National Team History

Since the early 1970’s, Lakeland Hills has been represented at the YMCA National level.  Over 1300 swimmers from over 200 teams across the country come together to to compete for five days and nights in early April for the short course season and late July for the long course season.  The meet has evolved over the years, but what hasn’t changed is the uniqueness of this meet.  No other meet in the world is quite like YMCA Nationals and you must experience the meet to really appreciate what it has to offer.

Over the years, Lakeland Hills has been proud to see swimmers achieve the ultimate in YMCA National competition in becoming a National Champion.  The following swimmers have achieved individual titles in their events:

Short Course YMCA National Individual Champions

LHY Swimmer Year Event Time
Jon Buschke 1983 100 Fly 50.92
Diana Vogel 1986 100 Breast 1:06.13
Brian Elko 1996 100 Back 50.17
Brian Elko 1996 200 Back 1:49.26
Michael Gross 1997 100 Back 51.73
Gary Grant 2002 100 Fly 48.73
Gary Grant 2003 50 Free *20.34
Gary Grant 2003 100 Free 45.17
Jesse Cohen 2007 400 IM 3:56.69
Abby Fisher 2011 200 Breast 2:13.55

 *YMCA National Record


Lakeland is proud of not only the individual champions, but the relay champions as well.

Short Course YMCA National Relay Champions

Event Swimmers Year Time
Boys 400 Medley Relay Brian Elko, David Boardman, Brian Cohen, Danny Russell 1994 3:26.92
Boys 200 Medley Relay Brian Elko, Danny Russell, Chuck Bard, Drew Baker 1996 1:33.53
Boys 400 Medley Relay Brian Elko, Danny Russell, Chuck Bard, Drew Baker 1996 3:25.00
Boys 200 Medley Relay AJ Walker, Michael Cordes, Gary Grant, Adam Papendick 2003 1:34.08
Boys 400 Medley Relay AJ Walker, Michael Cordes, Gary Grant, Adam Papendick 2003 3:25.51
Boys 200 Free Relay Matt Elko, Michael Cordes, Adam Papendick, Gary Grant        2003 1:24.50
Girls 200 Medley Relay Katie O’Gorman, Brie Von Rosendahl, CJ Pisano, Alisha Carrazza 2005 1:46.56

The team has also achieved milestones with the Boys Team placing 2nd in 1995, 3rd in 1996, 2nd in 2005, 2nd in 2012 and 2nd in 2022.  The highest combined finish for the team was in 2012 with 4th place and the girls' highest finish was in 2012 with 7th place.  The largest team to represent LHY was 41 in 2019.  You can follow the meet by going to the National Y's Website

LHY's 2016 Short Course YMCA National Team

LHY's 2015 Short Course YMCA National Team