ELKINS — Cadence Vincent, a local swimmer from Buckhannon, has qualified for three events in the YMCA National Short Course Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
The event began on Monday and will conclude today.
The meet brings over 1,400 athletes together from across the country for high-level competition.
Cadence is an 8th grader at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and has been a member of the Elkins/Randolph County YMCA's competitive swim team, the RAYS, since she was eight-years-old.
An all round competitive athlete, Cadence runs cross country and track in the spring and summer and swims during the fall and winter months.
She remarked, “I absolutely love the thrill of competing. Swimming takes a lot of time and practice. It helps me stay in shape for cross country and track season. I love being a part of my RAYS swim team and the time my coaches spend working with me.”
Cadence said her goals at Nationals are, “To do my very best and make my family, team and coaches proud. To have fun and enjoy having the opportunity to be a part of the 2019 YMCA National Swimming Championship. Last of course, is to improve on my times and make it through prelims.”
Over 70 youths competed in the RAYS this year. They practiced four to five times a week from August through March at West Virginia Wesleyan, Davis & Elkins College and the Elkins Y pools.
The swimmers competed in regional USA Swimming and YMCA meets.
The team is the 2019 SEOWV regional champions and holds this title for 2015, 2017 and 2018 as well.
Sign ups for the next season of RAYS will take place in August 2019.
For more information, call the YMCA at (304) 636-4515 or visit their website at www.elkinsymca.com.