Perennial swimming and diving powerhouse Phillips Exeter ventured down to Windsor on Saturday to face the Pelicans in their home surf. Though the Big Red were favored, the Pelicans anticipated a host of close races; consequently, the meet offered spectators some high drama and good clean fun. Although Exeter won the opening Medley Relay handily, the Loomis team of Jeremy Bogle, John Furlong, Ramy Chin and Tucker Cheyne posted a season's best time in that race, claiming second place. The Pelicans then delivered a strong 1-2 punch in the 200 Freestyle from Jack Kilpatrick and Tyler Rehor, with Will Bogle close behind in fourth. Exeter's Joe Shepley, a double winner, outpaced Tripp Miller and Jamil Hashmi in a hard-fought Individual Medley race, while teammate Brooks Reavill claimed the 50 Freestyle, followed closely by Cheyne and Chin in second and third. At this point, the meet score was tied. Despite a strong showing in the Diving from Neil O'Brien, in a head to head drama, the Big Red managed to sweep the Butterfly in spite of excellent swims from Furlong and Chin. But the Pelicans answered back with another 1-2 finish in the 100 Freestyle, again featuring teammates Kilpatrick and Rehor. Exeter proceeded to surprise Loomis with a sweep of the 400 Freestyle, and with a narrow win in the 200 Free Relay, the Big Red managed to tip the balance notwithstanding an excellent race (and season's best time) from Cheyne, Furlong, Rehor and Kilpatrick. Jeremy Bogle and Geneth Chin claimed second and third in the Backstroke and Furlong managed a strong second in the Breaststroke, but the final relay proved to provide the highest drama of the afternoon. While the siblings team of Bogle, Bogle, Chin and Chin challenged fellow Pelicans Miller, Rehor, Landon Thies and Kilpatrick, the Exeter boys slowly but steadily crept from third into first place, edging out the Pelicans by 0.59 seconds at the touch pads. After the splash had settled, the Pelicans had tallied an even 50% best times on the day in their best outing with Exeter in many years. Stop over at the pool next Saturday, February 18, for Senior Day and the Pelicans' final home meet of the 2012 season.
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.