The Saco Valley Swim Team kicked off the 2015-2016 season with a visit to Evergreen Fitness Center, located in Lisbon recently. The Evergreen Silver Fins played host to the swimmers of the Mount Washington Valley at their beautiful multipurpose facility and 4-lane, 25-meter pool.
The town of Lisbon is located just west of Littleton and boasts a population of approximately 1,000 people, and most of their finest youth swimmers turned out on Oct. 25 to participate against the SVST. The Silver Fins graciously held a pot lunch for all participants and volunteers immediately following the event.
Some SVST veterans made appearances at the Lisbon meet after putting in some hard work at practice including fast swimmers Audra Bosak Harper, Dominick Perry, sisters Purlin and Kaeli Twigg Smith and Piper Lopashanski. Not one of these talented teammates seemed to be hampered by their breaks from competition as they swam some impressive races against the Silver Fins. Along with the other swimmers, they adapted perfectly to the longer distance pool by posting over 30 personal best times for Saco Valley.
Gretchen Heon and Katie Millett continue to proudly represent the up and comers for the team with terrific performances in their events. Jason Millett is finishing his final year in the 8 and under category this season by making improvements to already fast times at every meet. New to the 9 and 10 year division at this competition was Connor Wiggin, turning in strong swims in Lisbon at the 50 meter distance events. He joins a strong contingent of 9 and 10 year olds including, Aaron Zakon, Carter Tasker and Vivian RoberCarpenter, who all have been practicing very well at our local pool in Intervale and building up remarkable endurance in the water.
Solid performances can always be counted on from friends Ben Biche and MacCary Kelsch, who have been reliable contributors to the team for many years. These two always seem to find themselves racing against each other and end up with smiles after every race. The anchors of the team, Mazy Karuzis and Joey Trumbull, continue to impress not only with their superb results, but also with their leadership abilities as they guide the next generation of swimmers of the SVST into the future.
Unique to this swim meet were the relays, which included a four-person inner tube relay and a candle relay. The tube relay began with one member of a team sitting in the tube as the other three members pushed, kicked or propelled the tube with whatever means necessary to the other end of the pool. The sitter would then exit the tube and a different teammate would climb in, and then the race was on back to the other end, with the process repeating itself for each swimmer before the finish.
Lots of fun and interesting and varying techniques to be the fastest tube relay team were seen in a very entertaining event! The candle relay involved a four person team asked to swim with an unlit match to the end of the pool to a waiting volunteer, who would then make sure the match was dry enough to light a candle before the swimmer returned to the other end of the pool to start the next member of the team. Impressively, all candles from all teams successfully lit after each swimmers' respective laps, again with varying techniques used by the teams.
Another successful outing by the SVST at another great venue! On deck during the meet were Coaches Bob Magg and Lawton Harper, who together with Julie Bosak continue to lead the SVST during practice in the pool at the New England Inn in Intervale.
Hard work by all the swimmers and coaches make the SVST one of the finest activities in the Valley, in hopes that one day the team can host other teams at a new pool! The Saco Valley Swim Team is part of the White Mountain Aquatic and Fitness Foundation which is dedicated to bring to our area an aquatic and fitness facility to serve Valley families and visitors.
To learn more about current aquatic offerings and job opportunities at the WMAC in Intervale please see http://whitemountainaquatic.com/ or call us at (603) 733-5915.
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