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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Apr. 29, 2021 1 week ago

YMCA’s HYDRO4 swim team brings home four golds and more at championships

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The team of 19 swimmers included nine first time qualifiers, who ended with a combined 17th place finish with 400.5 points — the most points and highest placing of any swim team from Volusia or Flagler counties in at least 12 years.
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The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA’s HYDRO4 swim team recently competed at the SCY Swimming Championships, which are held by USA Swimming — the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States.

The team earned one high point award, four gold, three silver, and one bronze award. The team of 19 swimmers included nine first time qualifiers, who ended with a combined 17th place finish with 400.5 points. This is the most points and highest placing of any swim team from Volusia or Flagler counties in at least the last 12 years. Every swimmer contributed to the scoring with a top 16 finish (individual or replay). 

“I am very excited about the growth of our team across all the age groups,” said Corey McMeeking, head coach for the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA HYDRO4 swim team. “We have really tried to create a fun, positive team atmosphere built around consistency and hard work. As a result, the kids are excited about coming to practice, being a part of the team; and the results are obviously starting to show. The coaching staff all look forward to continuing to build on these results and taking the team to another level."

Highlights of the team’s accomplishments include: 

Florida Senior Champs

  • Team of four with three who were first-time qualifiers
  • One individual point scorer

All Stars

  • Three swimmers and a coach Corey McMeeking were selected to represent Team Florida

International Swim Coaches Association East Elite

  • 4th in the boy’s overall point score. More than 100 teams from around the country competed.
  • 9th Overall (Boys & Girls Combined)
  • 1 high point, 13 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze

“The success of this team is nothing shy of impressive,” said Katie Lyle, COO of the Volusia Flagler Family YMCA. “The coaching staff and swimmers have worked hard, and we can all see that hard work and dedication paying off. As a former YMCA competitive swimmer, myself, I can tell you that swimming is a lifelong sport and it’s never too early or too late to start. Being a part of a team sport offers the support and friendships kids need today. The Y is proud to be the home of HYDRO4 swimming, and we couldn’t be more excited about what this team has accomplished. It’s pretty unbelievable.”

The HYRDO4 team is a USA Swimming Certified Competitive Swim Team. To learn more about HYDRO4 Swimming, visit www.HYDRO4Swimming.com. To learn more or join the local HYDRO4 swim team, email Mica Lill at [email protected].

Team members:

10/U

  • Reef McMeeking * # (Highpoint at Both FLAGS & ISCA)
  • Samuel Cimbala *
  • Lucas Jakubec *
  • Ricky Kaneaster *
  • Merrick Beck *
  • Boden Beck *

11/12

  • Kai McMeeking *
  • Sarah Stegall
  • Zoee Fulton
  • Alexis O’Keefe
  • Laurel Carson
  • Matilda Noble
  • Maren Beck

13/14

  • Cole Conlan *
  • Nelanee Fulton
  • Addison Fegley
  • Brooklyn Call
  • Mackenzie O’Keefe
  • Maya Khanna

Seniors (Senior Champs)

  • Lucy Noble
  • Megan Hurley
  • Jordyn Eckert
  • Elizabeth Meyer

(* competed at ISCA Elite East)

 

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