CHAPEL HILL In one of the closest finishes in recent memory, the Southern Village Governor’s Club (SVGC) team edged the acknowledged favorite FARM / YMCA (FSAYM) squad, who came into the Friday-Saturday meet at UNC’s Koury Natatorium looking for its fourth Chapel Hill Summer Swim League Championship in as many years.
A deep FSAYM team who had bested the field handily just last year and ran the table in dual meets this summer seemed poised to claim another team championship. The addition of a new Briar Creek team to the league and FSAYM’s loss of some year-round swimmers to the Junior Olympics competition held in Charlotte on the same weekend evened the playing field, however, providing for a finish that saw the top four teams still in the running until the meet’s final events.
Points in boys’ and girls’ 11-12 and 13-14 age groups figured big for the SVGC team Saturday afternoon.
“When I took over the team last year, I told the older kids to give me a year and we’d come back like beasts,” SVGC coach John Denniston said. “The adrenaline and all the hard work they’d put in just came together and worked to our benefit. That’s just awesome to see.”
Denniston downplayed the team title however.
“We were really just looking at the kids, and how they were they’re getting awesome times,” he said. “It just so happens that they were also placing really high. That’s what this is really about: the times, not the points or the places.”
One of the longest-standing recreational sporting events in the Chapel Hill area, the Summer Championship meet annually gives a stage to competition among nearly 1,000 swimmers as young as preschoolers and as old as 18.