MADISON, NJ- Seven Madison YMCA Mariner swimmers traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina in mid-April to compete in the four-day Sunkissed Invitational Junior Senior Swimming Championships of the USA. It was a highly selective meet as many private club teams as well as YMCA teams from all over the US competed. For YMCA swimmers this is one of the top meets with some very fast swimming.  The team was guided by Mariners’ Head Coach, Jon Siegel along with coaches Nicole Coxson, Kenny Platt and Courtney Larcom.
Kyle Beebe, Katie Caviness and James Lord, all hailing from Chatham, represented the Madison Mariners in the 13 and under group.  Beebe, 11, the Mariners’ youngest Sunkissed swimmer, began with the 50 free completing it in 28.41.  He then swam the 100 back achieving a best time of 1:11.47, placing 37th out of 51 swimmers.  He completed the 100 fly in 1:11.68, another personal best for Beebe.  Lastly, he swam the 200 IM in 2:42.52.  During the Parade of Teams, Beebe’s enthusiasm shined as he and the other Mariners donned some very authentic 1980s themed outfits.
Caviness, 13, swam the 200 IM in 2:51.88.  She then swam the 50 free in 31.10.  She swam the 100 breast in 1:30.72.  She swam the 100 fly in 1:14.59.  She finished the 200 fly in 3:01.53.  Caviness was the sole female swimmer in the Mariners’ Sunkissed 13 and under group.
Lord,13, swam the 50 free in an impressive 27.29, qualifying for Finals in 23rd place.  He then swam a best time of 27.22 at Finals, placing 22nd.  Lord was the first of the 2016 Sunkissed Mariners to make it to Finals.  Lord then swam the 100 free in 1:02.14, and the 100 IM in 1:12.06. 
Senior Mariners Hannah Corcoran, Drew Coxson, Emma Danzo and Devin McPeek competed in the 14 and over category (which generally included swimmers spanning ages 14-18).  Corcoran, 15, swam the100 free with a best time of 58:35.  She then swam the 200 free in 2:17.57, the 100 back in 1:12.26. She then swam the 100 breast in1:17.62. She finished the 200 breast in 2:44.52, her best time, ranking 40 out of 67. 
Coxson, 14, from Chatham, swam the 50 free in an impressive 26.84, a personal best time, ranking 62 out of 106.  She then swam the 100 free in 1:00. She finished the 200 free in 2:17.57 and the 100 fly in 1:10.93. 
Danzo, 14, from Madison, swam the 1,000 free placing 17th out of 43. She then swam the 200 free in 2:05.86 placing 40th out of 93.  She swam the 200 IM with a best time of 2:23.96.  She swam the 500 free in 5:32.21 ranking 22 out of 53.  She swam the 200 breast with a best time of 2:43.48.  Her final event was the 400 IM in which she placed 17th in preliminaries with a best time of 5:02.57, qualifying for finals. She then swam a 5:00.67, placing 14th at Finals.  Danzo was thrilled that she made it to Finals as she has only been swimming competitively for under two years.
McPeek, 17, a high school senior, finished her final year as a Mariner with a strong performance.  McPeek was saluted during the Sunkissed Tribute to Seniors.  She swam the 100 fly in 1:06.53.  She then swam the 200 IM in 2:32.48.  She swam the 50 free in 26.19, a personal best time and placing 36 out of 106 swimmers.  She then swam the100 back with a best time of 1:04.35, ranking an impressive 32 out of 113.  She swam the 200 fly in a best time of 2:31.20.  She then swam the 100 free in 57.68 placing 51 out of 118.

Corcoran, Coxson, Danzo and McPeek competed in four team relays including the 200 free and the 400 Medley Relay.  They also swam the 200 Medley relay in 2:00.7, a best time by an impressive 8 seconds, placing 19th.  And the squad finished big with the 400 free relay in 3:54.28, clinching 16th place.