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1/30/14 • 3:45pm

Barrack vs. VFMA

WIN Recap

Away game at Valley Forge Military Academy - Swim Team Get Directions

 Reported by Avi Gordon

 Today, the Barrack swim team made history once again! Following their win against Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and becoming the first ever Akiba-Barrack swim team to have back-to-back seasons with a win, the Cougars were determined to make history once again. They strove to become the first Akiba-Barrack swim team to amass two wins in a single season. The only impediment to the 2013-2014 swim team inscribing its name in the Akiba-Barrack athletic history books was the Valley Forge Military Academy.

     The Cougars began the meet with a bang. The medley relay teams of Ari Cooper, Jared Raikin, Jacob Stein, and Avi Gordon and Ben Rober, Josh Cohen, Adam Mermelstein, and Mattan Manstein placed first and third, respectively, in this race. Then, in the individual 200m medley, Ari Cooper and Jacob Stein placed first and second, respectively. The boys experienced similar results in the 50m freestyle. Avi Gordon and Jared Raikin placed first and second, respectively, in this race. With their early dominance of Valley Forge, the boys’ did not let up and continued to swim their hardest during the second half of the meet.

     Following their early successes in this meet, Ari Cooper kept the foot on the gas and finished first in the 100m backstroke. Jared Raikin pulled off an impressive first place finish in the 100m breaststroke. With the score extremely tight throughout the the meet, the boys needed one more solid finish to lock up the win. The 400m relay team of Ben Rober, Spencer Barsh, Josh Cohen, and Adam Mermelstein placed second in this race to secure a Barrack victory. The final score of the meet was 47-43.

     Unfortunately, Valley Forge does not have a girls team, so the girls on the Barrack swim team swam in separate heats against each other. Nevertheless, every girl on the team improved on their times from last meet. Notably, Ali Gorson-Marrow continued her success in the 200m and Nita Rome swam an excellent 100m butterfly.

     With this win, the Cougars have now won TWO MEETS IN A ROW! This is the first ever 2-win season in Akiba-Barrack Swim team history! The cougars will look to make it three in a row and continue their record-breaking season in their next meet against Merion Mercy on 2/10/14. Updates will be forthcoming.

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