Jun 23, 2014

Saco Valley Swim Team Opens 7th Summer of Competition


On Sunday June 1, 40 members of the Saco Valley Swim Team (SVST) ages 7- 15 suited up for their third annual dual meet against the Lakes Region Wavemakers (LRW) in Laconia. This friendly rivalry serves as the kick off to the summer competition season leading up to the Granite State Swim Association Division I-IV State Meet in Manchester on August 2-3. Since last year’s State Meet SVST has competed in two other dual meets in Colebrook against the NCCRC Otters on December 8, 2013 and March 23, 2014.

Leading the team into action for the Laconia meet were Senior Team members Zoe McKinney (15), Craig Carr (14), Joey Trumbull (14) and Aidan Hagerty(13). Zoe and Craig were inaugural members of the team in 2008 and have swum at the State Meet the past six straight years plus many dual and invitational meets along the way. Aidan is the fastest and fittest all around youth swimmer in the Mt. Washington Valley and has competed for SVST at the past five State Meets. Joey has been swimming year round for the past four years and has missed very few practices and meets since he began swimming. Joining these veteran swimmers were new swimmers Sydney Wallace (12), Aaron Zakon (8), and Connor Wiggin (7), all three competing in their very first swim meet.

The meet was well organized and efficiently run by an experienced Head Official, Starter, and Stroke and Turn judge. The friendly competition was spirited from the start with many exciting races between SVST and LRW swimmers. LRW won the overall score 377 to 222. SVST won on the boy’s side by a score of 169 to 85 while the SVST girls got outscored by 292 to 53. SVST has a strong girls’ team. If SVST had an intra-squad meet the girls would more than likely beat the boys. The competition is a bit tougher in the girls division, especially in the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups.

Results from the meet clearly demonstrate that SVST has a team with a strong enough mix of experienced and talented new swimmers to again post strong showings at this summer’s meets. For the past two years SVST has finished 3rd Overall in Division III (last year edging out LRW for 3rd place). SVST has always been competitive with other local teams that gather at Brewster Beach in Wolfeboro for a series of July meets that make competitive swimming fun and family oriented. Any swimmer interested in giving competitive swimming a try should swim in a Brewster Beach meet. It’s a unique venue in American swimming and a good day of swimming fun for the entire family.

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Meet Highlights

Nearly every SVST swimmer posted Personal Best Times in their individual events or took the challenge of swimming new events.

