LIVINGSTON, NJ - West Essex Swim Team member Sean Tan recently came home from the YMCA 12 Under State Championships with 7 medals.  With 128 points, Tan won 3 gold and 4 silver medals.  To win the gold, Tan finished the 200 backstroke in 2:10.84, the 200 breaststroke in 2:29.39, and the 50 backstroke in 28.26.  He collected his silver medals in the 100 yard backstroke in 1:00.30, the 200 individual in 2:11.37, the 100 individual medley in 1:00.82, and the 500 freestyle in 5:24.98.  “The thing that’s most impressive about Sean is his ability to compete in all stroke disciplines and distances,” said YMCA Swim Coach, Paul Casazza.

Tan has prepared for his recent accomplishment by training at the YMCA six times a week for 90 minutes each session.  Casazza adds that “I am very proud of Sean’s accomplishments.  He has improved his swim technique over the last four years and has become a very versatile swimmer in high lever competitions.  Tan is a motivated and driven 12 year old who has become a team leader helping to push the team toward success.”  Tan entered the Y's swim lesson program at age 8.  After only one year he was selected to join the Y's competitive swim team.

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The 2013 NJ YMCA Championship was held at Ocean County YMCA on Feb. 22 through Feb. 24.  Next Tan will compete in the 13/14 age group for six different events at the New Jersey Junior Olympics this March.  Tan qualified for 18 events offered by the NJ Junior Olympics in 2012.

The West Essex YMCA Swim Team is located at 321 South Livingston Avenue. Contact the Y for more information at 973-992-7500 or visit the West Essex YMCA Swim Team website at http://www.weyswimteam.org.

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