Numerous swimmers have filled the ranks of the Lock Haven YMCA swim team over the past several decades and many gave it their all to claim an individual state title. The last to step upon the top of the podium was David Sheets from his win in the 100 yard backstroke in 1986 (Sheets plus teammates Wayde Brookens, Kurt Herrmann and Bob Miller did win the 200 medley relay at the same meet). The nearly three decade drought was quenched when Simon Lins and Emma Butzler claimed titles in their age group swims at Penn State’s McCoy Natatorium this past weekend. Full results can be viewed here.
|Madison Bair (bottom swimmer), neck and neck with Hazelton’s Sadie Hunsinger in the girls 10-and-under 100 yard breaststroke.|
Avery Mahoney, coiled and ready to spring as the lead-off swimmer in the girls 14-and-under 200 medley relay.
|Lock Haven YMCA coach Jim Merinar with double gold winner, Emma Butzler.|
Simon Lins, winner of the 10-and-under boys 50 yard backstroke, atop the podium stand (center, top row)