Brattleboro Swim Team earns silver medal

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Swim Team (BST) finished second in the Southern Vermont Swim League (SVSL) championship meet in Rutland on Saturday. Brattleboro had won seven consecutive titles in this district championship that has taken place for more than 50 years.

"SVSLs is always an event that this team looks forward to. The swimmers raced their hearts out all day and stepped up in a big way. Even though we didn't win our eighth consecutive SVSL championship, this was clearly our best effort in seven years. The energy from our team was felt around the entire pool. Our swimmers showed how much they truly cared about what they were doing and why they compete in this event. It was an incredible effort all around from this team," said Brattleboro coach Chris Brewer.

The Brattleboro swimmers set four new SVSL records, including Eliza Leach in the Girls 11-12 50-yard and 100-yard Backstrokes, Will Hill in the Boys 13-14 50-yard Backstroke, and the Boys 13-14 200-yard Freestyle Relay team of Ben Tardiff, Jordy Allembert, Eliott Murray and Will Hill.

Brattleboro competed valiantly during the morning session (ages 10 and under) against the nine Southern Vermont teams, including Manchester and the host, Rutland. Standout performers for BST included Avery Richardson who took first in the Girls 9-10 25-yard Butterfly as well as two second-place finishes and one third-place finish. Lucas DiZoglio led the BST boys with a first-place finish in the Boys 9-10 25-yard Breaststroke and a third-place finish. Harper Rosenberg, Peyton Thibault, Amelia Richardson and Delia Gould also had top-three finishes. The Girls 8-and-under (Amelia Richardson, Tenley Rea, Peyton Thibault, Merritt Goodell) and 10-11 (Natalie Macaluso, Delia Gould, Avery Richardson, Evelyn Gelter) relay teams both finished in second place in the 100-yard Medley Relay and Freestyle Relays. At the end of the morning session, BST was in third place behind Rutland and Manchester.

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The afternoon session (ages 11-18) started strong for BST with an outstanding performance from Madelyn Seymour, who took gold in the Girls 15-16 200-yard Individual Medley (IM). BST also took three first-place finishes in the 200-yard Medley Relays: Girls 12 and under (Eliza Leach, Kaya Gibson, Kennedy Taylor, Adelaide Redden), Girls 14 and under (Sidney Curven, Katherine Deso, Willa Redden, Kali Taylor) and the Boys 14 and under (Will Hill, Jordy Allembert, Ben Tardiff, Eliott Murray).

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BST persisted with outstanding individual performances led by Will Hill with four first-place finishes (Boys 14 and under 50-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Freestyle, 50-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Butterfly). Two other swimmers had three first-place finishes each: Kennedy Taylor (Girls 12 and under 200 yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 50-yard Breaststroke) and Eliza Leach (Girls 12 and under 100-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 50-yard Backstroke), both of whom added a second-place finish. Madelyn Seymour added a second gold in the Girls 15-16 100-yard Backstroke.

Other first-place finishers included Zach DiZiglio (Boys 12 and under 100-yard Backstroke), Kali Taylor (Girls 13-14 100-yard Freestyle, 50-yard Freestyle), Sidney Curven (Girls 13-14 100 yard IM), Ben Tardiff (Boys 13-14 50-yard Butterfly), Lily Brown (Girls 15-16 100-yard IM), Willa Redden (Girls 13-14 50-yard Butterfly) and Jordy Allembert (Boys 13-14 200-yard Freestyle).

BST had many swimmers place either second or third in afternoon races besides those already mentioned: Zach DiZoglio, Kali Taylor, Elliott Murray, Sidney Curven, Ben Tardiff, Luke Rizio, Sophia Mark, Avery Bauer, Katherine Deso, Hazel Reeder, Jordy Allembert, Isabelle Jarvis Stores, Kaya Gibson and Sheridan Lewis.

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The afternoon concluded with the 200-yard Freestyle Relays and BST finished strong with three first-place finishes: Girls 12 & under (Kaya Gibson, Adelaide Redden, Eliza Leach, Kennedy Taylor), Girls 14 and under (Katherine Deso, Willa Redden, Sidney Curven, Kali Taylor) and the previously mentioned record-breaking Boys 13-14 team.

Rutland won the district title with 2605.5 points. Rounding out the field was runner-up Brattleboro (2133.5), Manchester (1773), Woodstock (1090.5), Bennington (906), Crv Stingrays (731), Killington Sharks (584.5) and Quechee Swim Team (385).

Brattleboro will compete in the State Championships this weekend at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center in White River Junction.


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