COLLEGE PARK, MD (WAOW) - Four area swimmers braved the heat and severe storms that hit the Mid-Atlantic region on July 25th to come home with a National Championship title in the Y Long Course National Championships held in College Park Maryland, July 26-30. Janna Check said that, "It was exciting to be a national champion at my first national meet." Check was the youngest member of the four person 200 free relay that included: Becca Weiland, Racheal Weiland and Natalie Neuwirth. They won the event in a time of 1:49.57 and were approximately a second from setting a new national record. Becca Weiland said, "With a small team heading out to a national swim meet, we had an amazing meet! I couldn't have asked for a better ending."
Each swimmer qualified for multiple individual events as well as the four relays. The girls also made a statement in the 400 free relay to make it on the podium for a third place finish with a time of 4:01.07. Coach Eric Demrow said that he was impressed that such a small group could emerge not only with a national title, but could capture 8th place overall out of 48 teams. "They did well."
Becca Weiland, the 17 year old Wisconsin Rapids standout made the championship finals in all of her individual events. She was the national champion in the 50 fly in 2009 and narrowly missed 1st place this year against her East Coast rival, Emily Lloyd. Lloyd did not break Weiland's 2009 record and Becca took 2nd with a time of 28.22. She made the trip to the podium for three more individual events placing 3rd in the 50 free with a time of 26.57, 6th in the 100 free at 59.20 and 10th in the 100 fly with a time of 104.70.
Natalie Neuwirth, 15, who will be a sophomore at SPASH made the finals in the consolation round in two events; the 100 free with a time of 1:01;25 and in the 200 free with a time of 2:12.84. She finished 26th out of 152 swimmers in the 50 free (28.12) and earned a personal best in the 200 IM with a time of 2:31.81.
Racheal Weiland, who will be a junior at Lincoln High School in Rapids, improved her times in numerous events with a 34th place finish in the 50 breast at 35.93. She also competed in the 100 free (1:01.90) the 200 free (2:16.00)and the 100 breast (1:20.98).
Janna Check, 14, enjoyed not only coming home with her first national title but learned the ropes at her first national meet. Check competed in the 50 free (29.26) the 100 free (1:02.92 and the 200 free (2:22.73).
The girls will have a week of rest before their high school season starts but are already planning a return trip when Y Nationals makes the move to Atlanta next summer. For now, they are enjoying their hard-earned title and reflecting on an excellent meet.
Courtesy: Press Release/Susan Check