Captains Practices Scheduled

August 16, 2017 by ·  

Captains Practices will be at Longshore Pool Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of next week August 21, 22, 23.

Monday and Wednesday 8-10 and Tuesday 9-10.  Dry land training will follow 10-11:00.   Divers are encouraged to come for dry land training.

Try Outs In 10 Days

August 14, 2017 by ·  

August 24 Tryouts  8-10 am Thursday, August 24  -@SHS Pool- Arrive early and bring suit, cap, goggles and a Towel.

SHS Girls Swimming Ends Season at States

November 21, 2016 by ·  

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Fresh off a third place finish at FCIACs earlier this month, the Staples girls swim team backed it up with another pair of solid finishes at the state meets to close the season last week. The Wreckers placed third at the Class LL championships at Southern Connecticut State University Nov. 16th and took sixth at the State Open at Yale University Nov. 19.

Staples (470 points) finished behind FCIAC rivals Greenwich (854) and Ridgefield (570.5) at the Class meet as several Wreckers notched top three finishes. The 200 medley relay team of Mia Fraas, Willow Woods, Marissa Healy and Kenzie Healy finished second with a time of 1:48.11.

In the 200 IM, Woods (2:05.96) and Esme Hunter (2:08.32) took second and third. Kenzie Healy finished sixth in the 50 freestyle in 24.52. Marissa Healy finished in second in the 100 butterfly while Michelle Kennedy took third in the 500 freestyle. Hunter finished second in the 100 backstroke while Woods took second in the 100 breaststroke.

Staples finished the meet with a fourth in the 400 freestyle relay behind Kenzie Healy, Hunter, Woods and Marissa Healy
The Wreckers also scored points in diving as sophomore Alexa Mysel finished ninth with 329.55 points.

At the State Open Staples 327 points, just behind Weston (376), Darien (361) and Cheshire (331). Like the Class LL meet, Greenwich (510.5) and Ridgefield (400.5) ran away with the event. Fraas, Woods, Marissa Healy and Kenzie Healy took third in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.47.

Woods and Hunter this time took third and fourth in the 200 IM with times of 2:06.95 and 2:07.03 respectively. Marissa Healy took sixth in the 100 butterfly in 58.07. Hunter finished second in the 100 backstroke (56.72).

Reprinted from the Westport News

Staples Girls Swimming Takes 3rd at FCIACs

November 10, 2016 by ·  

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By Ryan Lacey

Heading into the FCIAC swim championships last week, Staples coach Mike Laux hoped his team would finish fifth at the highly competitive meet based on what he saw from his team during the season and at trials.

Once the bright lights turned on at the Greenwich High pool, it appeared to bring out the best in the Wreckers, who finished third.

The results of the meet came as a surprise as Ridgefield won its first ever conference title, Wilton took second and defending champion New Canaan placed eighth. The field was tight, though, and Staples jumped three places from sixth to third in the final race of the meet: the 400 freestyle relay. By placing second to the Tigers, Staples (258) earned a bronze medal as a team and finished just 2.5 points behind Wilton (260.5) and only 1.5 points ahead of fourth-placed Greenwich (256.5).

“We got the girls a little bit inspired and as I told them on the bus afterwards: ‘I knew that you guys were going to swim fast, but I didn’t realize how fast you were going to swim,’” Laux said. “We were in sixth place (for the entire meet), and the final relay came. It was fantastic.”

The lone win in the competitive meet for Staples came in the 100 butterfly, where Wreckers sophomore Marissa Healy (56.67) won by close to two seconds. Healy finished second in the event a year ago behind teammate Mia Bullock, but suffered a knee injury and was unable to compete at Class LL or the State Open.

“I think it meant it meant the world to her,” said Wreckers captain Kenzie Healy. “As her sister that’s all I want for her. I think as a teammate that’s all you want; to finish to look up at her time and be really shocked and happy.”

Michelle Kennedy finished fourth in the 500 freestyle, clocking in at 5:13.47.

The 200 medley relay team dropped four seconds to take second place — behind the Tigers, who set an All-American time in the win — with a time of 1:47.15. Willow Woods (2:06.95) and Esme Hunter (2:08.17) took second and third respectively in the 200 IM. Staples also finished second and third in the 100 backstroke as Hunter (58.26) and Marissa Healy (58.94) earned medals. The Wreckers had four of the top 11 finishers in that event.

