Although the Colonies Zone and USMS National Championships may get more attention, there is another popular championship that occurs every spring: the YMCA Masters National Championship. And no wonder it is popular, who doesn’t relish the chance of a spring break in Ft. Lauderdale?
One reason that Y Masters Nationals sometimes doesn’t get quite the attention as the other meets is that it is a Recognized meet that is open to non-USMS members. Still, the majority (433 of 469 swimmers) are USMS members so it definitely has the flavor of a “regular” USMS meet.
Every year a strong contingent of swimmers from the Northern Neck YMCA travels down to Florida for some fast swimming, and this year was no exception. Kathryn Gregory provides a meet report (below). Of the swimmers that she names, 11 of them are registered with VMST, one (Will Stallings) is registered UNAT while Stephanie Hurd is registered with the North Dakota LMSC. In addition, Ida Hlavacek (VMST) represented her South Hills (PA) YMCA. Links to results are available on our website, as well as some photos. Check them out!
Stripers Score Well at YMCA National Short Course Championships
by Kathryn Gregory
Thirteen swimmers representing the Northern Neck Family YMCA competed in the YMCA National Short Course Masters Championship Meet held April 11-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event hosted 469 men and women ages 18-94 at an historic facility adjacent to the International Swimming Hall of Fame. An anticipated closure of the pool and lengthy renovation process is planned to begin late summer.
The group finished ninth overall out of 40 teams with a total of 404 points accumulated, including 4 first places, 13 seconds, and 11 thirds. Twenty- five personal record times were achieved. According to coach Kathryn Gregory, this reflected the team’s highest scoring ever from its first national effort in 2004.
Richard (Dick) Scott was top-scorer with three first, three second and two third places to contribute 60 individual points, as well as additional relay points. At age 77, Scott attained personal record swims in the 1650-yard freestyle and 1000-yard freestyle.
Participating were Kathy Broderick, Betsy Chambers, Donna Funkhouser, Ray Funkhouser, Esther Glover, Stephanie Hurd, Karen Jackson, Andrea Latell, Frank Miller, Will Stallings, Bud Swiger, Scott and Gregory.
Gregory extends thanks on behalf on the Striper Team for support from the Northern Neck Family YMCA, and especially branch executive Mark Favazza. Also thanks to Charles and Sue Spriggett, Susan Stallings, Janice Walker, Stacy Shomento, Bill Glover, Jarett Platsis, Ray Funkhouser, Rita Scott, and Tom Gregory, who assisted by counting distance swims, cheering, staging relays, award collection and presentation, team reception, and photo-taking. Esther Glover facilitated room reservations. She and Donna Funkhouser contributed team spirit gifts (pom poms and temporary fish tattoos) for the swimmers, and Kathy Broderick served as communication assistant. “Our helpers make this meet the best possible experience and we are so blessed to have great ones,” adds Gregory.