Champs down Marlins at Vergennes dual meet


Natalie Rockwell of Middlebury (left), Frances Eckels of Vergennes and Holly Staats of Middlebury get a good start in the 18-and-under butterfly race at the Vergennes city pool on Thursday. Staats won the race for Middlebury, but the Vergennes team won the meet. Photo by Josh Romond

Noah Smits grabs a breath on his way to winning the 14-and-under boys’ breaststroke for Vergennes in a Thursday home meet vs. Middlebury. Photo by Josh Romond

Vergennes swimmer Aurora Foley powers through the 10-and-under 25-y backstroke race in the Vergennes pool Thursday evening. She prevailed in under 18 seconds. Photo by Josh Romond

Vergennes racers Eleanor Brooks (top) and Ella Romond (bottom) keep ahead of Middlebury swimmer Abigail Hamilton in the 12-and under 50-yard backstroke Thursday evening. Photo by Josh Romond

Vergennes racers Eleanor Brooks (top) and Ella Romond (bottom) keep ahead of Middlebury swimmer Abigail Hamilton in the 12-and under 50-yard backstroke Thursday evening. Photo by Josh Romond

Middlebury and Vergennes competitors jump from the blocks at the Vergennes pool at the start of the 25-yard freestyle race on Thursday. Photo by Josh Romond

VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs swim team confidently defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 302-130, Thursday evening, July 29, at a dual meet in Vergennes. It was the last regular season race for the oldest swimmers on the two Addison County teams.

The Vergennes Swim Team finished their regular Champlain Valley Swim Season with a perfect 7-0 record, their best record in two decades and possibly longer.

Paul Foley and Flint Crary both won thrice for the Champs, and Emry Mosehauer and Noah Smits each earned the team double victories.

Oliver Poduschnick was a triple victor for Middlebury, but this could not save the Marlins.

The meet was a makeup for a contest that had been scheduled for July 20, but was called off because of bad weather. After a Marlins swimmer tested positive for COVID-19, the makeup was in doubt, but swim team officials determined that it was safe to hold the race.

Both Vergennes and Middlebury are scheduled to swim in the St. Albans Invitational hosted by the St. Albans Sharks on Saturday. The Champlain Valley Swim League months ago decided to call off the league championship meet, but some St. Albans swim team backers organized tomorrow’s invitational, which will serve as a de facto league championship. The teams scheduled to participate are Town of Essex Swim Team (TEST), Winooski Swim Team, Burlington Tennis Club, Burlington Country Club, The Edge, Vergennes Swim Team, Middlebury Marlins Swim Team and the St. Albans Sharks.

In Thursday’s competition in Vergennes, the top three finishers in the individual races were:

BUTTERFLY

• U-8 girls: 1. Juliette Angier (V), 27.69; 2. Cassandra Bellman (M)

• U-10 girls: 1. Lauren Husk (V), 16.32; 2. Mitzi Poduschnick (M); 3. Aurora Foley (M)

• U-10 boys: 1. Flint Crary (V), 16.44; 2. Connor Husk (V); 3. Constantine Bellmann (M)

• U-12 girls: 1. Sophia James (V), 36.26; 2. Ella Bearor (V)

• U-12 boys: 1. Clark Clary (V), 34.03; 2. Noah Smits (V); 3. Daniel Power (M)

• U-14 girls: 1. Ava Schreider (V), 34.21; 2. Nola Roberts (M)

• U-18 girls: 1. Holy Staats (M), 30.00; 2. Natalie Rockwell (M); 3. Frances Eckels (V)

• U-18 boys: 1. Connor McNamara (M), 30:09; 2. Fraser Milligan (M)

BACKSTROKE

• U-8 girls: 1. Emry Mosehauer (V), 24.26; 2. Kendall Kittredge (V)

• U-8 boys: 1. Paul Foley, 20.60 (V); Felix Poduschnick (M); 3. Weston Kittredge (M)

• U-10 girls: 1. Aurora Foley (V), 17.72; 2. L. Husk (V); 3. Nicola Power (M)

• U-10 boys: 1. F. Crary (V), 19.37; 2. Connor Husk (V)

• U-12 girls: 1. Eleanor Brooks (V), 37.32; Isabella Romond (V); Abigail Hamilton (M)

• U-12 boys: 1. Khanlen Ouimette (V), 41.00; 2. Joey Maneen (V); 3. Chris Evans-Nash (M)

• U-14 girls: 1. Lucy Poduschnick (M), 35.56; 2. A. Schreider (M); 3. Elise Parker

• U-14 boys: 1. Julian Potter (V), 39.15

• U-18 girls: 1. H. Staats (M), 33.56; 2. Anna Rakowski (V); 3. Natalie Rockwell (M)

• U-18 boys: 1. Oliver Poduschnick (V), 27.34; 2. F. Milligan (V)

BREASTSTROKE

• U-8 girls: 1. E. Mosehauer (V), 28.14; 2. J. Angier (V); 3. C. Bellmann (M)

• U-8 boys: 1. P. Foley, (V); 2. Weston Kittredge (V)

• U-10 girls: 1. M. Poduschnick (M); 2. Ayla Kittredge (V); 3. Jordan Hutchins (V)

• U-10 boys: 1. Skyler James (V), 25.07

• U-12 girls: 1. Eloise Eckels (V), 41.45; 2. Sophia James (V); Sadie Chance (V)

• U-12 boys: 1. N. Smits, 38.39 (V); 2. C. Clary (V); Daniel Power (M)

• U-14 girls: 1. L. Poduschnick (M), 39.70; 2. Kaitlin Sulik-Doty (M); 3. N. Roberts (V)

• U-18 girls: 1. Carlyn Rapport (V), 34.84; 2. H. Staats (M); 3. Grace Lebeau (V)

• U-18 boys: 1. O. Poduschnick (M), 29.83; 2. F. Milligan (M)

FREESTYLE

• U-8 girls: 1. K. Kittredge (V), 20.33; 2. E. Mosehauer (V); 3. C. Bellmann (M)

• U-8 boys: 1. P. Foley (V), 17.20; 2. W. Kittredge (V); 3. F. Poduschnick (M)

• U-10 girls: 1. A. Foley (V), 14.18; 2. L. Husk (V); 3. M. Poduschnick (M)

• U-10 boys: 1. F. Crary (V), 14.84; 2. C. Husk (V); 3. C. Bellman (M)

• U-12 girls: 1. Adrienne Smits (V), 29.81; 2. Sadie Chance (M); 3. Isabella Romond (V)

• U-12 boys: 1. N. Smits, (V), 30.38; 2. C. Clary (V), 30.65; D. Power (M)

• U-14 girls: 1. A. Schreider (M), 29.39; 2. L. Poduschnick (M); 3. N. Roberts (V)

• U-14 boys: 1. Peter Maneen (V), 29.96; 2. J. Potter (V)

• U-18 girls: 1. F. Eckels (V), 28.08; 2. N. Rockwell (M); A. Rakowski (V).

• U-18 boys: 1. O. Poduschnick (M), 23.16; 2. Aidan Chance (M)

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