The Fulton YMCA Speed Demons welcomed Watertown and Oneida to the Granby Elementary pool in January.
Graduating Speed Demon swimmers Jake Strauss and Anna Guernsey were recognized at the Watertown meet. Guernsey has been with the team for 14 years and enjoyed swimming butterfly the most. This was Strauss’s eighth year with the Speed Demons and his favorite event was the breaststroke.
Against Watertown, senior swimmer Abbey Zych demonstrated the skill necessary in each stroke as she took time off in the 200 IM (Individual Medley). Jaden Patterson grabbed first in the 100 free.
Several swimmers continue to post personal best times, not in just one event, but all three events entered. Taking a mere second off can mean the difference between first place and last and is more difficult as the season winds down.
Achieving best times against Watertown were:
Breanna Stoutenger (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Breast)
Mitchell Donaldson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 IM)
David Cedar (50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free)
Patrice Hudson (50 Free, 50 Fly, 50 Back)
Emily Haines (50 Free, 100 Free, 50 Back)
Olivia Hawthorne (50 Free, 100 IM, 50 Breast)
The team’s sixth meet was against Oneida. Swimmers continued to decrease event times with some of the largest gains of the season.
Nathaniel Archer swam the 200 IM for only the second time, dropping 12 seconds. Gracie Dempsey reduced her 100 free by 19 seconds while Reagan LaPage shaved 27 seconds off her 200 free.
Bryce Rogers had the largest event reduction of the meet, taking 42 seconds off during the 100 free. Cameron Grower demonstrated the backstroke is his strength, swimming to a first place finish in the 50 back against Oneida. Mark Tallents has continued to dominate the Class C boys, taking first place in all three events he swam (50 free, 200 free, 50 breast).