GODFREY – Summers-Port sailed to another victory in Southwestern Illinois Swim Association competition Thursday night.
The Sharks coasted by Sunset Hills of Edwardsville, 522-139, in a dual meet at the Godfrey pool. Summers-Port improved to 2-0 in SWISA competition thus far.
“I’m confident we had a good meet,” said Summers-Port coach Nancy Miller, pleased with what she witnessed. “We did some experimenting in certain events tonight because you never know when something will click.”
It clicked on all levels for the Sharks, who registered victories in 70 of the 84 events and shrugged off the intermittent raindrops. They dominated the relays and produced an assortment of multiple winners.
Miller said, “I like what I’m seeing from this team. We have an excellent attitude and a strong work ethic.”
Caden and Cole Akal, Stephen and Madeline Stobbs, Lindsey Bruce, Katherine Hatch, Victor Humphrey, Luke and Matt Daniel, Noah Clancy, Anna Moehn, Abigail Powers, Rebecca Adney, Natalie Long, Claire Spain, Aiden Napp, Eleanore Schuler and Lilian Schuler were among their double winners. The Sharks feature more than 80 swimmers.
Caden Akal set a Sharks’ record in the 13-14 boys’ 200 free style by winning it in 2 minutes, 6.51 seconds. Lydia Hemmings of Sunset Hills established a pool record in the 13-14 girls’ 200 free style with a time of 2.13.88. Teammate Madelyn Millburn logged three wins.
Next up for the Sharks is a SWISA match June 25 at Water Works in Edwardsville. They also have to battle the Paddlers in Granite City. Paddlers will serve as the site for the SWISA championships on Sunday, July 19.
Sunset Hills’ coach Drew May said the Stingrays are attempting to build their program into a solid SWISA one.
“We have 36 swimmers here tonight,” he said Thursday, “and 50 on the team. Most of our swimmers are younger ones. Our oldest swimmer is 14.”
Stingrays’ assistant Jennifer Deist noted, “We’re trying to build the foundation through a good team spirit.”
The Sharks also prevailed in the diving competition to win their season opener in league action by the score of 64-15. They showcased 20 divers, 15 more than the Stingrays.
Annie Evans, Sam Gross, Maggie Evans, Nash Johnson and Maya Stephen snared first places in boys and girls competition for Summers-Port. The diving Sharks are gearing up for the Sunset Hills Invitational on June 27 and the three-team SWISA finals on June 18 at Summers-Port. Paddlers and Sunset Hills also have diving squads.