Frederick, Maryland (PRWEB) January 29, 2014
Twenty-four YMCA of Frederick County swimmers qualified to attend the Winterfest Invitational on January 10 – 12th. Winterfest is a 3-day meet hosted by SPY and held at the University of Maryland, College Park’s Eppley Recreation Center. It is one of the largest YMCA age-group meets in the country. More than 1700 swimmers from 46 different teams participated; hailing from Maine to Florida and as far west as Illinois.
On Saturday and Sunday, there were preliminary (morning) and final (evening) events. In a competition like Winterfest, the coaches' motto is "night time is the right time"- and Winterfest provides top swimmers the opportunity for a "Swim off" battle with competitors of equal caliber. During this meet the Y’s swimmers competed with Olympic qualifiers and nationally ranked swimmers. Winterfest has developed a reputation as a fun, fast, competitive, professional event held in a world-class setting.
Out of the Y’s 24 swimmers, 110 individual events were swum and 7 relays. They had 68 best times and many top 8 finalist. Remington Oland, John Pressly, Yahshua Garcia, Christian Tolino, Hoseok Lee, and Michael Flegel qualified to return and represent the YMCA of Frederick County in this prestigious competition.
The Y’s Top finishing relay team was the 11-12 Boys 200 Medley relay team consisting of Michael Flegel, Hoseok Lee, Yahshua Garcia and Robert Xu. They won second place.
21 Team Record were set with some of the records broken multiple times.
Meet Y Royalty
This meets King goes to Remington Oland. Remington swam at finals and represented the YMCA in a wonderful way. Remington swam 7 events at finals and won 4 of his events. He helped his relay team’s finish 3rd, 4th and 4th. His 200 Freestyle and 200 IM times qualified him to swim at the YMCA Short Coarse Nationals competition in Greensboro NC. In addition, three of his events swum qualified him for a GOLD cap (AAAA). His 200 Freestyle time places him 24th and his 200 IM places him 27th in the Nation for 14 year old swimmers and 1st in MD USA swimming. Congratulations Remington!
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