Jersey Shore (PA) Swim Blog

Jersey Shore (PA) Swim Blog

Friday, December 9, 2011

Lock Haven YMCA vs Juniata Valley YMCA

Many Jersey Shore and Lock Haven swimmers practice together, go to camps together, compete together, and compete against each other. As a result of this close relationship between the two communities, swim team parent Rachelle Sheets will be a contributing blogger to this site. Her postings will keep readers informed on events and happenings in Lock Haven area swimming.  More of her posts can be found by looking at "Happenings in Lock Haven Area Swimming" on the Labels side bar.

Early Saturday morning on November 26th the Loggerheads travelled to the impressive Juniata Valley YMCA Stingrays facility (located outside of Lewistown) to swim in a YMCA formatted exhibition meet.

Because of losing two teams in recent years, Head Coach Joel Blesh decided to contact another YMCA out of our League to see if they would be interested in swimming. Juniata's coach was all for it and invited the Loggerheads to compete in their pool.

This was an excellent opportunity for the new swimmers and veterans to get some "meet experience", though it didn't not count for an official record. All the swimmers on both teams competed hard and excellent times were swam by all.

Julius Tomalonis swimming butterfly
Some of the highlights were the 12 & U boys sweeping both relays (Medley: J. Sheets, B. Powell, J. Tomalonis, and T. Cygan) (Freestyle: B. Powell, J. Sheets, and Julius & Jonas Tomalonis). The 12 & U girls also swept their relays (Medley: N. Moore, S. Powers, M. Haftl & O. McGee) (Freestyle: S. Powers, N. Moore, D. Pillai & M. Haftl).

The meet ended with a 7-3 Juniata victory, however the age groups that the Loggerheads lost were very close. We thank the Juniata Stingrays for their hospitality and great competition in the pool and look forward to meeting them again.

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