BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Swim Team won the Division II Vermont Swim Association championship event after two days of strong swimming and statewide competition at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction on Aug. 2 and 3.
Fifty-five swimmers from BST came away with a team total of 1356.5 points. Competing against 19 other teams, BST ended the season by winning the Division II state title and finishing fifth total in the state.
The Brattleboro Swim Team begins practicing the Monday after school is let out. This only gives six weeks to produce the best team possible to compete at the Southern Vermont Swim League Championship and the Vermont Swim League State Championship meets. The majority of the BST swimmers only swim these six weeks over the course of the entire year, unlike other teams that swim year round.
"The fact that we have been able to win championships in southern Vermont the past three years and a state championship this past year is almost unbelievable," said Coach Chris Brewer. "This outcome pays tribute to the incredible hard work put in by the swimmers, but also the dedication of the coaches to this team."
The coaching staff, consisting of Head Coach Dan Morse, Beverly Wright, Diana Pimer and Christopher Brewer, has come together over the past two years to help each and every swimmer reach their highest potential. Each coach brings his or her own styles of coaching to the pool deck, which allows the coaches to meet the needs of all swimmers.
At the BST Awards Ceremony on Aug. 4, held at the Kiwanis Shelter at Living Memorial Park, coaches had high praise for the team.
Individual achievements were singled-out, including but not limited to Will Hill, Willem Thurber, Eva Gould, Kali Taylor, Calvin Gould, Owen James, Trevor Fay, Matt Brooks, Lillian Fisher, Andrew Brooks, Isabelle Magbie, Anna Gaskill, Ben Cooper, Cameron Wright and Matthew Dulmaine.
Every single swimmer who participated in the state championship swam personal bests in some or all of their events.
"As a coach, what is incredible to see is the strides and growth we see over such a short six-week season from all swimmers," said Brewer. "They come to practice and work hard every day. I am so proud of each and every swimmer."
The consistent theme that resonated during the BST Awards Ceremony was the sense of team accomplishment through commitment, hard work, positive attitude, and good sportsmanship, he said.
The team will be losing two outstanding and accomplished swimmers, said Brewer.
Anna Gaskill and Ben Cooper graduated high school this year and will no longer be eligible to swim in the league. Gaskill has been swimming with BST since she was 5 years old. She will be attending and swimming at Colby-Sawyer College. Cooper was 6 when he started BST and will be attending and swimming at Hamilton College in the fall.
"They are both model BST swimmers who, through their willingness to commit and persevere will continue to have many successes in life," said Brewer.