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YMCA team finishes second in championship meet

The YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County Sea Serpent swim team placed second in last weekend’s PYSA Swimming Championships in Salem.

South Boston/Halifax County edged the Alleghany-Highland YMCA team by a point to take second place in the meet. The YMCA of the Roanoke Valley won the meet.

Five members of the Sea Serpents swim team qualified to compete in the Upper Southeast Regional Short Course Championship Meet to be held March 13-16 at the Rock Hill Area YMCA in Rock Hill, S.C.  The qualifiers include Andrew Abbott (seven events), Nicholas Carey (nine events), Shea Carey (two events), Emma Smiley (two events) and Noah Stevens (two events).

The battle for second place in last weekend’s PYSA Swimming Championships came down to the final event of the meet. South Boston/Halifax County had Emma Smiley and Reagan Carey swimming in the 500-meter freestyle with both girls placing and earning seven points to move the Sea Serpents into second place.

“It was an awesome meet to watch,” remarked Sea Serpents Coach Jeannette Abbott.

“All of the swimmers did well.”

The Sea Serpents had three swimmers win individual races. Andrew Abbott won the 50 Free, 200 IM, and 100 Free. Nicholas Carey won the 200 IM, 50 Free, and 100 Free. Kinsey McCubbin won the girls 6 & Under 25 Backstroke. 

The three swimmers also won high-point honors in their respective age group. Andrew Abbott set a new meet record in 100 Freestyle, sharing first place in the event with a Roanoke swimmer.

Other Sea Serpent swimmers who finished in the top 10 of their respective age group included Nina Dunning (2nd, 6 & under), Maelyn Freshour (3rd, 6 & under), Isaac Stevens (4th, 6 & under), Elliott Kirkhart (5th, 6 & under), Emma Shepperd (9th, 8 & under), Riley Anders (10th, 8 & under), Emma Smiley (5th, 13-14), Michael Neller (9th, 13-14) and Noah Stevens (5th, 15 & older).

Many of the Sea Serpent team members finished the season with numerous time improvements. The biggest time improvements came from Blake Dease (9-10) in the 100 Freestyle, dropping 41.29 seconds. Other swimmers posting large time improvements were: 

Sarah Bush (8 & Under) with a 21.41 second drop in the 50-yd, Backstroke; Jake Dease (9-10) dropping 27.71 seconds in the 50-yd. Backstroke; PanPan Yang (8 & Under) with a 25.24 second drop in the 50-yd. Freestyle and Emma Smiley (13-14) with a 18.48 second drop in the 500-yd. Freestyle.

 

Stats

South Boston/Halifax County individual event finishes by age group:

6 & Under

Nina Dunning – 2nd 25 Back, 3rd 25 Free, 21st 50 Back, 28th 50 Free

Maelyn Freshour – 13th 100 Free, 3rd 25 Back, 5th 25 Free, 23rd 50 Back, 27th 50 Free

Elliott Kirkhart – 12th 100 Free, 5th 25 Back, 5th 25 Free, 24th 50 Back, 29th 50 Free

Kinsey McCubbin – 1st 25 Back, 4th 25 Free

Isaac Stevens – 13th 100 Free, 4th 25 Back, 4th 25 Free, 27th 50 Back, 31st 50 Free 

 

8 & Under

Riley Anders – 7th 100 Free, 8th 25 Back 7th 25 Free, 7th 50 Back, 6th 50 Free

Sarah Bush – 20th 25 Back, 25th 25 Free, 16th 50 Back, 26th 50 Free

CJ DeGraw – 22nd 25 Back, 25th 25 Free, 26th 50 Back, 28th 50 Free

Henry Midkiff – 27th 25 Free, 23rd 50 Back, 30th 50 Free

Andrew Parikh – 7th 100 Free, 12th 25 Back, 12th 25 Free, 9th 25 Fly, 8th 50 Back, 11th 50 Free

Joe Roberts – 18th 25 Back, 24th 25 Free, 8th 25 Breast, 19th 50 Back, 25th 50 Free

Olivia Seamster  - 18th 25 Back, 8th 25 Free, 11th 50 Back, 8th 50 Free

Emma Shepperd – 9th 100 Free, 7th 25 Back, 4th 25 Free, 6th 50 Back, 5th 50 Free

PanPan Yang  - 25th 25 Back, 19th 25 Free, 20th 50 Back, 20th 50 Free

Helin Zhang – 14th 25 Back, 14th 25 Free, 7th 25 Breast, 13th 50 Back, 18th 50 Free

