Y’s swim team ranks 11th in state
Nine members of the U.S. Masters Swimming team based at the Mukilteo Family Y competed in the annual Pacific Northwest Association (PNA) Masters Swimming Championships at the King County Aquatic Center April 14-15.
This year’s event was the largest in PNA’s history with just under 400 competitors from all around the state, and ranging in age from 18 to 93. Of all 46 teams competing, the Mukilteo Y team placed 11th overall.
The Mukilteo Y team had a very successful meet, and won the team high-point award in the Small Team division. They outscored the second-place team by nearly a 2-to-1 point margin.
Facing the entire field, the Mukilteo Y team posted victories in eight individual events, as well as seven second- and six third-place finishes.
The team’s individual event winners were Courtney Spaulding, Joel Dodds, and Wendy Polidori.
Courtney’s times in the 1,000 yard freestyle (11:53.73), 200 yard breaststroke (2:36.04), and 400 yard individual medley (5:04.25) are ranked second, fifth, and seventh in the nation in the 30-34 age group, respectively.
Joel’s time in the 100 yard backstroke (57.69) established a new PNA record, and currently ranks fifth in the nation in the 45-49 age group. His times in the 50 yard backstroke (27.43) and 200 yard backstroke (2:11.47) rank ninth and eleventh in the nation, respectively.
The following are the event placings for each team member: Courtney Spaulding – 3 firsts, 3 seconds; Joel Dodds – 3 firsts, 2 seconds; Wendy Polidori – 2 firsts, 2 thirds, 2 fourths; Dan Thorson – 1 second, third, fourth, sixth, and 2 ninths; Teodore Kanev – 1 sixth, 3 sevenths; Mike Stevens – 1 third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eight, and eleventh; Karen Watson – 1 third, 2 sixths, and 1 seventh; Stacey Lasley – 1 third and 1 sixth; Margo Marsh-Limm – 1 second, fourth, and fifth.
Additionally, the team placed well in eight relay events, finishing with 1 second, 4 thirds, 2 fourths, and 1 fifth.
Divisions were based on the number of swimmers competing for each team. The small division ranged from 1-12 swimmers. The largest team competing had nearly 80 swimmers present.
Event points were earned against all swimmers within the same gender and applicable five-year age bracket, not just within the team’s size division.