The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 5, 2010

Youth swimming: Records fall in summer league meet

WILLIAMSPORT — Lewisburg's Michael Sumfest broke two league records to help lead the Gators to the boys title at the Susquehanna Valley Swimming/Diving League's summer championships in Williamsport.

Sumfest, competing in the boys 11-12 group, cut more than a second off the record in the 50 free and nearly a second and a half off the mark in the 100 free.

Two other records were snapped at the meet, including the boys 15-and-over mark in the 200 free. Selinsgrove graduate Tyler Long, a District 4 champion during the high school season and national YMCA qualifier, topped the 200 free mark by one-hundredth of a second.

Ten summer swim teams with more than 500 swimmers competed in the championship meet on Saturday. The Lewisburg boys won the team title, edging the Central Columbia Aquatic club by 60 points. Central Columbia dominated for the girls title with Lewisburg finishing a distant second.

Other Valley swimmers competed on teams from Shamokin, Danville, Mifflinburg, Sunbury/Northumberland, Selinsgrove and Milton/Warrior Run.

There were 10 Valley swimmers to win more than one individual gold medal. Leading the way was Sumfest, the only local swimmer to win three individual events. Sumfest, a 12-year-old, won the 50 and 100 freestyles to go along with a victory in the 50 breaststroke.

Two other local swimmers also won more than one event in the 11-12 age group, including Sumfest's teammate at Lewisburg, Kyle Shutt. Shutt took gold in the 100 IM and the 50 fly while Milton/Warrior Run's Kathryn Nolter swam to a first-place finish in the both the 50 breast and the 50 fly.

In the 8-and-under age group, two Danville swimmers won two events along with a Shamokin swimmer. Yashar Pourmoghadam won the boys 25 back and the 50 free for Danville while Abby Ferguson took the girls 25 free and the 25 back. Shamokin's Abigail Doss grabbed the top spot in the 50 free and the 25 fly.

Adriana Grabski, a YMCA national qualifier in outdoor, won two golds in the girls 13-14 division. She swam away from the field to win the 100 IM and the 100 freestyle while Lewisburg's Tom Brouse was the only other swimmer in the age group to grab two golds, winning the 100 free and 50 fly.

Several well-known high school and YMCA swimmers earned multiple-golds in the 15-and-over group. To go along with his record-breaking performance in the 200 free, Tyler Long also won 200 IM. On the girls side, Lewisburg's Alison Friery won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Other local winners in the 15-and-over bracket included Maggie Storm of Lewisburg (100 breast), Michelle Delgado of Selinsgrove (100 back) and Michelle Giordani of Sunbury/Norry (200 free). On the boys side, Mifflinburg's Zach Stuck won the 50 free and Mike Jones took the 100 fly.

Winning one event in the 13-14 age group were Sunbury/Norry's Samantha Carpenter (50 breast) and Mifflinburg's Mitchell Shubert (50 breast). In the 9-10 group, Lewisburg's Christopher Meng won the 25 back with Zach Sheesley of Mifflinburg (25 fly) and Danville's Mikayla Wright (25 breast) also winning one event.

Earning victories in the youngest age group, eight-and-under, were Nathan Grimes of Shamokin (25 free) and teammate Kaitlyn Dunn (25 breast).

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