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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (April 2, 2018) — As “America’s Swim Instructor,” the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming. Through the Y’s ‘Safety Around Water’ program, YMCA of Pawtucket branches are helping children learn essential water safety skills, as well as an appreciation for the health benefits of swimming. Most recently, the Woonsocket YMCA Whalers Swim Team and the MacColl YMCA Marlins Swim Team enjoyed tremendous success at the Senecy League Championship held at Boston University.
The Woonsocket Whalers Swim Team has grown exponentially over the last 8 years. When Bill Evans, Whalers swim coach, took over the program in 2010 the team was comprised of just 20 team members. Today, the team has grown to close to 50 competitors, many of whom have become truly skilled, talented swimmers. An experienced and championship winning coach, Evans is joined by assistant coaches, Liz McGarry and Rick Harnois. Aquatics Director, Ed Rotella, thanked the coaches, parents and competitors for their unwavering dedication to the swim team, stating: “I cannot comment enough on the perseverance and commitment of our team. From the coaches who have worked so hard to build confidence in these swimmers, to the parents who have held fundraisers to support our efforts, and the swimmers who strive each meet to succeed … We are so proud of their success.”
In race events that measured swimmers’ breaststroke, freestyle, butterfly, and backstroke times, Whaler swimmers landed top 10 finishes on 22 different occasions. Impressively, Lauren Mania and Jacob Parenteau took 1st place finishes in the girls 11-12 backstroke and boys 11-12 butterfly events, respectively. From a collective standpoint, the youth swimming team achieved 55 ‘best times,’ the most in Whaler history. Additional highlights for the Whalers at Senecy include:
The members of the MacColl YMCA Marlins team also experienced impressive performances by their swimmers at the Senecy Championship with a 5th place overall finish. In the age groups, the 8 & U boys finished in 1st place and the 9 & 10 boys landed a 2nd place finish. The team was also recognized with the Spirit Award and finished 1st place in the Red Division for medium sized teams. Individual champions included: Katelyn Chiappetta, 11-12 girls 50-butterfly winning time 29.59; Ryan Allen, 11 – 12 boys 50-back winning time 31.83; and Jackson Chiappetta, 9-10 boys 50-butterfly winning time 32.68. All top ten finishers are listed below:
Colleen Logan, Aquatic Director at the MacColl YMCA, has enjoyed watching the development of the swim team over this past season, stating: “We had 115 members compete during our short course season with 20 competing in both SENECY league and USA swimming. Our coaching staff is one of the most dedicated I have ever worked with and bring with them years of swim team experience. Thank you to head coach Alexandria McCormick as well as our three assistant coaches, Kassidy McCormick, Dan Cameron and Andrea Ronan.”
About the YMCA
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. The YMCA of Pawtucket is comprised of five branches across the state: Pawtucket Family YMCA and Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center in Pawtucket, MacColl YMCA in Lincoln, Westwood YMCA in Coventry and Woonsocket YMCA.
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