Sharks, Barracudas crowd the pool
Broadway and ERRA are the two largest teams in the Valley Swim League, and with close to 300 swimmers entering the pool Tuesday night, it took all four allotted hours to complete the meet. The spectators were treated to a terrific display of top-notch swimming, including two breast-stroking sprints during which John Michael Roscher (BWAY) was out-touched by Griffen Witt (ERRA) by .15 seconds. That was immediately followed by Stephanie Ouderkirk’s (ERRA) six-tenths of a second victory over Abigail Showalter (BWAY).
Other hotly contested events found Emma Bacon (BWAY) falling short of victory by .26 seconds to Dylan Gregory (ERRA) in the 25 meter freestyle, and Hannah Shore (BWAY) falling by .30 seconds to Faith Bitsko (ERRA) also in the 25 freestyle.
The closest race of the night saw Jessica Duret (BWAY) touch two-hundredths of a second faster than Madison Clark (ERRA) in the 11-12 Girls 50 Freestyle. Jessica was the only Shark to pull out a victory in these thrilling races determined by fractions of a second, but she wasn’t the only victor.
Joseph Nesselrodt, Matthew Fulk, Payton Armentrout and Paul Armentrout also claimed individual wins, and the 5-18 200m free relay team of Bacon, Rebecca Hardesty, Amanda Nesselrodt, Kailyn Kreider and Sarah Roderick claimed the only Sharks relay victory.
The Sharks posted 24 regular season best times. The most dramatic performance was credited to Aubree Morris, who dropped four seconds off her previous season best in the 100 IM. She and the rest of the Sharks head into the championship tournament with high expectations that more than a few team records might fall Saturday at JMU’s Savage Natatoreum in Godwin Hall.
One team record already fell this season, and went unnoticed until this week. Emma Bacon broke Taylor MacDonnell’s 8U 25 backstroke record set in 2003 when she posted a 24.86 time July 10 against Massanutten.