McGann, Thomas, Veres Make Nat Cuts at 2019 NJ YMCA 13 & Over State Championship

The Westfield Area ‘Y’ Devilfish Swim Team sent 31 qualifying members to the 13 & Over NJ YMCA State Swimming Championships, held at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA on March 7th-10th. At this highly competitive meet, 15 swimmers qualified for finals, 4 National cuts were earned and 2 WY records were broken, one of them twice.

Cuts for the YMCA Short Course National meet were attained by Julia McGann in the 200 Back (2:07.07), Barney Veres in the 200 Breast (2:11.64) and Bridget Thomas in the 100 Free (53.15) and 1650 Free (17:30.41).

Abby McKinney broke the Girls 15-18 200 Free record, going a 1:54.34 in a close swim off. Shortly after, Bridget Thomas edged this standard downward to a 1:54.18, and Matt Swenson bettered his prior record in the WY Boys 13-14 1000 Free, finishing in 10:00.11. Individual point leaders were Bridget Thomas (60), Abby McKinney (45.5), Matt Swenson (32) and TJ Walsh (17). The following athletes made finals in their respective events:

13-14 Girls: Emma Heinze (9th 1650 Free, 17th 1000 Free); Viv Jeckell (12th 50 Free); Lauren Lane (12th 200 Back)

15-18 Girls: Julia McGann (19th 200 Back); Abby McKinney (5th 200 Fly, 6th 100 Fly, 7th 100 Free, 10th 200 Free, 20th 50 Free); Isabella Nicholson (13th 500 Free, 21st 200 IM, 23rd 100 Breast); Bridget Thomas (3rd 500 Free, 4th 1650 Free, 5th 1000 Free, 8th 200 Free, 13th 100 Free)

13-14 Boys: Colin Kavanagh (11th 200 IM, 13th 100 Breast); Carsen Sharkey (14th 1650 Free, 22nd 1000 Free); Matt Swenson (4th 1000 Free, 6th 400 IM, 13th 200 Fly); TJ Walsh (7th 1650 Free, 12th 500 Free); Peter Youssef (15th 1650 Free)

15-18 Boys: Henry Brown (19th 50 Free); Matt London (23rd 50 Free); Barney Veres (10th 200 Breast, 20th 100 Breast)

The Devilfish 13 & Over State Championship Team also included Abby Bebel, Tommy Brennan, Seth Camacho, Eliana Cestero, Matt Chen, Will Crall, Jenna Daniel, Sarah Kennedy, Sofia Leonetti, Billy Maguire, Tim McGann, Erin McKinney, Christian Tedesco, Aidan Troy, Jack Young and Zach Youssef.