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July 18, 2018

4/4/2018 2:36:00 PM
Gibson, Hancock Pace Flying Fish Swimmers at Championship Meet
Flying Fish swimmers Matt Gibson and Clio Hancock. Photo from YWCA
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

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