Caitlin Tycz established a YMCA national record in the 100-yard butterfly at the YMCA Nationals held last week at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Competing for the Long Reach Swim Club of the Bath YMCA, Tycz flew to a time of 52.43 seconds to win the event and set the standard.
Coach Jay Morissette acknowledged Tycz’s commitment to preparation.
“Caitlin has worked so hard for the past several seasons to get to this point. She has brought a lot of focus, a lot of energy to every race this week and while it doesn’t always happen, it worked in her favor this time,” he said. “We are so proud of her.”
Tycz continued her extraordinary achievements, qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the 100-meter butterfly with a 1:00.8 in a race after setting the national record. The trials will be held June 26 through July 3 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Two other Long Reach Swim Club swimmers also swam impressively at the Y nationals. Nate Samson scored second in the 100 butterfly (48.34) to break Maine’s record set in 2000 by Portland’s Ian Crocker, who swam for the University of Texas and is a five-time Olympic medalist and a former world record holder.
Samson also eclipsed Crocker’s Maine mark in the 200 individual medley (1:50.4) to finish fourth.
In the 100 backstroke, Samson also scored fourth at 48.7 and recorded a 20.8 in the 50 free for 10th.
Teammate Ann Tolan clocked a 23.1 in the 50 free for sixth and joined Tycz, Emma Blair and Sonia Lin on the swim club’s Maine record-setting 200 free relay (1:33.1) to finish second.
Long Reach Swim Club finished 12th in the competition, which included more than 200 teams.
The club includes approximately 180 swimmers ages 7-18. Since Morissette began his tenure in 1985, Long Reach Swim Club swimmers, in addition to achieving excellence on the state level, have participated in competitions including the Y nationals, USA senior nationals and U.S. Olympic Trials.
Colby Prouty, swimming for the Canoe City Swim Club of the Old Town-Orono YMCA, also turned in some strong performances at the Y nationals.
Prouty scored in the finals of two events, the 200-yard breaststroke (2:06) and the 100-yard breaststroke (56.3), at the Y Nationals. Finishing eighth in the 200 breaststroke and fourth in the 100 breaststroke, Prouty became the first Canoe City Swim Club swimmer to place in the top eight in two events at the national meet.
“It was fun to watch,” coach Zach Gasaway said. “Colby works so hard and he is so focused. He knows his body and he knows when he is in synch.”
After his superb 200 breaststroke trial swim of 2:04 followed by his 2:06 in the finals and a 200 medley relay split (25.3) on the breaststroke leg, the 16-year-old Prouty was prepped for another sparkling swim, according to his coach.
Qualifying for the finals in the 100 breaststroke at 57, Prouty split the finals at 26.19 and 30.16 for his fourth place.
Gasaway indicated Prouty will break from his regimen for a few weeks before resuming his training and racing schedule, which may include the Y Long Course Nationals in late July in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Greensboro Aquatic Center seats 2,500 and includes three pools, a competition pool, a warm-up pool, and a diving well. It was the host site for the 2016 NCAA Division III nationals.