The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons team has begun its season and already turned in some strong performances.
The team consists of swimmers ages 5 to 18 and is part of the CNY YMCA Competitive Swim League that includes Auburn, Norwich, Watertown, Oneida, Oneonta and Cortland.
Swimmers can compete in the freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and individual medley (IM, one of each stroke).
Events are categorized by age group: Seniors Class A (age 15-18) , B( 13-14) & C (11-12), Juniors Class D (9-10) & E (8 & under).
Coaches enter swimmers in three individual events each meet plus a relay. Practices and home competitions take place at Granby Elementary School in a 25-yard pool and swimmers push themselves at each dual meet to achieve a personal best swim time in the event swimming.
Taking a few seconds off an event time is often a challenge. The team is coached by Head Coach Cassandra Izyk and Assistant Coaches Cameron Lanich, and Ashley LaDue.
The Speed Demons started their season with an away meet in Auburn followed by a home meet against Cortland.
Starting the season strong against Auburn with first place finishes were first-year swimmer Joely LaPage (25 free), Ryan Morehouse (100 back) and Casey Jones (100 back).
Swimming personal best times were:
Naomi Roberts (50 free, 100 free, 50 back)
Angel Croci (50 free)
Alexis Loomis (50 free, 100 free)
Annaliese Archer (50 free, 50 fly)
Swimmers saw their hard work at practice pay off at the second meet of the season against Cortland.
Junior swimmers Molly Williams and Courtney Pierce were 2 of 26 Fulton swimmers entered in the 100 Free and had the greatest time reductions of all events, crushing their previous times by 15 and 16 seconds.
Senior swimmer Anna Guernsey achieved the same improvement in her 200 IM. Junior teammate Hailey Coady posted a best time in the 25 back, taking 1st place.
Additional swimmers recording improvement in their events were:
Caleb Trepasso (50 free, 100 free)
Braeden Dempsey (50 free, 100 free, 50 back)
Tyler LaDue (50 free, 100 free, 50 back)
Zachary Loomis (50 free, 100 free, 50 back)