HYDE SWIMMERS REACH NEW PEAKS AT MEET V. BIDDEFORD
The Phoenix Swimmers enjoyed their most competitive meet of the season last Friday, once again at the Biddeford YMCA, but this time at a tri-meet versus Biddeford HS and the Waynflete Flyers. Overall the meet was an enormous night for the Blue and Gold, with Phoenix swimmers winning several events and pursuing their personal best.
Highlights from the meet include Thomas Pennington ‘13’s win in the 500 Yard Freestyle and Jamie McCracken ‘12’s improved performance in the 100 Breaststroke, achieving a new personal record of 1:19 – four seconds ahead of his previous time. Connor Champagne ’13 won the 100 Yard Butterfly while several newer swimmers challenged themselves to new events, including Sihan “Hans” Xu ‘13’s performance in the 500 Yard Freestyle (20 lengths of the pool) and Nick Vrenios ‘15’s commendable first attempt at swimming butterfly in a meet. With six female swimmers competing for the team we were able to field a Women’s 400 Yard Freestyle Relay for the first time, which Katerina Ellison ’14, Tandis Rafii ’12, Becca Katz ’12, and Imani Hiller-Bateau ’15 completed with a time of 5:19 – besting Biddeford’s relay by over a minute. The cherished Candy Cane Swimmer Award went to Ignacio Sanchez ’13, who won the 100 Yard Freestyle in his first attempt at the event, scoring a time of 1:07. Sanchez also swam in the grueling 200 Yard Individual Medley (I.M.) and went on to anchor the final event of the evening – the Men’s 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Sanchez came from behind and bested Waynflete’s relay by four seconds – a Phoenix first – thus capping off an exciting night.
With just three regular meets left in the season, the Phoenix will be focusing on squeezing the most out of the coming weeks. On Wednesday, January 25th we will be heading to Exeter for an exhibition meet starting at 4pm. On Friday we will be tagging along with the Phoenix Indoor Track team to USM to show our support for their hard work and incredible effort. In practice this week we will focus on form and meet skills, with our fingers crossed that snow and bio-hazards will not keep us from the pool, as they have in the past several weeks. Go Phoenix!!