2019 Meet of the Week (Wk 2): Springboard @ South Run
Week 2 in Division 12 was a thriller–we predicted a close meet between Springboard and South Run and we got it! There were several lead changes, with both teams battling it out through the individual events, but ultimately South Run’s butterfly was too much to handle at the end of the meet. The Seahawks won 229 – 191, nearly following our predictions identically–here were the highlights!
With the D12 championship potentially on the line, both teams came into this meet looking for an important win. We enjoyed this clever skit put on by the South Run seniors before the meet, followed by some enthusiastic cheering from both teams, as they attempted to fire up their younger swimmers.
The meet got off to a fast start–Springboard had to maximize the front half of the meet to give themselves a chance and got right to it. After a big sweep from the South Run 8-under girls, the Barracudas went on a bit of a run–they swept the 11-12 boys race and picked up important pieces through the first 10 races. However, South Run limited the damage with a great 1-2 finish with their 13-14 boys Owen Cole and Lincoln Landrum. Springboard had the lead but was 5 points short of where they were seeded to be in the event.
Backstroke was full of big performances by both sides–Springboard got the better of the event as far as what they were seeded to do and carried that momentum through the meet. After a great 1-2 finish in the 8-under boys, the Cudas got a great swim out of Lily Fasano who won 5 big points where she was only expected to take 2nd. Springboard would sweep the very next race before South Run turned it on with their older swimmers. Tori O’Hara and Addie Crofford went 1-2 in the 11-12 girls race and the 15-18 girls went on to sweep the points. Springboard still had a lead halfway through and had improved on their seeds by 2 points.
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Breast and Fly started to move the meet in the direction of the home team–Springboard got a big swim from their 8-under boys with an unexpected 1-2 finish and a great first place swim by Collin Finnegan in the 11-12 boys race. South Run took 8 points though with their 8-under girls and 13-14 boys, all but canceling out the momentum earned by the visiting Barracudas. South Run took 24 quick points in fly with their 8-under girls, 13-14 boys, and 15-18 girls, putting them at 194 points going into relays. Even 4 points fewer and Springboard would have really given themselves a great chance to win, but the Seahawks started relays only needing 4 to win.
The 8-under relays were the most exciting, with a tenth of a second separating the winning Seahawks from Springboard. The 8-under girls won by almost a full pool length and broke a 30-year-old team record along the way! The winning mark came with a win in the 11-12 girls relay.
Both teams were happy with the improvement they saw from week 1 to week 2 and feel like they have more to look forward to in the weeks to come. Springboard definitely showed that they are a solid team and should not be underestimated. South Run is without question the team to beat in D12 and will have to keep pounding away to get to the divisional championship.