The Maclay boys swim team began their season with a meet against Chiles High School on Wednesday, September 30. The meet started at 6:00pm at the Maclay pool. Chiles won the meet by a score of 98 to 72 points. 

“It was an excellent execution for most swimmers,” Head Swim Coach Pavel Sankovich said. “We were just a few points away from beating Chiles, and I don’t think that has ever happened before.”

Maclay won more total events, but Chiles had more depth and swimmers, earning more points to win the meet. Junior Stuart Higdon, senior Dimitri Nakis, freshman Hanson Higdon, junior Duel Yearty and junior Evan Mascagni were all event winners during the meet. 

“The meet was really fun,” H. Higdon said. “I hope we can have more meets like that one this season.”

S. Higdon placed first in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle with times of 1:47.20 and 4:52.46, respectively. Nakis won the 50 freestyle and swam a 22.38. H. Higdon took the 100 butterfly for the boys with a 56.55. Yearty went a 50.46 to win the 100 freestyle. Mascagni placed first in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:06.09. The boys also won the 200 freestyle relay. Junior John Henry Dixon, Nakis, Yearty and S. Higdon swam the relay in 1:32.33 seconds. 

“It was awesome to compete so closely with a huge rival,” Nakis said. “It was also cool to compete with the people we are close with in town.”

Chiles won the 200 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 IM and 100 backstroke. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the girls and boys teams had their meets separately, with the girls racing Chiles the week before the boys. Usually, the teams race together, but they split up this year to reduce the number of people on the pool deck at one time. Because of this new cap on people allowed on deck, parents and spectators also have to watch from outside the pool deck. Only swimmers, coaches and timers are allowed on deck, and everyone must wear a mask when not swimming. 

“Overall, we are in a good spot on the boys side, but we still need to work to recruit more girls,” Sankovich said. “We have many middle schoolers and I hope that means our future is bright.”

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