Connellsville swimmers Shreve, Urie achieve personal success
Connellsville senior Bayle Shreve and junior Alyson Urie concluded the 2014-15 swim season in style as each broke a school record at the WPIAL Class AAA championships on Feb. 20-21 at Pitt.
Shreve broke the school record and finished 28th at WPIALs in the 100 backstroke (1::02.8). The record was held by Kendra Wagner. Shreve came close to the record in her sophomore and junior seasons, which helped keep her motivated.
“It is not in my character to give up on my goals once they have been set in my mind,” Shreve said. “I kept working hard and making the necessary sacrifices that it took, and that all paid off my senior year (at WPIALs). When I looked at the clock after just finishing my 100 backstroke and saw a time that broke the school record, I realized personal goals can always be achieved. You just have to want it more than anything.”
Urie came into the season already having set the record in the 200 individual medley. She accomplished her goal of breaking her record with a mark of 2:12.77, which was good enough for 12th place at WPIALs.
“My goal for this season was to re-break my record from last year and to qualify for every event at WPIALs,” Urie said. “I accomplished both of my goals. I owe my success to my coaches Kim Graziano and Marie Nedley. I enjoyed being one of the captains of the swim team to help the new swimmers and to make swimming more enjoyable.”
Urie will compete for the Greensburg YMCA swim team at YMCA states and nationals later this month.