Summer in New England means competing in metered pools for the Wavemakers
LACONIA — The Wavemaker Swim Team based out of the Laconia Athletic and Swim Club practices in a 25 yard pool. However, in the summer the outdoor competion pools are often 50 meters.
The team competed at the Jenny Thompson Pool in Dover over two of the June weekends. Swimming in a 50 meter pool was a first for many of the swimmers Grace Shoemaker, Rose Sinkus, Anna Stankes, Hannah Verville, Kathryn Hawkes, Audrey Chassie, Joshua Kelleher and Owen Sanborn. Owen, 15, swam at both meets improving his time from the first meet in the 100 back by 9 seconds.
Joshua Kelleher received a best time at the second meet in his 50 breaststroke. Rebecca Cook qualified for finals in three of her events, with Kayla Phelps achieving second alternate in the 100 back. Eric Phelps improved his 50 fly by 3 seconds. Katie Gingrich and Laurel Gingrich also swam best times in the 100 free and 100 fly respectfully.
Ayden Malloy dropped 19 seconds in her 50 breaststroke from last summers metered time, Charlolette Phillippy dropped 23 seconds in her 50 fly from last summer, Kayla Cisneros 6 seconds dropped off her 100 free time. Madeline Hastie and Mikayla Hastie achieved best times in the 100 back and 100 free respectfully, Alyxandra Huckaby tried her hand at the 200 free in a meter pool. Bethany and Tessa Tanner swam the 100 breaststroke and 50 back respectfully for the first time in a metered pool.
It was very clear that the swimmers hard work at practices paid off during the two meets.