Alaina Skellett, 17, led the Greater Flint Area YMCA girls’ team to 13th at the YMCA Long Course National Championships July 27-31 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in downtown Indianapolis.
Skellett racked up 46 of the Flint’s 105 total points with appearances in 3 individual ‘A’ finals and helped add another 22 points on the Falcons’ 8th-place 400-meter medley relay team.
The Rapids Area YMCA’s Felicity Buchmaier, 16, scored 26 points for the Rays in a pair of individual ‘A’ finals and swam on the 6th-place 400 medley team that added 26 more.
Skellett’s 3rd in the 50 Back (29.78) was the top finish of all the Michigan girls at the meet. Skellett added 4ths in both the 200 back (2:16:75) and 100 Back (1:03.54).
Buchmaier was 5th in the 100 Fly (1:02.23) and 7th in the 100 back (1:05.05).
Flint’s Emma Curtis, 17, was the only other Michigan swimmer to reach the ‘A’ finals in an individual event, finishing 5th in the 100 fly in 1:02.23 to score 18 points for the Falcons.
Curtis swam the anchor leg on the Falcon’s 8th-place 400 medley relay team, teaming up with Skellett, Amanda Quitos, 17, and Natalie Gallamore, 17, to finish in 4:26.79.
Buchmaier teamed up with Riley Hoffmann, 16, Jessica Schellenboom, 14, and anchor Ashley Jeffreys, 15, to take 6th in the 400-medley relay in 4:25.76.
Flint’s Megan Elmquist, 13, contributed the 2nd fastest leg on the Falcon’s 17th-place 800 free relay, opening with a 2:21.77 to help the team of Makenna McCartney, 17, Gallamore and Curtis to an 8:51.38.