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Grantham Swimmer Bound for National-Caliber Meet

Grantham — Like so many youths, Grantham’s Shaun Kronenwetter is heading away for a spring break. He just isn’t going to spend it resting on a beach or racing around Walt Disney World.

The Lebanon Middle School seventh-grader does have water and racing in his immediate future, however. The 12-year-old will compete in the National Showcase Classic Swimming Championship at the Doyle Aquatic Center in Clearwater, Fla., on April 16-19.

Kronenwetter enters as one of the top 12-year-old competitors in New England. He owns top-10 times for his age group in eight events, according to New England Swimming, topped by the fourth-best time in the 100-yard backstroke (1 minute, 0.02 seconds).

Kronenwetter will compete in the 100 back, 100 freestyle and 100 individual medley in Florida. He is a member of the Upper Valley Aquatic Club.

UVAC at Age Groups

Boston — Upper Valley Aquatic Club captain Charlotte Pitts qualified for Eastern Zone sectional action with her results from the New England 13-19 Age-Group Championships at Boston University on March 16-19.

In her final NEAG meet before heading off to college, Pitts raced to sixth place in the 100-yard butterfly, 100 freestyle and 50 free. Pitts made the cut for sectionals in the latter event, hitting the wall in 25.02 seconds.

In all, 14 swimmers represented UVAC at the Age Groups. Among the highlights:

∎ Distance swimmer Kristian Hansen took third among boys in his 1,650-yard freestyle group in 16:56.68 and posted top-10 times in the 1,000 free, 500 free and 400 individual medley.

∎ Nell Houde won the B final in the 200 free (1:56.39).

∎ Stephanie Miller took third in the 100 breastroke (1:08.96) and won the B final in the 200 breast (2:31.10).

∎ Audry Steiner took eighth in the 200 fly (2:17.07).

Abby LeBlanc, Georgia Houde, Matt Cavaney, Sophia Gulick, Miriam Caveney, Hannah Scott, Annika Clark, Bristen Burlew and Gaby Miller also represented UVAC at Age Groups.

On the Mat

Donahue to Super Regionals

Westminster, Vt. — Hanover High sophomore Destiny Donahue will be part of the New Hampshire Super Regional gymnastics team at the upcoming regional championship as a result of an event win at the Vermont state championships last weekend at Bellows Falls Union High School.

Rebounding from a season-long ankle injury, Donahue won the level 8 floor exercise at states with a score of 9.500 points. She also finished third in all-around (35.450) and fifth in the vault (8.375) and bars (8.800). States marked the first time all season that Donahue was able to compete in all four disciplines, including the balance beam.

The regionals will be held in Woburn, Mass., on April 26-27. A member of Northern Lights Gymnastics, Donahue lives in Hanover.

NLG Crowns Three State Champs

Westminster, Vt. — Northern Lights Gymnastics competitors Samantha Simmons, Ella Dulac and Shira Hoffer came home all-around state champions thanks to their performances at last weekend’s Vermont state championship at Bellows Falls Union High School.

Simmons, of Etna, competed at level 4 in the 6-8 age group. In addition to an all-around title with 36.700 points, Simmons won the vault (9.150), beam (9.500) and floor exercise (9.250).

Dulac, 12, a level 5 gymnast from Lebanon, won all-around honors with 35.675 points, backed by victories in the vault (9.525), beam (8.950) and floor (tie, 8.850).

Hoffer, of Hanover, won level 8 all-around honors with 34.600 points. She also swept to three implement wins, taking the vault (8.450), beam (8.575) and floor (9.050).

Hanover’s Natalie Chapman (level 5, age 11), Woosdtock’s Mackenzie Biele (level 6, ages 11-12), Hanover’s Danielle Rebman (level 6, ages 15 and over) and Grantham’s Sierra Keat (level 7, ages 15 and older) finished as all-around runners-up in their respective classes. NLG athletes recorded 14 implement wins and more than 40 top-three placements during the meet.

On the Mat, Part Deux

Newport Resident Now A Master Black Belt

Newport — A veteran of more than a decade of training, Newport’s Cathryn Gallione earned her fourth-degree black belt in traditional karate on Saturday after testing at Rising Sun Martial Arts.

Gallione has trained at the Newport center since Dec. 2003. She also holds a first-degree black belt in Okinawan traditional weapons, which she also teaches at Rising Sun. Her karate promotion makes her a licensed instructor of the discipline.

On the Snow

Lang 6th at Easterns

Carrabassett Valley, Maine — Norwich’s Charlie Lang skied to a sixth-place finish, fourth among Americans, at last weekend’s Can-Am races at Sugarloaf.

