July 25, 2021
Congratulations to Allie Somers HACY for her 7th place in 4 free at YMCA Long Course National Festival
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.