Killer Whales set records, qualify for nationals

MARQUETTE – Killer Whale swimmer Sam Williams, 16, qualified for the YMCA National Swim Championships in both the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke June 1 while competing at the Twin Cities Invite at University of Minnesota’s 50-meter aquatic facility.

Competing against both youth and collegiate swimmers from across the midwest, Williams finished fifth overall in the 200 breaststroke. Teammate Nathan Rotundo, 17, placed seventh and narrowly missed the national cut.

The YMCA National Swim Championships are held July 28-August 1 in Indianapolis.

Meanwhile, at the Howard-Suamico Stormbreaker Invitational in Green Bay the same weekend, Erin Vanderschaaf, 10, set new team records in the girls’ 9-10 200-yard backstroke (2 minutes, 56.01 seconds) and 200 breaststroke (3:22.27). She also finished third in the 50 breaststroke (42.38) at the meet.

Colin Vanderschaaf, 9, won three events in the 10-and-under age group: 50 backstroke (40.01), 200 free (2:43.20) and 200 IM (3:01.52).

Carson Vanderschaaf, 9, picked up third in the 100 freestyle in 1:22.64.

The YMCA Killer Whales next compete at the Green Bay Friday Night 50s meet June 13. For more information see