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Records Fall in Opening Swim Meet

September 9, 2017

It was the first meet of the season, but the Bears displayed late season form as they took their first plunge on Friday afternoon. The day also proved to be a coming out party for the latest in a long line of talented Stony Brook swimmers.

In a narrow 43-50 loss to the combined squad of Huntington/Walt Whitman, 8th-grader Madison Sargent earned dominant victories in the 100 butterfly (1:02.09)–just off the State Championship qualifying pace–and the 500 freestyle (5:30.31). For good measure she joined forces in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays that reset school records. Sargent’s most impressive performance of the afternoon was her victory in the 500 freestyle. She lapped the field twice, won the race by over 1:30, and was a second off of Colleen Smith’s school record time (5:29.30) set in 1988.

Over the previous two seasons the Bears reset four school records. They broke two of those marks, which were newly minted at last season’s Suffolk County Championships, in yesterday’s meet. The fearsome foursome of Rachel Crane, Rebecca Crane, Madison Sargent, and Yesenia McKee combined to break the two milestones. The Bears fell to Huntington/Walt Whitman in the 200 medley, but still turned in a time of 2:00.69 to break the old mark of 2:01.64 set by the Crane sisters, McKee, and Josie Levy. They took first place in the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 4:00.37 to crush the previous best time of 4:03.71 set by the Cranes, Levy, and Francine Leung. If these girls are already besting their top marks from a year ago we could be in for a very fun season.

Rebecca Crane was the other individual winner for the Brook, taking the 200 freestyle in 2:13.00. Yesenia McKee took second in 2:18.75.

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