Swim Meet Recap - 12/10/20
The Hargrave Varsity Swim Team had a great start to the season by competing in the Norfolk Academy Virtual Invitational. Approximately 10 teams have 4 days in which to hold a swim meet. They then submit those times to Norfolk who combine them all, score them, and then send out the final results. Everything has to be submitted by Saturday afternoon so we will not know our placement until probably Monday.
Out of 21 individuals on the team, 13 were able to participate across 6 events out of the potential 9 events available. Out of the 13 swimmers, 5 were competing for their very first time! This meet was a fantastic way to be introduced to the sport before we look at meeting opponents in-person next month.
What was especially impressive about this meet and the number of newbies, was we only had one DQ. And unfortunately that could not have been corrected unless the swimmer wanted to attempt the event blind! This is an extremely promising start to the season.
Each year, the VISAA organization tweaks the state qualifying times to ensure it is staying consistent and challenging for the swimmers. Yesterday one swimmer qualified for state in the 50 Bonus event. This means that when they qualify for another event, they will swim the 50 freestyle as an additional reward. The swimmer had 0.03 seconds to spare! The swimmer who qualified was Andrew Ponton ('22) with a time of :26.11 seconds.
Everyone who competed has a benchmark in which to improve upon and something to aim for when we host FUMA on January 15, 2021.
Please send your congratulations to everyone. I am very proud of their energy, enthusiasm, and competitiveness for their first swim meet.
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