THE VERGENNES CHAMPS’ coaches and the team’s under-6, -8 and -10 swimmers on Sunday used Silly String to celebrate the team’s fourth-place finish out of 20 teams at the Vermont Swim Association Championships in White River Junction this past weekend. Photo courtesy of Josh Romond
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins capped their enjoyable summer swim team seasons in style this past weekend at Vermont Swim Association Championship meet, which was held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. The Champs scored 1,715 points to become the only team based outside of Chittenden County to crack the top five at the 20-team competition. Coming off a 2018 season in which the Champs won Division II, Vergennes settled for fourth place in Division I, into which the Champs were placed this summer. The Vergennes team were coming off a...

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD LAUREN HUSK of the Vergennes Swim Team powers through a freestyle race at the Champlain Valley Swim League Championship Meet in Middlebury on Saturday. She was on the winning 100-yard medley relay for girls age 8 and younger. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents were recognized for their excellence both in and out of the pool this past Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships. Eight teams, totaling 510 athletes, traveled from as far away as St. Albans to compete at the Middlebury Town Pool. The Vergennes Swim Team, known as the Champs, took 4th place overall, and the Middlebury Marlins finished 7th. The Champlain Valley Swim League Championships team title went to the Edge Swim Club from Williston, which garnered 1,080 points overall. Essex claimed second with 1,302...
MIDDLEBURY — The larger St. Albans Sharks team topped the host Middlebury Marlins, 254.5-202.5, on Thursday, July 18, as the Champlain Valley Swim League regular season wrapped up. The Marlins will host the CVSL championship meet in the Middlebury town pool this Friday and Saturday. The Vermont Swim Association championship meet will follow on Aug. 3 and 4 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. On this past Thursday in Middlebury, St. Albans’ depth in the relay races proved decisive, as the Sharks won 12 out of 18 contested relays, good for a 42-point advantage. The teams...

OLIVER PODUSCHNICK, OF the Middlebury Marlins, gets a flying start in the U-18 boys’ backstroke race against Vergennes on Tuesday. Poduschnick won three races, but the Champs won the meet. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Tuesday’s scoresheets show the visiting Vergennes Champs defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 275-203, in the annual duel between the friendly Champlain Valley Swim League rivals. Many swimmers had big days. Under-10 Champs swimmer Will Clark won another three races, as did U-8 Marlin Aurora Foley, U-14 Marlin Aiden Chance and U-18 Marlin Oliver Poduschnick.  Three Champs won two races apiece: Grey Fearon, Gavin Conrad and Jordan Jewell. Three Marlins joined them as double winners: Constantin Bellman, Ava Schneider and Natalie Rockwell. The Champs are a deeper, more balanced team,...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins out-stroked visiting Winooski, 267-168, on Thursday for their first Champlain Valley Swim League victory of the season.  Aurora Foley, Constantin Bellman, Sadie Chance, Ava Schneider and Oliver Poduschnick led the way with three victories apiece for the Marlins.  Middlebury’s Aidan Chance and Ellie Ross picked up two wins each.  The Marlins will host friendly county rival Vergennes on Tuesday.  Marlins posting top-three individual finishes on Thursday were:  BUTTERFLY  • U-8 girls: 1. A. Foley; 2. M. Poduschnick.  • U-8 boys: 1. C. Bellman.  • U-10 girls: 1...
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Burlington Tennis Club on Tuesday topped the Middlebury Marlins, 248-202, in a competitive Champlain Valley Swim League Meet. The Marlins came up short despite two victories apiece from Mitzi Poduschnick, Aurora Foley, Sadie Chance, Ava Schneider, Natalie Rockwell and Constantin Bellman. Middlebury is set to visit Winooski this Thursday before hosting friendly county rival Vergennes this coming Tuesday. Marlins scoring points with top-three finishes this past Tuesday vs. BTC were: BUTTERFLY •U-8 girls: 1. M. Poduschnick, 20.38; 2. A. Foley. •U-8 boys: 1. C. Bellman, 20....
ESSEX — The host Town of Essex Swim Team outpaced the visiting Middlebury Marlins on July 2, dominating the relays against a Marlins team that competed with only about two-dozen swimmers at the Champlain Valley Swim League meet. Highlighting the evening for Middlebury were three wins by U-8 swimmer Constantin Bellman, two victories apiece by U-8 swimmers Mitzi Poduschnick and Aurora Foley, and a pair of first-places from U-18 swimmer Holly Staats. The Marlins return to action this week with meets at home on Tuesday vs. Burlington Tennis Club and away at Winooski on Thursday. Middlebury...

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Connor McNamara concentrates in the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay on Thursday at the Middlebury Town Pool. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins swim team opened its season last week with sunny, warm weather and a pair of setbacks to Champlain Valley Swim League powers, 293-152 to host Burlington Country Club on June 25 and 289-177 to visiting defending champion Edge on Thursday. The Marlins will visit Essex this Tuesday before hosting Burlington Tennis Club on July 9. HOST BCC WINS Three Marlins won three races apiece to pace the team vs. BCC on this past Tuesday: Aurora Foley, Natalie Rockwell and Oliver Poduschnick. Holly Staats added a pair of victories for Middlebury. Marlins earning top-...

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