Gibson leads the way for Flying Fish at Illinois Senior Championships

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Gibson leads the way for Flying Fish at Illinois Senior Championships

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Senior Champs
Photo: (L-R) Matt Gibson, Milo Balzer, and Lily Consiglio were among the Flying Fish swimmers who had top-ten finishes at the Illinois Swimming Senior Championships.

Matt Gibson placed second in the boys 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:51.93 at the Illinois Swimming Senior Championships, leading the way for YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish swim team, which sent a host of competitors to the event at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The meet was held March 5-8 before USA Swimming and Illinois Swimming canceled competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Other Flying Fish swimmers who placed in the top ten include:

  • Milo Balzer, tenth in the boys 200-yard butterfly (1:56.56);
  • Lily Consiglio, eighth in the girls 100-yard butterfly (56.62);
  • Brendan Long, seventh in the boys 1,000-yard freestyle (9:43.43);
  • John Martin, sixth in the boys 1,000-yard freestyle (9:39.67), eighth in the boys 400-yard individual medley (4:07.90), ninth in the boys 500-yard freestyle (4:40.50).

Anne Leinenweber, Lily Consiglio, Jenna Wild, and Erin Long also placed tenth in the girls 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:51.26.

With nearly 500 swimmers on the Flying Fish swim team and 1,000 annually in its acclaimed swim school, Flying Fish Aquatics at YWCA Evanston/North Shore is one of the largest aquatics programs in Illinois. Learn more at  www.ywca-ens.org/flying-fish-aquatics/.

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