The Billings YMCA Seahawks swim team had an impressive showing in the recent short course season opener in Great Falls.
Eight YMCA swimmers competed in 55 total events and earned 45 best times, including 15 first-place, five second-place and five third-place finishes.
Connor Maas placed first overall in the boys 11-12 age group and Sami Duval was second overall in the girls 13-14 division. Maas swam a "perfect meet," meaning he improved his time in each of his nine events - including a remarkable 44.17 seconds off his 200 freestyle time and 27. 64 seconds off his 200 IM time. Maas placed first in all nine events he swam and earned a sectionals time in the 100 backstroke.
Katelynn Passes finished first in the 9-10 girls 100 freestyle and third in both the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly.
In the girls 13-14 age group, Sami Duval won the 100 breaststroke, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke (shaving 6.78 seconds off her time), 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. She also finished second in the 200 IM, 200 butterfly, 50 butterfly and 100 freestyle.