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Familiar foe, different pool, same result.
The Ashland Barracudas swim team finished their regular season the way they started, capturing a victory over the Ashcreek Crocodiles in Greater Richmond Aquatic League action Tuesday night. Being cast as the road team didn’t stop Ashland from earning the win, 1,773 to 1,328, as the Barracudas finished the regular season with a team record of 6-0.
Ashland had six quad winners and 19 triple winners, while Ashcreek (3-3) had two earn quad
honors and nine earn triple. The Barracudas defeated the Crocs 1,487 to 1,175 on opening night, June 19. Novice swimmers led the way that evening, but Tuesday night belonged to the senior varsity, who earned 626 of the 1,773 points.
Logan Harrington won the girls 100 meter IM, 100-meter butterfly in a personal best of 1:15.50, 50-meter freestyle, and was the third leg of the mixed 200-meter medley relay team that won the final race of the meet by 14 seconds.
Leading off that relay was Ted Schubert, who had another impressive meet as well as two classic showdowns with Ashcreek’s star swimmer, and Atlee Raider Wyatt Grubb. Grubb bested Schubert in the boys 100 butterfly by just .15 of a second (1:01.38 to 1:01.53), but in the race of the night, the 100 backstroke, Schubert and Grubb literally swam stride for stride, and finished in a dead heat, both achieving a time of 1:01.03.
The junior varsity division also swam well for the Barracudas, besting Ashcreek by 94 points. Leading the way was 10 year-old Ben Williams, who won the boys ages 9-10 100 IM, 100 butterfly, 50 freestyle and mixed 200 medley relay.
Ashland quad winners were Williams, Harrington, Meredith Tentor, Addy Klinger, Mark Dinger and Will Burch. Triple winners were Lillian Abbott, Jacob Davis, Claire Grant, Nick Gulas, Kyle Henry, Libby Klinger, Ethan Lynne, Kayla Maxey, Ian Miller, Jack Morgan, Wyatt Pontynen, Elizabeth Roberts, Emmeline Roberts, William Roberts, Nolan Rohr, Ben Schubert, Ted Schubert, Samantha Senfield, and Taylor Smith.
Ashcreek quad winners were Cere Duplissey and Olivia Fisher. Triple winners were Grubb, Eric Allen, Christopher Isabelle, Kristen Jones, Haley Lambert, Savannah Nash, Morgan Pauley, James Taylor and Olivia Triplett.
Mechanicsville slips to Milestone Makos
Literally a stone’s throw away in the adjacent subdivision, Milestone finished their regular season strong by avenging a week-one defeat to Mechanicsville, winning 1,256.5 to 1,123.5. Milestone finished the regular season with a 2-4 team record, while Mechanicsville slipped to 1-5.
The Makos found their margin of victory mostly in the novice category, while picking up key points in advanced relay to hold off Mechanicsville’s stronger performances in all four varsity categories. The Makos won despite only having one quad winner, Maddy Murphy, victorious in the girls 100 IM – where she held off former Atlee teammate Caitlin Sargeant – the 50 backstroke, 50 freestyle, and was the second leg in the 200 mixed medley relay.
Mechanicsville earned five quad winners: Brendan Farrar, Sara Gaston, Victoria Haggerty, Alison Harvey and Mathew Simmons.
A literal example of community helped propel the Makos to the win, according to head coach Josh Pidcoe.
“The assistant coaches and I went to the blocks to give last minute advice, only to find that we were not needed,” Pidcoe recalled. “Several of the older swimmers had already corralled younger swimmers, placed them in their proper order in the relay, and were amidst a pep talk, which trumped any pep talk I could give.
“More impressively, during the 11 and up age group relays, a remarkable number of younger swimmers stayed to cheer for and congratulate the big guys, despite having finished their races hours earlier,” Pidcoe added. “This was the first time this season I remember this level of camaraderie and was by far my favorite moment of the season.”
The best of the best will next compete in the annual GRAL Champs competition, Aug. 2-4 at the new Collegiate School Aquatics Center in Richmond.