Marauders see individual success at home meet

BENNINGTON — Bennington Marauders swimmer Dane Greenhalgh has the winning formula for the pool. He was playing air guitar before his 50 freestyle event on Tuesday night.

"You just have to have a song in your head, once you try it and then you succeed," Greenhalgh said.

The 10-year-old must have had the right tune, as he won three events during Tuesday's tri-meet with Rutland and Springfield at the Bennington Rec Center.

Greenhalgh, in his second year swimming with the Marauders, won the 10U 25 freestyle, the 10U 25 backstroke and the 10U 50 freestyle. In the 50 free, Greenhalgh set a personal best and beat the field by more then four seconds.

"That's just how I roll," Greenhalgh said. When asked what song it was, he said, "I just make [the song] up."

"Dane wanted to stay in level 2, but we knew he was ready to move up to level 3," said Bennington Marauders coach Nicole Goswami. "He's excelling so far, gets in the pool, he puts in everything and he has a great personality."

Greenhalgh was just one of many Marauders to have strong swims on Tuesday.

In the older sections, Zach Laforest led the 19U 200 yard medley relay and 200 free relay to victories, but he also took individual wins in the 50 free, the 50 butterfly, the 50 back and the 100 free. Nolan Byer won the 200 IM, and Anthony Mazzola scored wins in the 50 breast, 100 breast and the 100 backstroke.

"[Yesterday I talked to Group 4 [the older kids], and we talked about how they're role models and leaders in and out of the pool," Goswami said. "They have taken a larger part in mentoring and being a role model, because the younger kids look up to them all the time. It changes the environment and makes them swim so much faster."

Goswami said overall, she was pleased with the effort of her entire team, from the youngest swimmers on up.

"We're halfway through the season, trying to get into the state meet," Goswami said. "A lot already have and every meet we add a couple. We will take a large percentage of swimmers to the state meet [at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center]. They've had some pretty significant drops [in time] for 2 1/2 weeks of practice."

Elyse Altland won the 100 freestyle and helped the 14U 200 freestyle relay to a win in a close back with a team from Rutland and Springfield. In the relay, Shay O'Callanan, Zoey Zazzaro and Logan Parizo all had strong legs before Altland finished to win the event in 2 minutes, 18.49 seconds, a little more than a second better than Springfield.

Altland also won the 100 freestyle in 1:01.74 and Callanan was second in the 100 IM and the 100 backstroke.

"That group, the 11-13 year-olds are putting every effort into practice, tweaking the strokes and it's making a difference because they are dropping the times as low as they can," Goswami said.

The Marauders' next meet is at Woodstock on Tuesday, July 17.


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