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757Swim Head Coach Morgan Cordle always had winning a state championship as the main goal for 757Swim’s inaugural season, but knew it would not come easy. After all, 757Swim has only been an organized swim club since September.
However, despite the club’s relative youth, 757Swim took home first place in the Small Team Division in the Virginia Swimming Short Course Senior Championships, which were held at Collegiate School’s Aquatic Center in Richmond over the weekend.
The Small Team Division is composed of clubs with 100 swimmers or fewer. 757Swim currently has 84 enrolled swimmers, but the club expects to reach 100 swimmers by the summer.
“It was definitely a goal we set for ourselves in the beginning, but it was something we knew we had to work toward. We knew it wasn’t going to come easy to us,” Cordle said of winning the state championship. “The most exciting part was watching the swimmers come together as a team and step up in order for the team to accomplish the goal.”
Joelle Vereb, who won four state championships with Jamestown in February, had a standout performance for 757Swim in the Virginia Swimming Short Course Senior Championships.
Vereb took first place in the 100 butterfly with a personal-best time of 53.79, becoming the first state champion for 757Swim. She also placed third in the 100 breaststroke, third in the 100 backstroke, third in the 100 freestyle, fourth in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 200 individual medley.
Abby Larson, also of Jamestown, finished third in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle, while Caroline deJager of Bruton finished eighth in the 200 breaststroke and ninth in the 100 breaststroke.
In the boys competition, William & Mary commit and Jamestown senior Colin Wright finished fourth in the 50 freestyle, fourth in the 100 freestyle and fifth in the 100 butterfly. Ryan Boll also chipped in a ninth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
While winning the state championship was satisfying for Cordle, she said watching her swimmers bond and develop together throughout the season was just as rewarding.
“One of the coolest things as a coach is watching a group of athletes come together and bond over a goal,” she said. “The sportsmanship and the camaraderie has been fun to watch.”
Cordle and her 757Swim athletes will only have a brief period of time to enjoy the state championship as the club prepares for its next major meet, the 2016 Speedo Sectionals Spring Short Course in Ithaca, New York that runs from March 31 to April 3.
During the 2016 Speedo Sectionals Spring Short Course meet, 13 757Swim athletes will compete against some of the top swimmers from along the east coast.
To see full results from the Virginia Swimming Short Course Senior Championships, click here.