Phoenixville YMCA swimmers set national records

By Don Beideman

Four members of the Phoenixville YMCA's Blue Waves swim team are looking forward to the Y's District championships on March 13 after a pair of record breaking performances at the annual Maryland Winterfest Invitational, a regional meet that was held Jan. 16-17 at the University of Maryland.

The Phoenixville foursome of Emma Seiberlich of Audubon, Maddie Cooke of Phoenixville, Morgan Hansen of Spring City and Olivia Giampetro of Phoenixville set a YMCA national record in winning the 200-yard medley relay in 2 minutes, 3.91 seconds. Seiberlich swam the opening backstroke leg, Cooke the breaststroke, Hansen the butterfly and Giampetro the freestyle in the 10-and-under bracket. The old record of 2:05.06, set by a team from McKinley, Ill., had stood since 1981. 

On the second day of the competition, the same foursome won the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:52.86. That broke the old national mark of 1:53.18.
The Blue Waves finished 13th among 47 teams. Phoenixville's contingent of nine girls in the 10-and-under backet accounted for 490 of those points. The district championships will be held at LaSalle University. The Pennsylvania championships are the following weekend at Penn State.