  • Ella Baptista (10) broke 50 seconds in the Girls 9-10 50 yard Butterfly with a time of 49.7. This places her 3rd in this event on the All Time Top Ten Times list. Ella has competed in 9 swim meets. Ella scored 10 points.
  • Manny Baptista (12) scored 6 points and competed despite having injured ribs from a morning soccer game. He swam for the team and endured the discomfort.
  • Ben Biche (9) dropped 17 seconds in the 100 yard Freestyle (1:47.2) and dropped 2.5 seconds in the 50 Freestyle (50.1). Ben became only the 3rd Boy 9-10 to ever swim the 200 yard freestyle. His time of 3:52.8 places him 2nd on the All Time Top Ten Times list.
  • Haylee Burke (7) dropped 4.4 seconds in the 25 yard Backstroke. This was Haylee’s 3rd swim meet. She’s a good swimmer to have on the Girls 8U Medley and Freestyle relays. 
  • Jackson Burke (9) dropped 3.6 seconds in the 50 yard Freestyle (43.6) and had an excellent first performance in the 100 yard Freestyle event (1:45.9). Jackson is one of the best pure divers on the team. He will be counted on to lead off many of our Boys 9-10 Freestyle Relays this summer.
  • Craig Carr (14) dropped 1.5 seconds (29.41) to become only the 9th SVST swimmer ever to break 30 seconds in the 50 yard Freestyle event along with Gerald LaMountain (26.29), Liam Fortin (26.60), Matthew Lautenschlager (27.02), Zoe McKinney (28.24), Aidan Hagerty (28.61), Logan Hagerty (28.81), Jacob Egan (29.34), and Liam Griffin (29.34). Craig dropped an astonishing 10.6 seconds in the 100 yard Freestyle to finish in 1:05.77. His time moved him up to 2nd on the Boys 13-14 100 Freestyle Top Ten Times list. Craig scored 13 points.
  • Mackenzie Carr (11) dropped a whopping 20 seconds in the Girls 11-12 200 yard Freestyle to finish in 3:12.36. This moved her into 5th place in this event on the Top Ten Times list. She dropped 0.5 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle and 5.4 seconds in the 100 yard Freestyle. Both performances landed her high on the Top Ten Times list.
  • Morgan Carr (9) dropped 4.3 seconds in the 50 Freestyle to finish in 50.6. She has beautiful strokes so will undoubtedly drop even more time in all her events this summer. Morgan swam the 50 yard Backstroke and Breaststroke events for the first time. This was Morgan’s 14th swim meet.
  • Ella Chandler (11) is an experienced and skilled swimmer. This was the 19th swim meet she has competed in for SVST. Despite recently moving into the Girls 11-12 age group (arguably the toughest in all of age group swimming) her performances in this meet placed her on the Top Ten Times list in all three events. Ella dropped 2 seconds in the 50 Breaststroke (44.6), 1.8 seconds in the 50 Backstroke (47.1), and swam the 200 Freestyle (3:14.1) for the 1st time.
  • Olivia Curry is one of the most experienced swimmers on the team having now competed in 23 swim meets. She can swim all strokes quite well and regularly swims the demanding Individual Medley event combing butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. She can be inserted into any relay with confidence that she’ll get the job done and have fun doing it.
  • Jemma Dimock in only her 2nd swim meet dropped 9.2 seconds in the 25 yard Freestyle to finish in 26.4. Jemma dropped 3.5 seconds in the 25 yard Backstroke to finish in 36.2. Jemma enjoys swimming so keep an eye on this developing 8U swimmer.
  • Gaven Ferry (11) dropped times in all three of his events. He broke 40 seconds in the 50 Freestyle for the 1st time by dropping 3.8 seconds (39.4). He dropped 4.7 seconds in the 50 Backstroke (52.5) and 1 second in the 100 Freestyle (1:38.5). This was Gaven’s 13th swim meet. He’s developed an interest in swimming butterfly which will be tremendously helpful in fielding a Boys 11-12 Medley Relay at this summer’s meets. Butterfliers (and breaststrokers) are VIP’s. Gaven scored 11 points.
  • Shaley Ferry (8) dropped 5.8 seconds in the 50 Freestyle to finish in 55.2. She dropped 1.7 seconds in the 25 Freestyle to finish 3rd in 23.11. This put her 9th on the Girls 8U 25 Freestyle Top Ten Times list. Shaley scored 5 points.
