Tritons win state title for first time

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QUECHEE — The Manchester Tritons Swim Team capped off its impressive unbeaten meet season with a Division II State Championship this past weekend at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, its first state championship win in its history.

The team's victory was achieved by a core of veteran swimmers and an amazing group of younger swimmers who burst onto the State swimming scene this Summer, leaving all competitors in their wake.

In what is likely the most impressive performance in Tritons team and Vermont summer age group swimming history, 10-year-old Molly Harper won four individual state titles, smashing Triton team records in all four events along the way. Harper's record-breaking performance got off to an early start on Saturday morning with an impressive win in the 10-and-under 25-yard breaststroke.

She followed that event with victories in the 25-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley. On Sunday morning, she capped off her perfect meet with a victory in the 25-yard butterfly.

Perennial state champion Paige Marion notched two gold medal performances in the 18U 50 and 100 freestyle events. She also anchored the Triton team record-breaking 200 yard medley and freestyle relays. Joining Paige in the medley relay was Corynn Wasyliko (backstroke), Aryn Iannuzzi (breaststroke) and Claire Iannuzzi (butterfly). Joining Paige in the freestyle relay was Corynn Wasyliko, Sarah Asciutto and Claire Iannuzzi.

The Tritons newest individual State Champions are eight year-olds Pernilla Borgia and Raven French. Pernilla struck gold in the 8U 100 yard individual medley and Raven notched gold in the 8U 25 yard freestyle. Pernilla and Raven were joined by Adeline Isakov and Adalie Erikson to win gold in both the 8U medley and freestyle relays.

Another impressive performer for the Tritons was Corynn Wasyliko, who set three new Triton team records at the meet in the 18U 50 yard backstroke, 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard individual medley. Joining the team record-breaking parade at the meet was Pernilla Borgia, setting a new standard in the 8U 100 yard individual medley.

Beyond the team's record-setting eight (8) individual and two (2) relay gold medals, the team's medal haul included four (4) silver medals and eleven (11) bronze medals. Silver medal winners included Pernilla Borgia in the 8U 25 yard freestyle and 50 yard freestyle, and Raven French, in the 8U 25 yard butterfly and 25 yard backstroke.

Bronze medal winners at the meet included Claire Iannuzzi (U18 50 yard breaststroke, 100 yard breaststroke and 200 yard individual medley), Paige Marion (U18 200 yard freestyle), Corynn Wasyliko (U16 200 yard individual medley), Alex Wasyliko (U14 100 yard butterfly), Emmy Asciutto (U14 100 yard individual medley), Raven French U8 50 yard freestyle) and Tima Isakov (U6 25 yard freestyle). Bronze was also captured by the 18-and- under 200 yard freestyle relay team of Corynn Wasyliko, Sarah Asciutto, Claire Iannuzzi and Paige Marion.

The Tritons' state championship was made possible by the contributions of thirty-one swimmers who scored team points in the meet. These included Molly Harper (76), Paige Marion (69), Raven French (69), Pernilla Borgia (68), Claire Iannuzzi (63), Corynn Wasyliko (58), Alex Wasyliko (55), Devin Deets (53), Aryn Iannuzzi (50), Perrin Marion (50), Emily Asciutto (46), Sarah Asciutto (39), Adeline Isakov (33.5), Carol Herbert (30), Will Larkin (27), Alex Realmuto (20), Adeline Manning (19), Owen Williams (19), Piper Russell (17), Tima Isakov (16), Adalie Erickson (15), Sienna Marshall (13), Emma Daley (12.5), Mary Mendez (12), Hillary Cyr (12), Tor Borgia (10), Sadie Stefanak (7), Jason Caggiano (6), Olivia Day (3), Henriette Borgia (2) and Caroline Asciutto (1).

First year coach Ann Webster-Lang is excited by the prospect of having no graduating seniors on this year's team, which obviously bodes well for next year's program. Coach Webster-Lang was joined this season by assistant coaches Ryan Spencer, Claire Iannuzzi, Lydia Maier and guest coach, Joel Iannuzzi. The Tritons ongoing success is made possible by a dedicated group of volunteer board members and team parents who work tirelessly at the meets and behind the scenes to support the team's swimmers. The team would also like to thank Manchester Parks and Rec Director Liz Ambuhl and her pool staff for their support in maintaining the Town's pool in peak condition for training and competitions.

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