County Boasts State Swimming Champs

Notes from Coach Mike McHugh: In a year that marked one of the most successful seasons in team history, the DCY swim team saved their best efforts for the last meet – the YMCA State Championships held at the Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer, Wis.

The team placed 5th out of 24 teams in a combined overall score. DCY girls placed 7th with 718 points and the DCY boys placed 3rd with 1,114 points at the meet, overall. The team recorded 79 percent “Best Times” for the meet in 172 total events – 151 individual and 21 relays. The 8 & under girls team stole the show, placing 1st in Wisconsin in total points.

Highlights of the 8 & under girls included a spectacular performance in both the 100-yard-medley relay by Cassie Rankin, Sylvia Townsend, Julia Michalski and Katie Norton placing 2nd. While Cassie Rankin, Julia Michalski, Katie Norton and Sylvia Townsend became State Champions in the 100-yard-freestyle relay.

Cassie Rankin had a spectacular meet, crowned the State Champion in the 25-yard-free, 50-yard-free, and 100-yard-IM. Cassie was out-touched in the 100-yard-free by less than a 1/10th of a second, just missing the full sweep of four individual State Champion titles.

Overall, DCY swim team took home 6 State Records, 14 State Championship titles, eleven 2nd places, and six 3rd places. Congratulations to all the DCY state swimmers!

DCY now moves forward to compete in the YMCA National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Macoy Neinas, Ryan Ehlinger, Ryan Scripp, Jared Klika and Max McHugh will represent the team qualifying in 19 events. Katie Kaminski also qualified for Nationals in the 200 breaststroke, dropping 2.96 seconds in the race at the State Meet this past weekend, making the time cut, but will not be joining the boys in North Carolina.

Noteworthy Accomplishments:

State Champion Relays:

• 8 & under girls 100 free relay

• 13-14 boys 200 medley relay by Brock Aune, Trent Ehlers, Spencer Klika and Max McHugh

• 15-18 boys 200 medley relay swam by Macoy Neinas, Jared Klika, Ryan Scripp and Max McHugh

State Champion & New State Record Relays:

• 15-18 boys 200 free relay by Macoy Neinas, Jared Klika, Ryan Scripp and Max McHugh

• 15-18 boys 400 free relay by Macoy Neinas, Jared Klika, Ryan Scripp and Max McHugh

Individual State Champions:

• Cassie Rankin in the 25-yard free, 50-yard free, and 100-yard IM.

• Jared Klika in the 15-18 boys 50-yard freestyle

• Ryan Scripp in the 100-yard freestyle (New State Record)

Individual DCY Swimmer Highlight: Max McHugh

McHugh won all of his individual events, setting 3 State records in 4 events: 13-14 boys 100 Breast (New State Record), 200 Breast (New State Record), 50 Freestyle (New State Record), 200 Individual Medley (State Champion).

It was a very challenging weekend for McHugh, swimming 5 relays and 4 individual events, racing in several events back-to-back. He persevered through the intensity, winning State Championship titles in eight of the nine events as well as scoring top points, 80 total, for the team.

2nd Place finishers: Cassie Rankin, 8 under 100 free, 8 under girls 100 medley relay; Abigail Schauske, 11-12 girls 100 butterfly; Katie Kaminski, 15-18 girls 200 breaststroke; Drew Rass, 9-10 boys 100 Breaststroke; Brock Aune, 13-14 100 breaststroke, boys 13-14 200 medley relay; Jared Klika, 15-18 boys 100 butterfly; Jesper Johnson, 11-12 500 freestyle; Ryan Scripp, 15-18 boys 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly.

3rd Place finishers: Brock Aune, 13-14 boys 200 breaststroke; Drew Rass, 9-10 boys 50 breast and 100 Ind. Medley; Christiana Braun, 9-10 girls 200 freestyle; Jared Klika, 15-18 boys 100 free; Ryan Scripp, 15-18 200 Ind. Medley.

Our 9-10 boys also placed 4th in the 200 Free and Medley Relays.

Note: All times from the 2015 YMCA State Championships can be viewed on the WSAC state meet website: For full results of the Door County team, visit

DCY website:

Upcoming Meets: 2015 YMCA Short Course National Championship – Greensboro, NC, March 30-April 3