Five Colchester swimmers competed with the Winooski Waves Summer Swim Team at the Vermont State Swimming Championship, taking home multiple first place wins and setting new state records.

Colchester resident Maggie Desmond led the charge for the team, winning first place in the 17 to 18 year old 50 meter Freestyle, 100 meter Individual Medley, 100 meter Freestyle, and 100 meter Breaststroke. Desmond set state records in the 50 meter Freestyle with a time of 24.09 and the 100 meter Individual Medley with a time of 1:00.55.

Other Colchester swimmers on the team included Katie McCullagh, Keira McCullagh, Reese Murphy, and Maggie Prong. All swam hard, with a couple recording new personal best times.

The performance of the Colchester team members helped propel the Waves to an 8th place overall team finish among the 20 teams competing, two places higher than last year. The girls’ squad finished sixth overall, four places above last year’s mark.

This past year, Desmond’s prowess in the pool qualified her to compete at the Eastern Sectional USA Swimming Championship on behalf of the Greater Burlington YMCA at the YMCA National Championships in 2018 and 2019.

Head coach Jacsen Callanan at the Greater Burlington YMCA where the team practices praised all of the team’s swimmers, noting that 49 percent of the 135 swims by the team at the competition were personal best times.