DARKE COUNTY – Several swimmers for the Darke County YMCA team competed in the AA’s last weekend at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Each of the swimmers had to first qualify for the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League event.
Representing Darke County at the AA’s were Mason Ahrens, Massie Bankson, Jose Badell, Pablo Badell, Daniel Hartzell, Cooper Hunt, Clint Morgan, Gabby Ordonez, Ella Porter, Casey Puckett, Ava Shardo, Kollin Warren and Jack Detrick. The group is coached by Rush Rogers and Tony Mart.
“Everyone set goals and worked hard consistently to meet those goals throughout the season,” stated Coach Rogers.
Following the AA’s… four local swimmers qualified to compete in the Mid-Eastern Region meet this weekend (March 18-20) at the Great Lakes Zones Championship in Canton, Ohio. The 200m free-style relay team of Casey Puckett, Clint Morgan, Kollin Warren and Jose Badell – who is also the only individual Darke County swimmer to compete in the 400 medley, 200m backstroke and 100m backstroke. A stellar performance at Zones could qualify the relay team and/or Badell for the 2016 YMCA Short Course Nationals… held April 4-8 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
To learn more about the Darke County YMCA swimming program, visit the official website at www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=reczzdcyoh
PHOTO CAPTION: (Not in order) Mason Ahrens, Massie Bankson, Jose Badell, Pablo Badell, Daniel Hartzell, Cooper Hunt, Clint Morgan, Gabby Ordonez, Ella Porter, Casey Puckett, Ava Shardo, Kollin Warren and coahces Rush Rogers and Tony Mart. Not pictured is Jack Detrick. (Clinton Randall photo)