Two Kanawha Valley Swimmers Land on a National Stage

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Two swimmers of the YMCA of Kanawha Valley’s Kraken Swim team are heading to Greensboro, North Carolina for a national swim meet.

Thirteen-year-old Madilyn McGlothen and 15-year-old Ian Adler were selected based on impressive swim times to attend the 2019 YMCA Short Course Nationals Swim Meet.

The two will compete against 1,400 other swimmers from around the nation.

Madilyn has been swimming for eight years. Her best stroke is free style and she said, “it’s a really big meet and I’m nervouse to go swim with a bunch of fast people who probably also have the same goal as me – to swim as fast as they possibly can and hopefully drop some time.”

Madilyn has an end goal – to land a spot on the US Olympic Swim Team.

Ian has been swimming for 10 years and is hoping to lower his 100m breathstroke time to impress college scouts.

“What I’ve hear from other people who have been to the meet in the past is there are some college scouters that go here, so I can maybe get recruited to a college by going to this meet, so it’s a pretty big opportunity,” said Ian.

Both owe their success to those who have shown endless support; their team mates, coaches, friends and family.

Madilyn leaves for North Carolina tomorrow after school and Ian will join her on Wednesday.

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