Greensboro Teen Finishes First in YMCA Short Course National Championship

YMCA Swimmer, Heather Sigmon, won in the 100m backstroke

YMCA swimmer, Heather Sigmon, placed first at Wednesday’s YMCA Short Course National Championship at the Greensboro Aquatics Center. Sigmon won in the 100m backstroke with a time of 53.82, making her Greensboro’s first ever YMCA national champion.

Sigmon, 18, is a senior at Northwest Guilford High School. She is the daughter of Stephanie and Ken Sigmon, and will attend Virginia Tech in the fall on a swimming scholarship. A longtime member of the Bryan Family YMCA, Sigmon swims with the Greensboro Community YMCA (GCY) Makos swim team. “Heather’s time of 53.82 is a new team record,” said Swim Team Director and Head Coach, Brad Herndon. “She embodies the spirit of the Makos. Heather’s discipline, work ethic, and dedication are evident and we are incredibly proud of her.”

Sigmon and her teammates are up against 1400 swimmers this week, representing 200 teams from all over the country. Swimmers had to meet qualifying time standards to participate in the YMCA Short Course National Championship. For full details about the championship, visit The championship continues through April 7.

The YMCA of Greensboro has been the proud home of the Greensboro Community YMCA Swim Team since 1969. The program offers year-round opportunities for swimmers of all skill levels, beginning at age five. For more information about the GCY Swim Team and their participation in the national championship, please visit


About the YMCA of Greensboro

The YMCA of Greensboro was founded in 1889 with a mission to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Through its eight branches and YMCA Camp Weaver, the YMCA of Greensboro is strengthening the foundations of our community by offering a warm and friendly environment where people of all ages, races, faiths, beliefs, and physical and financial abilities participate in worthwhile programs and meaningful experiences that make a positive difference in their lives. For more information on the YMCA of Greensboro, please visit