2015 14 & Under LCM Championships
August 8, 2015
The Exeter Swim Team completed its New England swimming season for its aged 14 and under swimmers at the New England 14-under Swimming Championships held at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool in Cambridge Massachusetts on July 23 through 26. Over 60 large teams from NH, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont competed in this prestigious event.
Exeter swimmers placed in the top third (23rd) and set four new team records, making them a small but potent group.
Julia Netishen (age 9) was 12th in the High Point category, scoring in all four of her events … the 50 meter Backstroke (4th), the 100 Back (5th), 50 Freestyle (7th) and the 50 Breaststroke (13th). Her fourth place finish in the Backstroke was the highest for EST at the meet.
Andrew Benson (age 13) was the highest point scorer for Exeter, grabbing 30 points in seven events. He helped teammates Tony Min (13), Ethan Thompson (14) and Jacob Bishop (14) set team records in the 400 Medley Relay (4:35.34) and the 800 Free Relay (8:51.37). Benson placed 7th in the finals of the 200 Free and won the consolation finals in the 100 Free. He also placed in the 400 (12th) and 50 (14th) Freestyle events.
Min placed 15th in the 200 Breaststroke against a strong field setting a new team record in 2:51.71. He also made finals in the 50 Freestyle (5th) and scored in the 100 Butterfly (4th) and 50 Freestyle (16th).
Ethan Thompson (14) had the highest place finish for the 13-14 year old Boys group scoring 5th in the finals of the 100 Butterfly. He also placed 8th in the 100 Freestyle.
Elizabeth Bencze (11) set a new team record with her 7th place finish in her 200 Breaststroke (3:11.65). She also finaled (8th) in the 200 Backstroke.
Brady Dixon (12) made the evening finals in the 400 Freestyle (10th) and 200 Individual Medley (12th) and Sam Siedzik (age 10) qualified and swam a best time in the 50 Breaststroke.
“We had a smaller group this summer” said coach Greig Cronauer, “But most not only qualified for the evening finals in best times, they beat those best times again in the Finals. They really swam well.”
Exeter Swim Team has completed its Spring/Summer season and begins its Fall/Winter season in early September. Visit exeterswim.org for more information on the program.
See photos attached of Julia Netishen (4th place, 50 meter Backstroke) and Andrew Benson (7th place, 200 Freestyle) accepting awards on the blocks.