Brattleboro swimmers compete at VSA State Championship

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WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — After claiming their seventh consecutive Southern Vermont Swim League title, members of the Brattleboro Swim Team (BST) with qualifying times competed at the Vermont Swim Association's (VSA) State Championships at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction August 4 and 5.

Over the two days of racing, Brattleboro swimmers combined score total points 1369.50 points, taking second place behind Divisional Champion Vergennes Swim Team.

Saturday and Sunday's morning sessions saw four Brattleboro girls capture state titles in their respective age groups. Peyton Thibault, 6, took gold in the girls U6 25 yard, while Kennedy Taylor, 10, went double gold in the girls 9-10 25 yard breast stroke and 50 yard freestyle.

Kali Taylor, 12, swam to the gold in the girls 11-12 200 freestyle.

BST's three gold medalists also struck silver over the weekend, with Thibault finishing second in the girls 6&U backstroke, Kennedy Taylor swimming to the silver medal in the girls 9-10 100 yard IM and sister Kali collecting one of her own in the girls 11-12 100 free.

VSA State meet results included another pair of silver medal Brattleboro sisters as Adelaide Redden, 9, and Willa Redden, 13, finished second in the girls 9-10 25 free and 13-14 200 yard free, respectively. But these sister acts weren't finished as Willa Redden and Kali Taylor also combined with Madelyn Seymour and Sidney Curven to take silver in the girls U14 200 yard freestyle relay.

Redden, Seymour, and Curven also teamed up with Alexis Eccleston to place in the girls U14 200 medley relay.

Brattleboro's list of silver medalists includes Spenser Thompson, 11, and Drew Brooks,17, who took second for swims in the boys U12 200 yard freestyle and 17-18 men's 50 free, respectively. Brooks added to BST's medal count, capturing two bronzes in the 17-18 100 free and the 17-18 100 fly.

Kali Taylor did the same for her swims in 11-12 50 yard free and 100 IM. Will Hill (boys 11-12 50 free), Alexis Eccleston (12-14 50 girls fly) and Parker Thibault, another of BSTs swimming sisters, (girls 9-10 back) also swam to the show position in their races.

BST swimmers with top five finishes in the 2018 State meet included Amelia Richardson, two 4th place finishes in the girls U6 25 Free and 25 Back, along with Will Hill (4th boys 11-12 100 free, 5th, 11-12 50 Fly and 100 IM), Madelyn Seymour (4th women's 500 free, 5th girls 13-14 100 IM), Kennedy Taylor (4th girls 9-10 25 Free), Parker Thibault (5th girls 9-10 25 free), Cate Hennigan (4th girls 9-10 100 IM), Delia Gould (5th girls 9-100 IM), Willa Redden (5th girls 13-14 50 free) and Drew Brooks (5th men's 500 free). The girls U8 freestyle relay team of Peyton Thibault, Amelia Richardson, Natalie Macaluso and Jordan Aither took fourth place for BST.

U12 boys Colin Hennigan, Luke Rizio, Spenser Thompson and Will Hill did the same in their free relay before Hennigan, Thompson and Hill were joined by Zach DiZorglio to take fourth in the U12 medley relay.

Top ten finishes were recorded by Parker Thibault (6th girls U6 50 free), Kaya Gibson (10th girls 9-10 25 fly, 7th 50 free) Cate Henneigan (9th girls 9-10 100 IM), Eva Gould (9th girls 11-12 50yard breast), Willa Redden (6th girls 13-14 100 free) Sidney Curven (8th girls 13-14 50 back), Madelyn Seymour (6th girls 13-14 100 yard back), Anna Hennigan (8th girls 13-14 50 breast and 9th 100 breast ) Alexis Eccleston 6th girls 13-14 fly), Katherine Deso (10th girls 13-14 100fly), Sophia Marks (6th women's 17-18 200 IM), Grace Rizio (10th girls50 fly), Colin Hennigan (10th boys 11-12 50 free, 12U 100 Breast), Tyler Thompson(8th boys 13-14 200 free, 10th men's 500 free), Ernie Antonucci (8th men's 15-16 100 free, 6th 100 free, 6th 200 Yard IM) and Matt Brooks (8th men's 100 back).

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