Saturday, July 4, 2015

Phoenixville YMCA swimmers set national records

By Don Beideman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Phoenixville YMCA swimmers set national records

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By Don Beideman
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

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.
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