New Swim Season Begins

Photo | Courtesy of Kentlands Kingfish Kentlands Kingfish Coach Jonathan Hoffman, dressed in the garb of Rafiki, hoists a young, mane-clad 9-10 into the air, declaring the Kingfish’s soon-to-be swim victory.

Photo | Courtesy of Kentlands Kingfish
Kentlands Kingfish Coach Jonathan Hoffman, dressed in the garb of Rafiki, hoists a young, mane-clad 9-10 into the air, declaring the Kingfish’s soon-to-be swim victory.

Our area’s swim teams are the Kentlands Kingfish and Lakelands Lionfish, coached by Tim Brockway and Shannon English, respectively. Each team has an incredible lineup of speedy swimmers, all eager to win their races.

Both teams started off their time trials on June 8. At these events, swimmers race to see who will swim for the A meets (top six swimmers for each event) and B meets.

The Lionfish faced off on home turf against the Calverton Chargers this Saturday, June 15, crushing their rivals in a 403 to 388 sweep. A number of Lionfish swimmers ended their races with All Star Times, meaning they can qualify for the elite All Star  Meet. The Lionfish are well equipped to cruise their way through Division E this season.

The Kentlands Kingfish (“mighty, mighty Kingfish”), now 25 years in the making, have jumped up two divisions into Division B—the farthest they’ve ever gotten. They began their season with a tough meet on Saturday, June 15, facing off against  Wildwood Manor in their noticeably unheated pool.

Kentlands began their meet with a “Lion King” theme. Coach Jonathan Hoffman, dressed in the garb of Rafiki, hoisted a young, mane-clad 9-10 into the air, declaring the Kingfish’s soon-to-be victory. The same spirit could be found throughout the entire meet, with swimmers and parents alike cheering on their fellow Kingfish.

Sadly, due to the unwelcoming conditions that included a shallow pool, the Kentlands Kingfish lost to Wildwood Manor in the first meet of the season.

Though the loss was taken hard, team parent Brendon Emerson summed up Kingfish sentiment best: “They can beat us in the pool, but they can never beat us in spirit.”

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