Stripers Compete in Ft. Lauderdale National Meet

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Twelve swimmers representing the Northern Neck Family YMCA competed in the YMCA Masters National Championship Meet April 12-15 in Ft. Lauderdale.  The event hosted 489 men and women ages 19 to 93. The Striper group finished 11th overall out of 44 teams. Women swimmers were 9th of 44.  YMCA Board of Directors member and first-time national meet participant, Frank Miller, characterized the effort as, "the little team that could, and did."  Winning team, Sarasota, brought more than 80 swimmers.

Accumulating 324 points, the Striper team captured a total of 73 individual medals, including two second, 11 third, 17 fourth,  13 fifth , 12 sixth,  8 seventh, and 3 eighth places. They  fielded a  55+ mixed 200-yard medley relay,  a 35+ women’s 200-yard freestyle relay,  a 55+ women’s 200-yard freestyle relay, a  35+ women’s 400-yard freestyle relay,  a 55+ women’s 200-yard medley relay,  a 35+ women’s 200-yard medley relay, and a 35+ mixed 200-yard freestyle relay, all of which medaled and contributed team points. This represents the team's highest scoring ever, from its first national effort in 2004.

Participating were Carolyn Alsup, Kathy Broderick, Betsy Chambers, Donna Funkhouser, Ray Funkhouser, Esther Glover, Stephanie Hurd, Karen Jackson, Frank Miller, Pat Sikora, Will Stallings, and coach Kathryn Gregory. Alsup was team top-scorer, and Sikora attained the highest number (eight) of personal record swims.

Coach Gregory extended team thanks to the Northern Neck Family Y, and especially branch executive Mark Favazza, for continued support and encouragement. She added,"Our appreciation also goes to the family members who accompanied swimmers, cheered, and assisted with tasks such as staging relays, counting laps for distance events, collecting and distributing medals.."

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