Potsdam youth qualifies for the Adirondack All-Star swim team
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 11:34 am

POTSDAM -- Leon Lufkin of Potsdam qualified for the Adirondack All-Star team and swam at the 2015 Eastern Zone Age Group Short Course Championship recently at the Webster Aquatic Center in Webster.

To qualify for the Adirondack All-Star team required an AA USA Swimming cut time and a top three finish in their age group during the recent Adirondack Gold Championship. The All-Star team competed against 11 swimming committees in the Eastern Zone of USA Swimming including Allegheny Mountain, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Metropolitan, Middle Atlantic, New England, New Jersey, Niagara, Potomac Valley and Virginia.

During this three day Championship, Leon competed in 100-yard Individual Medley (IM) placing 23rd, and the 50, 100 & 200-yard Breaststroke placing 22nd, 23rd and 21st respectively, setting three new club records - 50 Breaststroke (33.99), 100 IM (1:10.62) and 200 Breaststroke (2:42.26), being top of the Adirondacks team competitors in the latter event.

“This is an awesome accomplishment for one of our younger swimmers and a great experience to share with teammates,” said Northern TRIBS Swimming (NTS) Head Coach Joshua Jock. After Elizabeth Dempsey of Potsdam in 2010 and Julia Domena of Waddington in 2012, Leon is the third swimmer Coach Jock has had qualify for this elite level of competition. “We hope that more swimmers will strive to reach their goals and become successful though our programs.”

NTS is the only USA Swimming club around and has opened registration for their summer season, April 20 through August 9. Practices are available in Canton and Massena at the school’s pools for lessons and competitive swimming. Information about lessons and team practice is available at www.goTRIBS.org.