SMAC wins numerous events at Regionals

The Shenandoah Marlins Aquatic Club competed in the Virginia Swimming Regional Championships in Roanoke, Virginia February 24-26. The meet was open to all swimmers in the Blue Ridge Region in Virginia. The meet is open to any swimmer 18 and under who has met the qualifying time for a specific event.

SMAC girls placed 6th and the boys placed 5th and in the combined scores they finished 5th. Virginia Swimming has data on the Regional Meet starting in 2004 and this is the highest placement for SMAC and by far the most points they have ever scored. SMAC’s previous high score was around 1,000 points and the team scored 1,738 this year. Congratulations to all of the swimmers who qualified for and participated in the meet.

The following 37 SMAC swimmers are to be commended for their superlative performance at the meet: Matt Bihl (16), Alexis Brooks (15), Peyton Brooks (11), Bobby Carey (14), Chris Carmagnola (12), Lindsey Carter (15) Mackenzie Carter (12), Maya Chatterson (8), Rece D’Alessandro (8) Braelin Fauber (11), Miles Fitzgerald (8), Alex Flowers (13), Colleen Higgins (13), Steven Jenny (17), Caleb Johnson (11), Ethan Johnson (10), Sarah Loomis (12), Justin Merritt (14), Jordan Miller (13), Cody Niles (16), Ella Pickering (10), Ben Prucha (9), Maggie Riggan (13), Charlotte Rumsey (12), Sanannah Scarbrough (13), Hanna Shifflett (10), Tate Snyder (11), Madison Tegen (15), Logan Terrell (13), Elizabeth Terrell (13), Nick Wade (14), Kristen Wagner (10), Gannon Willcutts (14), Keelin Wolfe (14), Emma Woodworth (9), Elizabeth Young (11) and Luke Young (10). Robin Talyor (15) qualified for the meet and was expecting to have numerous best times, but she was injured the day before the meet and not able to participate. She is expected to come back strong.

Highlights of the meet included: SMAC scoring 1,740 points which was almost double their previous best, over 70% best times by the swimmers even though many had just swam best times a week earlier, Merritt (14) placing 4th in the boys overall total point award with a whopping 121 total points with 2nd in 100 free & 400 IM and 3rd in 200 free, 100 back & 200 IM, Rumsey (12) placing 1st in 200 breast & 100 IM, 2nd in 100 back & 200 IM, Wagner (10) placing 1st in 100 fly & 200 IM, 2nd in 50 fly and 3rd in 50 breast, Willcutts (14) placing 1st in 100 Free, 2nd in 200 IM and 3rd in 200 back, Pickering (10) placing 1st in 200 free, 3rd in 50 free, 100 free & 500 free, Carey (14) placing 1st in 200 back, Brooks (11) placing 2nd in 200 fly, Bihl (16) placing 3rd in 100 & 200 breast, Higgins (13) placing 2nd in 200 IM, Scarbrough (13) placing 3rd in mile and Jenny (17) placing 2nd in 100 back.

Chatterson continued her record breaking performances in the 8 and under age group with new SMAC Team Records in the 200 & 500 free, 50 & 100 back, 50 fly and 100 & 200 IM. She also qualified in the 10 and under division for the State Championship meet, which is quite an accomplishment for an 8 year old.

SMAC swimmers are now tuning up and tapering for the Virginia Swimming Age Groups State championship meet. This meet will be a chance for the swimmers to compete against the best swimmers in Virginia and see how they rank amongst their peers. SMAC has won the overall title for small teams (under 100 swimmers) for the past 4 years and is hoping to continue the run. The meet will conclude the short course season (meets swam in 25 yard pools) for all of the swimmers except those that can qualify for the National level meets.

For more information regarding SMAC swimming contact Coach Norm Wright, Director of Competitive Swimming at the Waynesboro Y at 942-5107 or email him at

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