Tidalwaves make a splash at Winter Championship Meet
The Summerville YMCA Tidalwaves Swim Team took 34 swimmers to the Carolina YMCA Swim League Winter Championship Meet in Rock Hill Feb. 22-23.
There were 14 YMCA teams from the state in attendance. Every Summerville swimmer dropped time on their events. The majority of the youths finished among the top swimmers in their respective events.
Eight Tidalwave swimmers qualified for the YMCA Regional Championship, which will include swimmers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.
Qualifying were John Michael Stagliano, Noah McKanna, Kayley Pratt, Tyler Pratt, Clancy Stauffer, Callie Stauffer, Jack Stauffer and Cassidy Lima.
Highlights of the meet for the girls included Emily Rashchella, 6, scoring 55 points by placing first in the 100-yard Freestyle race, second in the 50 Free, 25 Free, 25 Fly, 100 IM, and third in the 25 Breaststroke. Rashchella walked away as the 6 and Under Girls State Runner-Up.
Cassidy Lima, 9, took first place in the 50 Free and ninth place in the 50 Breast. Payton Raschella, 8, placed fourth in the 100 IM, fifth in 25 Back, sixth in the 25 Fly and eighth in 50 Back.
Callie Stauffer, 13, placed third in the 50 Free, dropped 20.01 seconds on her seedtime to take fourth in the 100 Breast, placed fifth in 200 IM and placed eight in the 200 Free and 200 Breast. Clancy Stauffer, 11, took sixth place in both the 100 IM and 100 Free, seventh place in 50 Back, and had eighth-place finishes in 100 Breast and 50 Free.
Kayley Pratt swam away with 10th place finishes in the 50 Fly and 50 Breast. Lindsay Arguello, 13, dropped 11.84 seconds from her 200 IM time to place ninth. Lainey Crafton, 9, placed eighth in the 50 Free. Graci Hill, 15, dropped 18.38 seconds to take eighth place in the 200 IM.
Caitlin Carroll, 17, dropped 31.6 seconds off her 200 IM, landing her an 11th place finish. Emily Walker, 17, took 15.52 seconds off of her 200 Backstroke to land an 11th place finish.
The Tidalwave boys had an impressive showing as well. Noah McKanna, 9, swam away with six Top 10 placements. McKanna placed fourth in 100 Fly, dropping 5.09 seconds off his seed time, fifth in the 50 Back and 100 IM, sixth in 100 Back and 50 Fly and ninth in the 200 IM.
John Michael Stagliano, 10, swam to a sixth place finish in the 50 Free and dropped 3.8 seconds in 50 Breast to take eighth place. Mark Wimberly, 6, took sixth place in the 25 Back and 10th in the 50 Free.
Adam McKanna, 11, dropped 1.94 seconds from his seedtime to take eighth place in the 50 Fly. LJ Reno, 7, swam away with ninth place in the 25 Free. Jack Stauffer, 15, dropped 50.40 seconds from his seedtime to take eighth place in the 200 IM. Fritz Wimberly, 6, swam for three ninth place finishes in the 25 and 50 Free and 25 Back. Tobey Lima placed tenth in the 50 Breast.
Relay highlights included third place for Kayley Pratt, Kennedy Elwood, Lainey Crafton and Cassidy Lima in the Girls 10 and Under 200 Free Relay. Jack Stauffer, Mathew Carroll, Tyler Pratt, and Matthew Johnson took fifth in the 18 and Under Boys 200 Medley Relay. The team of Jack Stauffer, Tyler Pratt, Tommy Wade, and Mathew Carroll took fifth in the 18 and Under Boys 400 Free Relay.
The team is coached by Erika Stubbs and assistance coaches Lauren McGrew and Mark Stungarys.