The YMCA of Central Virginia Swim Team, LY Swimming, had an extraordinary showing at the YMCA Nationals Swim meet held in Greensboro, North Carolina the week of April 3rd–7th. Beating the 2011 showing, LY Swimming was represented by 13 swimmers, breaking 4 team records a total of 6 times, and finishing in 47th place out of 199 teams in the men’s standings category.
- The 200 Freestyle relay team of Ben Davidson, Josh Hankey, Matthew Davidson, and John Michael Gordon sprinted to finish 45th, and improvement of 8 places from their seeding.
- Connor Sauls broke the LY team record in the 1,000 freestyle, going 9:49.95, breaking Ethan Navarro's team record of 9:50.44
- John Michael Gordon broke the LY team record (twice) in the 200 back, beating his best time by 3.4 seconds and finishing 12th in the nation. This scored points for our team, marking the first time since 2012 that LY has scored at the National Championships.
- The relay team of Ashley Sennett, Tara Enneking, Lexi Plogger, and Carrington Erquiaga broke the LY team record in the 200 medley relay at 1:50.07, moving up 21 places from their seed time. This is the 2nd LY relay record they have broken this year.
- John Michael Gordon placed 23rd in the 400 IM with a new personal best of 4:04.34
- Kelsey Childress won her heat in the 400 IM from lane 1 with a new personal best by 2 seconds.
- Tara Enneking placed 19th in the 100 breaststroke, setting a new LY team record in the prelims and re-setting it in finals at 1:04.44.
- The 400 free relay team of Ben Davidson, Matthew Davidson, Brian Grimmett, and John Michael Gordon placed 28th in the 800 free relay at 3:11.77, moving up 14 places from their seed time.
"This season was a success for many of these kids just to make it to this caliber a meet. To see them step up and perform how they did was exciting. John Michael Gordon and Tara Enneking were our standout individuals and really delivered in the biggest races on the biggest stages of their careers. Our relays in particular were excellent on nearly every occasion, and we competed hard all 5 days. These kids are now even more motivated having seen this level of competition. It helps them internalize that drive to succeed that I am sure will deliver us some even better results in the future." -Ryan Woodruff, LY Swimming Head Coach & Director of Competitive Aquatics.