NLY swimmers capture home Yooper Invitational

ESCANABA — Northern Lights YMCA swimmers captured first at their annual home meet, the Yooper Invitational, last Saturday at the Northern Lights YMCA.

Escanaba hosted the meet for five participating teams and took home top honors.

Two new individual swimmers qualified for the state meet in March in Brown Deer, Wis. Irene Neumeier, 9, met the qualifying time in the girls 9-10 200 freestyle and earned a trip to the state meet. Her teammate, Ben Olson, 7, swam his best 25 yard backstroke, competing in the boys 7-8 division and also qualified. It will be Olson’s first trip to state.

“I’m so happy for Ben,” Coach Scott Dykema noted. “He’s been hovering near the state cutoff time for quite some time and finally had a great swim and made it. That’s a big accomplishment for a 7-year-old. And Irene qualifying as a 9-year-old, the bottom of her age group, is impressive, too.”

Kylie Williams, 14, set two new team records in the girls 13-14 age group. She swam to a first place in the 500 free with a new record time of 5:48.57 and finished second in the 1650 free with a new time of 20:23.03. Andrew Dykema, 18, set a new record in the boys 15 and over. Andrew Swam a 29.52 in the 50 breaststroke.

Adrianna Getzloff, 11, swam to a first-place finish in the girls 11-12 100 back. She also recorded a third-place finish in the 200 free. Annabelle Neumeier, 12, competing in the same age group, captured a second place finish in the 100 back and third in the 50 back.

Peter Hook, 7, finished with two fourth places, in the boys 7-8 25 free and the 50 free.

Nate Lanaville, 12, took home top honors in the boys 11-12 1650 free and 200 free, and captured second place in the 500 free.

Swimmers Milana Charles, 11, Aubrey Elliot, 9, Megan Fritz, 13, Bobby Micheau, 7, Zoey Mattingly, 8, and Alexis Olson, 9, all saw significant time drops over the course of the day.

NLY continues to train and will be headed to the Wausau Iceberg Invite Feb. 17-18.