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Davion Conley, 17, is seeded 25th out of 160 swimmers in the 50 freestyle, with a qualifying time of 21.31 seconds. He also has a seed time of 58.34 in the 100 breaststroke, 54.63 in the 100 backstroke and 47.50 in the 100 butterfly.
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From left, Matthew Daniel, Davion Conley, Cole Akal, Addison Kaufmann, Aeryk Dickman, Lindsey Bruce, Karoline Lauritzew, Natalie Long and Ginny Schranck.
The Tri-City Area YMCA Tidalwaves train nearly every day, 10 1/2 months out of the year.
But the pinnacle of all that hard work has finally come. And Sunday eight 13- to 17-year-old boys and girls will venture to Greensboro, N.C., April 1-4 for the YMCA Short Course National Championships.
“It’s a really good group of kids and they’ve worked so hard to earn this,” head coach Nancy Miller said. “The national meet is a great way to reward swimmers for their dedication and commitment all season.”
The swimmers going to the YMCA Short Course meet will take part in 16 races overall, advancing after qualifying in Columbia, Mo., two weeks ago.
“This is a larger group than we have taken in years past,” Miller said. “We also have two swimmers returning to Nationals and we look to make a pretty strong showing.”
For 17-year-olds Addison Kaufmann and Davion Conley, this will be their second time making it to Nationals.
“Last year the Nationals were held outside,” Conley said. “But this year the meet is indoors and I think that will work in our favor.”
The YMCA Short Course Nationals moved to Greensboro three years ago after a long stint as an outdoor meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Conley is seeded 25th out of 160 swimmers in the 50 freestyle, with a qualifying time of 21.31 seconds. He also has a seed time of 58.34 in the 100 breaststroke, 54.63 in the 100 backstroke and 47.50 in the 100 butterfly.
Addison Kaufmann, 17, is a student at Alton High School. Kaufmann and Conley will each swim in four events. Kaufmann has a seed time of 2:09.45 in the 200 breaststroke, 1:00.34 in the 100 breaststroke, 1:55.29 in the 200 IM and 1:44.86 in the 200 freestyle.
However, both Conley and Kaufmann swam national qualifying times in more events, but individuals are limited to four entries.
Ginny Schranck, 15, goes to Marquette Catholic High School. She has a seed time of 2:26.54 in the 200 breaststroke and 1:08.59 in the 100 breaststroke.
Natalie Long, 16, of Alton High, Lindsey Bruce, 13, of St. Mary’s Catholic, and Karoline Lauritzen, 14, of Marquette, will join Schranck in the girls 200 medley relay.
Teammate Aeryk Dickman, 17, of Alton High, will swim the 100 butterfly, with a seed time in the 100 butterfly at 53.52.
Cole Akal, 14, of Alton Middle School, will join Kaufmann, Conley and Dickman in swimming the boys 200 medley, 200 freestyle, 300 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Another TCAY swimmer, 14-year-old Matthew Daniel, also had individual qualifying times in Columbia but has elected to take part in another meet, the National Age Group Swimming Association Championship Cup, taking place this weekend in Clearwater, Fla., where he will swim the 100 butterfly.