Flying Fish swimmers Matt Gibson and Clio Hancock. Photo from YWCA

Matt Gibson placed second in the 13-14 boys 200-yard butterfly at the Illinois Swimming Age Group Championships, and Clio Hancock placed third in the 400-yard individual medley at the Illinois Swimming Senior Championships to set the pace for the Evanston-based YWCA Flying Fish swim team, which sent swimmers to both meets.

At the age group meet, held March 15-18 in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Matt finished in a team record time of 1:56.95 in the 200-yard butterfly, which earned him second place in the event. He scored additional points placing fifth in the 13-14 boys 200-yard backstroke (1:57.25), fourteenth in the 100-yard butterfly (54.45), and thirteenth in the 100-yard backstroke (55.23). These times also established new team records.

At the Illinois Swimming Senior Championships, held March 1-4 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Clio took third place in the 400-yard individual medley, with a team record time of 4:24.08. She also touched in 2:05.50 in the 200-yard butterfly, which earned her eighth place and also set a team record.

Additional Point Scorers

Other Flying Fish swimmers who scored at the senior championship meet include Tommy Hackley, who took seventh in the 1,000-yard freestyle and ninth in the 1,650-yard freestyle; Aidan Dillon, who was tenth in the 1,000-yard freestyle, eleventh in the 500-yard freestyle and fifteenth in the 200-yard freestyle; and Evan Ziolkowski, who placed nineteenth in the 200-yard freestyle.

At the Illinois Swimming Age Group Championships, Lily Consiglio placed tenth in the 13-14 girls 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 24.57, which set a team record. She also finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly. Erin Long took sixteenth in the 13-14 girls 100- and 50-yard freestyle events. In addition, Colton Lane placed 20th in the 13-14 boys 200-yard breaststroke. 

The Flying Fish 13-14 boys 400-yard medley relay team (Aaron Martin, Colton Lane, Matt Gibson, and Kyle Day) also scored points, placing sixteenth with a time of 3:51.53, also a team record. The 13-14 boys 400-yard freestyle relay team (Aaron Martin, Matt Gibson, Willie Carroll, and Kyle Day) placed 16th, and the same group placed 17th in the 13-14 boys 800-yard freestyle relay.

 With nearly 500 swimmers on the Flying Fish swim team and 1,000 annually in its learn-to-swim program, Flying Fish Aquatics at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of the largest aquatics programs in Illinois. More information is available at ywca.org/flyingfish.a