HYDE SWIMMERS SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER AT MEET v. THORTON
The Phoenix Swimmers trekked down to the Biddeford YMCA on Friday for a dual meet with Thorton Academy. Overall the meet was a tremendous success for us, with high levels of sportsmanship and positivity from all. Although it was a late night for all involved, the evening was productive and enjoyable for the team, as well as a great opportunity to show our support for the fight against breast cancer during the MPA’s week of observance. We wore our pink caps proudly, for reasons of both charity and style.
Once again all swimmers participated in four events, the maximum allowed number. Some highlights include Imani Hiller-Bateau ’15, who became the fourth member of the elite Candy Cane Swimmer Club by volunteering to swim in the 500 Yard Freestyle – a first for the Lady Phoenix. Katarina Ellison ’14 competed in two very demanding events – the 200 Yard Freestyle and the 100 Yard Butterfly. Connor Champagne ’13 inched closer to qualifying for the States Meet in the 100 Yard Butterly with a time of 1:16.62 (1.62 seconds short of qualifying), while Thomas Gong ’12 competed in the 100 Yard Freestyle for his first time and Ethan Blatt ’13 anchored a new Freestyle Relay composed of mostly new swimmers. Ignacio Sanchez ’13 and Jamie McCracken ’12 squared off in the 500 Yard Freestyle, coming in third and fourth respectively, with times of 7:07 and 7:39. McCracken jumped back in the pool three events later to win the 100 Yard Breaststroke with a time of 1:23. Brian Liu ’12 also excelled during his first attempt at the same event, earning a 1:31 in the 100 Breast. Our men’s 400 Freestyle Relay capped off the exciting night with improved performances from Evan Preece ’12, Connor Champagne ’13, Thomas Pennington ’13, and Ignacio Sanchez ’13 with the entire team cheering from the shallow side of the pool. Finally, a warm Phoenix welcome goes out to Winfield Aleong ’14 and Becca Katz ‘12, two new, eager swimmers who also made their debuts on Friday.
In the coming week we will be continuing perfect our form with drills for freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, while also introducing butterfly drills into practice with the goal of increasing participation in the 100 Butterfly and 200 Individual Medley. At our coming meets, we hope to continue our high level of sportsmanship and even to emulate the courteousness and fraternity shown to us by our competitors on the Thorton swim squad. Our next competition will be held Friday, January 20 at 6:30 PM versus Biddeford HS – hope to see you there. Go Phoenix!!