(left) and Johnny Kellams were among the Flying Fish swimmers who competed in
the Oswald Roper Memorial Meet in December.
January 5, 2017 - Evanston, IL, Dec. 29, 2016 – YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish swim team held its fourth annual Oswald “Oz” Roper Memorial Meet this month, generating $13,500 for the organization’s “Oz Fund,” which provides financial assistance to families participating in Flying Fish aquatics programs.
The meet was an intrasquad competition held at YWCA Evanston/North Shore and it raised funds through swimmers’ entry fees and a generous donor.
“We never turn anyone away from swim lessons or swim team because they lack resources,” said Pete Caragher, aquatics director at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “This is why the “Oz Meet” is so important. It’s not only good competitive experience for our young swimmers, it’s how we live out our mission and ensure that all families have access to swimming. It also is a great way to honor the memory of Oz.”
Oswald Roper, who died in 2013, was a longtime swim coach and instructor for the Flying Fish.
Multiple event winners included:
- Lilia Johnson, 8-under girls 25-yard freestyle (17.33), 25-backstroke (21.78), 50 freestyle (43.58);
- Harrison Boes, 8-under boys 25-freestyle (19.31), 25-backstroke (22.00), 50-freestyle (44.87);
- Ana Kimball, 9-10 girls 50-freestyle (35.82), 50-breaststroke (46.41), 100-freestyle (1:23.25);
- Leif Steele, 9-10 boys 50-freestyle (34.32), 100-freestyle (1:18.08);
- Karolien Van Mieghem, 11-12 girls 50-backstroke (32.89), 100-individual medley (1:11.57);
- Aaron Martin, 11-12 boys 50-freestyle (27.44), 50-backstroke (30.94);
- Marcus Van Mieghem, 11-12 boys 50-breaststroke (35.26), 100-individual medley (1:13.57);
- Lily Consiglio, 13-over girls 50-freestyle (26.65), 100-backstroke (1:09.83), 100-butterfly (1:07.45);
- Adrian Stankovic, 13-over boys 50-freestyle (26.08), 100-breastroke (1:13.44); and
- Matt Gibson, 13-over boys 100-backstroke (1:04.64), 100-butterfly (1:05.02).
Other event winners included:
Malia Schoonyoung, 9-10 girls 50-backstroke (42.27); Cadel Saszik, 9-10 boys 50-backstroke (38.76); Evan Lindner, 9-10 boys 50-breaststroke (50.26); Jenna Wild, 11-12 girls 50-freestyle (27.89); Gabriella Cyrus, 11-12 girls 50 breaststroke (36.31); and Kinsey Tench, 13-over girls 100-breaststroke (1:18.81).
With more than 500 swimmers on the Flying Fish swim team and nearly 1,200 in its learn-to-swim program, Flying Fish Aquatics at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of the largest aquatics programs in Illinois. Learn more at www.ywca.org/flyingfish.
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