Day two of the Commonwealth Games ended with as much excitement and energy as the first. The sun shone just as bright, the water was just as cool and the swimmers swam just as hard.
The SMAC team had swimmers in just about every heat of every race Saturday.
“It’s one of my better meets,” said 13-year-old Alexis Campbell. “I’ve done well in everything I’ve done so far. I’ve dropped time in everything I’ve done so far.”
She placed fourth in the 50-meter fly with a time of 34.29 seconds, third in the 50-meter breast with 39.95 and ninth in the 200-meter free.
Alexis Campbell said this meet was a little different than other meets that SMAC competes in because generally they taper the practices so that they get easier the closer the time comes for a meet. This time, however, they didn’t.
“It’s not one of those ‘big, big’ meets,” Alexis Campbell said. She said this is the type of meet used to see where each swimmer stands — like a big practice.
“She swims all year round,” said Brian Campbell, Alexis’ father. “This is their way to kick off the summer. She is cutting times in everything — the last two days have been great.”
Alexis Campbell, who competed in the 13 and 14 girls 200-meter individual medley, had set a goal for herself to cut 2 seconds off her pervious time. When the race was over and the times were in, she had sliced off 6 seconds.
“They’ve all performed well,” said PJ Kozicki, the assistant coach for the SMAC team. “They’ve worked hard. This is their meet — they know the pools and walls.”
Kozicki moved here from New Jersey to start an underwater video company, called Fluid Dynamics, to show swimmers how they look from in the water in order to help them improve.
Kozicki said this meet is different than other types of meets because the swimmers are having to swim straight through without much rest.
Where some consider this meet an event just to post good times, one swimmer came to compete.
“You’re here to race. Better times are good,” said 17-year-old Katie Keefer “but effort is what you look for in this type of meet. If I’m racing, I’m going to get better, no matter what.”
Keefer said it’s all about wanting to beat the girl next to her.
Keefer placed fourth in the 200-meter IM with a time of 2:36.51 and tied for second in the 100-meter free with 1:03.36.
But it’s all for sport.
“Swimming is a positive sport,” Brian Campbell said. “You’re swimming for yourself, but at the same time you’re swimming for your team.”
Brian Campbell, who coaches soccer when not cheering on his daughter, said that swimming is also positive because the parents and coaches are only heard encouraging from the sides, not yelling at the kids.
“We’re looking forward to a great meet as long as it stays lightning free,” Kozicki said.
In the 11 and 12 girls 50-meter fly, SMAC swimmers were the top three competitors. Remedy Rule placed first with 31.84 seconds, Jessie Arnold placed second with 32.93 and Carly Witt placed third with 33.26. Rule won the 100-meter free with a time of 1:03.37, Arnold got second with 1:06.29 and Witt got eighth with 1:10.43. Rule also won the 200-meter fly with 2:36.63, Arnold again placed second with a time of 2:53.50.
The 11 and 12 boys 50-meter fly was won by Andrew Williamson with a time of 31.55. Williamson also won the 50-meter back with a time of 34.32. SMAC swimmers Max Tempkin placed third with 35.03 and Gannon Willcutts placed tenth with 37.75. Tempkin got second in the 50-meter back with a time of 46.39 and Willcutts got eighth with 39.02. In the 100-meter free Tempkin got second with 1:06.93 and Willcutts got eighth with 1:11.01; Williamson won it with a time of 1:05.14.
The 11 and 12 girls 50-meter back was won by Olivia Stanley with a time of 36.69. SMAC swimmers Norah Hunt placed fourth with a time of 38.37 and Olivia Heeb placed seventh with 39.69. Hunt also placed fifth in the 100-meter free with a time of 1:09.47, Heeb placed seventh with 1:10.38. Hunt placed third in the 200-meter fly with 2:54.85, Jordan Miller placed fifth with 3:19.53.
The 11 and 12 boys 200-meter fly was won by CJ Higdon with 2:47.25.
The 8-and-under girls 50-meter fly was won by Cambrie Cooke with 44.16. The boys race was won by Casey Branin with 43.17.
