March 19, 2014
The majority of the Exeter Swim Team completed its fall/winter season this past weekend at the NHSA Swimming Championships held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) in Vermont. Teams from all over New Hampshire were in attendance and Exeter had a great showing with many winning performances, a couple of record breaking swims and a first place finish from the 12-under group.
Exeter placed third overall, with the Exectutive Swim Club of Manchester taking first and host team UVAC placing second.
With many of the team's older swimmers participating at a meet in Connecticut it was up to the younger swimmers to make up for their loss. They rolled up their sleeves and went to work with the majority of the 125 swimmers in attendance achieving best times in at least one event. An amazing 75% of them scored points at the meet.
"The number of scorers showed our depth in the younger age groups" said Coach Greig Cronauer. "The points scored by our 12-unders was the highest of any team present and that was our goal for the meet since many of the older swimmers were not in attendance."
EST had many quality swims however, as the 11-12 team of Thomas Choquette, Tony Min, Andrew Benson and Max Reich broke State Records in winning both the Medley and Freestyle relays. Elizabeth Bencze, Grace Mercier, Megan Reich and Julia Wagner also touched first in the 200 Medley Relay for the 9-10 Girls.
Individual titles were won by Julia Netishen (age 8) in the 25 yard Backstroke, Emily Metivier (12) in the 200 Individual Medley, Brady Dixon (10) in the 50 Freestyle, and Min (12) in the 50 Butterfly.
“Some events had over 100 athletes entered so placing in
the top 10 was very difficult” explained coach Stacey
Metivier. “Exeter had a couple dozen make it,
surpassing our totals from last year.”
Twenty three swimmers actually accomplished that feat, including Bencze (10), Benson (11), Charles Blake (14), Alex Bouvier (13), Russell Browning (8), Caden Caswell (8), Andrew Cataldo (11), Choquette (12), Chloe Couture (12), Griffin Deschenes (12), Dixon (10), Aaron Fleischer (15), Nick Garey (10), Grace Mack (8), Metivier (12), Min (12), Netishen (8), Noah Peltz (15), Neruda Perdomo (11), Tony Piotrowski (7), Megan Reich (9), Ethan Thompson (13), and Sophia Yeganeh (10).
“Certain swimmers really stood out at this meet” said Coach Nicole Benson. “Either with big time drops or gutsy races that helped the team or the relays.”
Those swimmers included Jacob Bishop (13), Caroline Cavalier
(10), Dixon (10), Eliana Fleischer (12), Hugh Gregg (10), Jalen
Howarth (9), Christina King (9), Alexandra Knox (9), Ella Moran
(10), Meghan Mundy (15), Jordan Myers (15), and Sam Siedzik