Craig Sea Sharks swim team improves upon speedy times |

Craig Sea Sharks swim team improves upon speedy times

Drew Turner

— Raindrops may not have fallen during the three-day Craig A, B, C Open at the Craig Swimming Complex, but finishing times did for the host Sea Sharks.

For coach Meghan Francone, it was a broken record she was happy to play.

“The kids are cutting huge chunks of time,” Francone said. “They’re bettering themselves from day one already. They have even bettered themselves from two weeks ago. It’s just amazing.”

The 9- and10-year-old girls 200-meter freestyle relay squad of Laurel Tegtman, Katelyn Peroulis, Lauren Samuelson and Ashlee Griffiths qualified for the Junior Olympics with a time of 2 minutes, 55.21 seconds.

“I was surprised I made it my first year,” Peroulis said. “I wanted to go for JO (Junior Olympics), but I didn’t expect it this year. I thought maybe in my third or fourth year of swimming.”

Griffiths cut 13 seconds off her seed time of 1:59 in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:46.

Katherine Dodd was disqualified in the 400 individual medley, but her gutsy performance impressed Francone.

“Her shoulder was hurt and she has asthma,” Francone said. “She was almost done with the butterfly portion when she got disqualified, but she finished the race. That, to me, shows that life lessons are being learned beyond strokes. She did her best, and that’s all you can ask for.”

Thirteen-year-old Matt Hulstine clocked a 1:23.12 in the 100 free after being seeded with a time of 1:37.99.

Another swimmer who made double-digit improvement was 12-year-old Tori Snyder.

Snyder swam a 4:36 in the 200 individual medley after entering the race with a seeded time of 4:59.65.

“All of these kids amaze me,” Francone said. “They are nailing their starts, doing good turns and streamlining. It’s wonderful for them to see these improvements. Every day they step in or out of the water I am amazed and floored.”

Ten-year-old Tegtman placed first in the 50 butterfly in 44.75 Saturday morning.

“I felt pretty good,” she said of her new personal best time. She also came in first in the 50 backstroke in 45.46.

Francone said the meet wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance of the Sea Sharks parents.

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