JCC’s Yuchnitz is top swimmer, Conklin is top coach in Region 3

The limits of Jamestown Community College’s swimming and diving’s success extended far beyond the limits of Western New York this spring.

In NJCAA Region 3 action, the Jayhawks were dominant.

Sophomore Karianne Yuchnitz was named the Region 3 Women’s Swimmer of the Year and Todd Conklin was named the region’s Coach of the Year for their efforts.

Yuchnitz, a Panama Central School graduate, collected a total of five First-Team All-Region honors including two individual events. Yuchnitz posted the fastest times in the 50-yard freestyle with 24.80 and in the 100-yard freestyle with 55.38. The two times posted by Yuchnitz are school records, which she broke three times during the season.

Yuchnitz was also named to the Second-Team All-Region team in one event, posting a time of 1:08.71 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Yuchnitz was also named NJCAA Region 3 Player of the Week three times this season.

Conklin was named women’s Coach of the Year for guiding the women’s team to a Region 3 championship.

Six student-athletes were named to both the First- and Second-Team All-Region teams.

Freshman Tia Moppert, a Gowanda Central School graduate, led the way with six honors. She was named to the First Team in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, and to the Second Team in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard individual medley. Moppert was the Region 3 Player of the Year once.

Freshman Anna Burt, a Jamestown High School graduate, collected five First-Team honors, including the 50-yard backstroke. Burt was also named to the Second Team in the 200-yard backstroke.

Sophomore Lillian Baer, a Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School graduate, was named to the First Team in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke, as well as the Second Team in the 50-yard breaststroke.

Freshman Jade Vidas from Johannesburg, South Africa, was a First-Team swimmer in the 100-yard individual medley, and a Second-Team honoree in the 200-yard individual medley.

Freshman Megan Stang, also a Gowanda Central School graduate, was a Second-Team honoree in the 500-yard freestyle, 1,000-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke.

Finally, the Jayhawks swept all four First-Team honors in the four relays. Moppert, Yuchnitz, Burt and Vidas made up the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Burt, Stang, Moppert and Baer made up the 200-yard medley relay while Burt, Baer, Moppert and Yuchnitz made up the 400-yard medley relay.


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