The Big Green arrived in Windsor on Saturday to celebrate "Senior Day," our annual tribute to departing seniors performing in their final home meet of the year. This afternoon we honored one year postgraduate Jack Kilpatrick, two year veteran Steven Wang, three year stalwart Ramy Chin, four year sage Jake Bosee, and co-captains (also four-year team members) Will Bogle and Jamil Hashmi. Under these boys' leadership this winter, the Loomis program has thrived in every way, as the high spirits, fierce competition and fast times today demonstrated. The day's indisputable highlight was a New England record in the 100M Butterfly, set by Henry Lee of Seoul, Korea, a senior tri-captain at Deerfield. Although Lee led the Big Green to a convincing win over the home side, the Pelicans posted 49% best times on the day, putting on an impressive display for our unusually large crowd of family and friends. Kilpatrick led the Pelicans with two wins in the 200 and 100M Freestyle events, both in lifetime best times; he was also a central figure in the Pelicans' two Freestyle relays. Loomis second place winners included Tyler Rehor '13 (200 Free), Tripp Miller '14 (200 IM), Tucker Cheyne '13 (50 Free), John Furlong '14 (100 Fly and 100 Breast), and the aforementioned Freestyle relays. The sprint relay team of Chin, Furlong, Kilpatrick and Cheyne posted a season's best time in the process, while the 400 team of Miller, Rehor, Bogle and Kilpatrick knocked five seconds off their season's best time in the pursuit of a strong Deerfield squad. Afterwards, the boys and girls teams celebrated this terrific season with a lavish pot luck buffet shared by family and friends. We thank our seniors and their families for fostering amazing camaraderie within the team, and we look forward to the Founders League Championship at Hotchkiss next weekend.
The Pelicans welcomed the Hotchkiss Bearcats into the Hedges Natatorium on Saturday for the teams' annual dual meet. Primed for some racing after a 10-day weather-induced dearth of meets, the Pelicans leapt out of the gates with an aggressive 1-3-5 finish in the medley relay, establishing a brisk pace for the rest of the meet, which culminated with a 25-point victory margin and a 100-75 win for the home team.
The boys varsity swim team won its second consecutive Founders League Championship on Saturday at Miss Porter's School, setting several school and pool records and finishing the day with a 21-point advantage over the second-place team.
For the first time ever, the Loomis Chaffee boys swim team defeated Phillips Exeter on Saturday. The 100-81 victory, fueled by two school records and many personal bests, delighted the home crowd in Hedges Pool.