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Champs, Panthers claim state titles

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vergennes Champ and Middlebury Panther swimmers combined to claim three titles at the Vermont Swim Association meet held this past Saturday and Sunday at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.
The Vergennes quartet of 8-year-olds Anna Rakowski, Amanda Cook, Grace LeBeau and Jordan Jewell won the 8-and-under girls’ medley relay, while Panther 12-year-old Kess Moulton won the 12-and-under girls’ 50-yard freestyle, and Panther Gracie Weinberg, also 12, won the 12-and-under girls’ 50-yard backstroke.
Overall, both Vergennes and Middlebury competed in the seven-team Division III, won by Brattleboro with 948.5 points. Vergennes (868) took third in the division, and Middlebury (744.50) finished fifth.
Overall, the Champs were 10th in the 22-team field, and the Panthers finished 12th. The local teams’ Champlain Valley Swim League rivals Burlington Tennis Club (2,579.5) and Burlington Country Club (1,997) respectively finished first and second overall and in Division I, repeating the order of their CVSL meet finish of the week before.
Placing for the Champs in at least three events were, LeBeau; Rakowski; Moriah Cushing and Alyse Beauchemin, both 12; Shea McLaren, 7; Zeke Palmer and Casey Kimball, both 10; Jeffrey Stearns 9; Sam Comai, 11; Max Bicknell, 12; and Becky Johnston, 17. Vergennes also used its depth to score well in the relays.
Moulton added three other top-six finishes to spark Middlebury, and Weinberg scored a second and two more top-eight results. Max Moulton, 15, scored a second, a third and two fifths. Other Panthers scoring points in at least three races were Devon Kearns, 9; Courtney White, 13; Brianna Foley, 15; Mychaella Devaney, 16; Sarah Snider, 18; Fraser Milligan, 8; Parker Beatty, 10; Archie Milligan, 11; and Sam Ferguson, 15.
Swimmers scoring points for the local teams with top-18 finishes were:
•  Girls’ U-8 25 Free: 5. Jewell, V, and LeBeau, V, tie; 10; Rakowski, V; 18. Emma Huestis, V.
•  Girls’ U-8 25 Back: 4. Rakowski, V.
•  Girls’ U-8 25 Breast: 3. Rakowski, V; 9. Huestis, V; 10. LeBeau, V; 18. Ava Konczal, V.
•  Girls’ U-8 25 Fly: 3. LeBeau, V; 9. Rakowski, V; 18. Amanda Cook, V.
•  Girls’ U-8 100 Free Relay: 6. Verg. A 1:24.52 (Rakowski, Konczal, Jordan Kimball, Cook); 14. Midd. A (Ella Landis, Amanda Kearns; Fairley Olson; Nora Wootten).
•  Girls’ U-8 100 Medley Relay: 1. Verg. A, 1:31.23 (Rakowski, Cook, LeBeau, Jewell); 11. Midd. A (Wootten, Catherine Schmitt, Ivy Kate Doran, Kearns).
•  Girls’ 9-10 25 Back: 10. Megan Tarte, V.
•  Girls’ 9-10 25 Breaststroke: 10. Maddy Smith, V.
•  Girls’ 9-10 25 Butterfly: 10. Emily Rooney, V; 16. Sarah Rathbun, V.
•  Girls’ U-10 100 Free Relay: 6. Verg. A (Leah Croke, Rooney, Smith, Tarte); 14. Verg. B (Caitlin Walsh, S. Rathbun, Richmond Rathbun, Emma Beauchemin).
•  Girls’ U-10 100 Medley Relay: 5 Verg. A (E. Beauchemin, M. Smith, Rooney, Croke).
•  Girls’ 11-12 50 Free: 1. K. Moulton, M 28.18; 2. Weinberg, M.
•  Girls’ 11-12 100 Free: 6. Moriah Cushing, V; 9. A. Beauchemin, V.
•  Girls’ 11-12 50 Back: 1. Weinberg, M, 31.56.
