The Juniata Valley YMCA put out all the stops for the KYSL YMCA Championship swim meet held today at 9 am. Most commonly known as Champs, this championship meet is the biggest YMCA swim meet of the year, aside from Districts (which are held at IUP.) Housing eight YMCA swim teams, the JV YMCA closed down the entire facility to accommodate the number of people attending this event. With eight teams, and that includes parents, grandparents, siblings, coaches, and swimmers, the YMCA was almost at max capacity for hours upon end today. Clearly, you can see that there were a ton of people there. That means there were a ton of swimmers there. All in all, I would estimate about 300 swimmers total showed up to compete today. This is a huge deal.
An even "huger" deal is the feat that three of the four 15-18 year old girls team accomplished. Between the three of them (Sarah Bonson, Megan Becker, and myself), they brought home 7 trophies and 1 medal. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places get trophies and 4th, 5th, and 6th places get a medal. The trio competed in a total of 6 different events and each swimmer scored either a trophy or a medal. Across the board, the girls team scored approximately 150 points for the JVY team, an impressive feat, considering the fact that there were only three of them. So, this blog goes out as a big hoorah to the girls of the JVY swim team age group 15-18. Congratulations, girls.
As a side note, the fourth member of the 15-18 girls team (Jenna Kile) did not compete today due to major illness, and we're hoping she will return as soon as possible. Another side note: These four girls have also qualified for YMCA West Districts in the 400 yd Freestyle Relay with a time roundabout 4:10.00. Qualifying time is 4:23.00. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we are extremely excited about this and cannot wait until districts on March 12th and 13th!
P.S.- I would say to come out and watch, but seeing as it is located in Indiana, PA, I don't expect you'll be there. :P