Sharks break six meet records at Alliance

Robert Galbreath
Posted 6/20/24

The Torrington Sharks swim team continued to set the bar high at the Alliance meet on Saturday.

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Sharks break six meet records at Alliance


ALLIANCE – The Torrington Sharks swim team found success at the second meet of the season in Alliance on Saturday, June 15, returning to Goshen County with a bag full of hardware and new PRs. 

Capturing 16 gold medals, the Sharks also broke six meet records at the event.

“The Sharks had a great meet,” coach Baxter Greenwald said. “We brought the biggest team by far with more than 50 athletes competing (from Goshen County). We had nearly 20 first-place finishes, including two relays, which is pretty cool. We’ll be busy brushing off our skills this week for the meet in Bridgeport.”

Marshall Patrick shattered the meet record in the 8U boys’ 100-meter freestyle. Crossing the finish line in first place, Marshall timed in at 1 minute, 57.46 seconds. The previous record was 2:05.37 set in 2022.

Patrick went on to set a new meet record by a considerable margin in the 8U 100-meter individual medley (IM), garnering gold in the event with a time of 2:28.11. The old record stood at 4:32.06 and dated from 2023.

Atana Walter also broke meet records in two events at Alliance. In the girls’ 11-12 100-meter freestyle, Walter pulled into first place with a time of 1:19.12. The previous record, set in 2023, was 1:22.57.

Clocking the 50-meter breaststroke in with a record-breaking time of 46.29 seconds, Walter scooped up gold in the event. The old record was 46.72 seconds and dated from 2021.

Walter also struck gold in the 200-meter freestyle, posting a time of 3:08.65.

Lexi Wilkie set a new meet record in the girls’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke. Reaching the finish line in 45.16 seconds, Wilkie beat the previous record of 46.44 seconds and snagged gold in the event.

McKay Gurney won the boys’ 200-meter IM in the 15-18 division, crossing the finish line with a record-breaking time of 3:33.39. The old record of 3:35.47 was set in 2022.

Griffin Wolfe struck gold in two events in the boys’ 15-18 division. Timing the 50-meter freestyle in at 29.34 seconds, Wolfe secured first place in that event before going on to win the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 1:13.93.

In the girls’ 13-14 bracket, Trinity Martin bagged gold in both the 200-meter IM, posting a time of 3:52.73 and the 50-meter breaststroke, timing in at 48.04 seconds.

Cooper Walter clinched gold in the boys’ 25-meter backstroke for the 9-10 age group, reaching the finish line in 26.56 seconds.  Walter went on to win the 25-meter backstroke, posting a time of 26.60 seconds.

Timing the girls’ 25-meter backstroke in at 23.82 seconds,  Taelyn Stokes won the event for the 9-10 age bracket. Stokes also struck gold in the 25-meter breaststroke, posting a time of 26.38 seconds.

Patrick Mason picked up gold in the boys’ 50-meter backstroke (11-12 bracket), clocking in at 50.51 seconds.

In the girls’ 100-meter freestyle for the 9-10 age group, Amelia Patrick pulled into first place with a time of 1:53.15.

Relay highlights included a first-place finish for Trinity Martin, Ariana Posten, Lexi Wilkie and Atana Walter in the 13-14-year-old 200-freestyle at 2:28.87.

Griffin Wolfe, Laney Walter, Beau Martinez and McKay Gurney secured gold in the 200-freestyle relay for the 15-18 division, timing in at 2:13.44.

Additional results – relays

• 8U 100-free: Delaney Martin, Hazel Parker, Ames Birkley and Huck Walter third at 2:17.56.

• 9-10 100-free: C. Walter, Kelsey Otten, Amelia Patrick and T. Stokes fourth at 1:29.89.

• 8U 100-medley: H. Walter, Marshall Patrick, Alexis Martin and Peyton Bullington second at 2:05.53.

• 9-10 100-medley: Isla Edmunds, T. Stokes, C. Walter and K. Otten fourth at 1:57.00.

• 11-12 200-free: Mason Patrick, Tayce Martinez, Jaylynn Grant and Makenzee Bugher fourth at 3:15.72 and Emily Milner, Adley Birkley, Harmony Woehlecke and Deklin Harrison ninth at 4:02.87.

• 13-14 200-free: Isabel Mann, Lillith Beck, Merrill Gurney and Payton Matthews fourth at 2:53.87.

• 11-12 200-medley: M. Bugher, Paisley Martin, T. Martinez and Mason Patrick third at 3:31.27 and E. Milner, Holland Gurney, J. Grant and D. Harrison sixth at 3:59.20.

• 13-14 200-medley: Ariana Posten, A. Walter, T. Martin and L. Wilkie second at 2:59.59.

• 15-18 200-medley: Beau Martinez, M. Gurney, Laney Walter and G. Wolfe second at 2:38.01.

Individual results 

Girls 8U

• 25-backstroke: Caylee Mann fourth at 31.83 seconds, Peyton Bullington fifth at 31.96, Delaney Martin seventh at 32.01 and Hazel Parker eighth at 35.90.

• 25-breaststroke: Alexis Martin second at 31.18 seconds and D. Martin eighth at 43.42.

• 25-butterfly: A. Martin second at 32.79 seconds.

• 25-freestyle: D. Martin fourth at 28.34 seconds, H. Parker seventh at 29.74 and C. Mann ninth at 31.14.

• 50-freestyle: A. Martin fifth at 57.98 seconds, P. Bullington sixth at 1:09.78 and H. Parker 10th at 1:22.61.

