This year’s Winter Sprinter at the Chatham County Aquatic Center was on Dec. 19 and, according to Liberty County YMCA Aquatics Director Emily Roszkowiak, the event was a "smashing good times for all."
Y Pirates teammates Taylor Baker, Juan Vendrell, and Jacob Lee, all 15, were in the 100 freestyle heat and swam in the lanes right next to each other.
Baker won his heat, seventh in his age group, finishing in 57.85, shaving six seconds off his personal best. Roszkowiak reports his split at the 50 was a full second faster than his best 50 time. Vendrell and Lee also had best times in 1:04.58 and 1:06.06, respectively.
Sandra Scott, 11, had a fantastic 50 freestyle run, placing fourth in her age group with a time of 28.99, only .3 seconds off the state cut. Madison James, 11, made her debut in the 50 freestyle with a time of 39.35, David Molnar and Robert Hooe, both 11, went head to head in a close race with best times of 37.25, eighth place and 39.31, respectively.
McKaylin Darsey, 12, took fifth in the 100 backstroke with the 13-14 age group where she clocked in at 1:12.76.
Baker and Lee competed in the 100 breast stroke and did well, coming in at 1:20.18 and 1:22.98, respectively. James and Molnar followed up in the 50 breast stroke with times of 49.36 and 58.98. Vendrell and Coach Donna Hooe were up next, racing in the 100 butterfly and tapped in at 1:26.82 and 1:24.68.
The final swims were the individual medley where Scott and Darsey both swam with the 13-14 age group. In 200 Scott posted a time of 2:37.16, coming in fourth and Darsey tapped in at 2:47.42. Last but not least were James and Molnar competing in the 100 IM, turning in times of 1:37.28 and 1:44.20, eighth place.