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All-Stars go head-to-head

Posted: July 7, 2013 - 12:03am
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Photo by Jim Blaylock  Max Buckingham, 8, swam for Woodbridge in the CSRA Swim League All-Star swim meet.
Photo by Jim Blaylock Max Buckingham, 8, swam for Woodbridge in the CSRA Swim League All-Star swim meet.

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The long weekend for the CSRA Swim League came to a rousing end Monday night.

The league’s five division meets began June 28 and once they were finished June 30, the league’s 20 best in each event took to the pool at the Augusta Aquatic Center once more for the 2013 CSRA All-Star Meet.

Even with the best summer league swimmers going head-to-head, there were still 12 double winners by the end of the competition.

Bobby Nelson, Division 3 Cambridge’s 18-year-old head coach and year-round swimmer, was one of those beating the field twice, winning the 50-yard freestyle and the 50 breaststroke.

“This pool is where I train, it’s more comforting for me,” said Nelson, who was pleased with the way the team progressed over the course of the season. “We’ve definitely shown improvement and I’m so proud of how many were able to make it to the meet.”

Division 5 Woodbridge head coach Ross Meschke noted what an accomplishment it is for swimmers to qualify for the meet.

“I’m real proud of them,” said Meschke of his swimmers. “When you’re in a lower division and make the top 20 of the CSRA, that’s big. I tell them every year, you make it to the all-stars and that’s it.”

Petersburg Racquet Club swimmer Carson Crowley, a 2013 Lakeside High School graduate, has been swimming in the league since she was 5 years old. She had a first place in the 50 breaststroke and a second in the 50 freestyle.

She said she would miss everything about the league. She likes the All-Star Meet because it brings all the swimmers together.

“It’s a great chance for kids in different divisions to get together and have a good time,” Crowley said.

Springlake’s 8-year-old Jessica Dowdy was one of those having fun in and out of the water. Her night ended quickly after winning the 25 freestyle and the 25 breaststroke, but she wasn’t rushing off immediately, sticking around to support her teammates.

“I just want to cheer them on,” said Dowdy.

Hammond Hill’s Emily Sam was one of 12 double winners on the night and broke the first meet record of the night, swimming a 32.48 in the girls 13-14 50-yard breaststroke.

“I really wanted to go for it and break it because it’s from 2005,” said Sam. “I felt like I was kind of close, I was hoping I would beat it.”

She didn’t set a record in her 100-individual medley win, but she wasn’t surprised by that.

“The record was set by Katherine Huff and I’d have to drop five seconds,” Sam said.

Springlake’s Rachel Fulton (15.88) also broke a record in the girls 9-10 25 backstroke; her mark of 15.94 she set during the 2013 season.

CSRA Swim League president Keith Hendry, who was the meet announcer and has been a part of it since 1995, said what the overall tone of the meet should be.

“It’s about watching these kids swim and have a good time,” he said.

Freestyle: Girls 6 and under Amelia Harper (HST), 19.84; boys 6 and under Parker Evanson (RTS), 21.92; girls 7-8 Jessica Dowdy (SL) 16.51; boys 7-8 Kyle Puffer (WST), 16.44; girls 9-10 Audrey Munger (PRC), 14.42; boys 9-10 Cullen Hovey (FE), 14.78; girls 11-12 Emily Munger (PRC), 28.81; boys 11-12 Jake Estroff (PRC), 27.08; girls 13-14 Holly Chafin (WLCC), 26.67; boys 13-14 Trey Grant (NH), 25.54; girls 15-18 Kelsey Williams (HHST), 25.09; boys 15-18 Bobby Nelson (CSP), 22.82.

Breaststroke: Girls 8 and under Jessica Dowdy (SL), 21.14; boys 8 and under Josh Golembeski (MT), 21.93; girls 9-10 Olivia Brower (RW), 18.60; boys 9-10 Nolan Skiff (FE), 18.16; girls 11-12 Meghan McBride (MT), 35.38; boys 11-12 Zachary Griffin (BST), 36.66; girls 13-14 Emily Sam (HHST), 32.48; boys 13-14 Jason Butts (RW), 33.04; girls 15-18 Carson Crowley (PRC), 34.32; boys 15-18 Bobby Nelson (CSP), 29.08.

Backstroke: Girls 6 and under Kate-Mason Drafts (KH), 25.88; boys 6 and under Parker Evanson (RTS), 26.53; girls 7-8 Katie Schlegel (KHS) 18.56; boys 7-8 Riley Hodell (PRC), 21.68; girls 9-10 Rachel Fulton (SL), 15.88; boys 9-10 Jacob Matthews (RW), 18.23; girls 11-12 Maddie White (BST), 33.98; boys 11-12 Jacob Buck (FE), 32.55; girls 13-14 Jenna West (HHST), 30.73; boys 13-14 Trey Grant (NH), 30.84; girls 15-18 Emma Nelson (JC), 30.24; boys 15-18 Jonathan Schrader (RW), 27.93.

Butterfly: Girls 8 and under Tara Fulton (SL), 17.49; boys 8 and under Tucker Samaha (HST), 17.15; girls 9-10 Rachel Fulton (SL), 14.75; boys 9-10 James Schlegel (KHS), 15.14; girls 11-12 Emily Munger (PRC), 31.45; boys 11-12 Jake Estroff (PRC), 30.21; girls 13-14 Caroline Preheim (PRC), 29.13; boys 13-14 Nathan Alleyne (WL), 27.49; girls 15-18 Ashley Boudreaux (SST), 28.59; boys 15-18 Aaron Rheins (MT), 24.78.

IM: Girls 8 and under Katie Schlegel (KHS), 1:24.48; boys 8 and under Tucker Samaha (HST), 1:26.45; girls 9-10 Olivia Brower (RW), 1:17.88; boys 9-10 James Schlegel (KHS), 1:15.11; girls 11-12 Sabrina Skiff (FE), 1:11.33; boys 11-12 Aidan Frank (FE), 1:10.83; girls 13-14 Emily Sam (HHST), 1:06.69; boys 13-14 Nathan Alleyne (WL), 1:04.96; girls 15-18 Kelsey Williams (HHST), 1:03.22; boys 15-18 Joey Thornton (RTS), 59.58.

CSRA ALL-STAR RESULTS

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