  • Aidan Hagerty (13) broke SVST team records in the 200 Freestyle (2:15.2), 100 Backstroke (1:19.2), and 100 Breaststroke (1:16.0). As stated earlier, Aidan is the best swimmer on the team. His performances put him in position to possibly be the first SVST swimmer to win an event at the GSSA State Meet. Aidan is a leader on the team through attendance and performance at practices and meets as well as long-time volunteer work with the MWV Dolphins Special Olympics swim team. The small pool at the New England Inn can barely contain Aidan any longer. He needs a bigger pool soon to continue his development in line with his aspirations.
  • Quinn Hagerty (7) dropped 4.4 seconds in the 25 Freestyle (33.0) and 1.7 seconds in the 25 backstroke (37.4). This was Quinn’s 3rd swim meet. He has improved each meet. He has been doing a good job in practices of developing all of his strokes and relay performances. He’s a reliable leg in our Boys 8U relays.
  • Mazy Karuzis (10) dropped times in all three of her events despite having limited practice time over the past four months or more due to a skiing accident. Even more incredible is the fact that mazy set SVST Team records in the Girls 9-10 50 Backstroke (43.99) and 100 Freestyle (1:27.40). Her time in the 50 Freestyle (37.51) placed her 2nd on the Girls 9-10 Top Ten Times list behind teammate Mackenzie Carr. Mazy is a standout swimmer for SVST. She just likes to swim. If she can stay healthy this summer look for her post strong individual and relay performances at the State Meet.
  • Nicholas Kenerson (12) dropped a solid 12.9 seconds in the 200 Freestyle to finish in 3:07.5, good for 6th on the Boys 11-12 Top Ten Times list in this event. Nicholas dropped 4.8 seconds in the 100 free to finish in 1:27.8, good for 8th on the Top Ten Times list in this event. Nicholas scored 7 points. This was his 10th swim meet.
  • Ryan Kenerson (7) had an off meet but recently displayed his remarkable swimming ability by doing the individual 1-mile swim at the Weneedapool Challenge. Ryan can swim all strokes and has a strong breaststroke which makes him a valuable member of SVST’s 8U 100 Medley Relay Team. This was Ryan’s 9th swim meet.
  • Sasha Maguire (10) dropped times in all three of her events. She dropped 4.1 seconds in the 50 Freestyle (37.6), 1.1 seconds in the 100 IM (1:49.9), and 1 second in the 50 Breaststroke (51.7). All three of her performances placed her on the Girls 9-10 Top Ten Times list (3rd in the 50 free, 3rd in the 50 breast, and 8th in the 100 IM). Sasha can swim breaststroke or butterfly in the Medley Relay. She’s one of the few 9-10 year olds on the team that can swim a 50 yard Butterfly.
  • Zoe Maguire (12) posted two remarkable performances in new events. She posted the 2nd fastest time ever in the Girls 11-12 200 yard Freestyle event (3:02.5) behind Emma Plante. Zoe exceeded expectations in her 1st 100 IM by finishing in 1:40.7 (good for 6th on the Top Ten Times list). Zoe is quickly becoming an all-around swimmer, capable of swimming different strokes and distances. She won the girls youth division of the 1-Mile swim at the Weneedapool challenge. Look for Zoe to have a breakout summer.
  • Meghan Marcotte (9) dropped a big 6.3 seconds off her 50 yard Freestyle time by finishing in 57.38, her 1st time under 1 minute. She swam both the 50 Breaststroke and 50 Backstroke for the 1st time. Making the transition from 8U to 9-10 is a big transition. Meghan in working hard to develop all of her strokes and is one of the few 9-10 year old girls actually interested in swimming the 50 butterfly. This was meghan’s 14th swim meet.
  • Jimmy McCarthy (11) at age 11 is simply one of the most experienced swimmers on the team. Jimmy has competed in 21 swim meets. He holds a number of Boys 8U and 9-10 SVST Team records. His best swim of the meet was the 200 Freestyle finishing in 3:04, placing him 4th on the Boys 11-12 Top Ten Times list. Jimmy did a “no touch” 1.4-mile swim across Crystal Lake last summer. He’s always a member of the Boys 11-12 Medley and Freestyle “A” relays.
  • Madeline McGrath (10) dropped 6.1 seconds in the Girls 9-10 50 yard Freestyle to finish in 40.6. Through her participation on SVST for the past 5 years and 22 swim meets she has crafted beautiful strokes in fly, back, breast, free and IM. She’s a strong, determined, and team oriented swimmer. Look for Madeline to have a breakout summer and for her swim results to rival her gymnastics accomplishments.
