This past weekend, hundreds of athletes from all over the state of Massachusetts gathered at Harvard University to compete in the swimming portion of the Bay State Summer Games. The games, which were established by The Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation in 1982, attract more than 7,000 participants in 26 different sports each year. More than 90 heats took place over the two day period and included swimmers as young as eight and masters swimmers as old as 65.
Six swimmers competed in five para races that were included in this year’s heat sheet; mixed 50 meter free, mixed 100 meter breast, mixed hundred meter fly, mixed 200 meter free, and the mixed 100 meter fly.
“It was good competition,” mentioned Mike Prout, Adaptive Sports New England’s swim coach, “many of the races were really close. Three of them even came down to a fraction of a second.”
In addition to fierce competition, this was a monumental race personally for many of the athletes. Meredith Koch and Madeleine Babcock both set personal records in three of their events, Babcock taking first place in the mixed 100 meter back and 200 meter free.
For Elise Morely and Meredith Koch, though, this was merely a warm up to the big stage. In two weeks both will head to Colorado Springs for the Team USA Paralympic World Championship trials. This meet will be held at the United States Air Force Academy and will determine who will race for the red, white and blue in September in Mexico City.
Here are the results from the weekend:
#92 Mixed 50 Meter Free Paralympic
1 Emelyanov, Maksim 34.36
2 Morely, Elise 34.75
3 Babcock, Madeleine 39.31
4 Koch, Meredith 44.10
5 Flaherty, Kate 1:01.32
6 Dennison, Laura 1:08.78
#93 Mixed 100 Meter Breast Paralympic
1 Morely, Elise 1:49.15
2 Babcock, Madeleine 1:49.25
3 Koch, Meredith 2:48.55
4 Dennison, Laura 2:49.23
#94 Mixed 100 Meter Back Paralympic
1 Babcock, Madeleine 1:35.15
2 Morely, Elise 1:35.74
3 Emelyanov, Maksim 1:36.08
4 Dennison, Laura 2:37.02
#95 Mixed 200 Meter Free Paralympic
1 Babcock, Madeleine 2:55.86
2 Emelyanov, Maksim 3:18.16
3 Koch, Meredith 3:45.44
#96 Mixed 100 Meter Fly Paralympic
1 Morely, Elise 1:22.19
2 Emelyanov, Maksim 1:33.92
3 Koch, Meredith 2:05.49