PVA Invitational 2018 Wrapup
June 22, 2018
Purple Valley Aquatics hosts an annual USA Swimming meet at Williams College every June and it always turns out some amazing athletes with great spirit! This year PVA had many returning athletes and some new faces on deck as well. Swimming in their first meet ever were Sylvie Clowes and Mia Harding who both had amazing races and competed in the 50 meter Freestyle and 50 meter Backstroke. Graham Maramag had many notable swims, but also placed 7th in the boys 12 & Under 100 meter butterfly which was a personal accomplishment to be applauded! Harper Stevenson, who has already qualified to swim at the Long Course Age Group Championship meet in July, dropped 7 seconds in her 100 meter backstroke! Along with many other amazing races, Harper placed 2nd in the 100 meter butterfly (dropping 6 seconds) and also took 2nd in the 100 meter breaststroke. Julia Goh is another PVA athlete who made substantial progress this season which showed as she dropped 18 seconds in her 100 meter freestyle landing her in 13th place. A few other 12 & Under athletes who raced extremely well at the PVA Invitational and are really coming alive in their swimming careers were Ian Fredette who placed in the top 20 in 5 of his events, his brother Noah Fredette who dropped 28 seconds in the 100 meter backstroke bringing him in 15th place, and Nick King who swam to 20th place in the 100 meter backstroke. Lydia Shustack also swam some amazing races as she splashed to a 9th place finish in the 50 meter butterfly, and dropped substantial time in her 50 meter freestyle as well as her 100 meter backstroke.
PVA's 13 & Over athletes showed amazing improvements as well during the course of the weekend. Leading the team with spirit, support and enthusiasm the older athletes have really started taking on an amazing leadership role on the team. Asa Stone took 2nd in the 100 meter butterfly, 8th in the 400 freestyle and 9th in the 800 meter freestyle as well as the 200 meter butterfly. All of these swims were impressive given her lineup of events for the weekend! Gabriela Zasada placed in the top 20 swimmers in not only the 50 freestyle, but also the 200 meter freestyle, the 400 meter freestyle, the 800 meter freestyle and the 200 meter breaststroke. Samantha Stevenson came on strong, swimming a personal best in the 200 meter freestyle, 11th in the 800 meter freestyle and 11th in the 100 meter butterfly as well! Swimming his core events unrested, Cole Kuster placed 1st overall in the 200 Free, 400 Free, 400IM and 2nd place in the 50 Free performing along his personal best times in those events. In addition, Cole achieved best times in the 200 IM, 200 Breast, and 100 Fly. Cole will continue training and preparing for championship season where he will compete at New England Seniors mid-July at Brown University and has qualified to compete at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals, which will be held in Irvine, CA this summer.
"Everyone swam as well if not much better than expected for this time in the long course season! It is always extremely fun to host a meet at Williams College and we had a great cohort of athletes on deck cheering for each other and enjoying the team camaraderie" stated Coach Karrie Honecker. "A meet of this size takes a substantial amount of time and energy from our parents, coaches and official volunteers. We are extremely grateful to everyone who gave their weekend to support this team and their athletes."
PVA will be sending 5 athletes to Brown University this weekend to compete in the Summer Fiesta Meet that is hosted by Seacoast Swimming. Good luck everyone!