Bath – Hyde Swimming – Week in Review 1/17-1/24

Hyde Swimming, Week & Meet in Review (1/17 to 1/24)


Hyde swimmers swam their fins off this past week in preparation for their Saturday quad-meet against Kennebunk High School, North Yarmouth Academy, and Waynflete.  This was an exciting week full of challenging land conditioning workouts, technical seminar classes, evening pool training, a meet, and team-wide seminar conversations developed around building trust and seeking our personal and team best.  Our Friday meet against Morse and Lewiston was cancelled due to snow, but Saturday’s meet was amongst the best of the season to date!  We were excited to welcome new teammates Brendan Tan ’13 and Willie Sisk ’12 this week!

Hyde vs. Kennebunk High School, Waynflete and North Yarmouth Academy, 1-22-10 @ Casco Bay YMCA, Freeport

Hyde swimmers participated in a quad-meet on Saturday afternoon (see scores and meet results attached).  As a combined men’s and women’s team, we lost to two much larger teams (Kennebunk HS and Waynflete), but won against North Yarmouth Academy, also a larger team than our squad:

Hyde School v. NYA: 64.00 to 60.00 – WIN!
Hyde School v. Kennebunk HS: 34.00 to 145.00 – L

Hyde School v. Waynflete: 61.00 to 74.00 – L

This meet really showed each of our swimmers’ how hard work and commitment to details can pay off in competition.  With each meet, we have fewer and fewer disqualifications, indicating that our swimmers are really putting into practice the technical components of what we are learning each day. 

Highlight of the Meet: Willie Sisk, ’11 an experienced swimmer, joined our squad as an exhibition athlete.  He competed in the 500 yard Freestyle, the longest and most demanding event of the meet, with an enthusiastic “can do!” attitude.  He stunned teammates and competitors alike with a time of only 5:57.47s, beating the New England qualification time by 17+ seconds!  Had he not been a latecomer to our MPA roster, Willie also would qualify for the 50 free, with his impressive time of only 25.12s.   He was also a key contributor to the two men’s relay teams.  CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME ABOARD, WILLIE!

Boys Swimming: HIGHLIGHTS!

(See meet results attached.) 

1st Place: The boys 200 Medley Relay Team (Ou, McCracken, Frazier, Preece) swam their FASTEST of the season: 2:06.28, winning the event!  Evan Preece ’12 was the anchor; he swam his heart out beating competitor team from Kennebunk High School by less than a second!

New England Qualifier: Wenkai (Kevin) Ou ’11 beat his latest qualifying time for New England’s in the 50 yard freestyle, with his new best time of 24.82s!  He also added the 100 yard breast stroke to his New England qualification times, coming in 3rd place with a time of 1:15.70!

New England Qualifier: Alex Armstead ’11 qualified for the 100 yard butterfly with an impressive time of 1:11.96!

New England Qualifier: James Frazier ’11 added the 100 yard freestyle to his list of qualifying events with a time of 58.30!
Brendan Tan ’13 swam a beautiful 50 free and 100 breast stroke!  Additionally, he was a key asset in two relay events.

Jamie McCracken ’12 improved his 500 yard free time significantly, improving from 8:00.88 to 7:50.24 – remarkable!

Ross D’Amato ’12 showed resilience and endurance in his 200 Freestyle event!

Injured and unwell swimmers Brian Edwards ’14, Tyrone Freston ’11, Cody Gullicksen ’11 and Jon Lee ’12 helped their teammates get to the starting blocks on time, and provided an overall sense of supportive sportsmanship and encouragement from the deck. 

Girls Swimming: HIGHLIGHTS!

(See meet results attached.) 
Emma Falkinburg ’13
was eager to try butterfly in this most recent meet; she did an outstanding job with this challenging stroke as the third leg in the girls 200 Medley Relay!  Nice job, Emma!

Tandis Rafii ’12 swam the 200 yard IM for the second time in competition this season, and improved her time by over 15 seconds!  Congratulations!

Hanfei Zhang ’13 swam a beautiful 100 yard breast stroke, having improved her form significantly after weeks of practice. 

Willow Taller ’11, who continues to work on improving the health of her shoulder, swam an impressive 200 free and 100 breast stroke, two strokes which while still challenging, allow her shoulder the chance to rest as compared to her signature butterfly – keep up the good work!

Courtney Durepo ’12, also recovering from injury, cheered on her teammates from the deck, thanks for your support!


Coach Mercer
Coach Bullock