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Penguin Swimming named Level 1 club

December 17, 2009
The Town Crier
Penguin Swimming, a USA swim team that practices out of Youngstown State University, has recently received the distinction of being named a USA Swimming Level 1 Club. Not only is Penguin Swimming the third team in the Lake Erie LSC to receive this award, but they are also the smallest at about 90 members. 

The recognition program through USA Swimming offers clubs a working blueprint for developing strong, stable, financially sound and athletically productive organizations. Designed over a two-year period by USA Swimming's Club Development Committee, this voluntary program presents four levels of achievement across four component areas deemed critical to long-term club success. The program encourages clubs to establish organizational goals and to benchmark their progress toward those goals. The ultimate objective of the program is to strengthen the club system in USA Swimming by guiding clubs through a development process that ultimately positions the program and its coaches to better serve athletes.

On another note, Penguin Swimming should hear in early February if it is a Club Excellence Bronze Medal Club. Being a Bronze Medal Club would mean that Penguin Swimming would be ranked as one of the top 200 USA Swim Clubs in all of the United States. This award is based on athlete’s performances over the past year. Anyone interested in joining Penguin Swimming should visit their website or email head coach Greg McAtee at      


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Penguin swimming competed in the North Ohio seventh- and eighth-grade Invitational on Dec. 12 in Cleveland. There were over 400 swimmers competing and 21 teams. The Penguin girls took second place overall and the Penguin boys tied for third place. Competing for the Penguins were: in front row Jordyn Markovitch and Brooke Bailey from Boardman. In the back row were Drew Bennett, Canfield; Sarah Heaven, Canfield; Lisa Palmer, Boardman; Daniel Bogen, Canfield; Madison Stewart, Canfield; Sarah Gonda, Boardman; Olivia Williamson, Canfield; Kelsie Stutz, Boardman and Coach CJ Flately. Missing from the picture are Conner Brady and Kyle Anderson both from Canfield and coach Greg McAtee.



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