Y Nationals

YMCA Nationals always seems to be one of the best attended national meets by college coaches.  I am sure that it has nothing to do with the fact that it is Ft. Lauderdale either.  The meet has stepped up it’s game from when I swam in the meet long ago.  The times sure have changed.  The Hall of Fame has even changed just within the past 4 months with the condemning of the stands in January.  The meet definitely had a different atmosphere with stands on deck and not enough room for all the fans.  The change in seating also took away the always revered and fun loving opening night ceremonies that so many swimmers look forward to at the meet.  But that did not stop some crazy fast times from being swum last night on the 1st day of the meet.  On the men’s side the 100 back was won in a 48.37 and the women’s side posted a 53.98 for 1st place.  The women’s back also saw 7 women age 12-16 post times of 57 or faster!  Next up was the 500 and Florida bound recruit Nicholas Caldwell coasted to victory with a 4:18.01 for a new YMCA record, while a plethora of women posted sub 4:50 times with 4:43 taking home first place.  The 200 IM saw a new women’s record posted with a 1:58.90 by Lynchburg’s Susanna White while the men’s winner posted a 1:48.28.  The last individual event of the evening was the 50 free with a 20.49 winning on the men’s side and Nikki Barczak, sister to Denison’s MJ Barczak, won in 23.21.  The last event of the evening was the 200 Medley Relay.  Haley Lips of Middle Tyger posted a 24.6 50 fly split on the relay to help her relay swim a 1:44.5 for the victory.  On the men’s side YOTA touched the wall first in 1:32.16 with a great 19. anchor leg.  Not a bad way to start out meet.  If things work out for most coaches looks like there could be a good amount of new, fast freshmen in Division III next year.

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