Summer swimmers dive into swim league championships

Hundreds of local swimmers will descend on the Sandhill Pool in Essex this weekend for the Champlain Valley Swim League championships.

The EDGE Swim Team – with swimmers from Williston, Shelburne, St. George and South Burlington – will be one of the top teams among the eight competing on Friday and Saturday.

“The CVSL meet remains one of my favorites to this day,” said EDGE coach Caleb Hall-Potvin. “The league preaches great things – sportsmanship, team camaraderie – all of those things will be on display.”

In addition to the EDGE, Burlington Tennis Club, Burlington Country Club, Middlebury, St. Albans, Town of Essex, Vergennes and Winooski teams will all have swimmers represented.

“We are looking forward to it,” Hall-Potvin said. “There are eight awesome teams to choose from.”

With more than 100 swimmers participating from the EDGE team, the group hopes to continue its run of success that its seen throughout the summer, with wins in all seven of its dual meets.

“We had a great season,” Hall-Potvin said. “For this weekend, we look very strong. I am very excited about the athletes we are bringing.”

While Hall-Potvin did point out a few swimmers to watch – Esther Cuneo, Ella Miller, Lula Andrae, Miles Cochran, as examples – the coach is most looking forward to watching the EDGE compete in the relays.

“In five out of the six team relays, the EDGE team was seeded first,” he said. “I am really proud of that as a coach. We’re very talented. The kids deserve all the credit.”

In addition to the CSVL meet, the EDGE swimmers will also be focused on the state championship meet the first weekend of August. Top times from the league meet will help swimmers qualify for the state championships and the meet itself will help prepare the athletes for that next step.

“It’s such a great tune-up for states. It’s a great way to build up team spirit,” Hall-Potvin said. “It’s a great atmosphere and everyone will be really pumped up for states after this weekend.”

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