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FASTThe Fluvanna Aquatic Sports Team (FAST) has undergone a major transition in 2017. Long-time head Coach Cos DiFazio has passed the reins on to a young triumvirate of co-head coaches. This season, Cosmo DiFazio, Jr., Nathan Johnson and Ben Nalle are at the helm for the Makos.

The FAST team this year has 68 swimmers, ranging in age from 6-18. The team has been practicing at the pool at Camp Friendship, but that pool is not equipped to handle the crowds that appear for a full-blown Jefferson Swim League swim meet. Therefore, the Makos host their home meets at other venues. On Wednesday night (June 28) the Makos were the home team for a meet at the Fairview Swim and Tennis Club in Charlottesville, where they hosted a team named after a different breed of shark: the Hammerheads from Hollymead.  

Unfortunately for the FAST squad, the meet started with a series of relay races in which the Hammerheads excelled. In each relay race the winning team gains 10 points, while the losing team gains five. The Hammerheads won the first eight of these relays and led early by a comfortable score of 80-40. FAST took the boys’ age 15-18 200-meter medley relay , winning by 0.15 seconds.

In each individual swim event the scoring is: seven points for first, five points for second, four points for third and three points for fourth. If one team takes first and second it is awarded twelve points and the other team is awarded the seven points for third and fourth, even if the team that took first and second has swimmers that best the second place team’s top swimmers.

The Makos recorded their initial first place finish in an individual event when Abby Caruso crushed her competition in the age six and under 25-meter freestyle. She finished in 32.66 seconds and the fastest Hammerhead was way behind, finishing in 57.32 seconds. Unfortunately for the Makos, the age six and under events are not scored.  FAST swimmers Leanna Collier and Josh Hodges picked up second place finishes in the girls’ 8 and under 25-meter freestyle and the boys’ 9-10 50-meter freestyle. In the boys’ 11-12 50-meter freestyle, it was Jackson Kinsella gaining five points for his team with a second-place finish. The first event in which the Makos scored a sweep of first and second was the boys’ 15-18 50-meter freestyle. Mike DiFazio won the event, with Luke Gustafson taking second.

The FAST team got off to a quick start in the breaststroke events, as James Johnson was the winner in the boys’ 8 and under race. He won by better than two seconds. In the boys’ 11-12 breaststroke event, the Makos executed another sweep. Cole Gustafson was the winner, with Anthony Caruso taking second. Gustafson was nearly five seconds faster than the top Hammerhead swimmer.

In the backstroke events, James Johnson was again the winner in the 8 and under race, this time with a narrow 0.21-second margin of victory. In the girls’ 8 and under event, Collier recorded another second place finish for her team. Again in a six and under unscored event, Abby Caruso was dominant. She finished the 25-meter event in 34.62 seconds, while the second place finisher came in at 54.00 seconds. In the boys’ 11-12 50-meter backstroke Kinsella and Cole Gustafson sweep the event. Kinsella’s time was seven seconds better than the top Hammerhead time. In the boys’ age 15-18 backstroke event, Brennan King took second for the Makos.

Turning to the butterfly events, the last of the four swimming disciplines at swim meets, James Johnson again led things off for the Makos on a positive note. He won the age 8 and under 25-meter event for seven points. In the age 9-10 boys’ 50-meter butterfly, Josh Hodges took second. In the 11-12 event, Kinsella took second. In the 15-18 butterfly event, Mike DiFazio was the winner in the boys’ event and Emma DiFazio was second on the girls’ side.

In the last events of the meet the swimmers return to the freestyle for long distance events. In the boys’ 100-meter event, Hodges was second. In the boys’ 15-18 event, the Makos scored a sweep. Mike DiFazio was the winner, while Aden Johnson finished second.

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