Brattleboro Swim Team dominates home meet
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Swim Team swept Tuesday's three-team meet at Living Memorial Park, winning both the girls and boys team titles.
The Brattleboro girls scored 402 points, easily defeating Woodstock (160 points) and the CRV Stingrays (140 points). Kali Taylor and Amelia Richardson each won four different races to pace the hosts.
"Kali is the swimmer everyone wants on their team. Everyday she comes ready to work and train at the highest level. She listens to everything the coaches have to say and is constantly looking to improve," mentioned BST coach Chris Brewer. "When you see Kali out of the water, she is always smiling and very polite. When she puts her cap and goggles on, there is a shift — a mindset that brings out a fierce and fiery competitor."
Sheridan Lewis, Willa Redden, Avery Richardson and Kennedy Taylor all touched the wall first three times for BST. Madelyn Seymour, Sidney Curven, Adelaide Redden and Lily Brown won two races apiece. Eliza Leach, Delia Gould, Julia St. John, Kaya Gibson and Katherine Desu added one victory each.
"Madelyn grinds. Whatever you put in front of her, she brings this can-do attitude and never disappoints. She constantly asks questions about how she can improve and brings a high level of determination. One of Madelyn's best qualities is her compassion and support of her teammates. If someone needs help, Madelyn is there. If a teammate is swimming, Madelyn is cheering them on. If a coach needs anything, she steps up and does it. She is a talented swimmer and competitor," coach Brewer said of Seymour.
In the boys team competition, Brattleboro racked up 197 points, Woodstock followed with 120, and the CRV Stingrays ended up with 91.
Ayoub Lajhar took the 50 Free, 50 Back, 100 Free and 100 IM to lead BST. Will "the Thrill" Hill and Jayden Cyr added three wins apiece, while Ben Tardif triumphed twice.
"Will is an extremely composed and determined individual. Everyday he shows up and pushes through our workouts. When he asks questions, it is direct with lots of purpose. His brain is always turning with how he can improve and compete at a higher level," noted Brewer. " Will is arguably our most reliable swimmer in competitions on the team. When he steps onto the block, you know he is going to swim hard and he is going to match his time, get a PR, or beat the individual next to him."
Brattleboro's Lucas DiZoglio, Zachary DiZoglio, Ben Stauffer, Luke Rizio, Tristan Phillips and Grant Dublois all prevailed in one race.
BST will battle Bennington on Tuesday.
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