Shelburne’s Farrington sets two records at swimming championship – Other locals win last weekend

Shelburne members of the Burlington Country Club swim team pose for their close up. Photo by Paul Fitzgerald

Burlington Country Club swim team member Pierce Farrington of Shelburne set records in the U18 100-yard individual medley and in the 50-yard freestyle at the Champlain Valley Swim League (CVSL) Championship in Vergennes on July 27-28. Nine teams from Chittenden, Franklin, and Addison counties comprise the CVSL, which has hosted a championship meet for more than 20 years. The meet was attended by more than 800 swimmers from ages 4-18. The Burlington Country Club finished second at the meet and is coached by Caleb Hall-Potvin. Hall-Potvin graduated from St. Michael’s College in May and he believes that all swimmers should have fun, a positive attitude and experience the thrill of competition in a supportive partnership. Unlike dual meets, the CVSL meet allows swimmers to swim a wide variety of events, including individual medleys and distance events like the 500 freestyle. According to coach Hall-Potvin, “all BCC swimmers posted at least one personal best time throughout the weekend and a few championship meet records were broken. BCC parents provided constant and enthusiastic support of both their swimmers and the coaching staff. It was a wonderful group effort that made the entire coaching staff proud to be affiliated with such a strong and united swim family.” Pierce was not the only Shelburne swimmer to shine at the meet as part of the Burlington Country Club Swim Team.

Max Destito, age seven, was a CVSL champion and member of the first place boys U8 100-yard freestyle relay with Cillian Connolly, Ryder Manske, and Luke Fitzgerald.

Ten-year-old Addie Engelberth, was a member of the first place girls U10 100-yard medley relay with Audrey Olson, Casey Allen, and Ella Gazo.

Brooks Bahrenburg, age 12, was a member of the second place girls U12 200-yard B medley relay with Abby Stein, Olivia Smith, Marika Massey-Bierman. Bahrenburg also placed 5th in the girls 100-yard freestyle, and was a member of the 3rd place girls 200-yard B freestyle relay with Abby Stein, Marika Massey-Bierman, and Olivia Smith.

Thirteen-year-old Paige Maxson took 6th place in the girls U14 200-yard freestyle.

Sixteen-year-old Pierce Farrington finished in 1st place and set the CVSL record for the boys U18 100-yard individual medley, and was a member of the 1st place boys 200-yard medley relay with Johannes Suppan, Sam Boardman, and Ben Ogle. Farrington, a CVU junior, took 2nd place in the boys 50-yard butterfly, 1st place and set the CVSL record for the boys 50-yard freestyle, and was a member of the 2nd place boys 200-yard freestyle relay with Boardman, Suppan, and Ogle.

Allie Hameline, age 16, placed fifth in both the girls U18 200-yard freestyle and in the girls 200-yard individual medley.

These swimmers face their biggest challenge of the season on Aug. 4 and 5 at the Vermont State Swim meet at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center in White River Junction. These swimmers qualified for the state meet by exceeding time limits set by the league. More than 750 swimmers from 23 teams are expected to attend the Vermont State meet this weekend.

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