The Hyde Swim Team swam across state lines for the first time on Wednesday in a meet against Philips Exeter Academy and the Pingree Varsity Swim Team. We then brought our talent back home to swim against Gorham High School and our constant companion Waynflete.
At Philips Exeter the Hyde Men’s team scored 14 against Exeter’s 78 and 41 against Pingree’s 27, making this their second win against another team for the season. The Women’s Team scored 11 to Exeter’s 77 and 25 to Pingree’s 67. The meet was a genuine blast – the facilities were great, the competition strong, and the swim team got to rendezvous with the JV wrestling and Indoor Track teams and lend each other mutual support as we wandered around their labyrinth of an athletic complex.
Some stand out performances at Exeter include our ever-strong medley relay teams consisting Margot King, Eve Amato, Katerina Ellison, and Imani Hiller-Bateau for the women’s team and Matthew Lupovich, Thomas Pennington, Conner Champagne, and Jeans Jiaraksa for the Men’s. Katerina Ellison put up a very impressive 50 Free time of 30.87 to be followed by another impressive 50 time, this one for the Men’s, with Jeans finishing a very close second with a time of 27.73. Conner Champagne continues to represent Hyde in the 100 yard Butterfly with a time of 1:17.94. Margot King came in third in the 100 Back with a time of 1:19.98 and Matthew Lupovich did the same with a time of 1:21.44. Also, a special thank you to Gunnar Whiting who swam more than he ever had in a meet to help the Men’s 400 Relay team in the last event of the night.
Back home in Maine our Men’s Medley Relay finished second in a very close race against Gorham and Waynflete. Eve Amato, cheered on by her mom visiting for the FLC, had an incredible IM race to finish third with a time of 3:11.47. Eve’s mom was kept company by her fellow FLCers, the parents of Katerina and Imani were also in attendance to cheer on the Hyde Swim Team and their phenomenal athletes.
Jeans and Gunnar blasted through the 50 Free with times of 27.86 and 29.93, respectively. Conner swam the 100 Butterfly once again, coming in third with a time of 1:16.70. Thomas Pennington and Eduardo Gadsden upped the ante in the 100 Breaststroke, competing over the privilege of swimming in the relay: they kept pace with each other for the entire race with Thomas snatching a narrow victory with 1:26.37 to Eduardo’s PR of 1:27.49. It was great to see what a little friendly competition could do!
We are so proud of our athletes and love the dedication with which they apply themselves and their willingness to sacrifice and persevere for the team. A final thank you to the support of the parents and students who attended our races and helped cheer on our team.