2008-03-06 / News

Island swimmers place high in season finish

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Madison Tregenza gets ready for her race with the Newport Wahoos. Madison Tregenza gets ready for her race with the Newport Wahoos. The Newport Wahoos swim team wrapped up their season last weekend at the SENECY (Southeastern New England Championships for YMCAs) held at the Westerly YMCA.

Head Coach Pauline Butterworth was happy with the results of the meet and described it as a great weekend. Overall, the team placed fifth out of 13 YMCA teams. The 8 and under boys took first place and the 8 and under girls took third place. Fifteen islanders swam for the Wahoos, many posting their personal best times of the season.

In the 8 and under age group, Eliza Kallfelz took fifth place in the 25-yard breaststroke and eighth place in the 25-yard freestyle, even though she was swimming with a cast after breaking her arm in a rollerblading fall a few weeks ago. "I didn't do my best time and it was really weird swimming with the cast because it was like a big paperweight and it made me go slower but I still did pretty well," said Kallfelz.

She was also on the second place 100-yard medley relay and was very excited as she described the race. "The relay was really fun, but I didn't have to dive off the block because my coach was worried that my cast might hit me in the head if I dove in." Earlier in the season Kallfelz set a new team record in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 51.47.

Charley Simmons and Madison Tregenza were on the seventh place 100-yard medley relay and the second place 100-yard freestyle relay, which was one of the closest and most exciting races of the day, according to spectators. Tregenza also placed sixth in the 25-yard butterfly and Simmons placed 12th in the 25-yard backstroke.

Gavin Wagner was on the winning 100-yard free relay. Wagner swam the third leg of the relay and said it was a close race and a lot of fun. In his first year swimming on the Wahoos, Wagner said his favorite event is the 25 free and he really likes swimming and practicing with his friends. Gavin also placed 10th in the 50-yard freestyle and was on the seventh place 200-yard medley relay with Jack Westall. Westall was also a member of the fourth place 200-yard freestyle relay.

Theo Simmons and Caleb Wagner were both on 200-yard freestyle relays and placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Katie Brayman also competed in the 8 and under division.

In the 9-10 year-old age group, Emily Kallfelz placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard individual medley and was happy with her time of 1:22 because she took off one second from her personal best. She was also a member of the second place 200-yard medley relay along with islander Samara Avayzian-Hancock, Sophie Johnson and Kathryn Stack of Portsmouth. Ten-year old Emily Kallfelz has been swimming on the team for two years and will be moving up an age group next season but, she is "not really nervous, but excited," she said.

Avayzian-Hancock had a fifth place finish in the 50-yard butterfly and she placed tenth in the 50- yard breaststroke. Libby LaMantia placed eighth in the 50-yard butterfly, 11th in the 100-yard freestyle, and was part of the fifth place 200- yard freestyle relay team. Earlier in the season LaMantia set a new team record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:34.03.

Noah Simmons placed ninth and had a personal best time in the 50-yard breaststroke and was also part of the fourth place 200-yard freestyle relay team. He moved up an age group this season and has a team record from last season as an 8 and under in the 25-yard breaststroke.

Islanders Collette Baker, Lexi Brayman, and Natalie Tamboe all had solid swims for the Wahoos.

Looking forward to next season, Butterworth said she is excited that most of the younger swimmers are planning to return to the pool. "These kids have done awesome for this being their first season and for being so young," she said.

Jamestown will be well represented in the New England Championships on March 15 and 16 at Harvard University. Emily and Eliza Kallfelz qualified for both individual events and relays. Avayzian-Hancock, LaMantia and Tregenza will also be representing the Wahoos on relays.

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