April 8, 2019
2019 YMCA Short Course National Championships
The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana sent the first ever qualifiers from the state of Louisiana to the YMCA Short Course National Swimming Championships in Greensboro, NC April 1st-5th. Katherine Bush, Sarah Holt, Ellie Kairschner, and Evelyn Zhang represented YNWLA among 206 YMCA’s and 1473 athletes from around the country. Sarah Holt became Louisiana’s first-ever finalist at the event, qualifying for the Championship Final in the 200 Butterfly and placing 7th while achieving the USA Junior National qualifying standard in the event. Sarah was also a finalist in the 100 Butterfly, placing 22nd. Over the five day competition, YNWLA set 7 new Team Records en route to a 39th place finish in the women’s team standings.
YNWLA’s Jeffrey Cochran became the first male qualifier from Louisiana, qualifying in both the 100 and 200 Butterfly. Although unable to attend this year’s meet, Jeffrey is focused on goals of competing and contending for the finals at next year’s edition.
The YMCA Short Course National Championships date back to 1923 when the first Championship was held in Brooklyn, New York with just 11 Teams. The meet has been held every year except 1942-1945 & 1947 surrounding World War II. Having grown to host an average of nearly 1500 swimmers per year from Alaska to Illinois to Florida, Y Nationals is the only official 18 & Under National Swimming Championship open to athletes from across the country. Other “National” organization championships are broken into regions such as East & West. Every year the meet is host to many of the top 18 & Under swimmers in the country that compete at the YMCA, USA, and High School levels.
Team Records set are as follows:
50 Butterfly 25.85
100 Butterfly 55.47
200 Butterfly 2:01.66
200 Freestyle 1:53.03
200 Individual Medley 2:07.31
100 Individual Medley 1:04.37
200 Freestyle Relay 1:39.84
Sarah Holt, Evelyn Zhang, Ellie Kairschner, Katherine Bush