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Commentary by Chris Williams

CENTRALIA, Illinois- The Yellowjackets rode into Centralia and showed Illinois just how improved competitive swim has become in south central Missouri! The event was hosted at the Centralia Recreation Complex.

Noah Long was the swimmer of the meet – firmly asserting himself among the top tier of the Heartland Area among 13/14 boys. A 1:59 200 free and 2:13 200 back puts Noah in elite company in the league!

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Ian Williams and Dakota Windsor were close behind- both boys asserting themselves ranked 1 and 2 among the Heartland 11/12 year olds. The only question is – who holds the top spot? The boys go back and forth in their events and keep pushing each other to higher levels.

Josh Adank put in very nice 200 free and 100 free swims, and Quinn and Gavin were both within a second of Area qualification in 100 breast!

Matthew Wall is making waves as an 11 year old in the 11/12 group – and our 11/12 boys are set up as the #1 rated 11/12 group at area, along with Ian, Dakota, Hayden Davis, Sammie Johnson, and Matthew Wall -all representing well at Centralia! The foursome of Ian Williams, Matthew Wall, Sammie Johnson and Dakota Windsor took the gold medal in the 11/12 boys 200 free relay!

Sammi Owens took 4 seconds off her 100 free despite losing her goggles. Look for Sammie to nail an area qualification time in this event very soon.

Shane Stowe didn’t make new best times, but is right on track to finish his season strong now that his shoulder has healed!

Hadasah Aguilar had a very nice 100 free in the first time she has swam it as a Yellowjacket – new best time and Heat winner!

Lydia Redd continues to impress her coaches, and is right on track to finish her season with a BANG. She qualified area in 200 breast this weekend and achieved a milestone with a USA swimming A time in freestyle! She has been working hard and it shows!

Charlie and Eva Windsor are both working hard and close to times in many events!

We had several new AA and A times achieved this weekend, and we are setting many new Yellowjacket records in the process.

High point awards went to Noah Long 13/14 boys, Ian Williams and Dakota Windsor, 11/12 boys.
The Yellowjackets took a small but mighty team, and came away from the meet far and away the top team in points per swimmer!

And, finally, I am so proud of Kim Williams who has literally taught several of the Illinois admin officials how to run the meet software. Kim is everywhere on deck, making sure the meet runs smoothly and the kids are coached well.

The YMCA of Lebanon and all the Illinois Y’s thanks you, Kim Williams.