“I knew it was a good team,” Laux said. “We’ve been waiting all season for them to do what they did (at FCIACs). I knew they were good and they could do it; we worked them really hard.”
Kenzie Healy — the lone senior on the team to qualify for states finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in 24.52. Woods finished second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.18.

Staples is in position to challenge for a podium place at the upcoming Class LL meet next Wednesday at Southern Connecticut State University. The young group has grown up quite quickly, Laux said.

“I think we just want to continue on the good streak we had at FCIACs and improve,” Kenzie Healy said. “If we come in top three at states that would be amazing; just keep the high energy going.”

Reprinted from the Westport News

Girls Swimming Returns Strong Core

September 6, 2016 by ·  

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By Ryan Lacey

The record board inside the pool at Staples High School features the top several times from each event from the program’s long history. In one meet against Ridgefield last season — a narrow Staples win — the Wreckers added more than 10 times to the board.

Several of those record holders are back to carry the flag following one of the most successful years in school history, while four-year standout Mia Bullock is now at Fordham University.

The Wreckers posted a sparkling record during the dual meet season to claim a share of the West division for the first time in school history before taking fourth at FCIACs, third at Class LL and sixth at the State Open. In addition to Bullock, Anelise Browne and Aileen Coyne graduated from what coach Mike Laux described as the best team he’s had as Staples coach.

Three of the Wreckers seniors will serve as captains this fall. Kenzie Healy will swim in the sprint freestyle events. Caroline Gray is also a freestyle swimmer and Kristina Wasserman swims the backstroke events.
“We lost a couple of good swimmers but we’ve improved and picked up some good swimmers,” said junior Willow Woods. “Our club swimmers have been training the entire year so it will be good.”

Staples features several talented underclassmen ready to make a big leap. Woods swam in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM at last year’s State Open.

“Willow has a lot of talent,” Laux said. “She’s a strong swimmer and has a lot of speed. She likes to race.”
Sophomores Marissa Healy, Mia Fraas, Olivia Utter and Michelle Kennedy will also have a chance to score points for the Wreckers, according to Laux.

“All of the sophomores were very good last year as freshmen,” Laux said. “We’re hoping they’re better this year as sophomores.”

There may be several freshman waiting to fill in the gaps from the departed seniors, according to Laux.
The Wreckers have to replace all of their top divers from a year ago. Diving coach Dan Long lost Sophia Stanley (fourth), Eliza Donovan (10th), Katherine Hertan (16th) and Hannah Rose (22nd), who all placed at the Class LL championships last winter.

With the bar raised from a successful 2015, the Wreckers will try to repeat what they managed a year ago.
“I think we have a really good team and I think we have the capability to doing just as well as we did last year, if not better,” Kenzie Healy said.

And perhaps add more times to the record board.

“We definitely want to be as close to Ridgefield again,” Marissa Healy said. “And swim as fast as we possibly can to place at FCIACs and states.”

Reprinted from The Westport News

Bullock Ends Season with State Open Wins

November 24, 2015 by ·  

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By Ryan Lacey

Touching the wall at Yale University’s Kiphuth Pool for the final time in her high school career, Staples senior Mia Bullock’s win in the 100 butterfly (54.52) at the State Open capped a remarkable four-year career and a personal journey all at the same time.

Bullock also won the 200 IM (2:02.41) at last Saturday’s open as the Wreckers placed sixth as a team. It was personal redemption for Bullock, who placed 13th in the 200 IM last year after entering the event seeded second. During the race, a technical accident during a backstroke resulted in a disappointing finish — and a desire to immediately bounce back.

“I had a blackout, stalled and fell way behind,” Bullock said. “Things happen in swimming; not every race is going to go perfect. After losing last year it really put the fire in to go out there and focus on winning it this year.”

That day she went on to win the 100 butterfly, and has won most of the events she’s entered since. She won double gold at the FCIAC, Class LL and State Open.

“Yale is my favorite pool to swim at,” Bullock said. “The atmosphere is amazing; you go in there and it’s so loud and hectic. It’s an adrenaline rush. Going in there know I’ll never swim in that pool again made (the event) special).”

Next up for Bullock is an appearance at USA Junior Nationals, which is scheduled for Dec. 9-12 in Atlanta. She will compete against the top swimmers in the country in a number of events with her club team, Fairport (New York).

“I don’t know where I stand compared to (other swimmers),” Bullock said. “I’m going to swim in some events that I haven’t in a while. I’m looking forward to having fun with my teammates at the end of the season.”

