French breaks 500 free record, Manchester wins meet
MANCHESTER — One of the Manchester Tritons swim team's youngest swimmers stood out in a big way Tuesday afternoon at Dana Thompson Rec Park.
Ten-year old Raven French kicked off the meet against Rutland and Upper Valley, with a team record-setting time in the girls 9-10 500 freestyle, finishing in 7 minutes, 20.54 seconds.
The Tritons went on to win the team crown for the meet, winning by 154 points on the girls side and 27 points on the boys side.
French, along with Nathan Younce (14) and William Mair (8), were winners of four individual races Tuesday afternoon to lead Manchester. Thirteen other swimmers won multiple races as well.
After French's record-breaking performance in the 500 free, the Tritons picked up their first relay win of the day in the girls 10-and-under 100 medley relay, with the team of Abigail Maki-Davis, Lily Stauss, Siena Marshall and Bella Brinckerhoff finishing in 1:34.17.
Manchester's next win came in the girls 14-and-under 200 medley relay, where Hilary Cyr, Gracie Durgin, Henriette Borgia and Abigail Kopeck won by more than 14 seconds over a Rutland team. The women 18-and-under team of Emily Ascuitto, Piper Russell, Corynn Wasyliko and Perrin Marion also won their relay, edging out another Manchester group.
In the 100 individual medley, the Tritons' Siena Marshall edged out a teammate by less than a second for a win in 1:45.49 in the girls 9-10 race. Henry Galloway won the boys 11-12 race by more than five seconds, while Nathan Younce dominated in the boys 13-14 race. Piper Russell just outdid Rutland's Jenna Sunderland in the girls 15-16 race and Alex Wasyliko cruised to a win in the boys 15-16 race.
Raven French picked up her second individual win of the day in the girls 9-10 25 free, finishing with a time of 15.31 seconds, just edging out teammate Pernilla Borgia. William Mair took home a win in the boys 8-and-under race, finishing in 19.68 seconds.
Moving to the 50 free, Manchester saw great success. Ana Realmuto won the girls 11-12 race by less than a second, while Perrin Marion won in the girls 13-14 race. Piper Russell once again inched out a win in the girls 15-16 race, topping teammate Natasha Kopeck and Sarah Ascuitto won the 17-18 girls race. On the boys side, Owen Williams won the 13-14 race by more than two seconds.
In the 100 breaststroke, Gracie Durgin won the girls 13-14 race by almost six seconds. Lily Spencer beat out teammate Aryn Iannuzzi by almost three seconds, while Nathan Younce and Judd Gourley picked up wins and Blake Bishop won uncontested.
In the 25 butterfly, Elise Hornby was the only swimmer not to be disqualified in the girls 8-and-under race. Adeline Isakov won by less than half a second over Siena Marshall in the girls 9-10 race.
Corynn Wasyliko bested teammate Aryn Iannuzzi in the 200 IM with a time of 2:44.70.
The Tritons dominated the 50 fly, winning all of those races. Ana Realmuto just edged out teammate Sydney Kulis in the girls 11-12 race, while Henriette Borgia won in the girls 13-14 race. Emily Ascuitto finished the 15-16 race in 32.37 seconds, which bested teammate Rowan Russell by 0.26 seconds. Sarah Asciutto, Henry Galloway and Alex Wasyliko cruised to wins in their races, while Nathan Younce won uncontested.
In the 100 backstroke, Maya Williams won her race uncontested and Hilary Cyr and Mary Mendez beat out single swimmers in their own races.
Raven French and William Mair both won their races in the 25 backstroke.
Manchester had a strong showing in the 50 backstroke. Perrin Marion won the girls 13-14 race with a time of 35.59 seconds. Owen Williams won the boys 13-14 race by almost six seconds, while Emily Ascuitto and Corynn Wasyliko were also winners in their respective age groups.
Adeline Isakov had tough battle with teammate Pernilla Borgia in the 25 breaststroke, topping her by 0.13 seconds. William Mair won the boys 8-and-under race by more than seven seconds.
Perrin Marion beat out teammate Gracie Durgin in the 50 breaststroke, while Piper Russell was more than a second faster than Rutland's Luci Horrocks in the girls 15-16 race. Lily Spencer, Blake Bishop and Nathan Younce were other Triton winners in that discipline.
Raven French dominated in the girls 9-10 50 free with a time of 33.78 seconds, more than five seconds faster than the next best competitor. William Mair had a similar margin of victory in the boys 8-and-under race.
The Tritons' Ariana Monegro just slipped past Rutland's Maya Traska in the girls 11-12 100 free, winning by 0.07 seconds. Manchester won all but one of the 100 free races Tuesday, with Hilary Cyr, Rowan Russell, Blake Bishop, Owen Williams and Alex Wasyliko winning in that event.
Heading into the final stretch of relays, the girls 10-and-under team of Pernilla Borgia, Penelope Cyr, Adeline Isakov and Raven French cruised to a win in the 100 free relay.
The boys 12-and-under 200 free relay team of Blake Bishop, Alex Kopeck, William Mair and Henry Galloway won by almost 18 seconds in their race.
The Tritons' women 18-and-under 200 free relay of Emily Asciutto, Corynn Wasyliko, Rowan Russell and Perrin Marion won by more than five seconds and the girls 14-and-under group had similar success in their race.
Manchester's men's 18-and-under 200 free team of Alex Wasyliko, Owen Williams, Judd Gourley and Nathan Younce won uncontested to finish off the meet.
The Tritons travel to Killington for a meet next Tuesday.
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