Rec Briefs: UVAC’s Wadsworth Reaches Winter Junior Nationals`

Thursday, December 07, 2017

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Aquatic Club’s Jack Wadsworth has a date in Tennessee this weekend as a result of his efforts at last weekend’s Winter Classic Invitational swim meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

Wadsworth, 15, of Hartford, competed in eight events in the boys open division at the meet, winning six of them. Wadsworth’s victories came in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley, the 100 and 200 backstroke, the 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly.

Wadsworth qualified for two events at this weekend’s USA Swimming Winter Junior Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn. He’ll start with the 100 back on Friday morning and also will compete in the 200 back on Saturday morning.

UVAC hosts 24 teams from around New England at the classic, which ran Friday through Sunday. Club competitors won 33 gold medals to go with 31 silvers and 24 bronzes. The winners, by age division (wins in parentheses):

Girls ages 9-10: Kate Bartlett, Norwich (6); Tina Savellano, Hanover (1).

Girls 11-12: Rosie Keith, Lyme (3).

Boys 11-12: Andres Savellano, Hanover (2); Joshua Stearns, Norwich (1).

Girls 13-14: Emily Dunbar, Hanover (2); Jocelyn Hazen, Sharon (2).

Girls Open: Clare Brown, Grantham (3); Isabella Hiller, Woodstock (3); Madeline Hiller, Woodstock (1).

Boys Open: Erik Hansen, Hanover (1); Shaun Kronenwetter, Grantham (1); Christopher Riesling, Hanover (1); Jack Wadsworth, Hartford (6).

Additionally, UVAC will send 16 athletes to the New England Senior Championship in Worcester, Mass., on Dec. 14-17 as a result of performances from last weekend’s meet.

On the Ice

Hanover Bantams Split

Lowell, Mass. — The Hanover Hockey Association Bantam Green made the most of the long trip to Massachusetts on Saturday, beating the New England Edge, 6-1, in a youth hockey game played at Tsongas Arena.

The Wild piled up the offense against the Edge despite recording just 20 shots on goal. Casey Graham and Hank Trimble both scored twice for Hanover, while Ben Wagner and Curtis Rice also dented the net. Cole Guildenzoph set up both of Graham’s goals. Rice, Alex Rockmore, John Hill and Griffin Auch also had assists. Goalie Luke Ives made 12 saves for the win.

Hanover’s good fortune didn’t continue into Sunday’s Union Arena home game with third-ranked Lakes Region. Despite outshooting the visitors, 26-18, all the Wild could manage was an Auch goal, set up by Graham and Rice, in a 4-1 loss.

Hanover is 5-5-0 on the season.

In the Saddle

Dressage Team Tryout

Enfield — First Choice Riding Academy is taking the first steps toward building a potential Upper Valley dressage team by holding a test and tryout for young riders on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m.

The plan is to develop an Upper Valley-based team of four riders ages 21 or younger to compete at the Hits on the Hudson dressage event in Saugerties, N.Y., in 2018. The December event will start with an organizational meeting followed by a short written test on knowledge of horsemanship and the training scale.

After that, half of the group in attendance will go through core assessments in the gym with the other half gets on their horses for compulsory evaluations.

Any riders interested in what the program has to offer are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Heidi Jo Hauri-Gill at heidi@firstchoiceridingacademy.com or 603-632-1011.