CHAPEL HILL — “The Farm” went 37 years in between its first and second city championships. Now, they’ve won twice in two years.
Merged a few years ago with the Meadowmont YMCA’s team, the young swimmers from the UNC Faculty/Staff Recreation Association’s club have enjoyed the greatest success in the program’s history. The Farm/Y swimmers swept the girls’, boys’ and combined titles in last weekend’s Chapel Hill Summer Swim League championships, successfully defending their titles of 2012.
Last year’s championships were the team’s first since winning the inaugural citywide CHSSL meet in 1975.
“Our swimmers did a fantastic job preparing for Saturday’s meet,” Farm/Y head coach and swimmer Matt Creatore said.
“I was exceptionally proud of the way they challenged themselves to improve throughout the summer. The way that each team competed at champs and, more importantly, the amount of sportsmanship shown by each and every one of the league’s teams really impressed me; that’s what it’s all about.”
Swimming July 20 in Koury Natatorium, the Farm/Y girls compiled 1,196 points to edge The Exchange-Sunset Creek team, which had 1,129.5 points. The Heritage Hills/Homestead Aquatic Center team was third in the girls’ meet with 1,008.
Southern Village/Governors Club’s girls (877 points) were fourth, followed by the Chapel Hill Country Club/Ridgewood Sharks (863), the Chapel Hill Tennis Club’s Penguins (614.5), the Hillsborough Sportsplex (526) and Hollow Rock/Stoneridge (523).
The Farm/Y boys won by a bigger margin, with 1,374.5 points to 1006.5 for the runners-up from the Heritage Hills/Homestead “H3AC” team. The Hollow Rock/Stoneridge Piranhas (863) took third in the boys’ meet, while the EXSC Cyclones (848.5), Tennis Club (752.5), SVGC Stingrays (745.5), CCR (625.5) and Sportsplex (444) rounded out the field.
CHSSL swimmers set 27 meet records in last weekend’s 76 events – 10 of them set by Farm/Y members.
“While some swimmers set meet records, there were a number of time improvements and it was a fantastic all-around team effort,” said Creatore, who avoided mentioning his own record time last weekend of 21.71 seconds in the 15-18 boys 50 freestyle.
Creatore also swam the anchor leg of the Farm/Y’s record-setting 15-18 relay team. Creatore – along with Sam Freedberg, Oliver Hudgins and Max Howes – won a 200 medley relay in 1:39.09 and the meet’s last event, the 200 free relay, in 1:29.9.
Connor Sept of the Farm/Y led the meet with three individual records – winning the 13-14 boys 50 backstroke (in 27.55 seconds), 100 individual medley (59.33) and 50 breaststroke (29.62).
Sophie Perez of the Farm/Y’s 11-12 girls team set records in both the 50 back (28.83) and the 50 butterfly (27.89).
Heritage Hills had a pair of double record-setters. Savannah Xu won the 7-8 girls 25 free (15.08 seconds) and backstroke (17.57) for a pair of records in the morning session. Hurricane teammate Lisa Zhou set records in the afternoon while winning the 15-18 girls 50 free (23.35) and 50 back (29.36).
Hollow Rock/Stoneridge also had two record-setters. The Piranhas’ Ryan Weaver set two records, winning the 10-and-under boys free in 29.23 seconds and the 50 back in 32.77. Lucca Battaglini of the HRS 7-8 boys won both the 25 backstroke (17.05) and 25 butterfly (15.96) in record times.
Battaglini later swam the anchor leg on the HRS record-setting mixed 7-8 free relay (1:07.45), along with leadoff swimmer Naokai Aronesty, Cole Kaminsky and Aidan Leggatt.
The Farm/Y’s 7-8 girls relay team of Mia Oliaro, Ann-Kristin Ritter, Spencer Rose Jennings and Margaret Sept set two records – in the medley relay (1:16.52) and the 100 free relay (1:08.43).
Peter Dunson, Andrew Volpe, Jack Simon and Joshua Riegler of the Farm/Y team combined to win the mixed 7-8 100 medley relay in a record time of 1:17.34.
Other record-setters in the junior swimmers’ morning session included: Hollow Rock/Stoneridge’s Kelly Vann in the 9-10 girls 50 back (16.83); Scarlett Simmons of SVGC’s 8-and-under girls with a win in the 25 backstroke (19.9); CCR’s Sydney Morgan in the 9-10 girls 25 breaststroke (17.5) and Matthew Geib of the Sportsplex in the 9-10 boys 25 breaststroke (18.27).
In the senior swimmers’ afternoon session, Allison Lai of H3AC set a record of 29.8 seconds in the 13-14 girls 50 back, and Sarah Taekman of the Exchange/Sunset team set a record (33.32) in winning the 13-14 girls 50 breaststroke.
The H3AC Hurricane team of 16-year-old Katie Spang, 15-year-old Emma Sacco, 16-year-old Valentina Quintero and Zhou, 18, won the girls’ final event, the 15-18 girls 200 free relay in a record-setting 1:45.73.
For complete results of the meet, see results.teamunify.com/recchssl/champs2013/.