Six claim state titles
Door County YMCA swimmers Christy Braun and Jacob Norton advanced to compete National Swimming Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina March 28-April 1.
Braun and Norton advanced after leading the team to a fourth place finish at the state championships in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The team won six state championships at the event.
“It was a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering the youth of our team,” said coach Mike McHugh. “Our youth carried us, which is a really great sign for the future.”
It was the team’s first full season without severe COVID-19-related limitations, which meant the team was short on swimmers with experience at the top levels of competition. About 140 swimmers participate in the program, an all-time high, but McHugh said many were new this year.
“Coming out of Covid it was really interesting to see,” he said. “We maintained our team size pretty well. usually 120 swimmers.”
Sixty-two of McHugh’s swimmers qualified for the state meet, which drew 22 teams from around the state.
First place Swimmers & Medley
Boys 200 medley (11 and 12 year-old): Xander Helm, Thomas Kratcha, Kemal Wienke, Max Schmelzer
Nadia Kurek, 25 backstroke
Jack Monfils, 400 individual medley
Daylia Sund, 100 breaststroke and 50 breaststroke
Kemal Wienke, 50 butterfly
Second place Swimmers & Medley
Girls 800 freestyle: Cassie Rankin, Danica Neville, Sanya Wienke, Rialey Anderson
Boys freestyle and medley (9 and 10 year-old): Odin Deviley, Reese Sund, Aiden Schley, Beau Schley
Thomas Kratcha, 100 breaststroke
Nadia Kurek: 50 freestyle, 25 freestyle, 25 butterfly
Zofia Michalski, 100 individual medley
Jack Monfils, 200 breaststroke
Landon Reinhardt: 25 breaststroke, 25 backstroke, 25 freestyle
Beau Schley, 50 freestyle
Reese Sund, 50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke
Third place Swimmers & Medley
Christy Braun, 200 breaststroke
Boys freestyle (8 and under): Emmett Christianson, Landon Reinhardt, Ryan Kratcha, Lincoln Roberts
Julia Michalski, 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley
Zofia Michalski, 50 breaststroke
Jacob Norton, 100 breaststroke
Aiden Schley: 50 freestyle, 50 butterfly