WBY 35 th Annual St. Pat’s Swim Your Own Age

WBY 35 th Annual St. Pat’s Swim Your Own Age
The Pocono Piranhas descended upon Luzurne County in a feeding frenzy of dominance to rule the pool at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA 35th Annual St. Pat’s Swim Your Own Age meet on Sunday, February 21, 2010.

PFY’s Mini Team was represented by 3 swimmers for the morning session who set the stage for their older teammates to come in for the afternoon and clinch the win. William Cerbone (7), Corinne McCall (7) and Ivan Puskovitch (8) swam a total of 15 races before lunchtime with five first place, four second place and four third place wins including six Personal Best Times, one District qualifying swim, two meet records and two High Point winners. Both meet records broken in the first session were earned by Ivan Puskovitch who set the new record for the 8 year old boys 100 IM with a time of 1:16.90, breaking the old record by 2 seconds which had been set in 1985, and the 8 Year Old Boys 25 Breast record which stood for an impressive 32 years before his swim of 18.57 set the new standard. Puskovitch and McCall walked away from the morning session the recipients of the High Point Awards for 7 Year Old Girls and 8 Year Old Boys. McCall earned a total of 30 points to lock in her High Point win and Puskovitch earned a total of 33 points to secure his. At the
close of the morning session PFY was well on its’ way to an overall team win with a total of 85 points.

The afternoon session saw 19 Piranhas swim, representing six of eight age groups to extend the lead set by their younger teammates with a total of 88 swims, 54 Personal Best Times, 38 District qualifying swims, three meet records and three High Point winners. Alex Burns (13), Kailey Burns (10), Emily
Cabral (12), Mary Cerbone (11), Monica Gosselin (11), Kimmie Konz (12), Janel Llewellyn (12), Stephanie Marcucci (13), Connor McCall (10), Christopher Metzger (12), Kathryn Neville (14), Madeline Neville (10), Zoe Olm (11), Colin Orlowski (12), Carlos Rodriguez Jr. (15), Holly Storck (12), Samuel Velez (12), Emily Wolbert (12) and Zack Wolbert (10) placed PFY swimmers within the top five spots in an impressive 41 of 49 events for the second session of the meet. Samuel Velez broke the meet record by 3 seconds for 12 Year Old Boys 100 IM with a time of 1:07.75, while Zack Wolbert took two meet records for himself in the 10 Year Old Boys events for the 50 Free and 50 Fly. Wolbert edged out the existing 50 Free record of 28.27 with a time of 28.15 and made
everyone take notice when his 50 Fly time of 30.50 shattered the existing record for 10 Year Old Boys which had stood strong for 27 years. Alex Burns locked up the High Point award for 13-19 Year Old Girls matching Velez’s High Point win for 12 Year Old Boys, each with a total of 33 points consisting
of four first place finishes and one second place a piece. Zack Wolbert dominated the 10 year old boy division with five solid first place wins for a total score of 35 points, thus securing the High Point award for his age group in addition to an outstanding 27 second lead-off split in the Mixed Gender 8-19
Year Old 200 Freestyle Relay. When all was said and done, the Piranhas swam away from Wilkes-Barre with a team total of 408 points and the overall first place team win; 191 points and a second place standing for the boys’ team, 217 points and first place standing for the girls; 39 District qualifying swims, 5 meet records, 5 High Point winners and 60 Personal Best Times, with each PFY swimmer achieving a minimum of one PBT.

Snow Plow 2010

Over 150 swimmers ages 5-38 years old, representing nine teams throughout two LSCs, converged at the Lehman Pool on Saturday, February 20 for the 2010 Pocono Family YMCA Snow Plow Invitational.

Swimmers from Aqua Gems-MR, Bethlehem YMCA Stars, Family YMCA of Easton, HAZY Masters Team, Hazleton YMCA & YWCA, Nazareth YMCA, Northampton KIDS-MA, Pocono Piranhas-MA and Wilkes-Barre YMCA braved the cold to heat up the pool and compete in 80 events over the course
of 4 ½ hours. As the temperature fell so did 39 meet records with 24 of those records being snatched up by PFY swimmers. There were a total of 142 YMCA District swims achieved, 60 of those District cuts belonging to members of the Piranhas swim team, 326 Charlie Hartley Silver Memorial Championship
Meet cuts made, 123 of those swims by PFY swimmers, and 12 High Point awards given out with seven of those awards going home with PFY swimmers

Carlos Rodriguez Jr. (15, Open Boys),
Alex Burns (13, Open Girls),
Baileigh Vanderhoof (14, 13-14 Girls),
Samuel Velez (12, 11-12 Boys),
Emily Wolbert (12, 11-12 Girls),
Zack Wolbert (10, 9-10 Boys) and
Ivan Puskovitch (8, 7-8 Boys).

The Pocono Piranhas Girls’ Team scored 531 points and first place amongst all competing girls teams, the PFY Boys’ Team scored 694 points to grab their first place finish, with the combined efforts of both teams giving Pocono a total of 1,225 points and the overall first place standing.