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12/08/16 • 3:45pm

Barrack vs. Abington Friends

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 The Jack M Barrack swimming Cougars waited impatiently for their first bout of the season, against the famous Abington Friends kangaroos. The meet began unusually as there was no captains meeting causing a stir on both benches. However, the meet began as intense as ever, with the 200 medley relay ending in close finishes on both the boys' and girls' sides. Unfortunately, AFS was able to just out-touch the Cougars at the end in both races. Next came the 200 free, with Ari Miller giving a valiant effort but being beat by a strong swimmer from AFS. On the boys's side, the trio of Isaac, Gabe and Mattan all gave it their best but were exhausted after swimming in back to back races. Following 200 free was 200 IM with Lauren Mermelstein and Rebecca Wilson both swimming excellent races in one of the toughest races there is. On the boys' portion, sixth-grader Mitchell Rosenthal and senior Adam Mermelstein both performed incredibly but were beaten by the top swimmer from AFS. After 200 IM, is the 50 free, the quickest race of any swim meet. Baila had an incredible race on the girls side and showed some of the great potential that our swimming unit has. On the boys' side, Ari Cooper stepped up on to the block determined as ever and sliced his way through the water for a comfortable win. After the much-needed break, the team regained their collective breaths and zoned in again with hopes of finishing the meet strongly. The next raced was 100 fly, one of the most strenuous races. Seventh-grader Rebecca Wilson, sister of currently injured swimmer Benjamin Wilson, swam tremendously against a tough competitor from AFS. On the men's side, swimming prodigy, Mitchell again swam with the wise Adam and they were able to lead the line against AFS and secure much-needed points for our team. Up next came the 100 free, typically one of the most popular events but not with AFS. They only swam one swimmer in each race and the boys and girls both captured a healthy chunk of points. On the men's side, Mattan Manstein led the field with Jacob and Alex rounding out a Barrack-filled podium for that event. Next was the 500 free, the longest event of the day and the hallmark event of current junior Mati Zeff, who only joined us on Wednesday to practice for the first time. Nevertheless, he was rewarded with a first place finish after a dominant swim. Additionally, senior Ethan Stein showed the fruits of his years of practice with another great swim. On the girls' side, Ari Miller swam courageously against a tough opponent from AFS. After 500 was the 200 free relay, with the Barrack men and women determined to overcome their foes. The girls swam very well as a team and individually but came up just short. On the boys' side, the quartet of Cooper, Manstein, Mermelstein and Rosenthal would not allow a loss and swam deliciously towards a reasonable victory. In 100 back, the girls swam very well with Tamar and Debbie both giving their all. On the men's side, Ari Cooper swam brilliantly but was just beaten by the slimmest of margins. Moving on to breaststroke, Becci, Lauren and Sariella all swam to perfection, swimming as well as they have all year. On the boys' side, Eli Gordon swam very well in his race back from his three month hiatus, winning with his goggles swelled up with water. Finally, the meet ended with the 400 free relay where the swimming Cougars were able to snatch a large chunk of points as a number of swimmers saw their first action of the season and were able to get acclimated to the emotions of a meet. We would like to thank all of our fans who made the schlep to St. Joe's to watch us and provide us with invaluable support. Thank you as always to our coaches, Spivack and Reilly who provided us with great guidance. Let us keep up our winning ways at our next meet against VFMA on Wednesday.

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