Swimmers set sights on states

MANCHESTER - The month of July is rapidly coming to a close signaling the end of the season for the Manchester Tritons Swim Team.

The Tritons will be competing at districts on Saturday where some of their swimmers will be looking to qualify for states, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3.

Going into districts, a few members of the team will be striving to qualify in additional events for states. Among them will be Ian Maier who is competing in the 13-14 age group.

"He's 14 and this is his first year of competitive swimming and he has qualified for two events, but I expect he'll qualify for more," said coach Alex Ramsvig. "I've just been super impressed because he's had lessons before, but never been a competitive swimmer and [he's] just improved markedly. His first day was just trying to get through practice and now he looks really strong in the water."

Maier has already qualified for the 50 and 100 meter freestyles, but Ramsvig said he is very close to qualifying for the 200 meter freestyle as well as the 50 and 100 meter backstroke events.

Florrie Hynds and Angela Caggiano will also be vying to qualify for states.

Competing in the 11-12 age group, Ramsvig said both girls will be close to qualifying in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events.

Also competing in the 11-12 age group will be Emily and Sarah Asciutto and Aryn Iannuzzi. The three have helped anchor the girls team and have currently qualified for nearly every event at states.

"Those three, Sarah, Aryn, and Emily they're 11-12 and so they've sort of been one, two, three," said Ramsvig. "Sarah often wins, but not always. Aryn takes her some times and then Emily is right there with them."

At this time last season Emily Asciutto was out with an injury at the end of the year and the year before an injury to Sarah prevented her from competing in districts and states. This year both are healthy - something Ramsvig is excited about.

"At this point both Asciutto girls are injury free so I'm very pleased because they're fantastic," he said.

Among the swimmers competing in the 13-14 age group are Paige Marion and Claire Ianuzzi. Marion has won numerous events and several of her meets leading up to districts as has Ianuzzi.

"They're always one, two or really close together in their finishes," said Ramsvig.

Mylee Downey, who is competing in the 9-10 group, may be one of the younger swimmers on the team, but Ramsvig said she is fitting in well and winning often throughout the course of the season.

"She's in the 9-10 group, but she's in with my seniors; the most advanced group,:" said Ramsvig. "She's been right up there, winning often."

Hannah and Hilary Cyr - who are 10- and eight-years-old, respectively - are two of the other swimmers that Ramsvig expects to perform well over the next two weeks. Both girls have qualified for the 25-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter breastroke going into districts.


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