HYDE SWIMMING OFF TO A STRONG START AFTER TWO CONSECUTIVE MEETS
After just a week and a half in the pool, the fearsome Phoenix Swimmers dove into the first two meets of the winter season headfirst this weekend, first on Friday at the Portland YMCA and then yesterday evening on our home turf at the YMCA here in Bath.
With a mix of veteran and emerging swimmers, our first meet was a formative experience for the entire team. Some highlights include our women’s 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle Relay foursomes, composed of Tandis Rafii ’12, Katerina Ellison ’14, Purple Zhao ’13, and Caroline Hammond ’13, and our highly competitive men’s 400 Freestyle Relay, composed of Evan Preece ’12, Connor Champagne ’13, Thomas Pennington ’13, y Ignacio Sanchez ’13. Hats off as well to Thomas Pennington for winning the first ever Candy Cane Award as swimmer of the meet, having competed in both the longest (500 Freestyle=20 lengths of the pool) and fastest (50 Freestyle) events of the meet and taking third place in the latter.
Friday was the first ever swim meet for many of our newer athletes, including Hammond ’13, Zhao ’13, Jon Higgins ’15, Brian Liu ’13, and Ethan Blatt ’13, and many of other swimmers showed the courage to take on new and challenging events like the 100 Butterly or 200 Individual Medley (two lengths of every stroke). Friday night the Phoenix also made our first impression on our competitors – the Waynflete Flyers – with whom we’ll be swimming for most of our season.
Monday evening, Hyde Swimming hopped back in the pool for our second meet, up against Waynflete and Yarmouth. Yesterday’s highlights include impressive times of 1:17 from Connor Champagne ’13 in the 100 Butterfly, 1:34 from Katerina Ellison ‘14 in the 100 Backstroke, and 1:26 from Jamie McCracken ’12 also in the 100 Backstroke. The night’s Candy Cane Award went to new swimmer and birthday boy John Picardi ’13 for filling in for missing swimmers and competing in three events during his very first meet. An honorable mention goes to Tandis Rafii ’13 for competing in our women’s relays despite doing battle with the common cold. A final hearty thank you goes out to the Hyde Indoor Track Team, as well as Mr. Smith and Mr. Plourde, for supporting us in our first ever home meet – you guys are great.
In the coming week we will be continuing to work on some of our weaknesses in the pool – starts, flip turns, and kicking – while also using our rigorous land practices to build the cardio base necessary to become competitive athletes. Coaches Bullock and Middleton wish our swimmers a productive and festive winter break (i.e. don’t forget to exercise!) and all our fans Seasons’ Greetings and a Happy Holiday Season. See you in January and, as always, Go Phoenix!!