Swim Team of YMCA of Reading & Berks County wins State Championship, progressing to Nationals

The swim team of the YMCA of Reading & Berks County won the YMCA State Overall Team Championship in the 2024 Pennsylvania State Swimming Championships, which took place March 22–24, 2024 at the Mylan Park Aquatic Center in Morgantown, WV.

“I love when all of their hard work and dedication pay off, especially when it’s achieving a State Championship win as a team,” said Kim Evans, head swim coach, YMCA of Reading & Berks County. “This is a great accomplishment for our team.”

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YMCA of Reading & Berks County swim team took the lead with 510.5 points, followed by York YMCA 487 points and Upper Main Line YMCA 481.5 points.

1650 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle: Annika Doutrich
100 Fly, 100 Freestyle: Ava Knopsnyder
200 Freestyle: Charlie Rogers
15 & O girls 400 Freestyle Relay: Annie Gao, Allie Ludwig, Lexi Nonnemacher, Ava Knopsnyder
13-14 Boys 400 Freestyle Relay: Charlie Rogers, Dominic Mentzer, Kyle Gao, Cole Krenitsky
10 & U Boys 200 Medley Relay: Benjamin Kauffman, Lucas Popa, Jake Wagner, Carter Greene
13-14 Boys 200 Freestyle Relay: Cole Krenitsky, Kyle Gao, Dominic Mentzer, Charlie Rogers
15 & O 200 Medley Relay: Allison Gao, Elle Fisher, Bria Burkholder, Ava Knopsnyder
10 & U 200 Freestyle Relay: Carter Greene, Benjamin Kauffman, Jake Wagner, Lucas Popa

On April 2-4, 2024, 10 Reading YMCA swimmers will progress to compete in YMCA National Championships in Greensboro, NC. They are Frankie DiMartini (17), Keagan Eisenhofer (16), Owen Eisenhofer (15), Elle Fisher (16), Annie Gao (17), Ava Knopsnyder (17), Ethan Lloyd (17), Jack Martin (15), Joey Myer (17) and Peter Suhrbier (15).

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“We’re incredibly proud of the team and their fearless coaches who invest a tremendous amount of time and energy nurturing and teaching our youth through example how work ethic and determination can pay off,” said President & CEO Phillip Borup, YMCA of Reading & Berks County.

Coach Kim Evans works with an accomplished team of assistant coaches comprised of Kelly Skiptunas, Scott Williams, Cody Kauffman, Theresa Johnson, Kate Fanning, and Maggie Foight.

“I’m so proud of our kids’ hard work, and of our coaches’ true dedication,” said Ellen Nonnemacher, swim team parent. “Our coaches embody the values that the Y stands for and demonstrate genuine caring about the kids – beyond their swimming performance. It’s really a special program with role models who support the kids’ personal growth too.”

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