swimming

08/22/2019
CORRECTION: Our Aug. 8 article on the Vermont Swim Association state championship meet in White River Junction omitted a championship swimmer from the Vergennes Champs. Adrienne Smits, 10, prevailed in the 25-yard freestyle race for 9- and 10-year-old girls with a winning time of 13.87. We apologize for the omission, and congratulations to Adrienne, who also finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle race.

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
07/18/2019
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,...
07/16/2019
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs coasted past visiting Town of Essex Swim Team on Thursday, 308-155, to move to 3-2 in Champlain Valley Swim League action. Vergennes will look to clinch a winning record with a win at Middlebury on Tuesday. Flint Crary led the Champs with three victories vs. TEST. Six Vergennes swimmers picked up two wins apiece: Annika Smits, Hadley Harris, Noah Smits, Grey Fearon, Jarret Muzzy and Noah Engvall. Champs scoring points vs. TEST with top-three finishes were: BUTTERFLY •U-8 girls: 1. Laura Husk; 2. An. Smits. •U-8 boys: 2. F. Crary. •U-10 girls: 2. Isabella...
07/16/2019
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...

MEMBERS OF THE Vergennes Swim Team girls’ 10 and under 100 Yard Free Relay team celebrate their first-place finish in a meet in St. Albans on Tuesday. They are undefeated so far this season. Shown from left are Ella Romond, Adrienne Smits, Ella Bearor and Ellie Brooks. Courtesy of the Vergennes Swim Team
07/11/2019
ST. ALBANS — The Vergennes Swim Team edged host St. Albans on Tuesday, 244-226, in a Champlain Valley Swim League meet as the Champs evened their record at 2-2. Will Clark won another three of his races for Vergennes, and Annika Smits, Adrienne Smits, Connor Husk and Gideon Palmer picked up two victories apiece to pace the team. The Champs will host Essex on Thursday before visiting Middlebury on this coming Tuesday. Vergennes swimmers earning points for their team with top-three finishes in individual events on this past Tuesday were:   BUTTERFLY •U-8 girls: 1. Lauren Husk, 26.71; 3. An....
07/11/2019
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....
07/09/2019
BURLINGTON — On July 2 host Burlington Tennis Club edged the Vergennes Champs swim club, 252-222, in a match that was close throughout.  Under-10 swimmer Will Clark won three races to pace the Champs, and U-8 swimmers Laura Husk and Connor Husk picked up two victories apiece for Vergennes.  The Champs return to action this week by visiting St. Albans on Tuesday and hosting the Town of Essex Swim Team on Thursday.  Champs posting top-three finishes in individual events vs. BTC last week were:  BUTTERFLY  • U-8 girls: 1. L. Husk, 22.39; 2. Annika Smits.  • U-8 boys: 1. C. Husk, 20.40; 2. Flint...
07/09/2019
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
07/01/2019
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-...
07/01/2019
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs swim team opened last week with good weather, a roster of 111, and a split of two meets, falling on the road to defending Champlain Valley Swim League champion Edge, 280-209, on June 25, and returning home on June 27 to coast past Winooski, 275-133. The Champs will swim at the Burlington Tennis Club on Tuesday and next head to St. Albans on July 9.   EDGE PREVAILS Will Clark led the Champs with three victories on June 25, and Annika Smits and Flint Crary each won twice. Champs posting top-three finishes in individual events vs. BCC were: BUTTERFLY • U-8...

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