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Sharks three-peat as champions

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The Wellington of Flower Mound Sharks Swim Team repeated for the third time in a row as champions of the Dallas Amateur Swim Associations (DASA).

The Sharks finished the season undefeated again, and won the Division A championship swim meet on July 13th in The Colony.

The Sharks team consists of 240 swimmers, age 4 through 17 – all residents of Wellington – under the guidance of 9 coaches and 18 junior coaches.

The team was created in 1996 with just 30 swimmers, and has steadily grown in size and competitiveness to become three-time DASA champions.

The Sharks first won the title in 1998 by unseating 11-time defending champions Canyon Creek Country Club of Richardson. This year, the team held off fierce
competition from the 260-member, Dallas-based Knights of Columbus.

Throughout the swim meet the two teams went back and forth for more than two hours until the Sharks 9-10 girls swept all of the first 9 places in the backstroke.

From the moment they captured those 37 points and the lead, Wellington never looked back. Many groups contributed heavily to the victory as the Sharks edged narrow wins in every single individual stroke.

Three DASA records were broken at the championship meet. Wellington’s Aaron Cosenza eclipsed the 13-14 boys 100 yard individual medley record, and 30 minutes later broke his own 50 yard backstroke record set a year earlier. A long-held DASA 13-17 girls 200 yard medley relay record was also broken at championships by Wellington’s relay team consisting of Abby Osen, Jenna Beaury, Taylor Kenney, and Alexis Brown. There were also 14 Wellington Sharks team records set at the meet.

Counting individual events and relays, there were 18 swimmers that etched their names in the Sharks record books this year.

To learn more about the Wellington Sharks Swim Team, visit www.wellingtonsharks.org.

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