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Rec briefs: New swim team hits first two SVSL meets

  • Upper Valley Rapids swimmer Jack Wilkinson leaps off the blocks in the 200-yard freestyle relay at a Vermont Swim Association meet in Springfield, Vt., on June 25, 2019. (Alexa Manning photograph)

  • The Upper Valley Rapids' Adeline Manning swims to a first-place finish in 25-yard butterfly during a Vermont Swim Association meet in Springfield, Vt., on June 25, 2019 (Alexa Manning photograph)

Staff Reports
Published: 7/3/2019 9:00:15 PM
Modified: 7/3/2019 9:00:08 PM

HANOVER — The Upper Valley Rapids, the newest member of the Southern Vermont Swim League and Vermont Swim Association, competed in their first two meets as a squad over the past week and a half.

The Rapids began with a June 22 trip to the SVSL Ice Breaker in Bennington, Vt., just days after holding their first practices as a team. Rosie Keith had the big day in the girls ages 13-14 division, winning the 100-yard backstroke, 50 back and 100 freestyle. Upper Valley also grabbed a win in the girls 10-and-under division, as the quartet of Greta Mancini, Ryan Reed, Adeline Manning and Sophie Mancini won the 100 medley relay. Benjamin Thaler Wellborn added a win for the boys in the 50 back for ages 11-12.

The Rapids followed that competition with another on June 25, meeting Rutland and host Springfield, Vt. Jack Wilkinson had a star turn for the boys, claiming wins in the 50 free, 50 back and 100 free in the 11-12 age division. Nate Holt won three races among boys ages 9-10 (25 back, 25 breaststroke, 50 free) to go with an uncontested victory in the 100 back. Aidan Lackstrom also won twice (50 free, 100 free) with a third uncontested win in the 50 butterfly for ages 13-14.

The girls were plenty victorious as well. Wins came from Adeline Manning (25 fly and 100 back, ages 9-10), Charlotte Hourdquin (25 breast, ages 9-10) and the 100 medley and freestyle relay teams.

The Rapids train out of the Storrs Pond Recreation Area pool in Hanover. Upcoming meets include a July 9 trip to Manchester, Vt., and the Rutland Sprints on July 13.

ON THE RUN Stoaked run coming

HANOVER — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance is gearing up for its annual Stoaked Trail Run, part of Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series, on Aug. 3.

The 12.5-kilometer race takes place on the Oak Hill cross country ski trail network at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area. Pre-registration for the run is $15 for adults and $10 for youths ages 15-19 through the day of the race. Same-day registration on site is also available for an additional $5.

Visit or for links to online registration or for more information.

ON THE ICEPublic skating at UA

WOODSTOCK — Union Arena is including a series of public skating dates into its summer ice calendar this month.

The first opportunity is Thursday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. Other sessions are scheduled for July 9 (12:30-1:45 p.m.), July 10 (4-4:50 p.m.), July 17 (3:30-4:50 p.m.), July 19 (3:30-4:50 p.m.), July 23 (12:30-1:45 p.m.), July 24 (4-4:50 p.m.) and July 28 (2:45-3:45 p.m.). The final date coincides with UA’s Paint the Ice event that day.

The cost to skate is $6 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-14 and seniors. Children ages 4 and younger can skate for free. Skate rentals will also be available at $6.

Visit for the complete summer public skate schedule.

Curling clinic at UA

WOODSTOCK — The Upper Valley Curling Club will take advantage of summer ice season at Union Arena by hosting a short course on the winter sport on July 7.

The class will start at 5:45 p.m. and is open for people who have yet to take up the game. The UVCC will provide all necessary equipment; participants should wear warm clothing, including a hat and gloves, as well as shoes with clean, non-skid soles. Experienced curlers will teach rules and technique before the class hits the ice for a practice.

The clinic cost is $25; advance registration is required. Visit to register or for more information.

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