Emma Schanz makes her mark at both meets
Colville swimmers Dylan and Emma Schanz continue to pursue USA swimming at a ratcheted up level for the Spokane Area Swim Team.
Dylan, 17, and Emma, 14, attended the Speedo Championship Series in Federal Way March 8-11 and most recently the YMCA National Championships at Greensboro, N.C. April 2-5.
The Speedo Championships brought elite level swimmers from the Western United States, which included Olympic medalists and world record holders aiming to qualify for the Olympic Trials. The YMCA Championships brought over 1,500 swimmers who represented 225 teams from throughout the U.S.
Just to qualify for both swim meets was a major accomplishment, given the swim times needed to attend.
Dylan Schanz competed well at the Speedo Championships, but improved his times significantly at the YMCA Nationals. His best swims were in the 200 yard Individual Medley, where he took two full seconds off his previous personal best time. In the 200 Breaststroke at the YMCA Championships, he took four seconds off, which placed him in the top 50 swimmers.
Even with these swims, he missed the opportunity to swim during the final events.
“It’s amazing the talent that goes to these meets, where a tenth of a second can literally make the difference of 20 to 30 positions,” the Colville High student said. “There is not much margin between swimmers at this level. I’ve been working hard and I feel good about my swimming right now. It is an incredible experience as a swimmer to be part of that level of competition.”
Emma Schanz had big swims at both events, with a number of personal best times. At the Speedo, she placed in the top 20’s in the 100 Meter Breaststroke, 200 Meter Backstroke and the 100 Meter Breaststroke. At the YMCA Nationals, she uncorked a remarkable swim, turning in the sixth best time overall in the 200 Yard Breaststroke event. She also had two other top 20 swims.
From swims at both of these meets, she set five new Spokane Area Swimming records, one Inland Empire record, and captured two junior national qualifying times.
She felt good about how her swimming has been developing.
“I’ve been working hard at cutting my times down and it is a good feeling to attend national level meets and see the hard work pay off,” Emma said. “This last month of swimming has been an amazing experience to see what it is like at this level.”
At the YMCA Nationals, the contingent of seven swimmers from the Spokane Area Swim Team placed 48th out of 225 teams.
Both swimmers train locally on their own, but get help from local swimmers and great support from the Spokane Area Swim Team. They both praised all the help and support they receive from the Colville community.