The boys varsity swimming and diving team defended its Founders League title at Hotchkiss on Saturday, February 22, in convincing fashion.
With 556.5 points, the Pelicans finished more than 170 points ahead of second-place Choate and six other Founders League teams thanks to a combination of fast swimming, strong diving, and depth in nearly every event. The diving event was contested on Wednesday, February 20, and the swimming events took place on Saturday.
Loomis got off to a great start in the first swimming event as the boys recorded a first-place and a fourth-place finish in the 200-medley relay. Both four-man Pelican units swam season bests in the relay. As a testament to the Pelicans' depth and to the importance of depth in championship competition, the first-place finish in the relay was the Pelicans' only event win in the entire meet.
The Pelicans followed up that effort with a convincing showing in the 200 freestyle, where they placed second, third, fifth, sixth, and seventh, and in the 200-individual medley, where they took second through fifth place. Every Loomis racer in both the 200 free and the individual medley recorded personal bests or season bests.
The Pelicans' depth paid off in the second half of the meet as well. The team swam to second, third, fifth, and seventh places in the 100 free and continued to race and place well through the end of the meet. In the final event of the day, the 400-freestyle relay, the Loomis boys captured both second and third place, swimming season-best times and placing an exclamation point on their team victory.
The final tallies brought Loomis' total to 556.5 points, followed by Choate with 382, Hotchkiss with 322.5, and Westminster with 233.