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Swim league ends season with all-star meet

Posted: July 4, 2015 - 11:13pm
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Farmington's Ben Hill, 8, finishes second in the boys 8-and-under, 100-yard IM at the CSRA Swim League All-Star Meet. He also took first in the 25 backstroke.             JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF  Jon-Michael Sullivan
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Farmington's Ben Hill, 8, finishes second in the boys 8-and-under, 100-yard IM at the CSRA Swim League All-Star Meet. He also took first in the 25 backstroke. JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF

The CSRA Summer Swim League’s All-Star meet did not disappoint Monday night with fierce competition and record-breaking performances at the Augusta Aquatics Center.

With the last of the five division meets completed Sunday, the best swimmers from the 20 pools took to the water to battle for individual supremacy.

In all, 10 new league records were set and while swimmers were allowed to compete in just two events each, there were still 10 double winners.

The meet was divided into two sessions: first for swimmers 10 and under and then those 11 and older.

A few races in the initial session exemplified the quality and skill level of the swimmers in the meet.

On his birthday, Farmington’s Ben Hill won the boys 7-8 25-yard backstroke, but was denied a second win as he came in second to Riverwoods’ Adam Lippe in the 100 individual medley. Lippe was a double winner, taking home a first place in the 25 fly.

“I thought I could catch up to the other guy but I couldn’t,” said Hill, who added that he was also having fun hanging out with friends and playing in addition to swimming.

Coming into the girls 9-10 100 IM, Tara Fulton (Springlakes) and Kate Parviainen (West Lake) had won the 25 fly and 25 free, respectively, and were looking for their second win. Knob Hill’s Katie Schlegel, who was second to Fulton in the fly, denied them both, however, coming away with the win.

“I was very determined,” Schlegel said.

In the second session, the records that were falling were mainly ones set this year and re-broken by the same person.

In the girls 11-12 category, Springlakes’ Rachel Fulton was dominant. She first broke her record (28.86) in the 50 backstroke (28.73), then topped her mark of 28.27 in the 50 fly (28.08). Despite the results afterward, she said she wasn’t sure about the races beforehand.

“I felt really nervous, there’s a lot of great competitors out here,” Fulton said.

To win her races, she used the same desire now she hopes will carry her in the future.

“It was mostly motivation and determination to get to the Olympics one day,” she said.

The final race of the night - the boys 15-18 100 IM – was a star-studded one.

Mitchell Petras, who is headed to swim at LSU, won his second race of the night, fending off Aiken-Augusta Swim League teammate and rising Greenbrier senior Brennan Day and former Evans teammate and BYU-bound Nathan Rogers.

“I was trying to hold on to what little I had left after a long day of swimming,” Petras said. “They’re tough competitors and no one was going to give up on a race like that.”

Before the All-Star meet took place, the teams competed in their division meets. Rivershyre was the first team to be crowned champion Friday, winning the Division 4 meet.

Saturday morning, Brynwood was tops in the Division 1 meet. In the afternoon competition, Farmington continued where it left off in the regular season, winning the Division 3 meet.

Sunday afternoon, Knob Hill proved to be tops in Division 5 while West Lake closed it out in winning the Division 2 meet.

CSRA SWIM LEAGUE ALL-STAR MEET 10&UNDER

Double Winners

Lilly Wilkinson (Brynwood), girls 7-8 25 freestyle, 25 fly; Amelia Harper (Houndslake), girls 8 and under 25 breast, 100 IM; Adam Lippe (RW), boys 8 and under 25 fly, 100 IM; Zane Leigh (Woodside Plantation), boys 9-10 25 fly, 100 IM.

CSRA SWIM LEAGUE ALL-STAR MEET 11&OVER

Double Winners

Rachel Fulton (Springlakes), girls 11-12 50 back, 50 fly; Emily Robinson (Houndslake) girls 11-12 50 free, 100 IM; Thayer Loose (Brynwood, boys 11-12 50 fly, 100 IM; Erin Day (Brynwood) girls 13-14 50 free, 100 IM; Mike Jeschke (Brynwood) boys 13-14 50 breast, 100 IM; Audrey Robinson (Houndslake) girls 15-18 50 fly, 100 IM; Mitchell Petras, boys 15-18 50 breast, 100 IM.