•  Girls’ 11-12 50 Breast: 5. K. Moulton, M; 18. Olivia Hawkins, V.
•  Girls’ 11-12 50 Fly: 4. Cushing, V; 6. K. Moulton, M; 8. G. Weinberg, M.
•  Girls’ 11-12 100 IM: 3. K. Moulton, M; 5. Weinberg, M; 12. A. Beauchemin, V; 17. Cushing, V.
•  Girls’ U-12 200 Free: 5. A. Beauchemin, V.
•  Girls’ U-12 100 Back: 16. Lucy Ursitti, M.
•  Girls’ U-12 100 Breast: 7. A. Beauchemin, V; 14. Hawkins, V.
•  Girls’ U-12 100 Fly: 2. Cushing, V.
•  Girls’ U-12 200 Medley Relay: 6. Midd. A (Ursitti, K. Moulton, Weinberg, Isabel Rosenberg).
•  Girls’ 13-14 50 Free: 6. White, M; 15. Samara Sausville, V.
•  Girls’ 13-14 100 Free: 9. White, M.
•  Girls’ 13-14 50 Back: 15. Harper Smith, M.
•  Girls’ 13-14 100 Breast: 16. Harriet Milligan, M.
•  Girls’ 13-14 50 Fly: 13. White, M.
•  Girls’ 13-14 100 IM: 18. H.  Smith, M.
•  Girls’ U-14 200 Free Relay: 8. Verg. A 2:04.20 (Nickelette Salley, Bailey Bissonette, Allyson Stearns, S. Sausville); 14. Midd. A (Lejla Mahmuljin, H. Smith, H. Milligan, K. Moulton).
•  Girls’ U-14 200 Medley Relay: 13. Midd. A (H. Milligan, Mahmuljin, White, H. Smith); 18. Verg. A (Salley, S. Sausville, Bissonette, A. Stearns).
•  Girls’ 15-16 50 Free: 12. Foley, M.
•  Girls’ 15-16 50 Back: 7. Foley, M.
•  Girls’ 15-16 50 Breast: 9. M. Devaney, M.
•  Girls’ 15-16 50 Fly: 11. Foley, M.
•  Girls’ 15-16 100 Fly: 8. Foley, M.
•  Girls’ 15-16 200 IM: 6. M. Devaney, M.
•  Girls’ 17-19 50 Free: 8. Snider, M; 11. Paige Vincent, V.
•  Girls’ 17-19 100 Free: 15. Becky Johnston, V.
•  Girls’ 17-19 50 Back: 6. Snider, M; 12. Johnston, V.
•  Girls’ 17-19 100 Back: 5. Snider, M; 12. Johnston, V.
•  Girls’ 17-19 50 Breast: 6. Vincent, V.
•  Girls’ 17-19 50 Fly: 9. Snider, M.
•  Girls’ 17-19 200 IM: 9. Becky Johnston, V.
•  Girls’ U-19 200 Free Relay: 9. Midd. A (Foley, White, Weinberg, Snider).
•  Girls’ Open 500 Free: 8. White, M; 9. M. Devaney, M.
•  Boys’ U-8 25 Free: 9. McLaren, V; 10. F. Milligan, M; 12. Tucker Stearns, V.
•  Boys’ U-8 50 Free: 7. McLaren, V.
•  Boys’ U-8 25 Back: 7. Tyler Jewett, V; 14. Thomas Denton, M.
•  Boys’ U-8 25 Breast: 5. Charlie Hodson, M; 8. F. Milligan, M; 11. T. Stearns, V; 14. Jewett, V.
•  Boys’ U-8 25 Fly: 12. McLaren, V; 15. Adam Sausville, V.
•  Boys’ U-8 100 IM: 9. F. Milligan, M; 12. McLaren, V.
•  Boys’ U-8 100 Free Relay: 4. Verg. A (T. Stearns, A. Sausville, Jewett, McLaren).