Girls 9-10

• 25-backstroke: Isla Edmunds third at 25.24 seconds, Sarah Snarr seventh at 27.47, Claire Cottrell 10th at 29.43, Zaelynn Hand 12th at 30.27 and Ella Parker 14th at 33.99.

• 25-breaststroke: E. Parker seventh at 33.09 seconds, Kelsey Otten eighth at 35.18 and Amelia Patrick 10th at 36.05.

• 25-butterfly: K. Otten sixth at 35.78 seconds.

• 25-freestyle: C. Cottrell ninth at 24.10 seconds, A. Patrick 10th at 24.81, I. Edmunds 11th at 25.31, S. Snarr 14th at 29.63 and Z. Hand 17th at 32.26.

• 50-freestyle: Taelyn Stokes third at 44.12 seconds, A. Patrick ninth at 52.31, C. Cottrell 10th at 53.16, E. Parker 11th at 54.78, I. Edmunds 12th at 55.79, K. Otten 14th at 59.58 and Z. Hand 16th at 1:10.05.

• 100-freestyle: K. Otten third at 2:20.53.

Girls 11-12

• 50-backstroke: Addison Mann fifth at 49.79 seconds, Makenzee Bugher eighth at 55.87 and Paisley Martin 12th at 1:02.35.

• 50-breaststroke: Lexi Wilkie fourth at 52.95 seconds, Emily Milner fifth at 58.63, M. Bugher sixth at 58.92, P. Martin eighth at 1:06.45, Adley Birkley 10th at 1:14.21 and Harmony Woehlecke 12th at 1:28.57.

• 50-butterfly: Atana Walter second at 42.99 seconds, L. Wilkie third at 47.39, Tayce Martinez fourth at 51.10 and Jaylynn Grant 10th at 1:09.20.

• 50-freestyle: L. Wilkie fourth at 38.95 seconds, A. Mann eighth at 46.99, T. Martinez ninth at 48.70, Leneah Beck 13th at 51.94, J. Grant 15th at 53.22, P. Martin 17th at 54.37, H. Woehlecke 21st at 1:00.81 and A. Birkely 22nd at 1:02.13.

• 100-freestyle: Emily Milner fourth at 1:47.11, L. Beck seventh at 2:02.00 and J. Grant ninth at 2:06.93.

•100-IM: E. Milner third at 2:03.60.

Girls 13-14

• 50-backstroke: Ariana Posten third at 46.22 seconds and Payton Matthews eighth at 53.44.

• 50-breaststroke: Lillith Beck eighth at 53.66 seconds.

• 50-meter butterfly: Trinity Martin third at 46.60 seconds.

• 50-freestyle: A. Posten fourth at 40.15 seconds, Isabel Mann eighth at 43.50, P. Matthews ninth at 47.96, Sophie Sinner 10th at 49.06 and Camilla Harrison 11th at 58.30.

• 100-freestyle: A. Posten third at 1:30.65, Lillith Beck fifth at 1:31.88 and I. Mann seventh at 1:36.84.

• 400-freestyle: T. Martin third at 7:30.26.

Girls 15-18

• 50-butterfly: Laney Walter third at 41.90 seconds.

• 50-freestyle: Amelia Beck fourth at 44.96 seconds.

• 100-freestyle: A. Beck third at 1:39.99.

• 100-IM: L. Walter third at 1:39.75.

• 200-freestyle: L. Walter third at 3:17.99.

• 400-freestyle: L. Walter second at 7:05.57.

Boys 8U

• 25-backstroke: Marshall Patrick second at 29.78 seconds, Huck Walter third at 32.94 and Michael Snarr fourth at 35.21.

• 25-breaststroke: Ames Birkley third at 50.76 seconds.

• 25-butterfly: M. Patrick second at 32.47 seconds.

• 25-freestyle: H. Walter fourth at 28.34 seconds, M. Snarr sixth at 35.13 and A. Birkley seventh at 37.70.

Boys 9-10

• 25-breaststroke: Garrett Otten sixth at 39.70 seconds and Gavin Harrison seventh at 55.17.

• 25-freestyle: G. Otten eighth at 30.09 seconds, Austin Grant 11th at 35.82 and G. Harrison 12th at 39.30.

• 50-freestyle: Cooper Walter fourth at 48.24 seconds, G. Otten seventh at 1:07.24 and A. Grant ninth at 1:22.17.

Boys 11-12

• 50-backstroke: Deklin Harrison sixth at 1:09.72.

• 50-breaststroke: Holland Gurney fifth at 1:04.25.

• 50-butterfly: D. Harrison second at 1:26.85.

• 50-freestyle: Mason Patrick fifth at 42.67 seconds and Myles Matthews 11th at 1:05.29.

• 100-freestyle: D. Harrison fifth at 2:18.49, H. Gurney sixth at 2:37.48 and M. Matthews seventh at 2:41.79.

• 100-IM: H. Gurney second at 2:41.05 and D. Harrison third at 2:54.35.

Boys 13-14

• 50-backstroke: Merrill Gurney second at 50.18 seconds.

• 50-breaststroke: M. Gurney fourth at 57.28 seconds.

• 100-freestyle: M. Gurney fifth at 1:38.94.

• 100-IM: M. Gurney third at 2:05.96.

Boys 15-18

• 50-breaststroke: McKay Gurney second at 42.31 seconds and Beau Martinez fourth at 49.81.

• 50-freestyle: B. Martinez fifth at 34.38 seconds.

• 100-IM: M. Gurney second at 1:37.02.

• 200-meter freestyle: M. Gurney second at 3:04.84.