Colin Henry swims the butterfly leg in the boys U10 100- meter medley relay in the meet against Nine Oaks.
Though the Upper Perk YMCA Otters lost their swim meet Thursday night, coach Corrine Guntz called the team's individual results a rousing success.
In a 308-245 loss to the Nine Oaks swim club in the Tri-County League, three competitors in the 8-and-under division each won four events.
Mason Potts won the 25-meter freestyle and butterfly races as well as the 100 freestyle and 100 medley relays. His sister, Mikayla Potts, won the freestyle, backstroke and butterfly individual events as well. She also participated in the victorious girls medley relay.
Kai Hang, who finished from in the 25-meter backstroke and breast stroke, teamed with Mason Potts in the winning relays.
In the 11-12 year-old division, Shawn Lyman won the 50-meter butterfly and participated in the winning medley and freestyle relays. He finished seond in the 100-meter IM.
Several of the team's younger members, including Allison Clifford (10 and under) and Nolan McCloskey (8 and under), shaved off several seconds from the personal bests on Thursday, according to Guntz. "We did not win on paper," she said. "However, to me, all those kids are winners."
The team has 20 new members, according to Guntz, who coaches the team with Kate Sherwood and Zachary A. Kibler. Guntz said all 20 participated in a new pre-swim team program. "It a phenomenal asset and an attribute to the entire program," she said of the Awesome Otters program. "The kids who participated are doing fantastically. They are really focused and have the older kids to look up to."
According to Guntz, the Awesome Otters program teaches young students stroke mechanics and techniques in a fun way. She said that since most of the participants are visual learners, the instruction includes visual tricks. "For the backstroke, we tell the children to brush their ears," Guntz said. "That way they get the visual concept of their arms brushing up against their ears as they reach back in the water."
According to Guntz, the swimming program at the local YMCA grows every year through word of mouth. "More and more kids are interested in swimming," she said. "It's a wonderful program."
The Otters will host the "B" Championships on July 22.
"We're looking forward to a great season," Guntz said.