Madeleine Stobbs sets the pace in her heat and takes the win.
GODFREY – The numbers told the story for the Summers-Port Sharks on Sunday in the SWISA championships. They tallied 2,527 points in combined boys and girls scoring to win their 22nd successive swim title.
Water Works of Edwardsville placed second with 1,973 points and Paddlers of Granite City came in third with 1,513 points. Splash City of Collinsville was fourth with 1,058 points and Sunset Hills of Edwardsville was fifth with 593 points.
“Our swimmers love that,” Sharks coach Nancy Miller said of extending the team's championship streak. Summers-Port has finished first in the SWISA competition since 1993.
Miller added, “They (the swimmers) care so much about each other. We have a lot of spirit and it was such a team effort.”
Christian Kotzamanis (8-and-under boys), Anna Moehn and Kristine Lauritzen (9-10 girls), Edward Roberts (9-10 boys), Eleni Kotzamanis (11-12 girls), Noah Clancy and Jake Roth (11-2 boys), Ellen Higdon (15-18 girls), plus Cole Akal and Matthew Daniel (13-14 boys), led the way for the winners.
Water Works’ coach Max Byers, a junior at Penn State, said the Sharks have things going their way in SWISA. The Edwardsville High graduate is a former IHSA champion.
“It’s a combination of tradition and depth,” he said, pinpointing their success. “They have great swimmers, a lot of kids that come out and Nancy does a great job with them.”
Sunset Hills coach Christian Rhoten noted: “They (the Sharks) have a tradition going in this area and they have made it a cool thing to do in swimming for their team. They have some swimmers who have competed 15 years for them.
“And there’s no doubt Nancy does a good job with their kids. It’s hard to deny they have something good going here.”
Eleni Kotzamanis, Edward Roberts, Matthew Daniel, Lindsey Bruce, Ellen Higdon, Anna Moehn, Noah Clancy and multiple Summers-Port relay teams established team, pool and SWISA records along the way.
“I’ve been pretty consistent all year,” Daniel said. He set SWISA records in the 100 IM (57.7 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.5).
Roberts had a SWISA record in the boys 50 freestyle (27.88), and Higdon set one in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.30). Moehn had one in the 50 backstroke (34.90) and Clancy in the 50 backstroke (28.88).