Lang had the eighth-fasted opening run in the two-run slalom (36.39 seconds). He finished with a combined time of 1 minute, 14.07 seconds.

Lang, a student at Richmond Middle School, races for the Green Mountain Valley School program.

Steffey Sibs Race for SMS

Stratton Mountain, Vt. — Lyme siblings Amanda and George Steffey qualified for the United States under-18 national championship last month at Copper Mountain, Colo., as members of the Stratton Mountain School program.

George Steffey had the best result for SMS in the men’s dual slalom on March 6, taking second among first-year U18s and eighth overall. The result came a day after Steffey took third for his age group and 12th overall in the slalom.

Amanda Steffey raced in three events at Copper. She took 30th in the downhill on March 2, 16th in the women’s super-G on March 3 and 16th in the giant slalom on March 4. The Steffey siblings also represented SMS at the U.S. Nationals on March 19-23 at Squaw Valley, Calif., with Amanda Steffey the only Eastern skier on the 10-woman roster.

Amanda Steffey represented SMS at the March 27-31 Sun Valley Spring Races in Idaho. Highlights included a third among U18s and sixth overall in the women’s giant slalom on March 27.

Woodstock’s Spencer Smith, an SMS sophomore, raced in the U16 nationals in Park City, Utah, on March 28-April 3. He was also Stratton’s top finisher at the U16 Eastern finals at Whiteface in upstate New York earlier in the month, winning three races.

On the Run

Claremont Indoor Triathlon

Claremont — The Claremont Parks and Recreation Department will hold the last of its three-date indoor triathlon series on Saturday at the Claremont Community Center.

This sprint event is a good way to introduce beginners to the sport while giving experts a training opportunity for the upcoming spring season. All legs of the event will be timed, including a 15-minute swim segment, a 30-minute session on stationary bikes and a 20-minute run on the indoor track. Winners will be determined by the total distance covered.

Visit www.claremontparks.com to register or visit the community center in person. For more information, call 603-542-7019.

Tot Trot Upcoming

Lebanon — The River Valley Club will do its part to support David’s House when it hosts its third Tot Trot on Saturday.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon, is open to the entire family and will consist of a one-mile walk around Centerra Park.

Participants are encouraged to dress up in superhero garb; the day will include childrens’ music, face painting, train rides, a raffle and other activities.

Event organizers are also accepting nonperishable food donations as part of the day. Pledge forms may be downloaded from www.rivervalleyclub.com. For more information, contact RVC marketing director Taylor Haynes at 603-643-7720, ext. 123.

In the Sunshine

Hartford Seeks Summer Staff

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department is seeking individuals to serve as camp leaders and lifeguards for its upcoming summer programs.

Applicants ages 18 and older are sought for the job of assistant director for the Ventures camp along with camp recreation leaders. Hartford Parks and Rec also is in need of an assistant pool director, lifeguards and swim instructors for its summer programs.

Interested persons may apply online at www.hartford-vt.org or call 802-295-5036. Positions will remain open until filled.

On the Tee

Stateline Sports Tourney

Springfield, Vt. — The snow will eventually melt, and when it does, golfers will take center stage for the third Stateline Sports Golf Classic at Crown Point Country Club on May 4.

The tourney is dedicated to the memory of Stateline Sports co-founder Bob Vanier, who died in 2011. All proceeds from the tournament go toward the Carter Community Building Association’s Pat Walsh Sneaker Fund, which provides footwear to underprivileged children in the Lebanon area.

Registration and a pre-tournament barbecue begin at noon, with the shotgun-start tourney firing off at 2 p.m. The top three teams earn prizes, as will winners of closest-to-the-pin and longest-drive competitions. A chance to win a 2014 car will also be available.

The tournament cost of $60 includes greens fees, carts, use of the range and practice areas and the barbecue. Singles and groups are encouraged to register by the April 15 deadline. Contact Bud Hill for more information at 603-298-8090 or bud.hill@statelinesports.com.

On the Track

Vixens Open Season

Woodstock — The Upper Valley Vixens roller derby team will fire up its new season on the track by hosting the Shoreline Belladonnas on Saturday at Union Arena.

The action begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 online (www.brownpapertickets.com) and $12 at the door. Children ages 12 and younger get in for free. An afterparty following the bout will be held at Bentley’s restaurant in downtown Woodstock.

The Vixens welcome men and women ages 12 and older to join in their weekly practices at Great View Roller Rink in Enfield every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The group also is seeking referees and nonskating officials for its bouts. The April 12 bout marks the start of an eight-event schedule, three of which will be staged at Union Arena.

For more details, visit www.twinstatederby.com or email uv.vixens@gmail.com.