Mikayla Mott, Maddie Minetree, Skye Marigold and Carly Drew capped off a great YMCA swim season at the YMCA Short-Course Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, last week, swimming in two relays while also participating in several individual races.
It was the end of an era for the quartet, which was coming off a record-breaking performance at the YMCA state meet in Buffalo, where the girls not only won the 200-yard medley relay but also broke the meet record with a time of 1:51.44. Mott and Minetree are seniors at East Hampton High School and will be moving on to college in the fall, while Marigold, a junior, and Drew, an eighth-grader, will be back in the pool for the East Hampton Hurricanes next year. All four swimmers also competed on the East Hampton High School varsity team in the fall.
The girls did not reach their personal best times in either the medley relay or the 200-freestyle, the other relay in which they qualified and competed at nationals, but head coach Tom Cohill was still very happy with their performance at the big meet.
“They competed really well and went down there with a good attitude,” he said. “Our goal this year was to qualify for the relays and a couple of individuals for nationals. We achieved those goals, and the girls really worked their butts off to do that.”
Cohill said that while there are a few other smaller meets in the coming weeks, competing in the nationals was the apex of the season for the girls.
“This was really the crowning achievement of a lot of effort from these kids that were pretty much the beginning of the team when they were younger,” he said, referring to Minetree and Mott in particular. “To be able to get to nationals is a real big accomplishment.”
Minetree will be swimming at Rollins College in Florida next year, while Mott is still deciding on schools. Minetree and Marigold also qualified for individual events at nationals—Minetree swam in the 50-yard freestyle, while Marigold swam in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Both swimmers just missed their best times by hundredths of a second in the 50 free.
All four swimmers also swam in individual events in time trials. Time trials at nationals are offered for swimmers who did not achieve the qualifying times in specific events but are at nationals for another event and want a chance to swim against tough competition. Drew swam her personal best time in the 100 butterfly in time trials.