By Robert Magg
Special to The Conway Daily Sun
BARTLETT — The Saco Swim Team (SVST) traveled to Lisbon to compete with four North Country teams, including the host squad, the Evergreen SilverFins, recently. Over 60 swimmers ages 18-and-under competed in individual and relay events in five competitive strokes. SVST set 12 new team records in the meet.
Gretchen Heon, age 8, had a great day as she set team records in the 25- and 50-meter freestyles and the 25-meter backstroke. She was part of the winning medley relay team. Her 25-meter freestyle time was 18.82 seconds, 50-meter free was completed in 46.16 and the winning backstroke was 23.80.
Alex Sweeney, 10, set a team record of 3:23.88 in the 200-meter freestyle during which she also set personal best times in the 50- and 100-meter freestyles. In addition, she set best times in the 50-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly.
Ella Baptista, 14, set team records in the 100-meter freestyle in 1:10.89 and 50-meter backstroke, 37.85. She was also part of the winning medley relay team, swimming the lead-off backstroke leg, which she did in record time.
Jimmy McCarthy, 15, set team records in the 50-meter freestyle in 28.71, 100-meter freestyle in 1:08.49, the 50-meter backstroke and breast stroke in 42.79. His breast time was a major improvement of 13 seconds in a stroke he has begun to master.
Joey Trumbull, 18, set team records in the 50- and 100-meter butterfly races with times of 31.34 and 1:18.41, respectively. He has been working this stroke with increasing intensity. The first leg of his 100-meter butterfly was at a record-setting pace. As the season progresses we should hear more of his improvements in that stroke.
The swimmers have increased their dedication this season, working harder at technique and intensity during practices. This hard work is reflected in the many broken records and personal best swims experienced by them.
The SVST is a year-round team with a swim school that meets weekly and competes during the four seasons. It provides a wonderful opportunity for children to experience excellent swimming instruction leading to lifelong conditioning and water safety. The White Mountain Aquatic Center in Intervale offers quality instruction for children of all ages and abilities at a reasonable cost. Hard work by swimmers and coaches alike makes the SVST one of the finest youth activities in the valley.
The White Mountain Aquatic and Fitness Foundation, of which the Aquatic Center is part of, provides a sustainable, non-profit facility to achieve lifestyle benefits of health, wellness and fitness. It offers a diverse menu of aquatic programming, for all ages, to Mount Washington Valley and surrounding area residents and visitors.
To learn more about the Aquatic Center’s offerings please visit us at www.whitemountainaquatic.com or call them at (603) 733-5915.