LYST at YMCA Nationals!!
August 8, 2018
The Lancaster YMCA swim team recently competed in the 2018 YMCA Long Course National Championships in College Park, Maryland at the University of Maryland. This team, even though they only had four athletes, placed 25th out of 77 teams competing at the National Meet. The team was coached by Mark Pennington at Nationals.
The members of the YMCA National team had many highlights over the course of the YMCA National meet:
Olivia Schmelzer was the National Champion in the 100 Meter Freestyle. She adds this championship to her 100 yard freestyle championship at the Division 1 Ohio High School State Championships last winter and her 100 meter freestyle championship at the Speedo Sectional Championships last summer at The Ohio State University. Olivia also finished 9th in the 50 meter freestyle. Olivia will be attending the University of Cincinnati in the fall.
Blake Fry made the championship final for the first time in both the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke finishing 5th and 3rd place respectively. Blake also made the consolation final in the 200 meter breaststroke finishing 18th overall out of 77. Finally, Blake competed in the 200 meter individual medley finishing 52nd out of 93. Blake Fry will be a Junior this fall at Canal Winchester High School.
Nathen Eberhardt made the consolation finals at Nationals for the first time in both the 200 meter backstroke and 50 meter backstroke finishing 23rd out of 70 and 24th out of 91 respectively. Nathan also competed in the 100 meter backstroke finishing 40th out of 102 and the 100 meter freestyle finishing 94th out of 135. Nathan will be a senior at Pickerington Central in the fall.
Mia Hensley, competing in her first YMCA Long Course National meet in individual events, finished 48th out of 120 in the 100 meter butterfly; 46th out of 54 in the 400 meter individual medley; 47th out of 119 in the 50 meter butterfly; and 29th out of 78 in the 200 meter butterfly. Mia will be a freshman at Lancaster High School in the fall.
Congratulations to our National Team, they did a great job representing LYST at YMCA Nationals!!