On March 14 Salem Sharks YMCA swim team took 26 swimmers to the Upper Southeast Regional Swim Meet in Spartansburg, SC for four days of competition.
The Salem Swim Team, formerly the Sea Lions, changed their name to SFY Sharks (Salem Family YMCA) in 2016 when head coach Daniel Smith took on the team. Since then the Sharks have grown their USA swimming memberships, taking a handful of swimmers to the USA Age Group Championships. Included are Hannah Mizuba, Zach Easter, Boone Fleenor, Eliza Fleenor, Thomas Miles, Rowan Pendergraph, Joren Poush Ben Tatum and Connor Wilkes.
Others have competed in the and USA Senior Championships. That group includes Salem’s Ellyn Anama, Logan DeWalt and Anna Clare Fleenor. Fleenor qualified as the Sharks’ first National swimmer for two years in a row.
The program finished this season with a big win in South Carolina, finishing third overall in the Team score out of 35 teams. The boys finished third overall and the girls team finished eighth overall, the best finish ever.
The Shark swimmers made a big impact in South Carolina at the Southeast Region. Among the highlights were three Salem swimmers who won the high point award, Jameson Clark in the 10 and U boys, Zach Easter in the 11- 12 boys, and Eliza Fleenor in the 11-12 girls. Joren Poush finished second in the 11-12 boys group, and Hannah Mizuba finished third in the 10 and under girls.
The Sharks will take Anna Clare Fleenor to the National meet in Greensboro, NC next week, then start their Long Course season April 17th.