Men’s Team takes first place in 200m Medley Relay
SOMERSET HILLS NJ – Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team earned 11th place overall in the combined team results at the 2017 YMCA Long Course National Championship in Greensboro, NC from July 31 through August 4. With just 20 swimmers competing, and nearly half of them as first-time qualifiers for the championship, the team from Somerset Hill YMCA, a branch of Somerset County YMCA, kept pace with many of the the larger 105 teams from around the country.
As a charitable organization, Somerset County YMCA is focused on youth development and seeks to nurture the potential of all children and teens. The Y’s nationally acclaimed swim teams help kids to develop their endurance, skill, physical ability and mental stamina through a supportive and wholesome social outlet that encourages excellence, teamwork and camaraderie.
“Every one of our swimmers worked incredibly hard to make it to the YMCA Nationals,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “Whether it was a swimmer who went to the championship for the first time, or a seasoned competitor who had been there before, it was inspirational to witness the self-confidence and sportsmanship on display.”
The most notable of many highlights this week was winning first place in the men’s 200m Medley Relay. The team included Jack Alexy (Eighth grade – Mendham, NJ), Sean Foster (Senior – Lebanon, NJ), Lukas Scheidl (Sophomore - Mendham, NJ) and Ryan Carkhuff (Junior – Mendham, NJ). The combined men’s and women’s teams had a total of nine first-time Long Course National qualifiers, with each of them qualifying in more than one event.
“What we were able to achieve with only 20 athletes was simply amazing,” said Lori Riegler, director of competitive aquatics at Somerset Hills YMCA. “We are incredibly proud of what our athletes accomplished this summer and we are very excited for the future of Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team.”
Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team has over 200 swimmers between the ages of 7 and 18. The team is led by ASCA and USA Swimming certified professional swim coaches and competes year-round in YMCA and USA-sanctioned meets.
For more information about Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team, including tryout dates, visit their website at www.somersetcountyymca.org.