Swim teams find success

>Executive Swim Club, Nashua YMCA Storm have reason to celebrate

Executive Swim Club area swimmers enjoyed success at various Championship meets in and out of New England.

Jack Januario, 13, of Amherst, and Vic­toria Novinskiy, 12, competed for the New England team for the Eastern Zone meet in East Meadow, N.Y., from Aug. 4-7. Jan­uario had two final showings out of six events in the 400-meter individual medley (4:57.08) and the 1,500 freestyle (17:12.24). Novinskiy competed in the 50, 100, and 200 backstrokes.

Lindsey Wagner, 15, attended USA Swimming’s Summer Junior National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., from Aug. 8-12. Wagner competed in the 50 free with her qualifying time of 26.47 and swam in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.46.

Competing in the Eastern Zone Senior meet was Andrew Allen, who had four ap­pearances in finals ( 50 free, 24.41; 100 free, 54.75; and 100 butterfly, 59.28 among them), Nina Levine (six personal bests), Emma Schulman (five events), and Emma Wagner (six events).

In addition, swimmers competing in the New England Senior Championships July 14-17 at Brown University were Colin Al­len, Alexander Bedard (Amherst), Aidan Daudier (Milford), Margaret Dean (Am­herst), Michael Douglas, Matthew Falcone (Hollis), Kyle Fraser-Mines, Kasey Gam­ache, Bella Geskos (Amherst), Keelin Ken­dall, Logan Lamb, Trent Levasseur, Kerry McCann (Merrimack), Kaitlyn McManus (Milford) and Alex Tjie.

Amherst’s Januario led Executive swim­mers at the New England 14-and-Under Championships, held at Harvard Univer­sity from July 21-24. He won both the 800 and 1,500 freestyles (9:01.09 and 17:24.82) and scored enough points to rank third overall in the high-point standings.

Emma Schulman had three separate top-three finishes in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles. Also competing were Novins­kiy, Evan Allen, Maxwell Bilsbury, Abby Carroll, Saige Murphy, Katelyn Rakiey (Milford), Kyra Chen (Amherst), Kendall Reynolds, Morgan Daudier (Milford), Con­nor Donoghue (Amherst), Kylie Donoghue (Amherst), Casi Glejzer (Hollis), Mia Janu­ario (Amherst), Meredith Lubelczyk (Mer­rimack) and Katie Witkop.

The team trains at the Executive Health and Sports Center in Manchester and is gearing up for the fall-winter season.

Greater Nashua Storm Swim Team is GSSA Division 2 Champions

The YMCA of Greater Nashua is pleased to announce the Storm Swim Team’s great success at the Granite State Swim­ming Association (GSSA) State Meet ear­lier this month. Swimmers come from all around the region: Nashua, Merrimack, Hollis, Amherst, Milford, Hudson, Brook­line, Bedford, Manchester, as well as Massachusetts towns Groton, Dunstable, Pepperell and Lowell.

There were 33 Storm swimmers who competed at the three-day meet at the Raco-Theodore outdoor pool in Man­chester. The team dealt with seriously hot weather on the first and second days for the age 11-and-over sessions and pouring down cold rainy weather for the age 10-and-under session on the third day. The Storm team competed in the middle division against squads twice as big.

According to Storm Swim Team head coach Rich Droser, "Every sin­gle swimmer in our 33-person squad earned points for the team. Our earned title was a huge team effort. The Storm coaching staff is incredibly proud of what all our swimmers accomplished this season, from YMCA Nationals to our State Championship, it was entirely a team effort, with everyone contribut­ing. After some great practices, a lot of hard work, and a ton of fun, winning our division at States was just icing on the cake – the real highlight for the coaches was how well the team worked together, and knowing that all our swimmers not only swam fast, but had a great time do­ing it."

The following are swimmers cap­tured state titles:

n 9-10 girls medley relay – Cambria Jewett, Isabela Bobecea, Emily Theri­ault, Teagen Jeffers

n 9-10 boys medley and freestyle re­lays – Zachary Schwefler, Dylan Jewett, Dylan Fung, Cole DeHoyos

n 11-12 boys medley and freestyle re­lays – Sami Witta, Akash Gundagathi, Noah Helmer, Eythan Brady

n Sami Witta – 11-12 boys 100-meter free and 50 backstroke

n Cole DeHoyos – 8-and-under 50 free and 100-yard individual medley

n Cambria Jewett – 50- and 100-yard freestyle

n Dylan Jewett – 50-yard backstroke

n Dylan Fung – 50-yard freestyle

Also on the national level, the club is proud of Matt Lashua and Mattea Dumdey, who represented Storm Swim Team at their first National Cham­pionship this month. The swimmers competed at the famed IUPUI pool in Indianapolis Indiana (the swimming complex on the Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis cam­pus). Coach Droser said, "They had a few amazing races. They improved on their best times and moved up the national rankings. Matt finished a few spots out of finals in the 400 IM and Mattea moved up a few spots with a best time in her 50 free. A great week, and new goals to look forward to next year."