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Dolphins Claim Second Place at YMCA State Meet

The Quincy YMCA Dolphin swim team had one big goal in mind going into the 2015 YMCA Illinois State Championship meet:  repeat the win from 2014 in the Girls Division for Small Teams.   After the Peoria YMCA DOCS team was moved into the Small Team division this season, Dolphin coaches knew they’d be in a battle for the top spot.  The DOCS team is more than double the size of the Quincy team.   In a sport that scores places 1-20 in each race, more swimmers usually mean higher scores.

Despite their smaller size, the Dolphins were only edged out by DOCS 460 points to Quincy’s 381 points, giving the Dolphins a second place team finish in the girls division.  Third place went to Mattoon with 201 points.

The Dolphin boys contributed enough points in 2015 to lift the team to a Second Place finish in the Combined Small Team category, also behind DOCS.  This was the first time the team has been honored with a Combined Boys and Girls team award.  The boys placed seventh overall in their division, despite only fielding three swimmers.

Over 1150 swimmers from 39 teams competed at the 2015 Illinois YMCA State Meet held in St. John Indiana at Lake Central High School.  The Quincy YMCA team brought 15 swimmers.

The high point award for the meet was the combined scoring of the relay teams, with 124 points.  Fifteen Dolphin swimmers earned State Qualifying relay cuts and the team fielded 8 relay teams.  The 14 & under girls team of Drew, Laken, Lauren and Kendall placed 6th in the 200 Medley relay and 8th in the 200 Free relay to lead the way.

Coaches wanted to give a big shout-out to our relay-only swimmers for making the trip:  Savannah, Valerie, Travis, Samantha, Elizabeth and Madison.  Thank you for helping the team!  Drew swam on six relays during the meet.  Kendall and Hannah each swam on four relays.  Those types of effort for the team made a big difference in our team placing.

The Dolphins top individual swimmer was Lauren Frazier, with 106 points.  Lauren made the finals (podium) in all six of her swims.  Lauren’s top swims were 4th place in the 200 free and a trio of 5th place finishes in the 50 free, 100 free, and 50 fly.  5 of 6 of her times were new best-times.

Laken Hugenberg contributed 80 points, including a 6th place finish in the 100 breaststroke.  Laken made the finals (podium) in 5 of 6 of her races.  Laken will compete in the YMCA National Meet in April in the 100 yd breaststroke race.

Tyler Frazier offered 79 points to the team score.  Tyler’s 3rd place finish in the 25 yard butterfly was the highest placing for any Dolphin in the meet.  Tyler also chipped in a 5th place in the 25 yd freestyle, 6th in the 25 yd backstroke, and 7th in the 50 yd freestyle.  Tyler set new best-times in 4 of 5 of his events and saw the podium four times.

Emilee Gorrell made two trips to the podium, including 5th in the 200 IM and 7th in the 200 freestyle.  Emilee scored points in all 5 of her individual swims as she contributed 55 points.

Hannah Marks chipped in 16 points with a 9th place finish in the  200 breaststroke and 19th place in the 100 breaststroke events.  Evan Ren contributed 14 points with finishes in the 50 back, 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke races.  Kyle Frazier earned 8 points for his efforts in the 50 backstroke and the 200 IM races.

Congratulations to all of the Dolphin swimmers that qualified for the State Meet.  Thank you parents for putting in the time and effort to help your swimmers succeed!