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Jan. 27, 2007

Boys' swimming prevails against Warriors

by Merlyn Deng, Online Editor-in-Chief

The boys' swim team pulled past the Sherwood Warriors today in their first truly competitive meet of the season against the #2 boys in the Division, raising their record to 5-0 with a score of 95-74. Faced with similarly tough girls, who are ranked #1, the girls lost 66-105, making their record 2-3. However, several girls racked up some impressive times, and one sophomore Melanie Snail broke Blair's 100 Free record.
Sophomore Abby Cember executes a back dive . Alex Lutz
Sophomore Abby Cember executes a back dive .

Swimming against their first real challenge this year, the boys were able to place first in several events, including the 200 Medley Relay, which was composed of junior co-captains Tim Peng, Yang Yang, senior co-captain Robert Feasley and sophomore Andrew McGehee. Yang barely beat Sherwood freshman Eric Conrad in the 200 Free for 1st place with a time of 1:48.57.

At the same time, the girls were floundering against Sherwood's superior girls' team. None of the girls was able to place first in any of the events, although some of the underclassmen received 2nd and 3rd places.

In diving, junior Michael Willems took second place with a score of 86.70 and sophomore Caitlin Ludington captured first with a score of 111.75.

The boys were ahead of Sherwood by just a few points before the diving break, marking the first time this season that the boys faced a slim margin. But with several decisive wins, the boys inched past Sherwood. Yang and sophomore Will Shepherdson placed 1st and 2nd in the 100 Breast with times of 1:01.54 and 1:07.37. As the meet progressed to the last event, the Boys' 400 Free, both of the teams' emotions rose to a fever pitch. The boys relay team pulled off a first place, whereas the Sherwood's stacked teams won 2nd and 3rd.

The girls also put on a stronger performance in the second part of the meet; with such strong opponents, the Blair girls faced some disappointing losses and well-deserved wins. Snail broke Blair's 100 Free record by capturing first with a time of 58.12. Senior co-captain Sally Chang followed with a time of 1:00.19. In the 100 Breast, freshman Molly Branson captured first with a time of 1:13.93.
Sophomore Melissa Mergner (green cap) swims the backstroke. Alex Lutz
Sophomore Melissa Mergner (green cap) swims the backstroke.

Peng bypassed the disappointment of the girls' loss and focused on the individual gains in today's meet. "The girls did get some good best times"[and they] didn't lose as much as we were expecting."

Swaney expressed his pleasure with the work the boys and girls put in during the meet, attributing the difficulty both teams had to Sherwood's overall strength. "We had a real slow first half of the meet, but people stepped it up in the second part," he said. He also commended some of the individual performances, commenting on the overall improvement as the season moves along. "Christoff [Visscher] broke the elusive 54 seconds in the 100 [Free]."

Sherwood coach Bill Schechtman echoed Swaney's enthusiasm, saying that "[the meet] was one of the most fun meets I ever had"Kudos to Blair's team for very high sportsmanship."

Despite the captains' and Swaney's optimism, Yang also voiced his dissatisfaction with the girls' overall performance. "They need to focus their attention in the right place, not like fluffy cheering," he said. He believes that, although the team spirit is important, the entire team could do more to improve their times. "[People should be asking], 'What do I need to do to get a good time?" he said.

Blair's next meet will be held next Saturday at the Martin Luther King Swim Center against Division I team Walter Johnson at 9:15 a.m.

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  • franny on January 28, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    YANG! the girls are so trying to get good times!!! Molly and Allison have metro times and I know that we're all working hard to get our times down. Just cause we have spirit doesn't mean we don't care about our times. Not fair Yang, not fair.
  • eddie on January 28, 2007 at 8:14 PM
    great job guys, sorry i couldn't make it cuz of the SATs but sounds like every one did great times


  • yang (View Email) on January 29, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    dont misunderstand me. im just saying there needs to be a balance. i think it stood out more vs. sherwood girls. sry if i meant anything more. =]

    am i forgiven?
  • Somebody whose going to get ju on January 29, 2007 at 8:32 PM
    Hey, Mini-Me, i'm not really liking the Team Spirit!
    I want to see you at the next meet brigt and early, to shake off the effects of those little "SAT's" that you took
    who needs those?, yeah i know, right
  • tyler w on January 30, 2007 at 6:56 PM
    lets all play nice guys
  • anonymous on January 31, 2007 at 3:21 PM
    You obviously don't belong in this team Yang. If you think your team needs to be perfect you can think about going somewhere else better. When you meant balanced team, your saying the girls have to be as good as you guys. Thats very hard to get a good team that balanced.
  • to anonymous on February 1, 2007 at 9:44 PM
    Sheesh. How can you say yang doesn't belong??

    And the "balance" he was referring to wasn't between the girls and boys, but between cheering and hard work. He doesn't think that the girls should be as good as the boys (no one
    does) but that the girls IN GENERAL should put a bit more emphasis on swimming harder in practice and meets rather than just being spirited (and spirit is a GOOD thing).
  • yang... on February 1, 2007 at 10:13 PM
    No wonder no girls like you Yang..
  • franny on February 4, 2007 at 12:59 PM
    chill everybody! it's all good, everything is fine. yeah it was bad to say at the time, but yang has apoligized and has realized his mistake. no hard feelings.
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