In late January FCY Tidal Force swim team took 24 swimmers to the Winterfest meet held at Eppley Recreation Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. Winterfest is one of the largest YMCA age-group meets in the country and is both a USA- approved meet and a YMCA-Sanctioned Championship meet. Winterfest has developed a reputation as a fun, fast, competitive, professional event held in a world-class setting. The meet hosts more than 1700 swimmers from 46 different teams, hailing from Maine to Florida and as far away as Illinois.
During the meet 8 team records were broken by Brian Park, Rachael Bostian and Kathryn Pressly. We had 4 individual swimmers earning points for our team and 3 swimmers Rachael Bostian, Kathryn Pressly and Alex Hain having the opportunity to return for finals. In addition our 9-10 and 11-12 relays scored points for the team.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR THE EMILY SCHINDLER WINTERFEST SCHOLARSHIP
Annually the family of Emily Schindler honors her memory by awarding a scholarship to one Winterfest swimmer coming from a visiting team. Emily was a SPY swimmer who was killed in a car accident in January of 2004. This year’s recipient of the $500 Winterfest Scholarship is Michael Flegel of the Frederick YMCA Tidal Force. He has been swimming competitively for the YMCA for 10 years and has been honored with the Pillars of Character Award. He was the team captain of his high school team. Out of the pool he is an Honor’s student, an AP Scholar and ranks highly in his class. Michael is also an Eagle Scout who worked with the YMCA of Frederick County last to develop a free swim clinic and water safety program as his Eagle Scout Service Project. His clinic was offered to local elementary school students who otherwise may not have access to this lifesaving instruction. We are very proud of Michael’s accomplishments and his service to the community.