Posted: Jul. 30, 2017 12:01 am
NEWTON — As Devon Myer toed the starting block for what could be her last competitive race, numerous cheers from the younger members of the Culver Lake swim team leaked out onto the pool deck.
It was a bittersweet ending for the recent Pope John grad.
Myer closed the gap against the Kittatinny Baracudas’ Amanda Newell and Lake Tranquility’s Brooke Freund over the final length of the pool to win her final race — the girls 15- to 18-year-old 100-yard freestyle — by .62 seconds.
The Wallkill Valley Swim Conference Championship put a cap on another summer swim season in the area on Saturday at the Newton Community Pool, and for some, like Myer who will be heading off to James Madison University in the fall, it represented an end of an era.
“Summer is honestly always my favorite because everyone always likes to swim,” said Myer, who also played a role in helping Pope John win more than 100 consecutive conference dual meets and its 13th straight division title.
“In high school, people don’t always want to do it as much, and in the summer, everyone is happy. I’m kind of sad it’s over, but I’m excited for Pope John and this team’s future.”
It was another monumental day at the Wallkill Valley Swim Conference Championships with another nine records shattered by area swimmers. Additionally, new paces were set in the 100-yard breast stroke, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard back stroke in the boys and girls 13-14 and 15-18 years old age divisions, where records had never been registered.
The Kittatinny Barracudas won the Wallkill Valley Swim Conference’s Gold Division, while Lake Stockholm took the conference’s Silver Division championship during the regular season. Lake Tamarack was voted as the Sportsmanship Award recipient for the fifth time in the last six seasons by the other teams in the conference.
“When you swim for the bigger meets outside of high school and summer swim, it’s all about yourself,”…