Swimming to Victory: On to the Next Event
As soon as the latest tri-meet victory was put away by the Putnam Sharks swim team on Sunday, the focus became the First Coast Summer Swim League Medium Division championships this Sunday at the Cecil Field Aquatic Center in Jacksonville.
“It’s an all-day meet on Sunday,” Putnam Sharks coach Jake MacGibbon said. “Everyone will show up at 7:15 a.m., we’ll stretch out by 7:30, be in the water at 8, out by 8:30 and the meet starts by 9 and we’ll be competing until 4:30, no later than 5 o’clock. This is the last big meet of the summer for everyone.”
To prepare for that meet, Putnam won the overall meet against Sawgrass Country Club and host Pace Island of Fleming Island with 269 points, 68 points bettter than Sawgrass, while Pace finished with 185.
For the Putnam boys, who had 154 of the 269 points scored, wins went to Samuel Lafferty in the 13-14 age group 100-meter individual medley (1:13.33), Noah Harvey in the 8-and-under 25-meter butterfly (26.24), Isaac Harper in the 13-14 50-meter butterfly (33.10), Trevor Hand in the 15-18 male 50-yard butterfly (30.24), William Redford in the 6-and-under 25-meter backstroke (34.35), Brantley Thomas in the 7-8 25-meter backstroke (28.21), Robert Grace in both the 13-14 50-meter backstroke (33.21) and 50-meter freestyle (27.27), Joshua Batteiger in both the 15-18 50-meter backstroke (30.16) and 50-meter freestyle (24.61), Mikade Harvey in the 11-12 50-meter breaststroke (40.42), Jaxon Gill in the 7-8 25-meter freestyle (19.11), Brady Echols in the 13-14 50-meter breaststroke (37.77) and David Hund in the 15-18 100-meter freestyle (1:04.55).
On the girls’ side, Emme Delaney won the 11-12 50-meter butterfly (39.85), 50-meter breaststroke (42.86) and 100-meter IM (1:22.72), Madelyn Frisvold was winner in the 11-12 50-meter backstroke (41.57), Lily Tallerico captured the 13-14 100-meter IM (1:25.33), Addison Kirby took the 15-18 100-meter IM (1:15.09) and Abby Couillette won the 50-meter freestyle (32.87).
Riley Parsons won the 13-14 mixed 100-meter freestyle (1:06.33). Taking mixed relays for Putnam were the 13-14 200 freestyle team of Grace, Echols, Harper and Lafferty in 1:57.13, the 7-8 100-medley relay team of Timothy Reid, Jacob Lumpkin, Harvey and Alan Graham McLane in 1:59.53, the 11-12 200-meter medley relay team of Rileigh Stout, Delaney, Emily Beck and Mikah Harvey in 2:47.58, the 13-14 200-meter medley relay team of Grace, Echols, Harper and Samuel Lafferty in 2:17.26 and the 15-18 200-meter medley relay unit of Bradley Lafferty, Batteiger, Hund and Dakota Breed in 1:57.48.
The wins finished out a perfect season fo the Sharks, who had won the week before against Abec Snapping Turtles, 311-272. The Sharks will be swimming against four other teams on Sunday at Cecil Field – Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, Pace, Sawgrass, Eagle Landing and Oakleaf.
“It’ll be a good meet to be involved in,” MacGibbon said. “We like all good meets, especially in a summer league. It’s very relaxed ... not cut-throat at all ... and there’s a lot of good sportsmanship going on. The swimmers from each team are pushing one another to do better. It’s going to be a good meet. It’s going to be a long meet, too. I might sleep for three days after this is over.”