Bucyrus swimmers shine at YMCA Zone meet


BUCYRUS — The Bucyrus YMCA White Sharks swim team entered the 2017 Great LakesYMCA Zone Championships March 17-19 with great expectations, and the swimmers didn’t disappoint.

The White Sharks captured the 2017 Great Lakes Zones 10 & Under Age Group championship behind a pair of relay victories and one individual title.
The 200 Free and 200 Medley Relay teams each were victorious in the 10 & under age group. The teams, consisting of Emma Montgomery, Ashtyn Rickel, Miranda Stone and McKena Ward, posted team record-setting times of 1:56.06 in the Free Relay and 2:13.52 in the Medley Relay respectively.

Montgomery captured the lone individual championship in the 50 Free with a swim of 28.46 seconds.

Top 10 finishes by White Sharks swimmers included: Emma Montgomery (Girls 10 & Under 50 Back-3rd
place, Girls 10 & Under 100 Individual Medley-4th place, Girls 10 & Under 100 Free-2nd place, Girls 10 & Under 50 Fly-7th place) and Miranda Stone (Girls 10 & Under 200 Free-5th place, Girls 10 & Under 100 Individual Medley-5th place, Girls 10 & Under 100 Free-6th place).

“As far as we could research, this is the first time the Bucyrus YMCA White Sharks team has captured any
individual, relay or age group championships in a Zone meet,” said Head Coach Nate Parsons. “All sixteen of our swimmers worked hard to earn a berth in the Zones meet and competed very well.”

Other swimmers representing the Bucyrus YMCA White Sharks team included: Matthew Bloom (Boys 10 & under 50 Back); Cecilia Chase (Girls 10 & Under 200 Free Relay); Emily Hanft (Girls 13-14 200 Free and 200 Medley relays); Katie Hanft (Girls 11-12 200, 100 and 50 Free); Natalie Hankins (Girls 10 & under 200 Free Relay); Emma Montgomery (Girls 10 & Under 50 Breast); Ashtyn Rickel (Girls 10 & Under 200 Free, 50 Breast); Izzy Roston (Girls 10 & Under 200 Free Relay); Sarah Scott (Girls 13-14 200 Free Relay); Miranda Stone (Girls 10 &
Under 50 Free, 50 Fly and 50 Breast); Emma Swisher (Girls 13-14 200 Medley Relay); Rachel Teynor (Girls 10 & under 200 Free Relay); Cassidy Vogt (Girls 13-14 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 50 Free and 200 Medley Relay); Jayden Ward (Girls 13-14 200 Free Relay); McKena Ward (Girls 10 & Under 200 Free and 50 Breast); Morgan Young (Girls 13-14 200 Medley Relay).

“We had an incredible year filled with many individual and team records broken,” said Parsons. “I want to thank the outstanding assistant coaches (Deanna Durham, Alan Young, Sarah Nigh-Bruner) for their help, and I also need to thank all the parents who contributed in so many ways to making this an amazing season. Thank you all!”