Stingrays' Swimmer Places 13th at Nationals

Congratulations to Stingrays Swimmer Tyler Pidde! Tyler just swam at the YMCA Short Course Nationals Championships in North Carolina. The YMCA Nationals were held April 4-8. Tyler qualified to swim 5 events - 200 breaststroke, 200 IM (Individual medley), 400 IM (Individual medley), 500 freestyle, and 100 backstroke.

Tyler placed 13th in the 400 IM.  Because of this placement he has now earned his YMCA All-American certificate!

His mother Ellen Pidde says this meet was a culmination of phenomenal coaching and dedication to swimming mornings and evenings all year round.  Coach Anne McLee accompanied Tyler to Nationals for the second year. She has been his coach since he started 10 years ago. Coach Anne is a highly accomplished swimmer  - swimming at Purdue University. She still swims for the YMCA Masters program in Rockford and is continues to qualify and win in State competitions. The YMCA has a coaching staff that had worked with Tyler for 10 years as well as other swimmers including Nhia Caras, who also qualified for YMCA Nationals, but didn't attend this year. She will continue to train and attend next year.

Tyler represented the YMCA of Rock River Valley as well as team Illinois and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to swim at the biggest venue in YMCA swimming. 50+ colleges attend this competition. This is an opportunity to have exposure to colleges around the country. Tyler's ultimate goal is to swim at a college in 2017.

The Pidde family says the YMCA Stingrays program is a family and without them, Tyler wouldn't be where he is today. Watch Tyler's Transforming Lives story here.

The YMCA Stingrays are recruiting new swimmers during Rookie Week April 25-28. For more information, email rays@rockriverymca.org or register at the I.D. Pennock front desk.