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757swim celebrates end of summer season by sending several to national meets

A busy summer continued for 757swim as the Williamsburg-based club sent swimmers to both the U.S. Open Swimming Championships (Aug. 2-6) in East Meadow, N.Y. and the USA Swimming Futures Championships (Aug. 3-6) in Geneva, Ohio.

Colby Hurt, Abby Larson and Joelle Vereb competed in the U.S. Open along with the likes of Olympic medalists Ryan Lochte and Cullen Jones.

Last month, the trio led the 757swim women's team to first place among mid-sized teams at the Virginia Swimming Long Course Senior State Championship in Stafford.

At the Senior states competition, Hurt earned the women's high point award and won the 200 meter individual medeley with a time of 2:20.91. Vereb swam to a gold medal in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.81. In Larson's strongest swim, the 50 freestyle, she logged a time of 25.82 to earn a silver medal.

The six swimmers who competed in the Futures meet were Flynn Crisci, Sofia Long, Evan Lynch, Kaitlyn Pegram, Carter Catherine Roehrle, Jenna Thompson and Faith Tyranski.

757swim coach Morgan Cordle said in a club news release sending just one swimmer to the U.S. Open would have been a significant accomplishment. "And add to that six more swimmers going to Futures," Cordle said. "I am so proud of our swimmers who have worked so hard and are seeing such a high level of payoff."

The club held a season-end celebration July 29 at the Warhill Indoor Sports Complex Aquatics Center.

The MVP swimmers, those who scored the most points for the team in meets, were Arden Aponte and Taraneh Bonyadlou (Copper level); Joe Dill and Lindsay Meadows (Bronze); Aidan Martin and Isabel Kantor (Silver 1); Elijah Fields and Kaitlyn Sullivan (Silver 2); Noah Frerichs and Faith Tyranski (Senior); and Flynn Crisci and Colby Hurt (Gold).

Most Improved awards went to Colin Lloyd and Elizabeth Connaghan (Copper); Brendan Lloyd and Kiya Royds (Bronze); Brennan Kelso and Carleigh Price (Silver 1); Aidan Crisci and Delaney Gibbons (Silver 2); Taryn Robinson and Lainey Flanagan (Senior); and Austin Smith and Kaitlyn Pegram (Gold).

The Grit award was given to swimmers who demonstrated a consistent work ethic, admirable character, strong leadership skills and mental toughness. They were Matthew Long and Eleanor Chen (Copper); Georgie Aponte and Anna Shnowske (Bronze); Braden Lee and Avery Martin (Silver 1); Ethan Roehrle and Allison Chaney (Silver 2); Adam Dumont and Grace Tarantino (Senior); and Corey Shideler and Abby Larson (Gold).

757swim also added a new head age group coach in July when Jackie Whitty was hired to lead 14-and-under swimmers.

Whitty previously spent 10 years as the Westfield, N.J. area YMCA head age group coach and assistant senior level coach, helping the club become nationally ranke.

Whitty also coached at her alma mater, the College of New Jersey, where she helped the team to four New Jersey Athletic Conference titles.

"At this point in my career, I am motivated to grow along with a team that is looking to continue to build towards the future," Whitty said in a news release, "and 757swim jumped out at me as such a team. I believe the opportunity that 757swim offers is a great way to move my career in this direction. I feel very strongly that the development of the younger age groups positively impacts a team's success and I am thrilled to be a part of such a program at 757swim."

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