The Waynesboro Y Swim Team (SMAC) competed in the Virginia Senior Championships in Richmond, the Virginia Age Group Championships at Virginia Tech, Super Sectionals at Virginia Tech and Junior Nationals in Irvine, Calif. All of the meets were held in long course pools (50 meters in length) and were the final championship meets of the season for the State, Northeast US (Sectionals) and the United States (Junior Nationals). Swimmers had to meet extremely challenging qualifying times to compete in these meets.
Congratulations to the following swimmers who qualified for and swam in these meets: Nick Aldridge (age 10), Jessie Arnold (16), Bobby Carey (15), Braelin Fauber (12), Miles Fitzgerald (10), Alexander Flowers (14), Colleen Higgins (15), Norah Hunt (15), Justin Merritt (15), Jordan Miller (15), Hunter McMillon (16), Elana Marsilli (19), Steven Jenny (18), Cody Niles (18), Ella Pickering (12), Ben Prucha (10), John Prucha (9), Remedy Rule (16), Alex Rayle (18), Maggie Riggan (14), Charlotte Rumsey (13), Tate Snyder (12), Logan Terrell (14), Lizzy Terrell (14), Kristen Wagner (11), Libby Young (12) and Jake Zamalis (16).
SMAC won the small team (under 100 swimmers) at Age Group Championships (14 and under swimmers) for the seventh consecutive year. Highlights of the Age group meet included Rumsey – top 15 finish in 6 races, Fauber – top 15 finish in 3 races, Wagner – top 20 finish in 3 races, Aldridge – 5 second drop in 100 back, Fitzgerald – 12th place finish in 400 free, Ben Prucha – lifetime best times in all three races, John Prucha – 9th place finish in 50fly, Snyder – 14th in 200 fly, L. Terrell – lifetime best time in both races and Lizzy Terrell – 1 minute drop in the mile. The boys 10 and under relay of the Prucha brothers, Fitzgerald and Aldridge and the girls 11/12 relay of Pickering, Young, Fauber and Wagner both placed well in all relays to help SMAC secure the small team victory.
The highlights for the Virginia Senior Champs (open to all swimmers) included the following: Arnold – 5th place in overall points and new SMAC record in girls 15 and over mile, Flowers – set new SMAC record in the boys 13/14 age group in the mile, Hunt – 4th place finish in the mile, Higgins – lifetime best times in all 5 races, McMillon – lifetime best time in all 7 races, Merritt – lifetime best times in all 4 races, Marsilli – 5th place in 800 and mile and Rule – 1st place in 200 fly and new SMAC records in the 100 and 200 free.
Super Sectionals is made up of thefastest swimmers from Mid-Atlantic and Northeast States who haven’t qualified for Junior Nationals. Highlights were more broken records for SMAC. Carey broke the SMAC 15 and older record in the 800 free and Rayle lowered his record in the 200 breast.
Arnold and Rule both qualified for the Junior Nationals (fastest meet for 18 and under swimmers in the Country) and competed in Irvine, CA. Arnold swam the 200, 400, 800 and mile freestyle and the 200 back. She set a new SMAC record in the 800 free. Rule swam the 100 & 200 fly, 50, 200, 400 free and the 200 IM. She set new SMAC records in the both fly events and the 200 free. She also set new state records in the 100 fly and 200 fly. Her 100 fly record was formerly set by Olympian Whitney Hedgepath in 1986 and her 200 fly time was the 14th fastest swum by any American woman this year.
SMAC is gearing up for the start of the 2013/14 season. Their practices are held at the Waynesboro Y, Augusta Health and Ridgeview Park Pool. Anyone interested in joining the Team should contact Coach Norm Wright, Director of Competitive Swimming at the Waynesboro Y at 942-5107 or email him at [email protected]
For more information about SMAC, please visit their website: http://www.smacswimming.org/