Conant, Mascenic hit the pool

  • The Conant swim team practices in late December. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monday, December 11, 2017 5:25PM

The Conant and Mascenic swim teams had their first meet on Friday night at Keene State College against Keene, Souhegan and Monadnock.

The Conant girls’ team started off their season beating both Monadnock and Mascenic (third).

The Conant boys’ team tied with Keene and beat Souhegan, Monadnock, and Mascenic (third).

Conant had three qualifiers for states: Brent Smith in the 100 butterfly (1:09.87); Scott LaBrecque in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.75), and Garrett Cournoyer (1:11.05) in the 100 backstroke.

Mascenic coach Andrea Sbona was very pleased with the team’s performance as Mascenic has a very young team with no seniors and five new swimmers that have never competed on a team. All of the new members of the team had great swims with times that were below their seed times.

Junior first year swimmer Owen Krook had an impressive swim in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 31:15.

Mascenic had several swimmers that swam personal record times at the meet as well as one swimmer who qualified for the state meet.

Zack Allen, sophomore, qualified for the state meet in the 500-yard freestyle with a PR time of 6:11.81 (dropping more than 8 seconds off of his time).

Amanda Bergeron, sophomore, had a PR time of 50.60 in the 50-yard freestyle.

 Emma Knisley, sophomore, had a PR time of 1:13.20 in the 100-yard freestyle and a PR time of 1:31.09 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Emma Mittleider sophomore had a PR time of 1:47.50 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Although Conant arrived home late on Friday night, the swimmers were in the pool at 6:30 a.m. the next morning for a swim challenge. The top swimmer was Kevin Simmons who put in 3,800 yards in an hour. All of the high school swimmers swam at least a mile and many swam over two miles.