CHARLOTTE — The Springfield Greenwave’s chances at a three-peat got swamped last week as they finished second in the Greater Charlotte Swim League Division IV All-Star meet.
After winning the regular season time by going 6-0, Springfield was edged out in the All-Star meet which decides the league champion by just 49 points, finishing second to Providence Downs, a team they had beaten earlier this season.
Providence Downs scored 1,464 points, to Springfield’s 1,415.
Sadly, odds were in favor for Springfield to bring home its third straight championship, had the Greenwaves had their full team there.
“I feel wonderful considering we were missing some of our top swimmers,” said head coach Meredith Yocum. “I didn’t expect to be in the top two. The kids really stepped up and raced well.”
Because of the Greenwave’s undefeated regular season, they will move up to Division III, its third jump to tougher competition in the past three years.
Springfield won 10 of the 68 events at the All-Star meet, including five relay events. It won three of the last 10 relay events winning the girls’ eight and under 100-yard freestyle, girls’ 11-12 200-yard freestyle and boys’ 13-14 200-yard freestyle. The team won two relay events at the start of the championship in the girls’ 11-12 200-yard medley and boys’ 13-14 200-yard medley.
The Greenwaves had four individuals win five races including seven-year-old Emily Eaton winning two races.
Eaton won the girls’ eight and under 25-yard freestyle and the 25-yard butterfly.
Also winning for Springfield was Reed Richardson in the boys’ eight and under 25-yard freestyle, Tyler Mingonet in the boys’ 13-14 50-yard backstroke, and Riley Haynie in the boys’ 9-10 25-yard breaststroke.