It was a heated meet Tuesday night when Farmington played host to Brynwood in CSRA Swim League Division 2 action.
With 255 swimmers participating in the dual meet, the majority of the events–not counting the relays–had multiple heats to determine winners. So, after four-plus hours, the Tide of Brynwood went home with the 485.5-310.5 win.
Both teams moved up from Division 3 this year, and Tide coach Belinda Waters thought the win was an important one in the team’s first official meet of the year as multiple swimmers got to race.
“Our practice got messed up last week because of the rain, and a lot of first-time swimmers needed more practice,” said Waters.
Getting all the swimmers into the races kept the coaches on their toes all night.
“It’s organized chaos,” said Fins (0-1) head coach Sarah Wexler, who said winning is nice but not everything in the summer league.
“I want everyone to swim and have fun and do their best,” said Wexler. “I always like winning, but a win is a win and a loss is a loss. Having fun is the key.”
Farmington 14-year-old Devin Quinn swam in relays, the freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke events.
“I try,” he said, “I’m not really the greatest but I’m not really the worst. I think it’s really good that everyone gets the chance to show that they’re good if they try.”
Along with triple winner Saxon Read, one of the better swimmers of the night for the Fins was triple winner Aaron Hendry, who was tops in the boys 15-18 freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke. He likes the summer league atmosphere which is different from year-round and high school swimming.
“It’s just a usual day at a summer league meet,” Hendry said. “Everyone is just having fun, it’s not a huge deal.”
Pushing the Tide to victory were triple winners Brian Sadenwasser, Anna Summers, Sydney Pittman, Mike Jeschke, Annabel Poteet and Lindsay Wallace.
Wallace also doubles as an assistant coach and enjoys that aspect of the summer league.
“It’s really fun because I coach and everything,” Wallace said. “it’s a little bit chaotic getting the little kids ready but it’s fun.”
Double winners for the Tide were Zoey Koltz and Zachary Griffin while Michael Hill, Jeremy Zidek and Braden Tippett won twice for the Fins.