Emily and Sarah Asciutto, Aryn Ianuzzi and Carol Herbert broke a 13-year re cord at districts last Saturday set by Sprinfield at the same meet in 2001. Emily and Sarah Asciutto, Aryn Ianuzzi and Herbert beat Springfield's 200 yard freestyle relay time (1:59.32) by nearly a second with a time of 1:58.46 in the 11-12 age group. Not only did the four girls break a District meet record, but their finish also broke the Manchester Triton Swim Team record of 1:59.23 that was set by Sarah Asciutto, Aryn Iannuzzi, Shaana Staab, and Corynn Wasyliko during a meet last season.
This weekend the four girls will be looking to claim first place in the event at states.
"That relay [team], I think they're in super good contention to win that event at States," said coach Alex Ramsvig.
Going into the meet last weekend, Ramsvig said the girls knew the record they were trying to beat.
"At Districts, every event it lists what the previous record was. So, going into it the girls knew they were pretty close. All four of them were just having a great meet and also looking at their own times [they] knew that if they all swam well they would be in contention there and then the time came up on the scoreboard and we knew right away," said Ramsvig. "They were obviously very excited, sort of jumping up and down screaming.
The club record set by the four girls is the latest to fall. Throughout the course of the season three other records have been broken - two of them by Claire Iannuzz (13-14 age group.)
Earlier this year Claire Iannuzzi broke Kate Montague's record of 36.38 with a time of 36.20 in the 50 meter breaststroke that was set on July 8, 2008. She followed that performance up two weeks later by breaking the club record of 1:22.11 in the 100 meter breaststroke set on Aug. 7, 2010 by Lara Lathrop by finishing with a time of 1:21.52.
Claire Iannuzzi was not the only Triton swimmer to set records this year though. Will Calder broke the previous club record of 1:05.38 set on July 28, 2007 held by Max Whiteford for the 6 & under boys 50 meter freestyle with a time of 1:02.85 on July 22.
Fifty two swimmers have qualified for states - many of them in multiple events. One of the swimmers who will not be there this coming weekend though is Ian Maier (13-14 age group.)
Maier qualified to compete in the 200 Meter Freestyle last weekend at Districts and had previously qualified to compete in the 50 and 100 freestyle events earlier in the year. Maier had also set a best time last weekend in the 100 freestyle. Despite his success in his first year of competitive swimming, Ramsvig said Maier has made the decision not compete at States.
Last weekend at Districts both of the Asciutto girls turned in good performances. Emily Asciutto took first place in the 12 & under 100 breaststroke and the individual medley along with a third place finish in the 50 freestyle. Sarah Asciutto had an even better weekend, taking first place in the Women 12 & under 100 meter butterfly, the 50 butterfly, and the 50 meter backstroke along with a second place finish in the 50 freestyle.
Aryn and Claire Iannuzzi also had great days at Districts. Aryn Iannuzzi took first place in both the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle along with second place finishes in the 100 butterfly and 50 butterfly.
Claire Iannuzzi finished second in the 500 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke.
Herbert took second place at Districts in the 50 breaststroke to go along with two third place finishes in the 100 breaststroke and 100 individual medley.
Paige Marion (13-14 age group) will also be counted on heavily at States. Marion recorded a pair of first place finishes in the 50 and 200 freestyle events this past weekend at Districts and placed second and third in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly, respectively.
Nathaniel Jacobs (9-10 age group) also had a good showing at Districts with a pair of first place finishes in the 100 individual medley and 25 freestyle. "He came in first in two of his events and fourth in two others," said Ramsvig. "So, he's been doing great this year. He's another one that will do really well in that age group."
Wasyliko (13-14 age group) and Ryan Spencer (17-19 age group) also had good finishes in a couple of events at Districts. Wasyliko took first in both the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle and Spencer took second in the 100 backstroke and 50 backstroke.
With the kind of finishes the several members of the team have been performing, especially in recent weeks, Ramsvig indicated he was excited to see what the team can do at States.
"Certainly all those girls had nothing but best times and almost the whole team just did fantastically. [There were] some really good swims. We're going to be peaking right at the right moment just before States," Ramsvig said. "We have lots of first place finishes on the weekend. The state's obviously bigger than southern Vermont, but that bodes very well."