From intros matching that of a prizefighter walking into the ring to packed stands throughout the night, Monday was all about individual swimmers at the Augusta Aquatics Center.
After a long weekend of team divisional competition, the CSRA Swim League wrapped up its summer season with the 2014 CSRA All-Star Swim Meet. They swam with their pool colors on, but it was about individual achievement as records fell and double winners were crowned.
“It means responsibility for me,” said Westlake’s Lauren Smith, who won the girls 9-10 25 yard breaststroke, of swimming for herself. “I can push to do what I want to do.”
The night was divided into two parts, the 10-and-under swimmers going first followed by the 11-and-over crowd.
In the first session there were five double winners including Stratford’s Victoria Anderson (girls 8-under 25 butterfly, 100 individual medley) and Jones Creek’s Audrey Munger (9-10 25 free, 25 fly).
“It’s harder, it makes me swim faster,” said Munger of facing the other top swimmers.
It didn’t take long for records to fall by the wayside in the second session as Westlake’s Nathan Alleyne won the 13-14 boys 50 freestyle (23.68), breaking the record previously set in 2012 by Farmington’s Dallin Tippett. Alleyne thought he had a chance at the record as he was less than a second from breaking it on Saturday at his division meet.
“I guess I was in the zone this time,” said Alleyne, who later added a win in the 50 fly.
Another double winner, Springlakes’ Nathan Rogers, found himself pitted against pool teammates and potential high school teammates in Mitchell Petras and Aaron Hendry while winning the 50 breast.
I swim against them every day,” said Rogers, calling it a weird experience. “We’re friends, we don’t dislike each other, but we don’t want to lose.”
Rogers would tack on a win in the 50 fly as well.
Other double winners included: Woodbridge’s Erin Day (girls 11-12 50 free/100 IM) and Brennnan Day (boys 15-18 50 back/100 IM), Springlakes’ Rachel Fulton (girls 11-12 50 back/50 fly), Riverwood’s Zachary Vasquez (boys 11-12 50 free/fly) and Ellen Johnson (girls 13-14 50 free/100 IM).
At the end of the night, league president Keith Hendry was happy with the way the season went and with the way the final weekend came to a conclusion, especially with the close to 500 parents who worked as volunteers.
“The season’s a sprint – six weeks – but it’s just a lot of fun,” Hendry said. “Look at all the suppport from the parents, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”