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Dolphins Shine at All-Star Meets

This past weekend our Dolphins participated in both All Star Relays and Individual All Stars, marking the very last meets of the 2018 season!

Congratulations to all of our Dolphins who competed in the All-Star meets this past weekend under beautiful blue skies!  

At Saturday's All-Star relays, Kate Chlopak, Jessica Khanna, Samantha Smith, and Nicole Vanderzon got us started with a 4th place finish  in the  Girls Open 200 Meter Medley.  Leo Bracciale, Everett Mascott, Mac Owen, and Dylan Reilly then crushed the field and the team record in the Boys 8 & Under 100 Meter Medley, only to be disqualified after the race for a false start.  And in an exciting finish to the meet, Isabel Finn, Joey Panner, Samantha Smith, Delia Vanderzon, and Phoebe Lewis took 1st in the Girls 18 & Under 250 Meter Freestyle Crescendo, dropping 8 seconds from their seed time and lowering the team record by more than 2 seconds.
 
The swimming was even faster on Sunday at the Individual All-Star meet, where Somerset was represented by perhaps its strongest and deepest group ever.  The team had nine swims, including boys and girls, and all five age groups.  Leading the way with 4th place finishes in breaststroke were Dylan Reilly (8 & Under boys) and Phoebe Lewis (9-10 girls) - both moving up from their seeds and lowering their own team records.  Dylan also finished 15th in backstroke.  Samantha Smith finished 5th in the 15-18 butterfly (lowering her team record) and 8th in the 15-18 backstroke.  Delia Vanderzon had a very strong day, finishing 6th in 13-14 butterfly and 7th in the 13-14 freestyle, moving up several seeds and setting team records in both events.  Finally, Nicole Vanderzon set a personal best finishing 12th in 15-18 butterfly and Nata Freeman finished 14th in 11-12 breaststroke.
 
You all did the team proud! 
 
Thanks from all of us to Coach Bess for leading us this weekend in her last meet with the team.  We'll miss you!
 
And that's a wrap for this year!  Good luck to Coach Kristina and Jeff Mascott who are already planning for an amazing 2019 DOLPHIN SUMMER!
 
Have a great August and see you at the pool!