TWO HYDE SWIMMERS QUALIFY FOR STATE MEET AT “LAST CHANCE” REGULAR SEASON MEET
The Hyde Phoenix have just returned from the final meet of the regular season and, after an exciting night, are gearing up for a challenging couple of days, with Southwestern Championship meets for boys and girls happening tomorrow through Saturday.
The big news of the night is the stunning performances of Connor Champagne ’13 and Jamie McCracken ’12, both of whom met the qualifying time for their respective events just two hours ago. Champagne, after a season of hard work, eked across the qualifying time for the 100 Yard Butterfly with an impressive 1:14.32, with seven-tenths of a second to spare. Senior Jamie McCracken capped off years of competitive swimming in the final event of the night, and indeed the final event of his swimming career, with a time of 1:17.84 in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Although MPA rules will prevent McCracken, a fifth-year student, from competing in the State Meet, he walked away with the season’s final Candy Cane Swimmer Award to commemorate his hard work over his past two years at Hyde.
Other highlights from the evening include Captain Evan Preece’s first-ever appearance in the 500 Yard Freestyle and the awesome performances of Imani Hiller-Bateau ’15, Thomas Pennington ’13, and Becca Katz ’12 in the same event – marking the first time Hyde has ever filled the pool in the 500. Kudos to Katz for also competing in the 100 Yard Backstroke immediately after the 500 – a gruesome twofer that would test anyone’s resolve. Ignacio Sanchez ’13 made an impressive debut in the 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of 1:22.39 while Hans Xu ’13 tackled the 200 Yard I.M. (“Individual Medley”) with a hard-earned time of 3:07.
The boys will be competing again tomorrow evening in Cape Elizabeth and the girls the following afternoon, also in Cape Elizabeth. Stay posted for final results!