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Rec briefs: Etna’s Bedford sets more masters swim marks

  • Etna’s Fritz Bedford was back setting more national and regional masters swimming records at Harvard University over the weekend.

  • Boland

  • Sperry

Published: 3/27/2019 9:00:10 PM
Modified: 3/27/2019 9:00:14 PM

ALLSTON, Mass. — There he goes again.

Etna’s Fritz Bedford added to his long list of masters swimming records with one national and two regional marks at the New England Short-Course Championships, held last weekend at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool.

All of the Hanover High swimming coach’s new standards came in the men’s ages 55-59 division.

Bedford, 55, set both regional and national records in the 50-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 25.30 seconds. He also clipped almost four seconds off the 10-year-old New England mark in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.64 seconds.

Bedford also posted two other wins at the meet. He took the 50-yard butterfly in 24.33 seconds, missing another national record by .33 seconds, and claimed the 100 freestyle in 51.60 seconds.

On the iceDozen to nationals with regional U19 teams

CONCORD — Twelve Upper Valley athletes are headed to the USA Hockey Tier II girls national championship as a result of their play in the recent New England championship at Everett Arena.

The Vermont Shamrocks and Concord Capitals split-season squads will both play in the national tournament, having reached the regional final. The Shamrocks took the New England championship with 6-2 win on March 12.

The Shamrocks’ Upper Valley contingent includes Hanover High co-captain Clara Boland, Kimball Union co-captain Olive Scull and KUA teammates Alexis Bartlett, Bella Parento and Angelina Tommola. Area athletes on the Capitals’ roster included Hanover’s Violet Sperry, Woodstock’s Alessandra Cimis and KUA’s Ashley Penney, Abigail Flanagan, Molly Flanagan, Mikah Baptiste and Taylor Coburn.

The national tournament will take place on April 4-8 in Amherst, N.Y.

On the SnowMunson, Higgins, Levy excel at Cannon slalom

FRANCONIA, N.H. — The Ford Sayre Ski Council saw one boy win and two girls earn second-place results in the Pendoley slalom race on Cannon Mountain’s Mittersill slopes on Sunday.

Ethan Munson had the big result for Ford Sayre, winning the U14 boys division in 1 minute, 9.83 seconds, edging Pats Peak’s William Chapin by .26 seconds. Nicholas Reiss (1:11.16), Zachary Tracy (1:15.58) and Charles Forbush (1:15.79) finished 3-7-8 for Ford Sayre.

Maggie Higgins paced the U12 girls by placing second in a two-run time of 1 minute, 13.26 seconds. Dahlia Fuld followed in ninth place for Ford Sayre. The club’s Kate Levy also earned a podium slot, finishing second in the U14 girls race in 1:13.97.

In other divisions, Kait Christensen was fourth in th U10 girls (1:34.40), and Sam Ames (fifth, 1:13.43), Ty Christensen (ninth, 1:15.48) and Gavin Munson (10th, 1:16.31) cracked the U12 boys top 10.

Sunapee T-shirt race

NEWBURY, N.H. — Schuyler Clapp led Ford Sayre racers at Saturday’s Chip Gilroy T-shirt race at Mount Sunapee, taking second place in the U14 boys division.

Clapp finished the two-run giant slalom in 44.49 seconds for his runner-up finish, narrowly edged out by Sunapee’s Owen Collins (44.42). Clapp’s sister, Lilly, was fourth among the U16 girls (45.50).

Kait Christensen led the U10 girls, finishing fifth. Ty Christensen was sixth and Ian Holmes ninth among the U12 boys.

Purcell, Ross top 10at LaFoleys Spring Series

DANBURY, N.H. — Ford Sayre Academy’s Alexander Purcell and Ethan Ross kicked off the three-race LaFoleys Spring Series on March 17 with top-10 finishes in a slalom at Ragged Mountain.

Racing on bulletproof ice with a dusting of powder, Purcell took fourth place and Ross grabbed seventh in racing that included ages ranging from U14 to college. Anna Testorf had the best finish for Ford Sayre girls, taking 17th.

