Weaver Completes Butterfly Sweep to Close YMCA Nationals

  0 Braden Keith | July 27th, 2012 | Featured, National, News

On the final night of the 2012 YMCA Long Course National Championships, we saw many of the meet’s stars come back around for some great, final battles.

That kicked-off in the girls’ 200 fly, where Jr. Pan Pacs team member Courtney Weaver from the Flint YMCA in Michigan showed off against Remedy Rule of Waynesboro Y in Virginia.

Both swimmers were very good on the front-half, but Weaver, a year older than Rule, had a phenomenal third 50 meters to put this race away. She would eventually touch well ahead with a 2:13.34; Rule was 2nd in 2:15.01.

Shortly after that, Wyckoff Y’s Leo Lim broke a Meet Record in 2:02.39 in the boys’ 200 fly.

In their third backstroke matchup of the meet, Nic Graesser got a bit of payback by picking off Orlando’s Grigoriy Tarasevich in the 50. Graesser touched in 26.01, while his Russian counterpart was 2nd in 26.20. Those two have battled hard throughout this meet, though Terasevich has come out ahead more often than not.

Olivia Ontjes bucked the trend, making a first headline appearance by winning the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:12.90. The YMCA of the Triangle Area 15-year old with that swim was well-clear of a cluster for 2nd, with Rachel Stoddard (1:14.18) out-touching Kendra Crew and Claire Williams.

Perhaps the most notable swim on the final day of this meet, was from Ontjes’ teammate Joe Bonk in the boys’ 200 free relay. He led of the YOTA squad in 22.82, making him the first swimmer in meet history to crack 23 seconds. That’s better than he was to win the individual race and break the Meet Record for a first time.

Other Winners

  • Eric Ronda from the Wilton Y won the boys’ 100 breaststroke in 1:04.38, juts out-touching Conner McHugh in 1:04.62.
  • Danielle Bach won the girls’ 50 backstroke in 29.93.
  • The Middle Tyger YMCA capped off their team championship with two more winning girls’ relays in the 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay, including two more Meet Records. In all, every relay of this meet saw a record go down.
Team Standings
The club from South Caroline known as Middle Tyger ran away with the title, taking the victory by over 200 points. They punctuated the point with a great final day, pushing another 50 points ahead of the field.

1. Middle Tyger YMCA 1142.5
2. Wilton Family YMCA 918
3. Triangle Area YMCA 908.5
4. Upper Main Line YMCA 823
5. Somerset Valley YMCA 664.5
6. Central Florida Metro YMCA 546
7. Somerset Hills YMCA 490
8. Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA 438
9. Wyckoff Family YMCA Inc 437
10. Greater Flint YMCA 395.5

Full meet results available here.

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