Records Keep Falling and Times Keep Dropping
This past weekend the Newark Wahoos Swim Club swam in the Sea Dragons Swim Club Snowball Classic at Penfield High School. The Wahoos were represented by 11 swimmers and achieved 25 best times, 2 team records, and a total of 1:39.99 seconds dropped in the meet along with one swimmer earning the high point trophy for their gender and age group.
In the 8 & under age group the Wahoos were represented by Riley DeCola-Velazquez, Amber Johnson, and Brooke Salerno. Johnson and Salerno each dropped over 4 seconds in their races and were part of a 5th place 10 & under 200 Free Relay with DeCola-Velazquez and Haley Brown. DeCola-Velazquez in her individual events continued her stellar season with dropping 5.51 seconds off of her 8 & under girls team record in the 100 IM which she took 2nd in. The rest of the way she won her remaining 4 events enroot to her High Point Trophy earning the most points in the 8 & under age group for the girls in the meet. Haley Brown who was part of five 9-10 year old girls that represented the Wahoos at the meet was swimming in her first meet of her young career and earned 2 best times. Joining her in the age group was Emma Correia, Leah Curran, Liz Krause, and Lauren MacTaggart. Correia who swam in her first meet in 10 months lit the pool up with dropping over 46 seconds of time in her 5 events while Krause dropped a little over 9 seconds in her 5 swims too. Curran and MacTaggart each earned multiple best times and completed some new events for the first time in their young careers. The 4 of them teamed up for a team record in the 9-10 girls age group for the 200 Free Relay going 3:23.87 and finishing 2nd in the race. The lone 9-10 year old boy for the Wahoos was Talyn Pierce and he also achieved 3 best times in his 5 swims and was part of a 4 place 10 & under Mixed Medley Relay with Curran, Krause, and Correia.
In the afternoon session the Wahoos had Jake Huber and Alex Waasdorp as their lone representatives. Huber earned 3 best times in his 3 swims and dropped over 13 seconds of total time in his 50 Free. Meanwhile Waasdorp earned a best time and finished in the top 16 for 3 of her 5 events.
“This was a fantastic meet by the swimmers with many best times, records, lots of time dropped, and having a swimmer earn the Individual High Point Trophy for their age group,” commented Head Coach Matthew Lincoln. “I am very proud of how they swam and the improvements they all are making. It is great to see all of the hard work pay off.”
Next up for the Wahoos will be the Niagara LSC Championship Meet Qualifier on Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th at the Hilton Aquatic Center.