Bath: Hyde Swimming Season in Review


Hyde Phoenix Swimmers

This weekend the Phoenix Swimmers participated in their final team competition of the season – Southwesterns at Cape Elizabeth High School.  Overall the weekend was a satisfying culmination to a season of hard work from all our swimmers, with improvement seen across the skill levels.

Highlights from the boys’ meet on Friday include meet include Connor Champagne ‘13’s impressive 1:15.01 in the 100 Yard Butterfly and Ignacio Sanchez ’13’s killer time of 7:06.24 in the 500 Yard Freestyle, both of which placed and earned Hyde some points.  Nick Vrenios ‘14 saw some improvement in the 200 Yard Freestyle with a time of 3:02.26 while Hans Xu ’13 and Evan Preece ’12 squared off in the 200 Yard I.M. (Xu won by a narrow margin).  John Picardi ’13 scored a personal best in the 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 36.52.  Brian Liu ’12 earned a personal best of 1:26.36 in the 100 Breaststroke – his final individual event as a Hyde swimmer – then quickly jumped back in the water to fill in a hole in our 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.  Liu, along with Preece, Sanchez, and Champagne, closed the night out with a relay time of 4:44.76.  Sanchez completed the final leg of the relay in 59.42 seconds, less than half a second off the State Qualifying Time for the 100 Free, thus helping to earn 8 final points for Hyde.

Highlights from yesterday’s girls’ meet include our 200 Yard Medley Relay crew, consisting of Tandis Rafii ’12, Purple Zhao ’13, Katerina Ellison ’14, and Caroline Hammond ’13, which opened up the night by earning 4 points  for Hyde with a time of 2:51.31.  Zhao then went on to score a personal best in the 50 Free, with a time of 42.48, while Ellison competed in both the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke, earning an impressive 1:23.71 in the Back.  Imani Hiller-Bateau ’15 completed the 500 in 7:37 and anchored the 200 Freestyle Relay with a 50 split of 32.02 – the fastest on the team.  Hammond finished her season strong by dropping five seconds from her last 100 Freestyle time, with a much-improved 1:28.46.  Captain Rafii closed out the night with a time of 1:34.58 in the 100 Backstroke, dropping nearly four seconds from her time at the last regular season meet.  Meanwhile spectator Jamie McCracken ’12 volunteered to work as a meet timer and represented the “happy to do it” Hyde spirit to the whole swimming community.

Following the meet, the Phoenix celebrated a successful season with a well-earned and highly caloric trip to Chipotle.

Coaches Bullock and Middleton could not be more proud of our swimmers and we are pleased to still have the remainder of the winter trimester with them.  Our goal for the coming week is to have fun while also working on pool skills in preparation of next Friday’s Student v. Faculty Winter Swim Classic, with events ranging from the traditional (400 Yard Freestyle Relay) to the highly unconventional (50 Yard Doggie Paddle).  Connor Champagne also will continue to train at the highest level in preparation of his upcoming participation in the 100 Yard Butterfly at the States Meet at Bowdoin on Monday, February 10th.

As the season winds down, the coaches would like to extend a heartfelt farewell to our seniors – Jamie McCracken, Evan Preece, Brian Liu, Thomas Gong, Tandis Rafii, and Becca Katz.  We would also like to thank Hyde’s wonderful faculty and staff in advance for helping to make next Friday’s meet a fun and rewarding event and we send our sincerest gratitude to the parents, families, and fans that have supported us throughout the season!

Go Phoenix!