Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff.
– Ernest Hemingway, “Old Man and the Sea”
This was a big week for the Phoenix in the pool. On Tuesday Hyde Swim Team traveled to Lewiston to compete with St. Dominic Academy and Wiscasset. Excited for their first away meet, Hyde was ready to impress. For the women, Merrill Truluck ’18 started the meet on a strong note placing first in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 2:37.43. Melanie Higgins ’17 followed up in similar fashion in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:55.89. The freestyle relays are where the Hyde ladies really shined. Lily Hannah ’17, Taylor Lincon ’16, Jennifer Borjes ’16, and Truluck touched in first at 2:18.18 in the 200 Freestyle relay. Hannah, Borjes, Truluck, and Higgins finished the meet strong in the 400 Freestyle relay with a time of 5:11.93, proving teamwork really does make the dream work.
For the boys, Caleb Lowrie ’17 touched in at 2:12.96 for first place in the 200 freestyle, qualifying for the Maine Championship meet at the end of the season. Sam Hunt ’16 and Conor Rowe ’18 improved their 50 Freestyle times coming in with 32.33 and 34.25, respectfully. Hunt bravely went on to the 100 Backstroke and placed second with 1:42.33. Huy Pham ’18 was the key swimmer in the 200 Freestyle Relay that led to a second place finish with a 2:19.39. Lowrie won his second event of the meet in the 100 Breaststroke with a Championship qualifying time of 1:13.96. Pham, Parker Ward ’17, Randy La Vae ’16, and Lowrie finished the meet competing in the 400 Freestyle relay without any competition with a time of 4:51.35.
On Wednesday, the Phoenix journeyed to Phillips Exeter for their first meet in the prep league. This meet was a meet to focus on learning and improving. Some highlights of the improvement shown in the pool for the girls included newcomer Lily Hannah ‘17 who dropped over 2 seconds in her 50 Freestyle, an impressive accomplishment. Melanie Higgins ‘17 dropped 5 seconds off her 100 Butterfly time she posted just the day before touching in at 1:23.77 and shaved off another 3 seconds in her 100 Breaststroke with 1:31.40. Merrill Truluck ‘18 also chopped off 5 seconds in her 100 Backstroke finishing with 1:19.83.
Highpoints for the boys team included Caleb Lowrie’s season debut of the 50 freestyle with a remarkable, Championship qualifying time of 25.01. Huy Pham ‘18 cut off an impressive 8 seconds from his 100 Freestyle time from the day before touching in with a time of 1:27.40. Conor Rowe ‘18 clocked in a 33.33 personal best for the 50 Free and Sam Hunt ‘16 dropped one and half seconds off of his 100 Backstroke for a personal best time of 1:39.91. Phillips Exeter’s pool proved to be a speedy one for the Hyde Phoenix and they are looking forward to improving further next Tuesday evening for a home meet in Wiscasset.
Coach Hess and Coach Jonynas