The YMCA youth swimming programs reached new heights last weekend at the short course nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Doorfins program sent six individuals to compete in 15 individual events including two relays.
Savanna Townsend, Arica Smith, Maddie Rastall, Abby Bubnik, Max McHugh and Conner McHugh each swam extremely well.
Conner McHugh was crowned “National Champion” in the 100 breaststroke with a 54.03. It was his personal best time by one full second. Conner also took second in the 200 breast. His 1:59.00 was another best time. This time it was two full seconds better than anything he had swum before. Conner added a fourth place finish in the 200 individual medley (1:50.58 best time by 1.5 seconds). Finally he landed in 33th place in the 100 fly (51.62).
On the weekend, Conner set four team records, claimed their fourth national championship and if Conner was his own team he would have finished 21st by himself.
Abby Bubnik had two personal bests in her relay splits.
Savanna Townsend made the 50 free podium and finals with a tremendous 16th place finish in the event. Her personal best time ever in the event was clocked at 23.56. Townsend also finished 59th in both the 100 fly (57.7) and 100 breast (1:06.82 best time), and 39th in 100 free, (52.44).
Arica Smith landed 48th in the 50 free (24.2) and 114th in the 100 free (53.71).
Maddie Rastall was 50th in the 50 free (24.30) and 116th in 100 free (53.80).
Max McHugh earned a 71st in the 100 breast (1:00.15). He was the youngest swimmer in the event at 13 years old and still finished 71st out of 153 swimmers.