Severna Park YMCA's 13-swimmer contingent collected 51 points and finished 30th in a field of more than 400 teams at the YMCA National Championships last week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"That's the best we've ever done in terms of points and place," said Coach Ken Barsa. "The first 10 years we went to the nationals, we didn't score at all. Last year, we had kids in the final 16 for the first time and scored points."
Severna Park set 12 team records. Nora Grannell established a YMCA national mark in the girls 15-18 100-yard backstroke with a 56.41-second clocking and also set team records with her fourth in the 200 back (2 minutes, 3.22 seconds) and 17th in the 200 individual medley (2:10.58).
Eric Sloan broke three team boys 15-18 records with his fourth in the 100 back (52.30), 16th in the 200 back (1:53.87) and 21st in the 200 IM (1:59.27). The other two individual records were setby Adam Turney (15-18 boys 500 freestyle, 4:49.50) and Chris Scheier(13-14 boys 200 butterfly, 2:02.62).
Severna Park also set four team relay records. Other swimmers who contributed to the team's points total included Erin Cain, Kelly and Kim Carpenter, Jenny Duffy, Missy Haynie, Christie Jones, Amy Musk, Courtney Saunders and Andy Bauer.
Severna Park YMCA's masters team, 82 swimmers strong, will compete in the YMCA National Masters Championships today through Sunday at the International Swimming Hall of Fame pool in Fort Lauderdale.
The team consists largely of Maryland Masters swimmers. The youngest are Debbie Sansone and Steve Muchow, both 22, and the oldest is Marge Pollock, 85. Competition is in five-year age groups up to 80-85.
Severna Park placed in the top three in each of the past three years, in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Indianapolis, with only half as many swimmers as it has now. The team has the potential of breaking as many as 40 YMCA national masters records.