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Congrats Allie Somers! YMCA National Festival

Congratulations to Allie Somers HACY for her 7th place in 4 free at YMCA Long Course National Festival

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2021 Long Course National Festival Championships

43 teams from around the United States gathered at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina the week of July 22-25 to compete in the 2021 Long Course National Festival Championships. After making a splash at the Short Course Festival Championships in April, the Hamilton Aquatic Club Y (HACY) swim team returned, competing against teams from outside New Jersey for the first time since 2019.

Without having a long course pool to practice in, and with only one long course competition this summer, the small team of HACY swimmers were taking on a huge challenge. With a total of 8 events for the weekend, Alexandra Somers and Michael Wojtenko rose to the occasion and finished the meet with 4 personal best times each. Needless to say, this unusual summer season did not deter these swimmers from swimming their hearts out.

Somers, a rising sophomore at Hunterdon Central, ended the weekend with a 3rd place finish in the 1500 meter freestyle (18:00.51), a 7th place finish in the 400 meter freestyle (4:33.60), a 16th place finish in the 200 meter backstroke (2:25.97), and a career best time in the 100 meter backstroke (1:08.31).

Wojtenko, a rising senior at West Windsor-Plainsboro North, took home career best times in the 50 meter freestyle (25.14) and 100 meter freestyle (55.65). He dropped almost 2 seconds in the 200 meter freestyle (2:03.36) and over 3 seconds in the 400 meter freestyle (4:24.68).

Both swimmers and head coach Sue Welsh look forward to the upcoming season and making their presence known at the next YMCA National Swimming Championships – to be held in Greensboro, North Carolina on March 28 – April 1, 2022.