DIVE DEEPER. To start the 100 butterfly senior Christian Assal gets a good dive off the block.
DIVE DEEPER. To start the 100 butterfly race, senior Christian Assal dives off the block. photo/Megan Pirino

The boys swimming team took down the Colonial Grenadier swimmers on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Wadeview Pool. Diving right into it, the boy’s teams snatched first, second and third leaving nothing for Colonial in the 200 medley relay.

As the meet continued, the team continued to dominate. Junior Ryan Bogdan made a splash placing first in the 200 freestyle,  2:22:01. In the 200IM the boys were not about to be shown up and stole the board with junior Samuel Gentry-Mickelson (2:19:18) in first, freshman Robert Duckworth (2:40:34) in second and freshman Ethan Mortenson (2:46:19) in third place.

Following the 200IM, sophomore Chase Herron beat his teammates for the second place finish in the 50 freestyle, 29:90. In the next race, the 100 butterfly, junior Travis Stuart (1:00:27) placed first, freshman Elias Contogonas (1:11:44) second and freshman Benjamin Lorber (1:42:78) finished in third.

The team was just getting started. Senior Noah Hughes ignited the pool swimming the 100 freestyle, placing first in just over a minute (1:00:27). Due to a shortage of Grenadier swimmers our boys and girls raced each other in the 500 freestyle, junior Victoria Pratt was victorious.

The meet surged on with Bogdan, freshman Rusty Dagon, senior Giancarlo Ottone and junior Travis Stuart’s sense of teamwork amounting to first place in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42:31). In the 100 backstroke junior Andy Hoogvorst ranked first (1:08:88) and Cody Maitland second (1:19:62).

As the sun began to set on the meet, the team swept the places in the 100 breaststroke. With a strong finish in the 400 freestyle relay, the team starring Bogdan, Dagon, senior Adrian Miranda and Stuart took first place.

The swim team beat Colonial 137-25.  Come out and support the swim team at their next meet at the Spruce Creek Invitational on Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. at Port Orange.


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