 

9-10 year olds

Abby Baisch – 18th 100 Free, 35th 50 Back, 40th 50 Free, 27th 100 Back, 33rd 100 Free

Hannah Bush – 28th 50 Back, 39th 50 Free, 20th 100 Back, 35th 100 Free

Blake Dease – 27th 50 Back, 27th 50 Free, 17th 100 Back, 22nd 100 Free

Jake Dease – 26th 50 Back, 28th 50 Free, 24th 100 Free

Rebekah Dease – 21st 100 Back, 34th 100 Free

Marya Dunning – 11th 50 Free, 11th 100 Breast, 12th 100 IM, 15th 50 Breast, 8th 100 Back, 10th 100 Free

Michaella Freshour – 19th 100 200 Free, 40th 50 Back, 44th 50 Free, 28th 100 Back, 37th 100 Free

Ainsley Gasperini – 18th 50 Back, 14th 50 Free, 12th 100 Back, 21st 100 Free

Ethan Kirkhart – 8th 200 Free, 18th 50 Back, 13th 50 Free, 14th 100 IM, 16th 50 Breast 9th 100 Back, 11th 100 Free

Carrie Midkiff – 38th 50 Back, 43rd 50 Free, 23rd 100 Back, 36th 100 Free

Jimmy Reaves – 21st 50 Back, 18th 50 Free, 12th 100 Back

 

11-12 year olds

Tripp Burnett – 32nd 50 Back, 33rd 50 Free, 35th 100 Free, 21st 100 Free

Ashton Burton – 17th 200 IM, 16th 200 Free, 22nd 50 Back, 21st 50 Free, 23rd 100 IM, 25th 100 Free, 15th 50 Breast, 13th 100 Back

Nick Carey – 1st 200 IM, 5th 200 Free, 2nd 100 Fly, 2nd 50 Back, 1st 50 Free, 2nd 100 IM 1st 100 Free, 2nd 50 Fly, 2nd 100 Back

Shea Carey – 4th 200 Free, 9th 100 Fly, 14th 50 Back, 9th 50 Free, 7th 100 IM, 7th 100 Free 10th 50 Fly, 5th 500 Free

Elizabeth Dease – 39th 50 Back, 44th 50 Free, 51st 100 Back, 31st 100 Free

Karson Evans – 15th 200 IM, 18th 200 Free, 11th 50 Back, 17th 100 IM, 19th 100 Free 15th 50 Fly, 9th 100 Back

Maddie Freshour – 23rd 200 Free, 19th 50 Back, 32nd 50 Free, 34th 100 Back, 21st 100 Free

Phoenix Gotham – 25th 200 Free, 43rd 50 Back, 49th 100 Free, 26th 100 Back

Maci Henderson – 13th 200 Free, 20th 50 Back, 10th 50 Free, 14th 100 IM, 15th 100 Free

8th 50 Fly, 13th 100 Back

Josh Roberts – 27th 50 Back, 28th 50 Free, 28th 100 IM, 30th 100 Free, 17th 50 Breast, 19th 100 Back

Talley Roberts – 23rd 50 Back, 36th 50 Free, 38th 100 Free, 19th 100 Back

Lily Savage – 28th 50 Back, 41st 50 Free, 48th 100 Free

Joe Smiley – 11th 200 IM, 7th 200 Free, 13th 50 Back, 12th 50 Free, 9th 100 IM, 10th 100 Free, 5th 50 Breast, 9th 500 Free

 

13-14 year olds

Andrew Abbott – 8th 400 IM, 2nd 200 Free, 2nd 100 Back, 1st 50 Free, 1st 200 IM, 1st 100 Free, 2nd 100 Breast, 2nd 100 Fly

Michael Neller – 9th 200 Free, 9th 50 Free, 6th 200 IM, 4th 200 Breast, 11th 100 Free, 6th 100 Breast, 5th 200 Back

Emma Smiley – 5th 200 Free, 4th 100 Back, 5th 50 Free, 5th 200 IM, 5th 100 Free, 2nd 100 Breast, 4th 500 Free

 

15 & Older

Reagan Carey – 9th 200 Free, 8th 100 Back, 11th 50 Free, 9th 200 IM, 10th 100 Free, 8th 100 Breast, 10th 500 Free 

 

Noah Stevens – 7th 200 Free, 5th 100 Back, 5th 50 Free, 7th 200 IM, 5th 100 Free, 8th 100 Fly, 3rd 200 Back