With the way the crowd was cheering at the end of the mixed 18 and under freestyle relay – the night’s final event – it felt like the race would decide Tuesday night’s swim meet.
While the race didn’t ultimately factor into the outcome, it was that type of enthusiasm that pervaded the Woodbridge Beavers-Rivershyre Tiger Sharks matchup in CSRA Division 4 action.
With the division title on the line in the regular season’s final meet, the Tiger Sharks jumped out to an early lead and went on to a 560.5-471.5 win.
“We realized the past few days that this would be an important meet,” said Tiger Sharks assistant coach Nick Frizzi. “The kids have worked hard in practice, and it showed tonight.”
The Tiger Sharks lost their first meet of the year to Knob Hill, but won the final three. Tuesday’s win threw the division into a three-way tie with Woodbridge and Knob Hill, who also finished 3-1.
The matter will be decided July 8 at the Division 4 meet at Augusta Aquatics Center.
“The divisional will settle that,” said Woodbridge administrator Ross Meschke. “It’s not unusual for a team to go to the division undefeated and not win it. To come out for a team this size with one loss is pretty good. Especially to Rivershyre.”
Leading the way for the Tiger Sharks was 10-year-old Justin Meddings, who won his events in the 25-meter breaststroke, the 25 backstroke and 100 individual medley.
Dominating the girls 11-12 category were Woodbridge’s Ellie Polhill and Rivershyre’s Elena Lopez, who each won two events. Head-to-head they split with Lopez, winning the 50 butterfly in one of the closest races of the night, and Polhill taking the 100 IM.
“My friend told me we were really close in times, I expected it to be close,” said Lopez after the butterfly. More than anything, she wanted the team to win. “If we win we’re first in the division,” she said.
Helping keep the Beavers in the meet were triple winners Brennan and Erin Day, as well as Chloe Colburn and Garrett Singletary. Joining Polhill as a double winner was Megan Day.
Double winners besides Lopez for the Tiger Sharks were Ava Miller, Carson Meddings, Morgan Masters. Joey Thornton and Andrew Hogue.