Wabash Stars Shine at YMCA State Swimming Championships

Swimmers Earn State Recognition

Wabash, IN, March 6, 2017– The Wabash Stars Swim Club, the competitive swim team of the Wabash County YMCA, competed at the 2017 YMCA State Championship Swim Meet Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Rolf’s Aquatic Center at the University of Notre Dame. Seth Blossom and Josh Lee earned second place and fifth place, respectively in the 11-12 boys age group that included 36 swimmers who qualified for the meet by achieving YMCA State Time Standards. The swimmers were recognized for their achievements by Clint Kugler, Chief Executive Officer of the Wabash County YMCA during the Wabash Middle School swim meet against Crestview Huntington on Monday evening. Highlights from the YMCA State Championship Swim Meet include:

Seth Blossom: State Champion in 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, and 100 Butterfly; State Runner-up in 200 Individual Medley, 100 Freestyle, 100 Individual Medley, and 50 Butterfly; 3rd place in 50 Freestyle.

Josh Lee: State Runner-up in 100 Breaststroke and 50 Breaststroke; 4th place in 200 Individual Medley, 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle; 5th place in 100 Individual Medley; 6th place in 50 backstroke; 8th place in 50 butterfly.

Both swimmers qualified for the YMCA Zone Championships to be held March 17-19 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

“Seth and Josh represented the Wabash Stars Swim Club well in our first YMCA State Championship Meet. They achieved three state championship swims and six state runner-up swims, but more importantly they improved their times in 14 out of 16 swims. Seth had outstanding swims, especially the 200 Freestyle. He was very disciplined in his race strategy and that discipline paid off for him. Josh just began club swimming in November. His hard work has resulted in incredible improvement in all of his events and made him one of the fastest swimmers at the meet. We are very happy for both boys and looking forward to great swims at Zones and during the summer season.” – Coach Josh Blossom

The Wabash Stars Swim Club began last summer with eight swimmers coached by Josh Blossom. Since then, the team has grown to nearly 40 swimmers from throughout Wabash County coached by Josh Blossom, Tyler McQuiston, Alex Honeycutt, and Tammy Ford. The Stars will compete against Parkview Huntington YMCA on March 15. For information about joining the Wabash Stars Swim Club, contact Alex Honeycutt at the Wabash County YMCA at 260-563-9622 or email at ahoney@wabashcountyymca.org.

 

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