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Brattleboro Swim Team wins SVSL District title for third straight year

The Brattleboro Swim Team won the Division I Southern Vermont Swim League District Championship for the third straight year.

Brattleboro won the July 26 event in Rutland with 1,158 points, while host team Rutland came in second with 965.5 points. Woodstock was third with 721 points.

Head coach Dan Morse singled out for praise swimmers Will Hill, Isabelle Magbie, and Ben Cooper, each of whom broke a championship record.

Hill swam 16.15 seconds in the boys’ 8-and-under 25-yard freestyle, breaking the 2008 record of 16.98 set by another BST swimmer, Kyle Picut.

Magbie set a new championship record in the girls’ 15-16 100-yard backstroke with 1:05.35, beating the 2008 record of 1:05.64 set by Ashley Dunican.

Cooper swam 27.44 in the boys’ 17-19 50-yard backstoke, beating his own 2013 championship record of 27.66.

More than 80 swimmers from Brattleboro and surrounding towns in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts comprise the Brattleboro Swim Team. From 5 to 18, they bring a variety of swim abilities and experiences. Some are first-time competitive swimmers; others are returning team members, some of whom swim competitively year-round.

Morse notes, “Our team welcomes all area youth who are eager to stay active, learn, and improve their swim techniques and skills, and who are ready to have fun.”

Brattleboro Rec Track Team wins state meet

• Brattleboro kids are outstanding on dry land too, as the Rec Track Team came in first in the small-community category at the Vermont State Meet in St. Johnsbury July 26.

Nineteen teams converged at the meet, which is for boys and girls 15 and younger. Michael and Jenn Lonardo again did a great job of coaching with the help of the recreation and parks department and parent volunteers.

The teams’s junior coach, John Matthew Lonardo, 16, gave many team members a crash course in shot put and discus. Several members placed.

Delaney Bullock, 15, was the standout, as she broke records in the girls’ 13-15-year-old 800 and 1,600 meter runs. This was her final year of eligibility.

Other team members who placed included:

• Nev Beauchamp – Second in 13-14-year-old shot put; fourth in discus.

• Kharisma Boyd – Third in 13-14-year-old standing long jump; fifth in 100 meter dash; fourth in 200 meter dash.

• Kelsey Kissell – Sixth in 13-14-year-old 400 meters.

• Carley Lonardo – Fourth in 7-8-year-old 200 meters.

• Maggie Lonardo – Second in 13-15-year-old 100 meters; third in 200 meters; fourth in standing long jump.

• Olivia Romo – Fifth in 11-12-year-old 400 meters; fifth in 800 meters.

• Hazel Wagner – Fifth in 11-12 year-old shot put.

Also participating, but not placing this time, were Maxine Hiavaty, Caitlin Lonardo, Isabella Lonardo, and Willow Romo.

Fall practices begin Aug. 18

• Vermont’s fall high school sports season kicks off Monday, Aug. 18, with the start of the mandatory two-week practice period for varsity sports eligibility.

Varsity football gets a one-week head start on soccer, field hockey, and cross-country.

• In Brattleboro, a meeting for parents and participants in varsity and junior varsity football is set for the BUHS gym on Sunday, Aug. 10, at noon. Practices begin Monday, Aug. 11, and continue Monday through Friday with morning (8 to 10:30 a.m.) and evening (4 to 6:30 p.m.) sessions daily.

For more information, write head coach John Callahan at

A meeting for parents and participants in freshman football is set for the BUHS gym at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14. Practices start Monday, Aug. 18. For more information, write head coach Luke Croxton at

• Field hockey practices start Aug. 18 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Tenney Field. As of this writing, BUHS is still in need of varsity and JV field hockey coaches.

For more information, write Athletic Director Chris Sawyer ( or school counselor Meghan McLoughlin (

• The girls’ soccer program will conduct tryouts beginning on Aug. 18 with a freshman-only session running from 7 to 9 a.m. and an evening session for all students in grades 9-12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Practices continue with double sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday: 7 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Any freshman can join the Monday afternoon session but only some might be invited to stay for the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions. Coaches will determine candidates for the JV or varsity teams, which will be selected at the end of Wednesday’s practices.

The JV and varsity teams will continue practice with single 5 to 7 p.m. sessions on Thursday and Friday. Practices will be held on Fort Dummer Field.

For more information, contact varsity coach Edwin deBruijn ( or JV Coach Jay Cudworth (

The freshman team will conduct tryouts for all ninth-grade participants who either didn’t make the JV or varsity team or else didn’t attend the JV/varsity tryouts. Practice begins Monday, Aug. 25, at 3:30 p.m. on Fort Dummer Field.

For more information, contact coach Casey Blust at

• Boys’ soccer tryouts start Aug. 18 for all students in grades 9-12. Double sessions run Monday through Thursday 7 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. There is a single 5 to 7 p.m. session on Friday. Practices are on Sawyer Field.

For more information, contact varsity coach Paul Sather ( or JV coach Mike Italia (

Freshman boys’ soccer tryouts for ninth-grade participants who either didn’t make the JV or varsity team or else didn’t attend the JV/varsity tryouts will see practice begin on Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m. on Sawyer Field. For more information, contact Sather.

• Cross country begins practices on Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet on Freeman Track at the high school. For more information, contact coach John Dimick at

Wrong McAuliffe

• The sharpest eyes reading this roundup each week belong to the families of the athletes who appear in the paper. And the easiest mistake to make is when there are two siblings on the same team and you have the wrong one in the roundup.

In this case, it was Ryan and Chris McAuliffe’s names that got mixed up. As their mother points out, it was Ryan, not Chris, who was one of only three Brattleboro Post 5 players to get hits off of Essex ace pitcher Davis Miskell in their game in the recently completed state American Legion Baseball tournament.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #266 (Wednesday, August 6, 2014). This story appeared on page D4.

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