It's almost the end of the Fall/Winter competitive swim season and yet members of the Gunstock Swim Team had yet to compete in a sanctioned meet. Their pool had only recently reopened for training – after closing its doors two seasons ago – when local businessman Les Schuster purchased the Gunstock Inn and Fitness Center and welcomed back the competitive USA Swim team.
Only 15 swimmers comprise the new team. Coached by Al Rozzi and Jim and Martha McIntire, they found success recently at the Connecticut Valley Invitational, hosted by Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt. It was the one and only chance for GST to individually qualify for end-of-season competition, namely Regionals (N.H.), Silvers (N.H. and Mass.) and Age Groups (New England).
The following swimmers have qualified for further competition: Sarah Bellefleur (age 12/Wolfeboro) 50 Breast (Regionals), 50 Fly & 50 Free (Silvers); Sydney Eastman (age 9/Gilford) 50 Free (Regionals); Bradley McIntire (age 10/Gilmanton) 50 Fly (Silvers), 50 Back (new meet record), 50 Free (new meet record), 100 IM (Age Groups); Reagan McIntire (age 12/Gilmanton) 50 Fly, 50 Free (Regionals), 50 Breast (Silvers); Lachlan Plache (age 15/Wolfeboro) 50 Free, 100 Free (Regionals); Lily Stinchfield (age 12/Wolfeboro) 50 Back, 50 Free (Regionals); Carolyn Trepanier (age 13/Wolfeboro) 100 Back, 50 Free,(Regionals). Madison Eastman (age 13/Gilford) and Essence Bourque (age 14/Barnstead) both achieved personal best times. Eastman bested her seed times in the 100 Free, 100 Back and 100 Breast. Bourque bested her previous times in the 100 Free, 100 Back and 100 Fly.
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