…just think what you all can do when you have more rest.”

            The Sharks travel to Dayton October 8-10 for their next meet, and compete against Mount Vernon on October 16.