This Fall, as both sports and school started up, the Canton Swim Team was busy working in the pool. The pressure was on for the veteran swimmers and the newest additions to the team to keep their winning streak alive during the upcoming season.
The Bears walked into OFA Thursday energetic and ready to take on the first meet of the season. Their hard work, drive, and excellent team spirit landed them with a 115-54 victory. The first win of their season, and the 94th win of their streak.
The work that the Bears put in during pre-season was highlighted during the relays of the meet. The 200 Yard Medley Relay (Bella Jaskowski, Grace O’Neill, Maya Thomas, and Emily Wentworth), the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (Emily Wentworth, Maya Thomas, Skyler Sanderson, and Julia Domena), and the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay (Grace O’Neill, Julia Domena, Brooke Larrabee, and Bella Jaskowski) were all victories for the Bears on Thursday. The strength Canton has during their relays comes from the talent and sense of unity and confidence in each other that is so prominent on the team.
During this first meet, Canton has also already begun breaking records. In the 50 Yard Freestyle, Emily Wentworth broke her own school record set from the previous swim season. With her 24.99 victory she not only set a new school record, but also a new pool record. This killer time also got her ranked second in the State. Wentworth also placed first in the 100 Yard Butterfly.
The 200 Freestyle was also a strong race for the Bears, as they took first, second, and third, leaving no satisfaction for the OFA swim team. Julia Domena finished first in this event, with Olivia Logan and Dharma Crabtree coming up right behind her.
Other first place points were earned by Grace O’Neill in the 200 IM and Bella Jaskowski in the 100 Backstroke. Mia Mousaw finished second in the 200 IM, and Julia Domena, Olivia Logan, and Brooke Larrabee finished second, third and fourth in the 500 Freestyle.
The Varsity swim team is not all made up of High School students. Several seventh and eighth graders made a strong effort for the team. During her first meet seventh-grader, Lexi Stuntz came in first place during the 100 Yard Breaststroke with Emily Ames and Sarah Bailey taking second and third. Skylar Sanderson, another seventh-grader, placed third in the 100 Yard Butterfly and fourth in the 200IM. Eighth grader Maya Thomas finished fourth in the 100 Freestyle behind Grace O’Neill (2nd) and Mia Mousaw (3rd).
The Canton Swim team’s hard work paid off during their first meet. As they tackle the rest of the season and the challenge of keeping their streak alive, they are determined to continue to advance their skills and improve. This great start to the season should give them the momentum and energy that they will need to stay optimistic and hard-working for the remainder of the year.
The Bears swim next against Massena on Sept. 17 in Massena.