Sailfish Season Begins in Shelby

Tana Gough and Toryn Martinez won high point awards at the Shelby swim meet this past Saturday. Photo courtesy Beth McWilliams

This past Saturday the Fairfield Sailfish traveled to Shelby for the first swim meet of the season. 136 total swimmers attended the one-day meet with 7 of those swimming for Fairfield. With this being the first meet of the season, Fairfield coaches did not set high expectations for times or places on the team. Swimmers and coaches knew that this meet was more of a “let’s see where we’re at for the beginning of the season” rather than expectations of personal best times and record swims.

All of the 7 Sailfish swimmers far exceeded their coaches’ expectations, however.  Brothers Kolt and Remi Gough used smooth, powerful stroking to earn first place finishes in their backstroke events. Riley Gough swam the 200 individual medley for her first time ever and looked like a pro as she captured 1st place by a large margin. Toryn Martinez also looked strong in her freestyle and backstroke events and won the high point award for her age group by placing 1st in all of her events.  Strong performances also came from Tana Gough who proved that fly is one of her premier strokes by swimming the 200 im and the 50 and 100 fly. She earned first place in all of her events and was the high point winner for her age group as well.  Brooke and Alexis McWilliams also had great swims for the start of the season.  Brooke posted personal best times in her freestyle swims, and Alexis continued her dominance in the i.m. and breaststroke events.

Overall, the entire team far exceeded their coaches’ expectations of how swimmers would do after only a week of practice.  Once the meet was over, the team knew that they had an impressive start to the season.

Individual results:

Remi Gough: 1st 25 back; 4th 25 free

Kolt Gough: 1st 50 back; 7th 100 free; 10th 50 free

Riley Gough: 1st 200 im; 1st 50 fly; 2nd 50 back

Tana Gough: 1st 200 im; 1st 50 fly; 1st 100 fly; high point award for 13-14 girls

Toryn Martinez: 1st 50 free; 1st 100 free; 1st 50 back; high point award for 11-12 girls

Brooke McWilliams: 2nd 50 free; 2nd 100 free; 2nd 100 breast

Alexis McWilliams: 1st 200 im; 1st 100 breast; 2nd 100 free