Youth swimmers representing multiple Delaware YMCA competitive swim teams took home top honors at the YMCA East Field District Championship held March 15-17 at the Prince George Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland.
The Sussex Tsunami Swim Team won the District Championship in the Small Division for the first time since 2014 while the Western Family YMCA’s Western Wahoos won the overall District Championship for the seventh year in a row in the Large Division. The Wahoos also broke four Championship Meet records, including one that stood for 35 years.
More than 700 YMCA swimmers from Delaware, Maryland, and Northern Virginia competed in the meet. Among them, 178 swimmers from the YMCA of Delaware qualified with:
- 59 from the Brandywine YMCA (Brandywine Barracudas)
- 32 from the Dover YMCA (Dover Dolphins)
- 22 from the Sussex Family YMCA (Sussex Tsunamis)
- 65 from the Western Family YMCA (Western Wahoos)
The Brandywine Barracuda Swim Team placed fourth overall in the Large Division, and the Dover Dolphin Swim Team placed fourth overall in the Medium Division.
“This was one of our programs best seasons ever and the support from our families and branch staff was instrumental,” said Western YMCA Competitive Swim Director Tom Janton.
Head Coach for the Sussex Tsunami Swim Team & East Field District Championship Coordinator for YMCA Swimming, Anna Seiffert said countless hours of dedicated training showed in the successful results for Delaware swimmers.
“Many of the athletes competing at the meet have prepared for up to 30 weeks to be eligible and compete at this level. The life skills they learn, time management, teamwork, loyalty, and respect are exemplified by the actions of the participants both on deck and outside of the aquatic environment.”