Waukegan team hopes to continue in the fall
News-Sun staff report February 18, 2013 2:50PM
Updated: April 20, 2013 2:30AM
They literally pulled the plug on the swimming pool at the Northern Lake County YMCA facility in Waukegan at the end of December.
But though the YMCA building has been shuttered, the youth swim program affiliated with it — the Seahorses — finished out its season recently and plans on swimming somewhere again in the fall.
At least, that’s the plan, as the Seahorses hope to continue a program that has been in swimming since the 1960s.
“We are looking at several possibilities to continue to support youth swimming in Waukegan,” said Seahorses coach Mike Hewitt.
He urged future swimmers to check out www.seahorseswimming.org for additional information.
At is last regular-season meet, the Seahorses did well in a duel meet against the South Side YMCA Gators from Chicago. The meet was held at Waukegan High School.
“The kids all ended the season on a great note, with several significant time drops,” said Hewitt. “This is just where you want to be to prepare for the champion meets.”
About half of the 30-swimmer team will be traveling to the Chicago Classic in Evanston on Feb. 24 and the other half to the Chicago District YMCA Championships, Mar. 2-3 at Carthage College in Kenosha.
The Classic meet provides a championship meet for younger and less experienced swimmers who do not post a district-qualifying time.
Among the Seahorse swimmers who won events at the last meet were: Vaughan Spratt-Szarzynski, Clara Robin, Megan Howard, Alex Russell, Ella Spratt-Szarzynski, Josh Temaner, Karolena Hughes, Addison Steres, Luis Correa, Jean Marquez, Tyler Howard, Nenna Rouse, Eliza Ocampo, Jacob Chagoya, and Alex Branaman.