(CFYN) wins YMCA National Title
Riverfront YMCATigershark Andrew Appleby can add another title
to his impressive swimming career: national champion.
Appleby, 18, of Silver Lake
won the 100-yard backstroke with a personal record time of 48.23
seconds April 3 at the National YMCA Short Course Swimming &
Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Appleby, this year’s
Division 1 high school state champion in the event, is the first
Tigershark to win a YMCA national championship, head coach Dale
“It still seems unreal
to me, but it’s a huge honor to be able to win a title for my
coaches and the Tigersharks,” Appleby said.
Appleby also finished
third in the 200 backstroke (1:47.55), eighth in the 100
butterfly (50.00), and 12th in the 100 freestyle
“The most important
things to me have been having great coaches and teammates, and
just loving swimming,” he said. “It makes all the hard work
easier. Being goal-oriented helps, too, but you have to always
want to achieve more when you hit your goals.”
In addition to his
swimming accomplishments, Appleby received the YMCA Outstanding
Scholar Athlete Award, presented by Nike Swim. The honor is
awarded annually at the YMCA national short course championships
“to two young YMCA athletes who stand head and shoulders above
the rest of the pack by virtue of attitude, team spirit and
dedication to their sport by providing encouragement,
inspiration and guidance to those whose lives they touch.”
“We’re very proud of
Andrew,” Craddock said. “It was well deserved.”
The Cuyahoga Falls High School
senior will continue his swimming career with Ohio State University.