BEVERLY — For the 13th straight year, the YMCA of the North Shore Sharks swim team captured the New England YMCA Championship Meet.
Competing against teams from all across New England, the Sharks scored a grand total of 1,897 points over the three-day meet. That was 156 points better than second-place Western Connecticut.
First-place finishes were turned in by the Sharks in the following age groups: 9-10-year-old girls, 13-14 girls, 13-14 boys and 15-18 girls. The 15-18 boys placed in second overall, while the 8 and under girls finished in fourth place and the 8 and under boys placed 10th, as did the 9-10 boys.
"YNS once again proved itself in defense of the championship with a balanced age group performance," Sharks head coach John Ogden said in a prepared statement.
YMCA Sharks qualifiers from the following local cities and towns were as follows:
BEVERLY: Aaron Athanas, John Bateman, India Boland, Caitlin Donoghue, Rachel Grant, Carolyn Hall, Keely Higgins, Annalia Laino, Hannah Langer, Riley LeBlanc, Kaitlyn O'Connor, Kristen O'Connor, Caroline Pratt, Astrid Swensen, Mia Swensen, Nicole Welch and Sarah Welch.
SALEM: Rory Cawley, Emma Comrie, Erin Gard, Tori McKay, Amy Nguyen, Julie Nguyen, Johancy Santana, Eve Smith and Reshelle June Venico.
DANVERS: Graham Beck and Robert Breen.
PEABODY: Alexander Glidden, Andrea Higgins, Eric Higgins, Jessica Higgins, Juan Hincapie, Sophia Lumino, Aleksander Strakosha and Maria Strakosha.
HAMILTON: Eric Baumeister and Kent Parsons.
WENHAM: Alessandro Eramo, Maxim Martin, Alec Powers, Elizabeth Powers and Ryan Powers.
TOPSFIELD: James Casey and Carlyn Soares.
MIDDLETON: Cody Arrington.
MARBLEHEAD: Megan Alexander, Ryan Alexander, Elizabeth Athanas, John Bennet, Kylie Cronin, Sara Daher, Coleman Komishane, Alicia Linsky, Carter Murray, Harrison Rodts, Anne Ronan, Eleanor Ronan, Margaret Savage, Amanda Schillinger, Charles Seltzer, Nicholas Sionkiewicz, Sam Stein and Hannah Verrette.
SWAMPSCOTT: Philip Dytko and Nicole Modica.
GLOUCESTER: India Boland and Graham Lott.
LYNN: Alexander Bogomolov, Marina Broufas and Langston Toxey.
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The Sharks also saw 17 of their swimmers qualify for the 2011 short-course YMCA Nationals last month at the outdoor Swimming Hall of Fame Pool in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The YNS team set new eight individual and seven relay team records at the National meet.
The following YNS Northshore Sharks swimmers qualified for the event: Aaron Athanas, Megan Alexander, Ryan Alexander, John Bateman, Graham Beck, India Boland, Robert Breen, Meghan Claflin, Sara Daher, Peter Fallon, Luis Hincapie, Riley LeBlanc, Toireasa Rafferty-Millett, Kaitlyn O'Connor, Kristin O'Connor, Astrid Swensen and Hannah Verrette.
Women's new individual YNS team records include the 500 yard freestyle (Megan Alexander), the 100 yard freestyle (India Boland), and the 200 yard freestyle (India Boland).
New women's relay team records were the 400 yard freestyle relay (India Boland, Hannah Verrette, Ryan Alexander, and Megan Alexander) and the 800 yard freestyle relay (Megan Alexander, Ryan Alexander, India Boland, and Toireasa Rafferty-Millett).
Men's new individual team records include the 100 yard backstroke (Luis Hincapie), the 200 yard backstroke (Luis Hincapie), the 200 yard individual medley (John Bateman), the 400 yard individual medley (Aaron Athanas), and the 200 yard freestyle (Athanas).
The men's five new relay team records were in the 200 yard freestyle relay (John Bateman, Aaron Athanas, Luis Hincapie, and Robert Breen), the 400 freestyle relay (Aaron Athanas, Luis Hincapie, Robert Breen and John Bateman), the 800 yard freestyle relay (Robert Breen, Aaron Athanas, John Bateman and Peter Fallon), the 200 yard medley relay (Aaron Athanas, Graham Beck, Luis Hincapie and John Bateman) and the 400 yard medley relay (Athanas, Beck, Hincapie, and Bateman).
Earning individual All American honors (placing Top 16 in the country) were Aaron Athanas, Megan Alexander, John Bateman, India Boland and Luis Hincapie. Relay All American honors go to Aaron Athanas, Megan Alexander, Ryan Alexander, John Bateman, Graham Beck, India Boland, Robert Breen, Toireasa Rafferty-Millett and Luis Hincapie.