Western Albemarle High School swimmers guided the Waynesboro Y swim team (SMAC) to a 10th place finish at the YMCA nationals swimming championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 30 – April 3.
Aaron James (Jr.) and sisters Brazil Rule (Jr.) and Remedy Rule (Sr.) are members of the Waynesboro Y Swim Team. The national meet, which brought 193 YMCA teams from across the country, was the final short course (25-yard pools) meet of the season. The meet was open to all Y Teams in the United States. Only the swimmers that met the fast national time standards were qualified to swim in the meet. The three Western swimmers were part of an eight-member squad from SMAC that competed individually and in relays at the meet.
The small SMAC team impressed all in attendance as they brought only four girls, but still placed in the top ten. Led by the Rule sisters, SMAC finished in sixth place in the 800 free relay (after being seeded 11th) because all girls swam a personal best relay split; placed 14th in the 400 free relay; and 17th in the 200 free relay with help from Remedy Rule anchoring the last 50 free in a blistering 22.57 seconds.
Individually, Remedy Rule placed third in the 200 backstroke, third in the 400 individual medley, second in the 200 fly and won the national championship in the 100 butterfly. All of Remedy’s swims were new team records, and her 200 backstroke time of 1:54.53 lowered the Virginia state record by more than 2 seconds. Her time of 1:55.92 in the 200 butterfly was also a new state record. She heads to the University of Texas to swim next season.
Remedy was also recently recognized as the female swimmers of the year for Virginia swimming, making it three years in a row for the WAHS senior. Brazil Rule swam the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, and Aaron James swam the 50 and 100 free. Both were right at their personal best times.
The team is training now for the long course season (events swum in 50-meter pools) and is excited to welcome new coach Scott Thacker to the team. Thacker is a former ACC Champion and a 2012 Olympic Trials swimmer in the 100 breaststroke.
The SMAC swim team holds practices at the Waynesboro Y, Augusta Health and Ridgeview Park Pool. For more information contact the Waynesboro Y at 540-942-5107 or please visit the SMAC website: www.smacswimming.org.