2023 Rings In Busy Stretch for Swim Team
Sturgeon Bay, WI - The DC YMCA Swim Team continues to make a splash throughout the region! Since the last home meet in December, the DCY team has traveled to meets across the state in Green Bay, Stevens Point, and Milwaukee. As always, they represented our Y, and our Door County community admirably – both in, and out of the pool.
Over the weekend of January 27-29th, the DCY team took 70 swimmers to the Green Bay Titletown Invite. This is one of the largest meets of the season and brings teams from across the region to compete. Despite the tough competition, our boys team took first place overall and the girls finished a close second behind the team from the Fox Cities YMCA.
The following weekend, the team traveled again to Stevens Point for a two-day meet. Several of our swimmers scored top points in their age group, which again led to a successful meet for the DCY team. Especially impressive were the young swimmers under age 11. According to coach Mike McHugh, the DCY team has one of the strongest groups of young swimmers in the entire state this season. As we head toward the State Championship Meet in March, many of the DCY swimmers are poised for success at the biggest competition of the year!
Most recently, four of the DCY’s swimmers competed in the Schroeder A+ meet against 47 other teams, spanning several states. In order to swim at this meet, swimmers must have met a time standard of Level A or AA, very similar to the State Qualifying times. This is undoubtedly one of the most competitive youth swimming events in the Midwest. Our four swimmers – Christiana Braun, Cassie Rankin, Thomas Kratcha, and Daylia Sund – all faced intense competition in their qualifying morning heats, hoping to make it to the finals at night. Our 13-14 year old swimmers, Daylia Sund and Thomas Kratcha, both qualified for the finals in the 100 breaststroke, and both went on to post personal bests in the final to finish in 15th place (Daylia with a 1:10, and Thomas with a 1:09). With approximately 2800 swims per day at this meet, it was an incredible feat to have two of Door County’s swimmers in the final.
The Door County YMCA: For Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Driven by its founding mission, the Door County YMCA has 170 full and part-time staff serving over 9,400 members in Door County from facilities in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay in a broad range of programming for all ages. The Y empowers everyone, no matter who they are or where they’re from, by ensuring access to resources, relationships, and opportunities for all to learn, grow and thrive. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and generations, the Y’s goal is to improve overall health and well-being, ignite youth empowerment and demonstrate the importance of connections in and across 10,000 communities nationwide.