The 9 and 10 girls 50-meter fly was won by Stephanie Nardone with 36.98. Nardone also won the 100-meter free with 1:12.00. The boys race was won by Trey Lowe III with 37.55.
The 8-and-under girls 50-meter back was won by Emma Muzzy with 42.96. The boys race was won by Matthew Whelan with 44.67.
The 9 and 10 girls 50-meter back was won by Kristen Atkinson with 39.09. The boys race was won by Elliott Cade with 40.31.
The 8-and-under girls 200-meter IM was won by Shelby Stanley with 3:27.30. The boys race was won by Nathan Gaspar with 3:36:39.
The 9 and 10 girls 200-meter IM was won by Keara Garrity with 3:08.42. SMAC swimmer Annelise Stacey got sixth with 3:29.13. The boys race was won by Lowe with a time of 3:08.55. SMAC swimmer Alexander Flowers placed second with 3:10.67. Flowers placed third in the 100-meter free with a time of 1:18.02.
The 8-and-under girls 100-meter free was won by Lazuli Cristol with 1:29.27. The boys race was won by Gaspar with a time of 1:23.64.
The 9 and 10 boys 100-meter free was won by Daryl Pickerell with a time of 1:16.44.
The 13 and 14 girls 50-meter fly was won by Selina Fuller with 33.44. SMAC swimmer Anna Corley got third with 34.09. Corley also won the 200-meter IM with 2:43.36 and placed second in the 200-meter free with 2:25.89. The boys race was won by Tyler Gimple with 30.53. SMAC swimmer Steven Jenny got seventh with 35.51.
The 15-and-over girls 50-meter fly was won by Caroline Simmons with 31.73. Simmons also won the 100-meter free with a time of 1:01.45. SMAC swimmer Scout McDevitt got eighth with 33.86. The boys race was won by Michael Fox-Moles with 27.90. SMAC swimmers Kurt Sprenger got fifth with 29.86, Josh Dugan got sixth with 29.94 and Greg Harris got seventh with 30.17. Harris also placed fifth in the 50-meter breast with 36.15 and sixth in the 100-meter free with1:00.64. Sprenger placed fifth in the 100-meter free with 1:00.18.
The 13 and 14 girls 50-meter breast was won by Paige Sherman with 38.89. The boys race was won by Eli Holstege with 34.69. SMAC swimmer Matt Bihl got sixth with 39.84, he also got tenth in the 400-meter IM with 5:56.25.
The 15-and-over girls 50-meter breast was won by Holly Harper with 38.86. The boys race was won by Nik Rodgers with 35.55. SMAC swimmers Peter Bihl got second with 35.70, Robert Turner got third with 35.77, Michael McDevitt got eighth with 39.40. Peter Bihl also got third in the 200-meter IM with 2:28.38, ninth in the 100-meter free with 1:01.02 and second in the 400-meter IM with 5:17.29.
The 15-and-over girls 200-meter IM was won by Natalie Cronk with 2:32.15. She also won the 400-meter IM with 5:20.41.
The 13 and 14 boys 200-meter IM was won by Clark Hou with 2:27.86. SMAC swimmer Alex Rayle got fourth with 2:31.17, third in the 200-meter free with a time of 2:11.83 and third in the 400-meter IM with 5:19.30.
The 15-and-over boys 200-meter IM was won by Adam Carter with 2:26.06. Carter also won the 100-meter free with 58.79. SMAC swimmers Michael Mowen got second with 2:28.07 and Robert Turner got fifth with 2:31.06. Mowen also placed seventh in the 100-meter free with 1:00.78. and won the 400-meter IM with 5:08.81. Turner also placed fourth in the 400-meter IM with a time of 5:17.93.
The 13 and 14 girls 200-meter free was won by Allie Christy with 2:25.31. The boys race was won by Ryan Mitchell with 2:08.40.
SMAC swimmer Keegan Abar placed fifth in the 15-and-over girls 100-meter free with a time of 1:05.41. Abar also placed fifth in the 400-meter IM with 5:43.94.
The 13 and 14 girls 400-meter IM was won by Hannah Harper with 5:48.50. The boys race was won by Shane Condon with 5:13.85.