•  Boys’ U-8 100 Medley Relay: 2. Verg. A: (Jewett, T. Stearns, A. Sausville, S. McLaren).
•  Boys’ 9-10 25 Free: 5. Beatty, M; 7. C. Kimball, V; 8. Z. Palmer, V; 12. Kearns, M; 15. J. Stearns, V.
•  Boys’ 9-10 50 Free: 3. Beatty, M; 5. C. Kimball, V; 6. Z. Palmer, V; 10. Kearns, M.
•  Boys’ 9-10 25 Back: 5. Beatty, M; 9. Z. Palmer, V; 13. Willem Landis, M.
•  Boys’ 9-10 25 Breast: 7. Max Konczal, V; 8. J. Stearns, V; 13. Z. Palmer, V; 16. Gabe Quinto, V; 17. Kearns, M.
•  Boys’ 9-10 25 Fly: 6. Beatty, M; 13. Spencer Doran, M; 15. J. Stearns, V; 18. C. Kimball, V.
•  Boys’ U-10 100 Free Relay: 2. Verg. A (Z. Palmer, Max Konczal, J. Stearns, C Kimball); 3. Midd. A (Kearns, Doran, Landis, Beatty); 10. Verg. B (Robert Kenfield, Robbie Bicknell, Ethan Bissonette, Quinto).
•  Boys’ U-10 100 Medley Relay: 2. Verg. A (Z. Palmer, Max Konczal, J. Stearns, C Kimball); 3. Midd. A (Kearns, Doran, Landis, Beatty); 9. Verg. B (Robert Kenfield, Dylan Rapaport, Ethan Bissonette, Quinto).
•  Boys’ 11-12 50 Free: 8. M. Bicknell, V; 10. Andrew Gleason, M; 14. Comai, V; 16. Hunter Smith, V.
•  Boys’ 11-12 100 Free: 7. Gleason, M; 8. M. Bicknell, V; 12. A. Milligan, M; 14. Comai, V.
•  Boys’ 11-12 50 Back: 4. Gleason, M; 6. A. Milligan, M; 7. Devon Kimball, V.
•  Boys’ 11-12 50 Breast: 8. Devon Kimball, V; 11. Burke Weekes, M; 13. Julian Schmitt, M; 15. Comai, V.
•  Boys’ 11-12 50 Fly: 4. Comai, V; 11. A. Milligan, M.
•  Boys’ 11-12 100 IM: 9. Gleason, M; 16. Weekes, M.
•  Boys’ U-12 200 Free: 4. M. Bicknell, V.
•  Boys’ U-12 100 Back: 8. J. Schmitt, M.
•  Boys’ U-12 200 Free Relay: 3. Verg. A (Comai, Kimball, Hu. Smith, M. Bicknell).
•  Boys’ U-12 200 Medley Relay: 3. Verg. A (Comai, Kimball, Hu. Smith, M. Bicknell).
•  Boys’ 13-14 50 Free: 6. Chandler Devaney, M.
•  Boys’ 13-14 100 Back: 4. C. Devaney, M.
•  Boys’ 15-16 50 Free: 5. M. Moulton, M; 12. Ferguson, M; 16. Matteo Palmer, V.
•  Boys’ 15-16 100 Free: 5. M. Moulton, M.
•  Boys’ 15-16 50 Back: 9. Ferguson, M; 10. Matteo Palmer, V.
•  Boys’ 15-16 50 Breast: 2. Max Moulton, M; 10. Ferguson, M.
•  Boys’ 15-16 100 Breast: 3. M. Moulton, M.
•  Boys’ 15-16 50 Fly: 16. Ferguson, M.
•  Boys’ U-19 200 Free Relay: 13. Midd. A (Ferguson, Gleason, A. Milligan, M. Moulton).
•  Boys’ U-19 200 Medley Relay: 9. Midd. A (Ferguson, Gleason, Devaney, M. Moulton).
•  Boys’ Open 500 Free: 10; A. Milligan, M; 11. M. Bicknell, V.
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at [email protected].

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