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Shane McNamara Named to National Junior Team


Congratulations to Shane McNamara on being named to the 2014-2015 USA Swimming Mens National Junior Team! This team is comprised of athletes 18 & under with the top six fastest times in the country, in Olympic events only, from the combined results of all USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets from 1/1/2014 to 9/1/2014.  Shane's 200 breaststroke qualified as the second fastest 18 & under time in the country!  Shane was also selected to represent USA Swimming as a member of  the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championship Team, but was unable to attend due to commitments at Harvard University. 

Congratulations to Empire's 2013-2014 Scholastic All-American Athletes!

Each year, USA Swimming recognizes its members who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event. To be eligible for this recognition, swimmers must have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade and must be a USA Swimming member athlete. This year, only 1,782 student-athletes in United States Swimming made the grade, and we are proud to say that five of our athletes are among them. Congratulations on your hard work that clearly pays off in and out of the pool - you make us proud!


Tyler Curran

Megan Gallagher

Alison McNamara

Shane McNamara

Raoul Rodriguez


Open try-outs for the 2014-2015 Empire Swim Team will be held on the following dates:



September 3     5:30 - 6:30  PM     

September 4     5:30 - 6:30 PM        


 All September try outs will be held at Ardsley Middle School.

Click here for directions to Ardsley Middle School




If you are not sure about your training group placement for the upcoming season, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for training group confirmation.


Please print and complete all forms from the registration packet below and mail to:


Empire Swimming

45 Montross Street

White Plains, NY 10603


Click here for 2014-2015 Registration Packet

Click here for additional Medical & Release Forms (note that one form is needed for each swimmer)



Once again, Empire Swimming won the 2014 Sun Kissed Junior/Senior Championship Meet!  Capping off  four days of fast swimming that included a mind blowing 519 personal best times, Empire swimmers set even more team records on the final day of the meet:


Individual Team Records:Josie Panitz

  • Shane McNamara, Men's Open 400 IM (3:53.55)
  • Bridget Semenuk, Women's 11-12 200 Breast (2:30.43


Relay Team Records:

  • Women's 11-12 200 Free Relay (1:42.85): Bridget Semenuk, Josie Panitz, Lexi McNamara, Mikayla Klein 
  • Men's Open 200 Free Relay (1:24.38): Wyatt Semenuk, Shane McNamara, Charlie McFarland, Raoul Rodriguez


Congratulations to Bebe Thompson, who won the Open Women's High Point Award for the meet!


We are proud of all of our swimmers for their hard work and great performances at Sun Kissed!Keegan Drew


Andrew BabyakLexi McNamara


Sarah Schlesinger



Carolyn BlenkNana KumagaiNia VogelEmpire Girls


Sun Kissed Warm-Up


Day 3 at the Sun Kissed Invitational continued the  trend of fast swimming highlighted by the following record setting performances:


Team RecordsKelly Amar

  • Girls 11-12 400 Fr (3:43.11) Bridget Semenuk, Josie Panitz, Mikayla Klein, Lexi McNamara
  • Bridget Semenunk's lead off swim set the Girls 11-12 100 Free record with a 53:19
  • Boys Open 400 Fr (3:05.49) Shane McNamara, Wyatt Semenuk, Charlie McFarland, Raoul Rodriguez
  • Shane McNamara's lead off swim set the Boys 100 Free record 45:72


Individual team records were also set by

  • Bebe Thompson in the Open 500 Free 4:56.20
  • Alison McNamara in the Open 200 Br 2:20.21 and
  • Jared Copeland in the Boys 200IM with a time of 2:15.70


Congratulations to Shane McNamara who set the Metro Record in the 200 BR 1:56.95!Sam Andrews


Charlotte NixonMika Andrews



Empire GirlsEmpire Boys2014 Empire Seniors

The Hits Keep Coming - Sun Kissed Day 2

Jazmine SmithSun Kissed Group Shot 1

Lily Buckley


Another exciting day of good times in and out of the water at the Sun Kissed Meet! 

Records were set today by:


New Metro Records:Coachs Brian & Craig McClintock

  • 11-12 Womens 400 Medley Relay: Mikayla Klein, Josephine Panitz, Bridget Semenuk, Lexi McNamara  (4:07.59)
  •  Open Mens 100 Breaststroke: Shane McNamara (53.76)


New Team Records:

  • Shane McNamara- Mens Open 100 Breaststroke (53.76) and 200 IM (1:49.06)
  • Bridget Semenuk- Womens 11-12 100 Breaststroke (1:07.65)
  • Jared Copeland- Mens 11-12 100 Butterfly (1:01.07)
  • 11-12 Mens 400 Medley Relay (Garrett Kiesel, Abhi Kumar, Jared Copeland, Thomas Sasso) (4:18.94)
  • Open Mens 400 Medley Relay (Raoul Rodriguez, Shane McNamara, Wyatt Semenuk, Charlie McFarland) (3:24.45)

 CongSun Kissed 2014 Group Shot 2ratulations to everyone on your hard work and great results!Kitty Elwyn & Kaitlin Hartigan



Nicole Katchis

Update from Day One at Sun Kissed 2014

Sun Kissed 2014Empire swimmers are off to a great start at the 2014 Sun Kissed Meet!

New team records were set today by:

  • Bridget Semenuk- in the women's 11-12 500 Freestyle (5:04.51)
  • Andrew Babyak- in the men's 13-14 1000 Freestyle (9:45.11)
  • Open Boys 200 Medley Relay (Raoul Rodriguez, Shane McNamara, Wyatt Semenuk, Charlie McFarland) (1:33.38)
  • 11-12 Girls 200 Medley Relay (Mikayla Klein, Josephine Panitz, Bridget Semenuk, Alexandra McNamara) (1:54.81)

Download the Active Network "Meet Mobile" app at, iPhone App Store, or Google Play and search for the 2014 Sun Kissed Invitational Jr/SThomas Sassor Champs to follow the team and get all meet results!

Georgia Panitz Julia RuggieroKelly Delane & Kirsten Chu

NCSA Junior Nationals Update

At the NCSA Junior Nationals Meet in Orlando, Florida, Empire Swimming took 27th out 255 teams in attendance at the five day meet!  Bebe Thompson broke Empire team records in both the Women's Open 200 IM (2:02.20) and in the Open 400 IM (4:21.72), while Shane McNamara broke the team record in the Men's Open 100 Breast (54.51) and broke both the team and the Metropolitan record in the Open 200 Breast (1:57.75).  The Men's Open 400 Medley Relay of Raoul Rodriguez, Shane McNamara, Wyatt Semenuk, and Aaron Saccurato set a new team record of 3:26.87, and the Men's relay of Tyler Curran, Shane McNamara, Aaron Saccurato, and Raoul Rodriguez broke the Open 800 Freestyle Relay record with a time of 6:54.87.


Shane McNamara Jr Nats 2014   Bebe Thompson 2014 Jr Nats     Shane McNamara 2014 JOs

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