KITTANNING – The Snyder Stingray Swim Team of the Richard G. Snyder YMCA is gearing up for the 2017 Pennsylvania State YMCA Championship Meet. After sending 31 swimmers to the 2017 YMCA West District Meet over the weekend of March 11-12, 2017, 15 team members qualified to represent the Stingrays at this year’s Championship Meet, which will take place March 24-26, 2017 at Penn State University.
Coaches Mary Ann Lundgren and Atalie Abranovic are thrilled with the results of this year’s season. “This swim season has been full of heart,” said Abranovic. “Mary Ann and I could not be prouder to be working with such talented, disciplined and hardworking athletes.”
In the 2017 West District Meet, the Stingrays were just one of the 35 teams represented and brought 31 of the 994 total athletes participating. The Stingray teams’ members competed in one of four age groups: 10 and under, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18. After achieving qualifying times throughout the regular season, each swimmer chose his or her top two-to-three individual events to swim and the coaches selected the four-person relay teams. The top six swimmers in each event in each age group qualified for the State Championship Meet.
Of the Stingrays’ 60 individual race entries, 27 individual races placed in the top 12 at the West District Meet, earning recognition of the podium. Out of those 27 individual races, 17 of them (nine athletes) are eligible to compete in the Championship Meet. The Stingrays also sent seven four-person relay teams and all seven placed in the top 12 at the West District Meet. Of those seven teams, four qualified for the Championship Meet.
The following Stingray swimmers we be competing in the 2017 State Championship Meet: Abby Bauer of Worthington; Evelyn Bliss of Rimersburg; Lauren Bowser and Ryan Bowser of Templeton; Abby Burk of Ford City; Natalie Eroh of Worthington; Anderson Fabian of Ford City; Emma Klingensmith of Kittanning; Emma Kolesar of Ford City; Leo Martino of New Kensington; Wyatt Prunty of Vandergrift; Sofya Recupero of West Kittanning; Bryony Shipe and Dylayn Shipe of Ford City; and Ethan Weigel of Cowansville.
This year’s success would not be possible without the dedication of the swimmers and their families, said Lundgren. “Attie and I have seen more determination from this team and these kids than we have in previous years. These kids get it and are serious about swimming to the best of their ability,” she said. “They know where all their hard work at practice is going to get them – to the podium at districts and then to states. With a tremendous amount of parental and coaching support they are able to stay focused and obtain those goals. They know it’s not easy but that it’s obtainable.”
The Y organization in Armstrong County began nearly 150 years ago in 1867 and belongs to the national Y organization. In 2012, the Richard G. Snyder YMCA Campus opened its doors in a new 27,000 sq. ft., 6.2 million dollar facility on Water Street in Kittanning, beginning an exciting new chapter in the local organization’s history. The RGS Y is committed to strengthening the Armstrong County community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For more information, visit www.rgsymca.org.