SMAC wins numerous events at JMU age group swim meet

Jayla white freeThe Waynesboro YMCA year-round competitive swim team, SMAC, (Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club) competed at the Gator Age group Meet at JMU on January 3 and 4th.  The swimmers raced for the first time after the holidays.  In swimming, the Christmas break is the midpoint of the short course season (events swam in 25 yard pools) and since the swimmers are off school and have more time to rest, the training is generally more strenuous.  The extra work in the pool reaped rewards as SMAC swam over 100 best times and won numerous races.

The following swimmers attended the meet: Cameron Aenchbacher (8), Nick Alrdidge (11), Chloe Aldridge (6), Naomi Blair (8), Ryan Boyce (17), Richard Burch (13), Emma Davis (10), Mathew Droppleman (10), Alice Elkins (11), Miles Fitzgerald (11), Sydney Hill (9), Emma Hill (14), Taylor Hubbard (14), Grace Ipsen (7), Phoenix Krowell-Ure (10), Carson Lawhorne (10), Miguel loya (10), Brianna Mason (7), Ryan Mercer (10), Rachel Murie (12), Cameron Murie (12), Ashley Painter (12),  Avery Paiste (14), Mia Piefer (9), Lydia Pickering (8), Clara Riggan (12), Khymi Russell (13), Hayden Ruszala (10), Christian Ruszala (12), Hailey Ruszala (8), Ellie Schundler (8), Jackson Schundler (10), Haley Sheffield (9), Sierra Sloat (8), Skylar Sloat (5), Julia Smith (9), Tate Snyder (14), Christian Straight (5), Jack Straight (7), Kristen Wagner (12), Anna Weeber (9), Jayla White (8), Jakiah White (6), Anna Wissler (8), Erin Wissler (10), Sterling Wissler (7), Emma Woodworth (12) and Ben Young (11).

Highlights of the meet included:  14 swimmers with at least 5 lifetime best times (Blair, Fitzgerald, S. Hill, Kowell-Ure, Mercer, Painter, Peifer, H. Ruszala, E. Schundler, Sheffield, Smith, Snyder, J. White and Young); the boys 11 and under swimmers winning the 200 free relay, 200 medley relay and the 100 medley relay; the girls 11 and under placing 3rd in the 200 medley and 100 medley relay;  first place finishes by Fitzgerald – 200 & 500 free, Sydney Hill – 400IM, Ipsen – 25 & 100 breast, Cameron Murie – 100 fly, 200IM & 200 free, Painter – 100 fly, Ellie Schundler – 500 free, Sheffield 100 & 200 free, Snyder – 400 IM, Wagner – mile and Sterling Wissler – 100 back,

Congratulations to all the swimmers for their hard work and dedication to the sport.  They can see the results from the time spent training.

SMAC currently has openings in its younger age groups that practice M, W, F from 4-5 pm and Saturday 9-10 am.  If you have interest contact Coach Norm Wright, Director of Competitive Swimming at the Waynesboro Y at 942-5107 or email him at

For more information about SMAC, please visit their website:


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