  • Zoe McKinney (15) is our eldest swimmer currently. Zoe was a member of the inaugural team that competed at the GGSA State meet in 2008. She has many SVST Team records to her credit and she’s all over the Top Ten Times list in Girls 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and now 15-18. She has crafted beautiful strokes in the 6 years she has been on the swim team. She is the only girl to go under 30 seconds in the 50 free. Her goal is to become the first girl to break 1 minute in the 100 yard Freestyle. She has the best butterfly on the team. Zoe is looking to recruit other girls 15-18 to swim at this year’s GSSA State Meet.
  • Jason Millett (7) in only his 2nd swim meet is already distinguishing himself as one of the better 8U swimmers to ever swim for SVST. Having only recently turned 7, his prospects for accomplishing outstanding and enduring performances in the 8U age group will be fun to watch. Jason is a steady and reliable member of SVST’s growing 8U squad. He’ll do well at summer dual meets and the State Meet. Jason scored 7 points against LRW.
  • Abby Novia (12) dropped 3.6 seconds in the 50 Freestyle (46.2) and 5.5 seconds in the 100 Freestyle (1:58.5). She showed a lot of courage in swimming the 50 Butterfly for the first time. This is Abby’s 2nd season swimming with SVST. She has competed in 7 swim meets. She’s capable of dropping a lot of time off her personal best’s this summer.
  • Dominick Perry (11) dropped 5.1 seconds in the 50 Freestyle (37.5) to go under 40 seconds for the 1st time and dropped 10.6 seconds in the 100 Freestyle to finish in 1:30.4. He swam the demanding 100 IM in 1:56.4. Dominick has been swimming with the team for the past three years. He brings a positive attitude to practices and enjoys swimming with any of his teammates. If he swims this summer he’ll drop more time and be part of an improved 11-12 Boys 200 yard Freestyle Relay.
  • Quintin Plourde (7) dropped big time in both of his events. He dropped 6.6 seconds in the 25 Freestyle to finish in 27.54 (his 1st time under 30 seconds) and dropped 8.6 seconds in the 26 Backstroke to finish in 38.3. Quintin in care free and quite conversational. He makes practices and meets more interesting and fun. This was his 3rd swim meet.
  • Sofia Plourde (10) dropped over 7 seconds in both of her events and had an outstanding, breakout meet. Her 50 Freestyle time of 37.60 tied her for 3rd on the Top Ten Times list with Sash Maguire and out her only .09 seconds behind Mazy Karuzis in 2nd and .40 seconds behind Mackenzie Carr who holds the team record. Sofia is a strong swimmer with a lot of potential to go even faster.
  • Taylor Rothen (10) is one of the best all-around swimmers on the team. He is a stroke technician. All of his strokes and Individual Medley look great. In the LRW meet he dropped 3 seconds in the 50 Freestyle to finish in 39.3 (his 1st time under 40 seconds) and dropped 5 seconds in the 100 IM (1:43.2) to move up to 2nd on the Top Ten Times list for Boys 9-10. He currently holds SVST team records for the 50 and 100 Breaststroke events. He holds a number of SVST Team records in the Boys 8U age group. His Boys 8U 100 IM record could stand for quite some time. Taylor ages up to 11-12 soon where he’ll begin to leave his mark on that age group this summer.
  • Owen Saunders (10) dropped 2 seconds in the 50 Freestyle to finish in 39.5 (his 1st time under 40 seconds) and 6.7 seconds in the 50 Breaststroke to finish in 1:04.2. Owen has posted multiple times on the Top Ten Times list for boys 8U and 9-10. He performs best at meets and is another one of our swimmers that truly enjoy swimming just for the fun of it. Owen has participated in 12 swim meets.
  • David Sheehan (12) has worked hard over the past 2+ years to improve his swimming. When he joined the team he could not swim. He has come a long way in a lot of ways and continues to improve with every practice and every meet. At this meet he dropped 10 seconds in the 50 backstroke to finish in 1:13.4. He’s another swimmer who enjoy water play and competition equally.
  • Carter Tasker (7) was the SVST high point winner along with Aidan Hagerty. Carter scored a perfect 15 points. Carter won all three of the events that he swam in. He dropped an incredible 14.7 seconds in the 50 Freestyle to finish in 51.62 and moved up to the 6th spot on that event’s Top Ten Times list. He dropped 0.75 seconds off an already impressive 25 Freestyle to finish in 21.73 which places him 4th on the event’s Top Ten Times list. He swam the 25 Butterfly for the 4th time, nearly breaking 30 seconds. He holds the SVST Team Record in the Boys 8U 25 Butterfly. Carter is a swimmer. He’ll swim anywhere, anytime, for any reason.
