With the first month of the season in the books, the Golden Comets Swim Club is out of the gates quick and flying up and down the pool.
To start the season off, they hosted their annual Fall harvest Invitational at Monroe Community College. Making their debuts in the sport were Phong Cao, Bryson Coccia, Olivia Hartnett, Caroline Hendy, Carolyn Lamphere, Annabella Mack, CJ Piedigrossi, Leina, Saysamone, Dylan Spalty, Scott Spalty, Naomi Utz and Megan Waters. The Comets saw success from the start to the finish with over 100 best times accounting for around 85 percent of their swims and dropping nearly six and a half minutes of total time throughout the meet. Placing first in various events were Meghan Bartholomay, Chris Caswell, Bryson Coccia, Dalton Cunningham, Mitchell DiFante, Arjun Dwivedi, Elizabeth Kuhlkin, Sam Pratt, Colby Riexinger, Amber Salonen and Evan Peters, who took a clean sweep of first places in all four of his events. They all combined for 20 first-place finishes. The mixed 12 and under 200 free relay team of Peters, Bartholomay, Kuhlkin and Caswell added a first-place finish to round out the meet.
The next day, 12 of the Golden Comet 13 and older swimmers competed in the GVSL Senior Meet. Earning multiple best times in the meet were Cunningham, DiFante, Caroline Martin, Laine Ramsay, Riexinger, KhaNy Sangasy, KhaVy Sangasy, Alex Scaglione and Natalie Utz. There were also a number of top 10 finishes — with the number of top five finishes listed after their name — by Cunningham, one; Ramsay, one; Riexinger, two; and KhaVy Sangasy with a sweep of top 10 finishes in all four of her events with her best finish being third in the 100 fly.
After that action packed weekend, the Comets were back at it the following weekend with two meets. The first of them was the STAR Canadian-American Challenge in Buffalo where Cunningham led the way throughout the three-day weekend swimming a total of 12 events and completing his IMX for the first time ever. He also scored in nine of his 12 events. Also adding into the scoring was Caswell, Martin, Ryan Peters, Riexinger, Natalie Utz and Evan Peters, who won the 200 fly. As a team, they placed ninth on the men’s’ side and ninth on the women’s’ side.
“This meet was a great experience for the swimmers as they got an opportunity to get up and race some of the best competition in our LSC early in the season as we continue to keep building towards our big meets in February and March,” said head coach Matt Lincoln.
The second meet of the weekend and final of the month for the Comets was the Sea Dragons Fire in Water Invitational. The first half of this meet was running simultaneously as the others were swimming in Buffalo on the last day of that meet. In this meet, the Comets saw AnnaElizabeth Galitsky and Erica Liu make their competitive swimming debuts. Leading the pack was Ivan Yu who swept top 10 finishes in all three of his events including a first-place finish in the 25 back and Amber Salonen who swept top four finishes in all four events she swam including two first place-finishes for 200 IM and 100 breast, one second place and one third place. With those finishes by Salonen, she finished with the most points in her age group on that day and was second overall for the high point trophy for the weekend in her age group by nine points. As a team, they tallied up many more best times and saw many swimmers try a different event or two and be very successful in them.
For the month, the Comets amassed almost 200 best times as a team and were earning those best times on a rate above two out of every three swims.
“This is a strong start to the season and all of the coaches and I are very pleased with the progress so far and where we are heading this year. Everyone is working hard, learning and improving all while having fun, too, which is most important in our program. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone involved first and foremost, and we are well on our way of doing that while still fostering growth in each and every swimmer,” said Lincoln.
The Comets will have another handful of meets in November along with having a number of swimmers competing for their high school teams in the Section 5 Championships in Webster and the New York State Championships in Ithaca.
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