COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, July 29. At least three YMCA national standards fell during the first day of swimming at the YMCA Long Course National Championships held in Maryland.
Leah Gingrich of West Shore crushed the YMCA record in the women's 200 IM with a time of 2:16.33. That performance wiped out the 2:18.89 set by Ashley Jones in 2004. Haley Lips, 14, of Middle Tyger finished second in 2:21.73, while her teammate Addie Carne, 17, touched third in 2:23.45.
Meanwhile, Scott Marino of Fanwood Scotch destroyed his YMCA record in the men's 200 IM with a readout of 2:05.19. That clocking cleared the 2:07.29 he set last year. Matt Navata, 16, of Montclair placed second in 2:09.85, while Matt Salig, 16, of Lionville earned third in 2:10.20.
The women's 50 free meet record also fell. Emily Lloyd, 15, of Anne Arundel clocked a time of 26.25 to beat Gingrich's 26.36. Both times surpassed the 26.49 set by Claire Woodall-Gainey in 2002. Meanwhile, Anna Munger of Upper Main Line took third in 27.12.
Cheshire's women's 200 medley relay of Lauren Solernou, Kim Jerome, Hollis Capuano and Mikki Morr became the first team in YMCA history under 2:00 with a 1:59.83. That time eclipsed the 2:01.17 set by Boyertown in 2006.
In other action, Solernou won the women's 100 back in 1:04.00, while Siri Smits, 14, of Oshkosh (1:04.82) and Sarah Galvin, 17, of BR Ryall (1:05.27) rounded out the top three.
Kelly Ann Baird, 16, of Winston-Salem snagged the women's 400 free in 4:22.31, while Courtney Beidler, 16, of Tri-Hampton touched second in 4:23.29. Laura Simon, 17, of Middle Tyger took third in 4:24.13.
Laura Gorinski, 17, of Greensburg claimed the women's 50 breast in 33.98 with Stephanie Conklin of Blue Ash and Kim Jerome, 15, of Cheshire tying for second with matching 34.03s.
Jim Barbiere of Countryside cruised in the men's 100 back with a time of 57.63, while Christopher Gunnels of Chapel Hill took second in 59.00. Alex Smit, 17, of Countryside claimed third in 59.05 with Kevin Marsteller, 17, of West Shore just behind in fourth in 59.10.
Travis McNamara of Cheshire won the men's 400 free in 4:03.24 with Travis Green, 17, of Huntington (4:05.23) and Kevin Mihic, 17, of BR Ryall (4:08.42) snaring second and third, respectively.
Austin Mizzell of Cheshire grabbed the men's 50 breast in 30.32, while Sean Johnson, 15, of Somerset Valley placed second in 30.60. Cory Schutz of Phoenixville touched third in 30.73.
Evan Reed of Upper Main Line captured the men's 50 free in 23.66, while Mason Chenier, 17, of Goldsboro (24.06) and Greg Morgan of Middle Tyger (24.15) took second and third, respectively.
In other relay action, Cheshire's Jack Pretto, Mizzell, McNamara and Ben Smith won the men's 200 medley relay in 1:47.01.