After a tough two weeks of training, including heavy yardage leading up to Friday’s meet, the Phoenix swimmers took to the water last night competing against Gardiner High School in a highly anticipated return to the pool after a prolonged December break. Emotions were running high after a transportation snafu had them pulling into the Wiscasset Community Center moments before warm-up. However, the team responded well in the opening events before the ten minute break. Pierce Tricarico ’15 won the 200 IM and 100 Fly with state qualifying times of 2:48.39 (IM) and 1:16.64 (Fly) respectively, while Noah Horning ’15 won the 50 free.
Currently ranked 25th in the state of Maine for the 100 Fly, Richard Ramirez ’15 improved his state mark by winning the event in 1:03.75 with fellow state qualifier Burke Riley ’16 close behind with a time of 1:05.34. Ramirez was not to be denied, winning his second individual event of the night, narrowly missing a state mark in the 100 Free (59.52). Other notable performances included Riley and Isaac Higgins’ ’15 first place finishes in the 100 Back and 100 Breast and Matt Lupovich’s ’14 third place finish in the 100 Back. These finishes helped fuel the boys to their first team victory of the season scoring forty-two points to Gardiner’s seven.
Phoenix swimmers will be back in action on Friday, January 25th against Brunswick High School.