Tri-Valley swim teams off to good starts

Submitted photo The Tri-Valley swim team. First row: Megan Brattley, Mary Carl, Julia Werner, Emma Dietrich, Kendall Wiragh, Emma Hipp, Makayla Yellets, Alex Kissinger, Lauren Paules, Hailey Reinhard, Raegan Loeb, Riley Roush, Dylon Yellets, Noah DeLong, Cole Chukoskie, Emily Chukoskie, Joseph Chukoskie, Abigail Ide, Maren Schermerhorn, Abby Chavoya; Second Row: Aiden Adamski, Kian Kanaskie, Drew Waters, Lauren Tanis, Michaela Hersh, Samantha Ide, Grace Wiragh, Madison Goodwin, Celeste Cook, Peyton Rautzhan, Kera Reinhard, Aiden Sherman, Kylie Iswalt, Ellie Ockerman, Abigail McWhorter, Mason Iswalt, Luke Rautzhan, Abbie Kissinger, Greta Feiertag, Devon Becker Third Row: Head Coach Robert Heebner, Asst. Coach Rachel Stump, Amy Yoder, Katelyn Laskosky, Jorden Kline, Kaitlyn Kachel, Caitlyn Scrobe, Logan Iswalt, John Cox, Jacob Cox, Nicole Hipp, Mya Keim, Makenzie Barrell, Nikolette Nolte, Celina Estrada, Allison Brattley, Asst. Coach Elissa Rautzhan, Asst. Coach Steph Unger; Last Row: Elizabeth Jones, Connor Chapkovich, Michael Tierney, Michael Del Rio, Elizabeth Del Rio, Charlotte Jones, Leigh Stafford, Zoe Keim, Christian Kanaskie, Justin Kachel, Ethan Reider, Isaac Cook, Matt Hunter; Not Present: Krystal Nolte, Shawn Bessey, Katherine Bessey, Erin Bogacki, Matt Bogacki, Colten Fenstermacher, Avery Kramer, Jacob Kramer, Justin Kramer, Jonah Teel, Nate Wolfe, Rachel Wood

The Tri-Valley (TRVY) swim team started out strong for the 2012/2013 winter swim season. Currently, the girls team is 3-0 and the boys’team is 1-1 in the Madison Division of the YMCA PennDel Swim League.

The team is coached by Head Coach Robert Heebner, while Stephanie Unger, Elissa Rautzhan and Rachel Stump are the assistant coaches. TRVY boys’ and girls’teams visited Nazareth YMCA on Nov. 17 and had their first home swim meet at Kutztown University on Dec. 1 against North Penn YMCA. The girls team also traveled to the Boyertown YMCA on Dec. 8. The girl’ team beat each opponent, while the boys’team beat Nazareth, but lost to North Penn.

The following swimmers (Katherine Bessey, Greta Feiertag, Kylee Iswalt, Jorden Kline, Peyton Rautzhan, Mason Iswalt, Luke Rautzhan, Makenzie Barrell, Celina Estrada, Michaela Hersh, Mya Keim, Nikolette Nolte, Lauren Tanis, Shawn Bessey, Drew Waters, Nate Wolfe, Justin Kachel and Rachel Stump) have already qualified for the 2013 YMCA Pennsylvania Eastern District Swimming Championships at LaSalle University in March 2013.

Additionally each year, the YMCA completes the National YMCA Virtual Invitation. During the week of October 20 to 28, 2012, the YMCA competitive swimming community came together in the world’s largest YMCA Swimming Invitational Meet. Teams swam locally and competed against other YMCA teams and YMCA swimmers from across the country. Individual events are ranked by age. Out of 174 YMCA Swim Teams, Nikolette Nolte ranked in the top 25 within the 11/12 age bracket, placing 21st in 50 free, 19th in 50 back, and 18th in 50 breast.

The team would also like to thank our following swim team business sponsors: Mamma’s Delight Pizza & Restaurant, Start to Finish Sportswear, Fegely Signs, CK Tours and Cruises, Paisley and Company, Viechnicki Orthodontics, Fitness by Ina, PC Ninja, RTC Construction Inc., State Farm - Steve Drasher ChFC Agent, Greenawalt’s Plumbing, Teel Home Improvements, Global Libations, Tracey L. Greenawalt - Independent Insurance Contractor, L&M Plumbing, Green Stone Landscapes, J.O.N. Construction Inc, Image Hair Studio, Smith Law Group, Shaynah Kinner Day Care, Melissa Wolfe’s Hair Studio, CJ Hummel’s Restaurant Bar & Gathering Place, Haldeman Ford-Lincoln of Kutztown, Countywide Realty and Appraisal Services, Fleetwood Bank, The ELC Preschool, Jason Adamski General Contracting,T.H. Plumbing, The Dentist Down the Lane, Kerry Hertzog Auto Sales, DeSales University, M.J. Reider Associates Inc, Advocate Insurance, Ideal Holsteins, and Nester’s Sanitation. These business sponsorships support TRVY swimmers so they can compete at YMCA Championships, Districts, States and Mationals.

Come out and support the TRVY swimmers at their last home meet on January 12, at Kutztown University starting at 11 a.m. Check out our website: www.trvyswimming.org to learn more about TRVY Great White Sharks Swim Team and to find dates and times for swim meets.