Rye Y WaveRyeders Celebrate a Spectacular Season

Regional Champs 2017

[RYE, March 24, 2017]  The Wave Ryeders still have one more meet to go, but already have reason to celebrate. Since September, the team has won six out of seven dual meets.

In early March, the Wave Ryeders won the Westchester Fairfield League Championships for the twelfth year in a row.  “As the defending champs for the past eleven years, we were nervous about the meet, but were able to have loads of great swims and come out on top!” said Coach Kate Tiedmann.

On March 17, the team traveled to Ithaca College for the New York State YMCA Championships, the largest YMCA swim meet in the country. The Wave Ryeders had their best finish in over fifteen years, winning the girls division by 100 points and placing third overall out of forty teams. “We had a spectacular meet, loads of best times, many finalists and lots and lots of State Champions.” Tiedmann remarked.  “The swimmers did a wonderful job!”

Cheering at States

As an added bonus, six swimmers qualified for the Sunkissed Invitational Jr./Sr. Championships in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Individual State Champions
Lente Geelen
Lieve Geelen
Zachary Pestikov
Nate Baumstark

Relay State Champions

8 girls Medley: Kendall Konigsberg, Grayson Findley, Lieve Geelen, Lila Rupp

10 Boys Medley: Tripp Redd, Bas Van Berlo, Ethan Zhou, Zachary Pestrikov

8 girls Free:  Kendall Konigsberg, Lila Rupp, Grayson Findley, Lieve Geelen

8 Boys Free: Tyler Wels, Wilson Redd, Aidan Grant, Nate Baumstark

10 Boys Free: Tripp Redd, Bas Van Berlo, Ethan Zhou, Zachary Pestrikov

State Finalists
Jackson Haffner
Talya Appelbaum
Julie Tiedemann
Lara Geelen
Riley Haffner
Grayson Findlay
Audrey Li
Aidan Grant
Piper Tenney
Sophia Lord
Maeve Bruton
Ethan Zhou
Kendall Konigsberg
Ava Parento
Wilson Redd
Megan Tiedemann
Abigail Posner
Lila Rupp
Claire Hovers
Tyler Wels
Ellen Chen
Julie Hovers
Maddie Medico
Tripp Redd
Tate Robinson
Ellie Mackle
Isabel Hurley
Kamilia Roman
Mary Xu
Lilly Appelbaum
Adele Harshbarger
Julia Appelbaum
Lucy Liu
Giulianna Buglione
Billy Baumstark
Caroline Clark
Kayla Lombardo
Cate Lockton
Jade Van Berlo
Thomas Chen
Connelly Boyle
Bas Van Berlo

The goal of the Wave Ryeders program is to promote fun, camaraderie, new friendships, new skills, physical fitness and positive values that extend beyond the swimming environment. The Rye YMCA offers both a Spring and Fall swim team. The Spring swim team tryouts are April 4 and 6 from 5:15-6:15 pm with practice running from April 17 to June 16.  Pre-team is also available for swimmers not yet ready for competition.

Please visit www.ryeymca.org and view the program guidefor details. Please contact Vickie Tsakmakis, Senior Director of Aquatics & Safety at 914-967-6363, extension 107, for information on the swim team or any other aquatics program.