Online Staff Report
Twenty-nine members of the YMCA of Rock River Valley RAYS youth swim team competed at the 2014 Illinois YMCA State Swimming Championships March 22-23 at the Rec Plex in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
Event highlights include: The RAYS 8 & Under Female & Male Combined Team was overall state champion, placing first out of 21 “large teams” with a combined score of 280 points. The RAYS 12 & Under Girls took third overall out of 18 “large teams” with a score of 198 points. Also, two RAYS 8 & Under swimmers achieved first-place finishes in their individual state events: Molly Ryan and Camden Taylor.
Eleven RAYS achieved top 8 finishes in individual event finals, including: Sophie Bergsten, eighth place in Female 12 & Under 50 yd. Breast (35.61); Leah Boccignone, eighth place in Female 14 & Under 500 yd. Free (5:32.15); Nhia Caras, fifth place in Female 12 & Under 50 yd. Free (26.24), eighth place in 100 yd. Fly (1:08.71), and sixth place in 50 yd. Fly (29.30); Brady Dolan, fifth place in Male 10 & Under 50 yd. Breast (40.33); Victoria Dolan, seventh place in Female 12 & Under 100 yd. Fly (1:08.18), seventh place in 50 yd. Breast (34.26), and fifth place in 100 yd. Breast (1:15.38); Mikayla Durkin, second place in Female 8 & Under 25 yd. Back (18.11), third place in 100 yd. IM (1:26.07), and second place in 50 yd. Free (33.27); Rachel Gander, fourth place in Female 12 & Under 100 yd. Back (1:06.68); Zain Miles, second place in Male 10 & Under 50 yd. Free (28.12); Tyler Pidde, fourth place in Male 14 & Under 200 yd. Free (1:51.73), second place in 100 yd. Breast (1:04.01), third place in 500 yd. Free (5:00.83), and second place in 200 yd. IM (2:02.13); Ryan, first place in Female 8 & Under 25 yd. Back (17.79), second place in 25 yd. Free (15.27) and fourth place in 25 yd. Fly (17.31); and Taylor, first place in Male 8 & Under 100 yd. IM (1:20.08), first place in 50 yd. Free (31.68) and 1st place in 25 yd. Fly (16.28).
Additionally, the RAYS Female 8 & Under 100 yd. Medley Relay (Samantha Appino, Mikayla Durkin, Avery Miles and Ryan) took second place with a time of 1:14.97; and the Female 8 & Under 100 yd. Free Relay (Appino, Durkin, Avery Miles and Ryan) placed first with a time of 1:05.31. The RAYS Female 12 & Under 200 yd. Medley Relay (Bergsten, Caras, Victoria Dolan and Gander) placed fourth with a time of 2:02.26; and the Female 12 & Under 200 yd. Free Relay (Caras, Victoria Dolan, Gander and Katie Roxworthy) took third place with a time of 1:49.71.
Next up for the RAYS: 23 swimmers will compete at YMCA Midwest Regionals, held April 5-6 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
A year-round competitive team for swimmers of all levels, the RAYS hold practices and home meets at the YMCA of Rock River Valley’s I.D. Pennock Branch in downtown Rockford. Summer swim team registration opens soon; for more information, visit www.rockriverymca.org/stingrays.
Posted April 2, 2014