Bullock will graduate from Staples in January, and head off to Austrialia for a month to visit family and begin training for the Olympic Trials in June. Following that event, Bullock will attend Fordham University and swim for the Rams.

Bullock credited her performance to an increase in strength and conditioning training with former hockey player Devin Edgerton at Athletic Edge, a company that operates out of the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk. The pair met almost daily for dry-land training to go along with countless hours in the pool.

Reprinted from the Westport News

Staples Takes 3rd at LL Championships

November 17, 2015 by ·  

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By Rich DePreta

NEW HAVEN — It was a wonderful evening for the FCIAC, as expected, Tuesday night at the Class LL Girls Swimming Championship at the Southern Connecticut State University Hutchinson Natatorium.

Greenwich High School won its sixth consecutive LL title and 18th LL crown in 21 years. The Cardinals amassed 897 points in the 12 events to easily outdistance runner-up Ridgefield High (555 points) and third place Staples (461 points).

Norwalk/McMahon Co-op was fifth (385) with Ludlowe High sixth (328.5), Westhill-Stamford ninth (252.5) and Trumbull High 11th (216).

Newtown (237) of the SWC finished 10th.

Records fell as FCIAC schools took first place in all 12 events.

Among the top individuals was senior Amelia Bullock of Staples High. She was LL champion in the 200-yard IM in 2:04.54, just missing the LL record (2:04.25).

Bullock also won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.40.

“I’m thrilled with my performance in the 200 IM. It’s been a while since I’ve lowered my personal best in an event. And earning All-American consideration is a great achievement.”

One reason Staples couldn’t catch Ridgefield in the team standings was the absecnce of freshman Marissa Healy, who suffered a injury to her kneecap after slipping at the LL trials last Saturday at East Hartford High.

“Losing Marissa was a tough loss,” Bullock said. “We just had to come up with a different game plan in her four events (two individual, two relays). I’m so proud of how our entire team responded to the challenge tonight.”

Leading the way to the runner-up spot for Ridgefield was junior Marcie Maguire.

She swam a leg on both of Ridgefield’s victorious 200-yard medley relay (1:46.41) and the Tigers second-place 400-yard free relay (3:31.19; out-touched by Greenwich’s winning 3:30.95).

Maguire set a Class LL record while winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.27.

Maguire swam an unforgettable 100-yard backstroke. She won in 54.91 — a Class LL meet record, a state record and a Southern Connecticut Hutchinson Natatorium mark.

“Maguire is an animal in the pool. She does anything that she sets her mind to,” said Ridgefield coach Jeff Bonaccorso. “She is a special athlete with a personality to be a star as she goes on in the sport.

“All our girls showed amazing will to finish in second place,” Bonaccorso continued. “The hard work has paid off and it is showing in our team’s results.”

The other FCIAC star of the future unveiling Tuesday night was Ludlowe High sophomore Sarah Grimalds.

Grimalds set a Class LL meet record of :23.51 while racing to victory in the 50 free.

She also displayed great strength while winning the 500 free by half a pool length in 4:55.0. However, she just missed the Class LL record of 4:54.90, set in 2013 by Staples’ Verity Abel.

The time for kudos will be short as the standouts will return to action Saturday at noon for the State Open Swimming Championship at the Yale University pool.

CLASS LL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Team scores: 1. Greenwich 897, 2. Ridgefield 555, 3. Staples 461, 4. Glastonbury 403.5, 5. McMahon/Norwalk 385, 6. Ludlowe 328.5, 7. Conard 313, 8. Amity 292, 9. Westhill/Stamford 252.5, 10. Newtown 237, 11. Trumbull 216, 12. Hall 152, 13. Shelton 145, 14. Southington 138, 15. Hamden 91.5, 16. Danbury 90, 17. East Hartford 70, 18. Maloney 64, 19. West Haven 50, 20. NFA 47.

