Swimmers Qualify for National Championship

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March 31, 2023

The Boise Y Swim Team's "Mighty Eight" ready to compete at the national level.

Eight student swimmers from the Treasure Valley are on their way to represent Idaho for the 100th Annual 2023 YMCA National Short Course Swimming Championship on April 3-7 in Greensboro, NC. Under the leadership and coaching of Todd and Vicki Marsh, the athletes hope to make their mark on the national stage. 

The annual event is one of the nation’s premier swimming competitions, featuring the best swimmers from more than 200 YMCA teams across the country. This year, an estimated 1,200 swimmers qualified to participate. 

The “Mighty Eight” from the Boise team include:

  • Santina Hunt, 13, East Jr. High School
  • Francesca Hunt, 15, East Jr. High School
  • Tyler Quarterman, 17, Boise High School
  • Jasper Shue, 15, Boise High School
  • Milo Shue, 18, Boise High School
  • Blake Ediss, 18, Boise High School
  • Gaby Stanton, 17, Bishop Kelly High School
  • Ellie McFarland, 18, Timberline High School

“The Treasure Valley Family YMCA is proud to send this exceptional collection of athletes to represent Idaho at the National Swimming Championship,” said David Duro, President and CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. “Not only are we sending outstanding swimmers to compete on a national stage, but we are also sending students who live with Caring, Honest, Respect and Responsibility at the forefront of their lives. We are confident in their abilities to perform with skill and sportsmanship.”

Satina Hunt, a 7th grader in the Boise School Distric at East Jr. High School, is the youngest athlete from Idaho to ever participate in the meet. The high school seniors—Milo Shue, Blake Ediss, Gabi Stanton and Ellie McFarland— are all positioned to continue their swimming careers with top-tier NCAA schools. These athletes are not only notable swimmers, but also incredible students with a team combined GPA of 3.9. 

The YMCA Swim team is a year-round, competitive swimming program youth ages six and older conducted at Treasure Valley Family YMCA locations. By teaching commitments, goal-setting and self-discipline, each athlete has the opportunity to discover what it means to reach their personal potential.