Several members of the Limestone YMCA Swim Club, the Stingrays, coached by Emily Virgin, Katlin Coghe and Lisa Grannis competed in the KYCSL State Swim Championships in Ashland on March 2-4.
Two individual swimmers in the 11-12 year-old age division bought home medals in their respective categories. Ariel Grannis, earned medals in all 6 individual events in which she competed. She earned First place state champion in five events: the 50-yard backstroke, 100-yard backstroke, 50-yard butterfly, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle and also earned third place in the 50-yard freestyle.
Ariel’s time in the 50-yard butterfly also broke a 21-year-old state swim record for the event. Ariel was also the 11-12 year old girl high-point state champion. Mikayla Cox was the state champion first place medal winner in both the 50-yard and 100-yard breaststroke, second place in the 200-yard freestyle, and fourth place in the 100-yard freestyle.
Two individual swimmers in the 13-14 year-old age division medaled in their respective categories. Caiden Doyle, competing in the boy’s category medaled sixth place in the 100-yard butterfly and fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle. Leia Grannis, in the girl’s category, brought home four individual medals. Leia earned the state champion first place medal in the 200-yard breaststroke, second place in the 50-yard breaststroke, sixth in the 200-yard Individual Medley, and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle. Also in the 13-14 year-old age division, the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay teams, composed of members Leia Grannis, Ariel Grannis, Faith Comer, Katherine Parker, and Mikayla Cox, clinched a fourth place medal in both events.
Leia Grannis, Ariel Grannis and Mikayla Cox all had zone time cuts that qualify them to swim at Great Lakes Zone YMCA Swimming Championship held March 17-18, 2018 in Geneva, Ohio (near Cleveland) where they will compete with the top swimmers from Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. Ariel qualified for zones in the 50 and 100-yard butterfly, 50 and 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle. Leia and Mikayla both qualified in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Other Stingray swimmers competing in the state meet and receiving ribbons were: Cole Wright, Hope Comer, John Graham, Gavin Planck, Kaden Kimble, Jordyn Faulkner, Brynlee Faulkner, Raiyna Champion and Declan Thomas.
The YMCA Stingrays will be beginning its summer swim season in April. If interested in joining the team, contact Rachel Riddle, YMCA aquatics director, at 606-564-6772.