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Relay team spurs Woodcroft to DSSL title

The girls' 200 relay team from Woodcroft — (l to r) Sadie Schumann, Avari Clark, Sophie Thornburg, Jenna Maloy and Keenan Day — set a new Durham Summer Swim League championship record on Sunday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, breaking a mark that was established in 2001.
The girls' 200 relay team from Woodcroft — (l to r) Sadie Schumann, Avari Clark, Sophie Thornburg, Jenna Maloy and Keenan Day — set a new Durham Summer Swim League championship record on Sunday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, breaking a mark that was established in 2001.

For the second straight year at Greensboro Aquatic Center, Woodcroft captured the Division I title at the Durham Summer Swim League championships.

But compared with last season's championship, Woodcroft's swimmers won a lot more raceson Sunday, including a pair of record-setting performances.

Sadie Schumann had a hand in both of them, helping the Woodcroft 200 freestyle relay win in a record time of 1:45.42 and also setting an individual record in the girls' 15-18 backstroke.

Schumann teamed with Sophie Thornburg, Avari Clark, Keenan Day and Jenna Maloy in breaking the mark established in 2001 (1:47.07). The DSSL rules call for five competitors in the relay. The youngest two swimmers each take a 25-yard length, while the three remaining swimmers from the older age groups swim 50s.

"I don't think any of us have been that excited for a race ever," Schumann said. "We were all pumped up. From the start we were killing the times we were supposed to hit to get close to the record. We broke it by two seconds. It was a team effort."

In breaking the record, Woodcroft's girls also posted a faster time than the one posted by Croasdaile boys, who won their race in 1:47.63. They also accomplished this feat during all of their regular-season meets but one despite rotating in different swimmers on the relay. Schumann said the final relay wasn't set until the last two regular-season meets.

Swimming in the 15-18 age group, Shumann was in the pool early for her individual events where she won three times. She took the 100-yard freestyle (53.62 seconds), the 50 backstroke (27.74) and the 50 butterfly (26.20). Her performance in the 50 backstroke broke a record set in 2002 by Jenna Rinaldi.

Last year Schumann was Woodcroft's only multiple winner but this time around she was joined by Thornburg, Day and Ben Smith by winning more than one race.

Thornburg, swimming in the girls' 7-8 division, won the 25 freestyle (15.80), 25 backstroke (20.40) and the 25 butterfly (18.90).

Day, competing in the girls' 11-12 division, was victorious in the 50 freestyle (26.06), the 50 breaststroke (34.49) and the 50 butterfly (28.89).

Smith, swimming in the boys' 11-12 division, captured the 50 freestyle (26.63) and the 50 backstroke (31.24).

The other winners from Woodcroft were Avari Clark in the girls' 9-10 50 breaststroke (40.69), Sammy Davis in the boys' 11-12 butterfly (30.70), Dillan Hickey in the girls' 13-14 backstroke (30.46) and Jay Baker in the boys' 13-14 breaststroke (30.11).

Woodcroft won 17 of the 50 races. Hope Valley Country Club had the next highest number of winners with nine but finished fifth in the Division I standings. The Divion II winner was Fairfield, while Five Oaks took top honors in Division III.

One other top performance was by Duke Faculty Club's Ryan Weaver in the boys' 13-14 division. He was a triple winner and broke one of the two oldest records remaining in the DSSL. By winning his 50 backstroke in 24.96, he took almost two seconds off the previous mark of 26.72 for 13-14s that was set by Rob Masten in 1992 when Ryan's mother Kristen swam for Duke Faculty. Masten's mark in the 50 butterfly from 1992 is now the oldest record remaining.

Joe Johnson: 919-419-6889, @HPreps

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