With the CSRA swimming season starting to heat up, so are the West Lake Dolphins.
After losing their first two meets of the season, the Dolphins have won the past two Division 1 contests.
The Dolphins swam out to an early lead Tuesday night at Montclair and never looked back, winning 631.5-505.5.
The Makos dropped to 0-3.
“We looked good today,” said volunteer coach Alex Schafer. “We swam fast and did our strokes well.”
He wasn’t talking about himself, but he could have been. The 18-year-old Lakeside graduate, who is attending Georgia Tech in the fall, was one of six Dolphins who registered three wins. Schafer was tops in the 50-yard backstroke, the 50 butterfly and the 100 individual medley.
Tommy Horner was a double winner (25 freestyle, 25 breaststroke) and was confident he could win heading into his freestyle race.
“I looked at the heat sheet and I was about two seconds faster than everybody else,” said the 9-year-old Horner.
Nathan Alleyne bested the field in the 50 breaststroke, the 50 fly and 100 IM. He was happy with his performance, but happier that the team came out on top.
“I felt like I swam pretty well,” said the 12-year-old Alleyne. “I like it when everyone wins. We all enjoy it.”
In the 7-8 boys and girls age category, Amy and Jimmy Riordan earned the top spot in the 25 backstroke, 25 fly and 100 IM, while Arlyn Bateman was tops in the 50 breaststroke, 50 fly and 100 IM in the girls 15-18 category.
Katy Older, who will be a freshman at Lakeside High School this year, topped the field in the 50 breaststroke, 50 fly and 100 IM.
“I feel we’re all coming together, especially since we know we’re winning,” said Older halfway through the meet. “We lost our first two meets so this is exciting.”
Other double winners for the Dolphins included Maggie Horner (50 backstroke, 50 fly), Mary Grace Blaschke (25 freestyle, 25 backstroke) and Ashley Chafin (50 free, 50 back).