Thursday August 10, 2017
The EDGE swim team claimed their fourth consecutive state title at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center during this year’s 2017 Vermont Swim Association Championships on August 5 and 6.
Just a week earlier, the team won first place at the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships. The EDGE state qualifiers followed that record setting performance with nine state records, 23 individual event winners, eight relay victories, 150 top five finishers, and a meet record score of 4,408.5 points at the state meet.
“Achieving the Vermont swimming state title is an amazing accomplishment, and one that our program values and cherishes, regardless of what number it may be or however many in a row,” Coach Caleb Hall-Potvin said. “We are honored that our focus on fun, team spirit, great sportsmanship, and working hard have resulted in another state championship,” he added.
More than 700 swimmers and 19 teams participated in the state meet, but none were able to keep up with The EDGE. The Town of Essex finished in second place with 2558.5, almost 2,000 points behind The EDGE. The EDGE is loaded with talent from many supporting communities and South Burlington had several standouts at the state meet.
In the girls 9-10 age group, Isabella DiStefano earned two top-five finishes, placing fifth in the 25-yard butterfly and fourth in the 25-yard backstroke.
In the next age group, Ella Cooper also secured two top-five finishes. She earned fourth place honors in the 50-yard breaststroke and fifth place in the 50 yard freestyle.
Also in the 11-12 age group, Dan Coel excelled with four top-five finishes. He placed third in both the 100-yard butterfly, and 100-yard individual medley, fourth in the 50-yard freestyle, and was a state champion in the 100-yard freestyle.
Luc Gagnon earned three top-five finishes with in the 11-12 age group. He was third in the 100-yard freestyle, third in the 50-yard backstroke and won the championship in the 100-yard backstroke.
In the 13-14 age group, Alyssa Cady had four top-five finishes. 4th in the 50-yard freestyle, 1st in the 100-yard backstroke, 4th in the 100-yard freestyle, 3rd in the 50-yard backstroke
Riley Machanic scored four top-five finishes in the girls 13-14 age group. She was second in the 100-yard butterfly, second in the 100-yard backstroke, fifth in the 50-yard butterfly, and fourth in the 50-yard backstroke.
In the boys 13-14 age group, Joaquin Pinga had a tremendous state meet, setting three state records. He came in second place in the 50 yard freestyle. After that, he won first place in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, first in the 100-yard freestyle and set a state record in all three events.
Miles Cochrane: men 15-16 age group, 4 top-5 finishes, 3rd in the 100-yard butterfly, 2nd in the 200-yard individual medley, 2nd in the 50-yard butterfly, 2nd in the 100-yard breaststroke
In the 15-16 age group, Anna Hill’s three top-five finishes earned her fourth place in the 200-yard individual medley, fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
2017 South Burlington High School graduate Rachel Hill finished her 12-year swimming career this past weekend. Rachel notched three sixth place finishes and earned second in the 17-18 girls 100-yard backstroke
Nathan Kakalec, a fellow 2017 SBHS graduate, finished his 11-year swimming career this past weekend. Nathan was also one of five recipients of the $800 2017 VSA (Vermont Swimming Association) scholarship. Nathan had 4 top-5 finishes in the 17-18 boys age group in the state meet. He was the state champion in the 50-yard breaststroke, fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle, third in the 50-yard butterfly, and second in the 100-yard breaststroke
While the title was well earned for The Edge swimmers and coaches, a winning team culture has been the best ingredient to their success. “Each summer is full of its own remarkable friendships, memories, hard work, and fun. We refer to ourselves as a swamily, short for swim family, because we are more than a team,” said Hall-Potvin. “EDGE swimmers care for one another, cheer for one another, and push one another each day. We feel we represent the best values the sport of swimming has to offer, and we feel that our focus on the process, over the result, is a great example to lead by,” he said.
Hall-Potvin, who grew up in South Burlington, swam for the Burlington Country Club team from 1998-2008 as well as the USA swim club program and the Burlington YMCA Dynamo swim club from 2003-2007. He swam his freshmen year in college at St. Michaels College before injuries led him to transition into coaching. After starting his coaching career in 2009, he became the head coach for The Edge swim team in the spring of 2013. Five years later, Coach Hall-Potvin has helped lead The EDGE to a four-peat at the VSA Championships.
Congratulations to the swimmers, coaches, and families of The EDGE swim team on a tremendous, record-setting season.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon. Correspondent