Two Meet Records Fall on Night Three of YMCA Nationals


Day three produced two more record-setting swims in Indianapolis at the Long Course Y Nationals. The first mark to be reset was in the women’s 100 back, where Butler’s Camryn Forbes swam a 1:02.54 to both clear the Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 1:03.39 as well as break the old record of 1:02.68 set by none other than herself. Touching 2nd in that race was Ali Galyer of Middle Tyger (AKA Y-Spartaquatics) in 1:03.11, also under the Trials cut. Rounding out the top three was Marianne Kahmann of Countryside (1:03.95), who was the final swimmer to break 1:04.

On the men’s side of the race, two Illinois swimmers nabbed 1st and silver, led by Kishwaukee’s Daniel Hein in 56.79, well under the Trials cut of 57.19. He was followed by Virginia Tech 2015 commit Sean Workman of Edwardsville, who finished at 57.41 and just barely edged Upper Main Line’s Brian McKenrick (57.46).

The 2nd record to go down was again broken by the person who initially set it. Mark Andrew of Greater Miami Valley set the old record of 4:27.25 last year at these championships, and he followed that up with another title and another record. Andrew swam to a time of 4:26.57 to take a sizeable chunk off of the old record. Finishing up in 2nd was Wilton’s Oscar Ike in 4:27.90, less than half of a second off of the Trials cut.

The 50 breast meet records survived to see another year, but there were interesting things happening on both the men’s and women’s side. Max McHugh of Door County won the title in 29.13, winning by 8 tenths. Does that name sound familiar? It should. His older brother, Conner McHugh, swims at the University of Minnesota and holds the YMCA national record in 28.53, which he set in 2013. Conner was 17 when he set the record, and Max is just 15.

On the women’s side, defending 2014 champion and meet record holder Olivia Ontjes, who set that record last year at 32.62, wasn’t even in the A final. She ended up 2nd in the B final with a lackluster 34.32. Winning the title instead was Alyssa Arwood with a 32.96, a little over three tenths shy of the record and the only swimmer to break 33 seconds in prelims or finals.

Two 16-year-olds owned the 200 freestyle– on the women’s side Downtown Boise’s Abbey Erwin took first in 2:03.95, the only swimmer under 2:04. Hank Siefert of Coffman won the men’s race in 1:52.64, less than a second off of the Trials cut.

Middle Tyger on the women’s side and Cheshire Y on the men’s side followed up their wins in the 200 medley relays with wins in the 400 medley relays. Middle Tyger’s relay consisted of Galyer (1:03.33), Jessica Horomanski (1:15.30), Meredith Wisenhunt (1:01.90) and Katrina Konopka (56.01). They dominated, putting up a 4:16.54 as the only team to break 4:20. On the men’s side, Chesire won it in 3:53.13. Their relay was Matthew Dagenais (58.57), David May (1:05.35), Jack Doherty (56.67), and Curtis Maher (52.54).

Current Team Standings


1. Middle Tyger 260.5

2. Triangle Area 165

3. Fanwood-Scotch Plains 118

4. New Canaan 111

5. Countryside Ralph Stolle 105


1. Wilton 229.5

2. Cheshire 229

3. Red Bank Branch 192

4. Somerset Valley 133

4. Middle Tyger 133

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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