Swim State Meet Recap
Our Apex swim team had a stellar performance at the state meet this last Friday with team records broken and standout individual performances. The team, which had worked tirelessly all season, came out strong and ready to compete.
Sophomore swimmer Abhay Tharakan broke the team record for the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Tharakan also played a key role in the team’s record-breaking performance in the 200-yard medley relay, along with fellow sophomore swimmer Leo Suphavadeprasit and senior swimmers Max Ayres and Xavier Lolli. The team’s time of 1:34.50 placed the relay at fifth place.
Tharakan, who has been a standout swimmer for the team, was thrilled with his performance. “Everyone has been working really hard all season, and it’s great to see all that hard work pay off. It’s great breaking the 100-yard backstroke record, but breaking the record in the relay was even better. The whole point of high school swimming is the team; that’s what makes it fun.”
The girls’ team also had an impressive showing with sophomore swimmers Elizabeth Palmer and Tanith Mueller, junior swimmer Taylor Cureton, and senior swimmer Heather Levesque setting a new team record for the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:37.80. They also had another record-breaking performance in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:45.63
Elizabeth Palmer, who has become one of the top swimmers on the team, was overjoyed with her performance. “It’s an amazing feeling to break a team record. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, and I can’t wait for next season!”
In addition to these standout performances, the team as a whole had a successful meet with more record breaking times. Senior swimmer and captain Max Ayres, who has been swimming for several years, also broke two records in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. “It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m very proud of this season,” Ayres said. “The team has a great group of swimmers, and they’ll continue to swim fast next season. I wonder how our freshman class will be.”
The Apex swim team is continuing to better itself, and with many of its record breaking swimmers returning next season, next season looks to be one of the best yet.