Week 2 brought a number of meets that came down to the wire and were incredibly important in determining the outlook for the rest of the season in a few divisions, and D3 was no exception. High Point and Hunt Valley proved to be the powerhouses we expected them to be, and the matchup could not have been more narrow. Halfway through this nailbiter, both teams had split the 20 1st place swims, and took turns picking up 2nd and 3rd, recording only one 1-2 finish (HPP in 9-10 boys free). This kept the meet a virtual tie going into the back half before High Point took advantage of their strong breaststroke, winning 59 of the 90 total points in the event. However, Hunt Valley responded quickly, banking 54 points in fly and keeping things close enough to give themselves a chance to win in relays. Entering the last 12 swims of the day, the Stingrays were down 189 – 171!
In our meet preview, we talked about High Point needing to rack up points early and often. Hunt Valley was seeded to have a late meet surge that would undoubtedly come with a big momentum boost. Despite being down 153-117 after breast, the Stingrays rallied to a 204 – 216 win, in one of the best come back performances we have seen in a long time. Hunt Valley pulled this off largely through relay victories, winning 9 out of the last 12 races, to snatch the win from the jaws of defeat! Afterward, the Ninjas got the post-meet reactions from both coaching staffs, who had a lot to be happy about with how their teams performed.
This meet was a ton of fun to cover because both teams brought great spirit to the pool deck, and added their own flair and flavor–check out the HPP announcer who is arguably the best of his kind in the league (nominated for post-season All Swim Ninja announcer)!
Thank you for a great meet Hippos and Stingrays, and good luck in the remainder of 2018
Check out all the race vids from the day!