Numbers told the tale at last week’s championship meet of the Durham Summer Swim League.
With at least 10 more swimmers than its nearest competitors, Woodcroft used its superior depth to win the DSSL championship for the first time in almost 20 years.
Fairfield won the DSSL’s Division II. Croasdaile won the Division III championship.
Duke Faculty Club, undefeated at 5-0 in DSSL dual meets, had bested Woodcroft head-to-head by a score of 266-161 when they met in Week 4 of the season, with four DFC swimmers winning three events – Ryan Weaver, Zoe Hannan, Will Schumann and Sadie Schumann.
Sadie Schuman was a triple winner again at the championship meet, taking firsts in the 15-18 girls’ 50 backstroke (28.19), 50 butterfly (27.12), and 100 freestyle (53.85). But that wasn’t enough to overcome the depth of more than 200 Woodcroft Whirlwinds.
Regular-season DSSL meets awarded points for the top three places in individual events and for the first two finishers in the relays. In the championship meet’s events, the top 20 individuals and the top 12 relays all earned points.
DSSL administrators opted to move the championship from the Triangle to the spacious Greensboro Aquatic Center – which can be configured for as many as 22 lanes of 25 yards – so the meet could be completed in one day.
Lizzie Fowler, a triple winner when DFC and Woodcroft met in the regular season, was one of five Whirlwinds to win an event last week in Greensboro. She won the 9-10 girls’ 50-yard breaststroke (42.87). Woodcroft also got wins from: Kirsten Febre in the 13-14 girls’ 50-yard backstroke (30.56); Dillan Hickey in the 11-12 girls’ 50 backstroke; Camden McGovern in the 11-12 boys’ 50 backstroke (31.81); and Ryan Sutherland in the 7-8 boys’ 25-yard breaststroke (22.55).