The series continued with a giant slalom in high winds at Cranmore on Saturday. Ross (12th) had the top men’s finish and Testorf (13th) again led the women, with Grace Lewandoski (19th) and Siena Curtis (20th) also cracking the top 20.

The series concluded on Sunday with a sunny slalom at Pats Peak. Purcell, Ross and Eric Goodney finished 6-8-14 for Ford Sayre’s men. FSA’s Molly Hacket was 18th among women, with U14 racer Lucy Curtis 20th.

Storrs Hill party

LEBANON — The Storrs Hill Ski Area will wrap up a successful winter when it hosts an end-of-season party for the public on March 30.

The hill will be open for skiing and riding from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at a cost of $5 per person. The day will include sledding as well as a pond skimming event. Grilled meal deals will also be available.

Visit Storrs Hill’s page on Facebook for more details.

On the CourtSquash fundraiser

HANOVER — The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center will hold their second Squash Cancer Tournamnent on the Berry Sports Center’s squash courts on April 13.

The tournament is held in the memory of tournament committee member Keith Van Winkle, who died in September after an 11-year bout with the disease. The tournament is an all-levels mixed event with a best-of-three-games format. Designed to be both fun and social, the tournament includes opportunities to either play, sponsor a player or come to watch.

The day will also include a special exhibition match at 4:30 p.m. between Dartmouth senior Carson Spahr and pro Chris Hanson, the reigning back-to-back U.S. national champion. Tournament organizers hope to raise $25,000 to benefit work at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Visit for more information.

In the pool

Storrs Pond formingsummer swim team

HANOVER — The Storrs Pond Recreation Area is gauging interest toward forming a summer swimming team this year.

The team would involve miltiple skill levels for ages 6-18 and would compete in the Vermont Swim Association, with races and practices at the Storrs Pond lap pool. The program, which would be overseen by both the SPRA and Norwich Recreation Department, aims to focus on fun, safety, teamwork, fitness and building competitive skills.

The season would run seven weeks, from mid-June through the first weekend of August, and practices would most likely be held on weekday mornings between 8-9 a.m., with occasional evening workouts as well. To be on the team, a swimmer must able to enter and exit the pool without aid, swim with the face in the water and go one pool length (25 yards) unassisted in the freestyle technique. This is not a learn-to-swim program; swimmers new or experience in competition are welcome to join.

For more information, contact Alexa Manning at Sufficient interest is required for the program to go forward.

On the RunInjury prevention clinic

LEBANON — The Upper Valley Running Club will unite with Cioffredi and Associates to host a free injury prevention clinic for runners on April 9.

The session, to be held at the Cioffredi office at 112 Etna Road in Lebanon, will touch on multiple subjects of interest to recreational runners. Physical therapists and trainers will cover such topics as dynamic and static stretching, nutrition, hydration and the common injuries that might result from a lack of preparation.

The clinic begins at 7:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Upper Valley Running Club at

WNHTRS schedule set

HANOVER — The 2019 schedule is set for the upcoming Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, with the traditional kickoff race, the Dirty 5K, coming up on May 12.

The series is comprised of nine races this year, with the Dirty 5K and the Chad Denning Challenge on a to-be-announced August date in Meriden, serving as the only non-points events. The rest of the schedule:

■Six in the Stix, Newport, June 8.

■Windsor 5 & Dime, Windsor, June 15.

■All Out Trail Run, Claremont, June 29.

■Frenzy in the Forest, Sunapee, July 13.

■Hurricane Hill 5K/10K, White River Junction, July 20.

■Stoaked Trail Run, Hanover, Aug. 3.

■Farnum Five.5, Lebanon, Sept. 7.

Participants can register for the entire series at a cost of $99; ages 15-19 go for $65 for the full schedule, and junior classes (under 12, ages 12-14) are free.

Individual races registratoin is also available; full details are available at

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