CSRA SWIM LEAGUE ALL-STAR MEET 10&UNDER

25 Freestyle: 6 and under girls-Jane Pennington (BST); 6 and under boys-Solomon Pardue (FE) 21.48; 7-8 girls-Lilly Wilkinson (BST) 15.61; 7-8 boys-Lukas Fritsch (JC) 17.85; 9-10 girls-Kate Parviainen (WL) 13.78; 9-10 boys-Clark Jackson (MC) 13.55.

25 Breaststroke: 8 and under girls-Amelia Harper (HST) 18.95; 8 and under boys-James Pattillo (BST) 23.86; 9-10 girls-Jessica Dowdy (SL) 19.30; 9-10 boys-Josh Golembeski (MT) 17.52.

25 Back: 6 and under girls-Kate Christiansen (KH) 27.73; 6 and under boys-Will Russell (CSP) 26.02; 7-8 girls-Caroline Kidd (HST) 20.31; 7-8 boys-Ben Hill (FINS) 20.07; 9-10 girls-Rachel Johann (NH) 16.82; 9-10 boys-Jaxson Griffin (BST) 16.68.

25 Fly: 8 and under girls-Lilly Wilkinson (BST) 18.91; 8 and under boys-Adam Lippe (RW) 18.32; 9-10 girls-Tara Fulton (SL) 14.24; 9-10 boys-
Zane Leigh (WPST) 15.08.

100 Individual Medley: 8 and under girls-Amelia Harper (HST) 1:28.88; 8 and under boys-Adam Lippe (RW) 1:36.96; 9-10 girls-Katie Schlegel
(KH) 1:18.41; 9-10 boys-Zane Leigh (WPST) 1:19.72.

50 Freestyle: 11-12 girls-Emily Robinson (HST) 27.69; 11-12 boys-Jacob Matthews (RW) 26.55; 13-14 girls-Erin Day (BST) 25.71; 13-14 boys-Sam Johnson (FE) 23.29; 15-18 girls-Lindsay Wallace
(BST) 24.55; 15-18 boys-Aaron Hendry (FINS) 22.79.

50 Breaststroke: 11-12 girls-Alivia Sansonese (HST) 35.95; 11-12 boys-Nolan Skiff (FE) 34.73; 13-14 girls-Leah Gibbons (RW) 33.86; 13-14 boys-Mike Jeschke (BST) 29.00; 15-18 girls-Naomi Buck (FE) 31.20; 15-18 boys-Mitchell Petras (SL) 27.14.

50 Backstroke: 11-12 girls-Rachel Fulton (SL) 28.73; 11-12 boys-Will Bissell (JC) 31.25; 13-14 girls-Anna Parviainen (WL) 30.06; 13-14 boys-Michael Robinson (HST) 27.42; 15-18 girls-Annabel Poteet (BST) 30.53; 15-18 boys-Jarod Thornton (HHST) 25.44.

50 Fly: 11-12 girls-Rachel Fulton (SL) 28.08; 11-12 boys-Thayer Loose (BST) 27.73; 13-14 girls-Lauren Giles (NH) 29.63; 13-14 boys-Jake Estroff (BST) 26.35; 15-18 girls-Audrey Robinson (HST) 26.15; 15-18 boys-Nathan Rogers (SL) 24.51.

100 Individual Medley

11-12 girls-Emily Robinson (HST) 1:09.00; 11-12 boys-Thayer Loose (BST) 1:03.10; 13-14 girls-Erin Day (BST) 1:05.14; 13-14 boys-Mike Jeschke (BST) 57.51; 15-18
girls-Audrey Robinson (HST) 1:00.77; 15-18 boys-Mitchell Petras (SL) 54.49.

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