CHAMPIONSHIP MEETS SUCCESSFUL!
LY Piranhas had fantastic swims at the USRY meet in Rock Hill. Powered by the 11-12 boys, who won their age group, the LY boys finished FIRST in the meet! Highlights included the 11-12 boys' 400 freestyle relay of Daniel Pettyjohn, Garrett Pendleton, Connor Sauls, and John-Michael Gordon winning gold and crushing the team record that had been set in 1998. Pettyjohn won the 400 IM, the 200 free, and the 100 IM, while John-Michael Gordon won the 100 backstroke, the 50 backstroke, and the 200 IM. Brandon Naylor won the 200 fly and along with Daniel, Garrett, and John-Michael cruised to victory in the 11-12 boys 200 medley relay and the 11-12 boys 200 free relay. Daniel and Matthew Murray swam best times in the 11-12 boys, while their brother Brendan was swimming personal bests in the 13-14 boys. Steven Mills contributed wins in the 13-14 boys 200 free and 500 free, while Ethan Navarro won the senior boys 500 freestyle. Tanner Gage, Austin Orange, and Sutton Schonfelder all contributed points in the 13-14 boys, while Luke Weisenstein had an amazing senior boys 200 breast, dropping 7 seconds, winning silver and picking up his first Y National qualifying time. Blake Proffitt, Devin Creger, Josh Hankey, and Evan Navarro all scored in the senior boys. Meanwhile, Cameron St. Clair was swimming in the top heat and scoring for the 10 & under boys, with the support of Kyle Sennett and JC Gordon who both dropped tons of time.
Over on the girls' side, Anna Meinke won both the senior 200 fly and the 500 freestyle. Casey Wrabley, Alyssa Reed, and Makayla Pendleton all contributed big points to the team, while Caeley McMillan had nice time drops. Amanda Naylor had best times in her backstroke events. The 13-14 girls were strong with Madison Sitton, Ashley Sennett, Carrington Erquiaga, and Emmie Summy all putting points on the board. Tara Enneking swam to her fastest times as well. And Megan Montgomery raced to personal best times and team points in the 10 & under girls.
Anna Meinke went on to swim at the Eastern Sectional meet in Christiansburg the following weekend where she finished in 11th place in the 200 fly. Ethan Navarro made it back to finals in the 500 freestyle and scored in the 16th position. Steven Mills broke the 13-14 boys team record in the 500 freestyle, previously held by Ethan. Blake Nowakowski won the bonus heat of the 100 breast, 400 IM, and 200 breast, before laying it all on the line Sunday morning in the 200 IM and then scratching his way into the final heat and coming away with a personal best time and a silver medal!
Congratulations to all the LY swimmers as a season of hard work paid off with some great swims in the championship meets.
CONGRATULATIONS! To Blake Nowakowski who was recently recognized as a Scholastic All American by USA Swimming. Blake was also recognized along with Blake Proffitt and Ashley Mauzy as Swimmers of the Meet at the final High School meet this season held at the Jamerson Family Y.