The Edge Swim Club team members and their coaches ready to swim at the Vermont State championship.

The Edge Swim Club Wins State Championship

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Thursday August 14, 2014

The Edge Swim Club recently wrapped up its 2014 summer season with the Vermont State Championship meet held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. The excellent swimming talents of several South Burlington swimmers helped the team to win the State Championship title, competing against 19 other teams within the state of Vermont.

The Edge also took 1st place at the Champlain Valley Swim League (CVSL) Championship. The CVSL league is made up of 8 teams including the Edge. All athletes may attend the CVSL meet, but there are minimum qualifying times to meet in order to compete at the state level. Both wins were the first ever in the history of the Edge Swim Club.

South Burlington swimmers swam fast at the State meet and placed in the top 10 in several events. In the 17-18 year old girls age group, Courtney Wright finished 2nd in the 50 breaststroke and 3rd in the 100 breaststroke. In the 15-16 year old girls age group, Rachel Hill placed 5th in the 200 freestyle and 6th in the 200 Individual Medley (IM). In the 13-14 year old girls age group, Andrea Pinga took 1st place in the 50 and 100 backstroke and 3rd place in the 50 free. Sophia Khosravi finished 7th place in the 50 and 100 backstroke. Abrianna Distefano placed 5th in the 100 butterfly, achieving a personal best time.

In the girls 11 -12 age group, Anna Hill placed 3rd in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle; Katrina Khosravi, 6th place 50m backstroke and Rachel Ambaye, 9th place in the 100m backstroke. For the 9-10 girls, Sierra Fisher finished 4th in both the 100 IM and 25 butterfly.

Logan Hall-Potvin swam the 100 butterfly and placed 6th at the state meet for 17-18 boys. Nathan Kakalec, 15-16 boys, swam fast during the 2 day swim meet taking 2nd in the 50 breaststroke, 100 breastroke and 100 butterfly and 3rd in the 50 butterfly.

Joaquin (Carlos) Pinga swam super fast taking 1st place overall in the state in the 100m freestyle for 11-12 boys and also taking 2nd place in the 100 IM, 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle.

Top ten placing swims at the CVSL Championship meet included:

Alessandro Distefano, 5th place 50 freestyle and 6th place 25 butterfly (9-10 boys)

Jane Kakalec, 6th place 100 IM and 8th place 25 freestyle (9-10 girls)

Logan Hall-Potvin, 7th place 50 butterfly and 6th place 100 butterfly (17-18 boys)

Sierra Fisher, 1st place 25 butterfly (9-10 girls)

Sarah Bialas, 5th place 50 backstroke (11-12 girls)

Ava Davis-Bailey, 9th place 50 breastroke (11-12 girls)

Grace Richland, 4th place 100 freestyle and 5th place 200 freestyle (11-12 girls)

Cora Kakalec, 4th place 100 IM and 6th place 50 backstroke (13-14 girls)

Claire Wright, 8th place 50 backstroke (13-14 girls)

Other South Burlington swimmers that participated at the CVSL or State Championship meets include: Marina Fisher, Isabella Distefano, Jennifer Davis (all 7-8 girls); Sophia Richland and Caitlin Baker (both 9-10 girls); Jordan Baker (13-14 girls).

The Edge Swim Club Head Coach Caleb Hall-Potvin is a graduate of South Burlington High School (SBHS) and St. Michael’s College. Hall-Potvin started his competitive swimming career at the age of 7 on Burlington Country Club’s (BCC’s) summer swim team. He went on to swim at St. Michael’s College while earning his B.A. in history. During this time, he was an assistant coach for the Edge Swim Club’s fall/winter program and head Coach for BCC’s summer program. He spent 4 years as head coach for Burlington Country Club. In early 2013, Hall-Potvin accepted the Head Swim Coach role for the Edge Swim Club year round program.

In addition to Caleb, siblings Noah and Danielle Hall-Potvin have been year round assistant coaches for the Edge Swim Club. Noah was on the Edge team in 2013. Both began their competitive swimming career at an early age while swimming for BCC. Both graduated from SBHS. Noah is entering his sophomore year at UVM where he is studying Computer Science and Information Systems while also a member of UVM’s Water Polo team. Entering her senior year at UVM, Danielle is majoring in Elementary Education. Logan, the youngest of the Hall-Potvin swimming siblings is entering his senior year at SBHS. Logan is a year round swimmer on the Edge swim team and, like his brothers and sister, began swimming at an early age. He teaches lessons to young swimmers during the fall and winter season at the Edge.

The Edge Swim Club is a year round swim team welcoming individuals of all ages and abilities. The Edge philosophy of focusing on the process over the result is taught at all levels of the swim team, all while supporting one another and having fun.

Quoting Coach Hall-Potvin, “We should take great pride in knowing that the team that represents Vermont’s best swimming is a team that has the right priorities, values, and approach to the sport. Best times are great. Wins and trophies are great. What matters most however, are the strong friendships and bonds we make, all the hard work, and all the fun we have along the way.”

South Burlington Edge swimmers not present for the team picture include: Jane and Cora Kakalec, Catherine White, Alessandro Distefano, Jordan and Caitlin Baker, Olivia Steinfeld.

SOURCE: Julie Brancato, Guest Contributor