The Waynesboro YMCA year-round competitive swim team, SMAC, (Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club) competed at the 52nd annual Pittsburgh Christmas Meet Dec. 13-15.
Over 1,500 swimmers attended this very competitive swim meet from teams all across the Mid-Atlantic states. To enter the meet a swimmer needed to have an A time in the event they planned to swim.
The following 23 swimmers qualified for and attended the meet: Jessica Arnold (16), Bobby Carey (16), Braelin Fauber (12), Miles Fitzgerald (10), Alexander Flowers (15), Colleen Higgins (15), Sydney Hill (8), Norah Hunt (15), Sarah Loomis (13), Davis Mckellop (8), Hunter McMillon (16), Justin Merritt (16), Jordan Miller (15), Cameron Murie (12), Ella Pickering (12), Maggie Riggan (14), Remedy Rule (17), Charlotte Rumsey (13), Haley Sheffield (8), Hanna Shifflett (12), Tate Snyder (12), Kristen Wagner (11), and Jake Zamalis (16).
The highlight of the meet may have been Friday night when the SMAC girls were competing in the 800 free relay. The relay team consisted of Rule, Hunt, Rumsey and Arnold. Arnold was anchoring the relay and was in second place when she entered the water. She proceeded to swim her fastest ever 200 free to secure first place and to set the meet record. The SMAC girls now have the fastest ever 800 free relay in the 52 years of the Pittsburgh Christmas Meet. SMAC swam 95 lifetime best times at the meet.
Those swimmers with at least 5 best times were: Fauber (6), Higgins (8), Hunt (6), Loomis (6), McMillion (9), Snyder (5) and Wagner (10). Special congratulations to the swimmers who swam a lifetime best time in every event in which they competed: Shifflett, Sheffield, McKellop, Loomis and Wagner.
The following SMAC swimmers finished in the top 5 in this very competitive meet: Arnold: (1st – 1,000 free and mile, 2nd – 500 free, 3rd – 200 back, 100 back & 200 IM, 4th – 200 free & 400 IM), Carey: (5th – mile), Hunt: (3rd – 500 free, 2nd – 1,000 free, 4th – mile), McMillion: (2nd – mile, 3rd – 1,000 free & 100 fly), and Rule (1st – 100 free, 200 free, 100 back and 400 IM).
Special congratulations goes out to Davis McKellop who set a new SMAC record in the boys 8 and under 50 breast with a time of 50.00 breaking the previous record set in 2009 and to Rule who lowered the SMAC records she set last year in the 100 free and 100 back.
After a short break for Christmas, SMAC has been back in the pool and training over the holidays to prepare for a great 2nd half of the season. Anyone capable of swimming 1 length of the pool freestyle and backstroke is eligible to join the Team. For more information regarding a tryout 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.