  • Ellen Taylor (11) had a breakout meet with two personal best times and a fine 1st performance in the 200 Freestyle. She swam it in 3:06.7 placing her 4th on the Top ten Times list. She dropped an incredible 19 seconds in the 50 fly to finish in 42.5 while moving up to 5th on the Top Ten Times list. She was all smiles when she finished that one. Ellen dropped 5.7 seconds in the 100 Freestyle to finish in 1:26.2 (4th on Top Ten Times list). Ellen has competed in 20 swim meets and is a solid, reliable performer in whatever strokes, relays, or distances she swims.
  • Joey Trumbull (14) is a veteran SVST swimmer and a quiet leader on the team. He has participated in 19 swim meets. He dropped 5 5 seconds in the 100 Freestyle to finish in 1:35.9. He dropped 3 seconds in the 50 Freestyle to finish in 38.8. He posted a great swim in the 200 Freestyle (3:18.4), exceeding expectations by as much as 30 seconds. Joey scored 9 points. With Joey dropping times at every meet for the past year there is no telling how fast he will swim this summer.
  • Polly Vaillant (9) had a breakout meet by dropping times in every event she swam. She dropped 8 seconds in the 50 Breaststroke to finish in 55.3. She dropped 4 seconds in the 50 Freestyle finishing in 42.5. She dropped 3 seconds in the 100 IM to finish in 2:04.2. Though only 9 years old she has already competed in 15 swim meets (and 4 GSSA State meets) and is a steady performer in all strokes and relays. She’s also an incredible singer, actress, and dancer.
  • Sydney Wallace (12) posted three strong performances in her very first swim meet. She swam a 45.7 in the 50 Freestyle, 1:48.0 in the 200 Freestyle, and 1:00.1 in the 50 Backstroke. Sydney just started practicing with SVST a few months ago. Being a self-taught swimmer she is catching on fast. Sydney truly enjoys being in the water and swimming. She has a positive attitude about doing the best she can and learning more. Expect more big drops in time from Sydney this summer.
  • Avery Whitelaw (7) swam in 3 events and the Girls 8U “A” Freestyle relay. She swam the 25 Breaststroke for the 1st time and completed it legally. She didn’t have best times in the 25 Freestyle or Backstroke but now has more experience going into the summer meets. Avery shocked everyone in her first swim meet when she went 27.0 in the 25 Backstroke placing her 5th on the Top Ten Times list. Avery knows how to do all of the strokes and will be counted on as a leading member of our Girls 8U squad.
  • Connor Wiggin (7) swam in 3 events in his very first swim meet. His best swim was the 25 Freestyle which he finished in 29.0. To go under 30 seconds in his first swim meet is quite an accomplishment that Connor should be very proud of. It wasn’t very long ago that Connor was taking Level 3 and Level 4 swim lessons. Connor is one of seven swimmers currently on our Boys 8U squad. These boys are going to be a force to be reckoned with this summer at dual meets and the State Meet.
  • Aaron Zakon (8) swam two events and the anchor leg on the Boys 8U 100 Freestyle relay at his very first swim meet. He wasn’t rattled a bit by the new surrounding or activities. He also went under 30 seconds in the 25 Freestyle finishing in a solid 27.0. Aaron is a stroke technician. He listens carefully to discussion on stroke mechanics during practice and then applies them to the best of his ability. He will be an important part of the success of our Boys 8U squad this summer 

SVST is a member of the Granite State Swimming Association (GSSA) which is a summer recreational league consisting of about 30 swim teams from MA, ME, NH , and VT. The purpose of the GSSA is to promote and develop competitive swimming, in the belief that this activity offers a positive means for enhancing athletic ability and character development.

The team practices at the indoor pool at the New England Inn in Intervale all year round. Interested swimmers are always welcome to join the team for practices and meets. Swimmers do not have to compete. The focus of the team is on overall personal development, fitness, stroke development, and camaraderie.

For more information about the Saco Valley Swim Team you can call Coach Bob Magg at (603) 733-5915 or or email him at info@whitemountainaquatic.com.