Individual results

Winner and regional finishers among top six

200 medley relay: 1. Ridgefield (Marcella Maguire, Lindsey Gordon, Erin McIntee, Hannah Snyder) 1:46.41; 2. Greenwich (Samantha Scott, Brooke Collins, Kelly Montesi, Ainsleigh Winget) 1:48.07; 3. Staples (Mia Fraas, Willow Woods, Amelia Bullock, Anelise Browne) 1:50.08; 4. McMahon/Norwalk (Isabel Anbar, Olivia Fassett, Hayley Linder, Rachel Helisch) 1:51.32; 6. Amity (Maggie Lasto, Christiane Delda, Katherine Alvarado, Megan Lasto) 1:55.46; 200 freestyle: 1. Marcella Maguire (Ridgefield) 1:50.27; 3. Sophia Jahan (Greenwich) 1:54.58; 4. Emily Warner (Greenwich) 1:54.77; 5. Lillian Clisham (Greenwich) 1:55.65; 6. Aileen Coyne (Staples) 1:56.90; 200 IM: 1. Amelia Bullock (Staples) 2:04.54; 2. Kelly Montesi (Greenwich) 2:05.75; 3. Brooke Collins (Greenwich) 2:07.46; 4. Lindsey Gordon (Ridgefield) 2:07.89; 5. Willow Woods (Staples) 2:10.64; 6. Megan Lasto (Amity) 2:11.01; 50 freestyle: 1. Sarah Grinalds (Ludlowe) 23.51; 3. Julia Merrill (Greenwich) 24.35; 4. Mackenzie Healy (Staples) 24.71; 5. Louise Kim (Shelton) 24.89; 6. Ainsleigh Winget (Greenwich) 24.91; 100 butterfly: 1. Amelia Bullock (Staples) 55.40; 2. Kelly Montesis (Greenwich) 56.30; 3. Katherine Alvarado (Amity) 58.38; 4. Erin McIntee (Ridgefield) 59.37; 5. Sophia Bragg (Trumbull) 1:00.09; 6. Lillian Clisham (Greenwich) 1:00.33; 100 freestyle: 1. Samantha Scott (Greenwich) 52.48; 2. Julia Merrill (Greenwich) 52.90; 5. Mackenzie Healy (Staples) 53.81; 6. Mary Hufziger (Newtown) 53.82; 500 freestyle: 1. Sarah Grinalds (Ludlowe) 4:55.00; 3. Sophia Jahan (Greenwich) 5:11.46; 4. Emily Warner (Greenwich) 5:13.68; 5. Hannah Snyder (Ridgefield) 5:15.96; 6. Sarah Bellamy (Greenwich) 5:16.08; 200 freestyle relay: 1. Greenwich (Julia Merrill, Louisa Bjerke, Emily Warner, Sophia Jahan) 1:38.30; 3. Ludlowe (Katie Thornton, Grace Holmberg, Megan Phelan, Sarah Grinalds) 1:39.19; 4. Staples (Willow Woods, Anelise Brown, Aileen Coyne, Mackenzie Healy) 1:39.83; 6. McMahon/Norwalk (Olivia Fassett, Rachel Helisch, Emily Reinoso, Katie Czulewicz) 1:42.18; 100 backstroke: 1. Marcella Maguire (Ridgefield) 54.91; 2. Isabel Anbar (McMahon/Norwalk) 57.39; 3. Hayley Linder (McMahon/Norwalk) 58.05; 4. Samantha Scott (Greenwich) 58.22; 5. Taylor Schinto (Greenwich) 59.91; 6. Ainsleigh Winget (Greenwich) 1:01.59; 100 breaststroke: 1. Lindsey Gordon (Ridgefield) 1:05.01; 2. Isabelle Seward (Ridgefield) 1:07.17; 3. Willow Woods (Staples) 1:07.25; 4. Brooke Collins (Greenwich) 1:08.31; 5. Megan Lasto (Amity) 1:08.73; 6. Olivia Fassett (McMahon/Norwalk) 1:09.28; 400 freestyle relay: 1. Greenwich (Sophia Jahan, Julia Merrill, Kelly Montesi, Samantha Scott) 3:30.95; 2. Ridgefield (Emma Brody, Marcella Maguire, Lindsey Gordon, Hannah Snyder) 3:31.19; 3. Ludlowe (Katie Thornton, Hannah Arman, Megan Phelan, Sarah Grinalds) 3:36.72; 4. Staples (Mackenzie Healy, Mira Patel, Aileen Coyne, Amelia Bullock) 3:37.91; 5. McMahon/Norwalk (Katie Czulewicz, Emily Reinoso, Isabel Anbar, Hayley Linder) 3:39.42.

 

Reprinted from the Westport News

Staples Earns Rare Win over Wilton

September 22, 2015 by ·  

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By Ryan Lacey

The Staples girls swim and dive team ran its record to 3-0 on Monday with a 103-83 win over Wilton on Monday. The win was just the third in the last 18 years for the Wreckers over the Warriors.

The Wreckers won six of the first seven events to build an insurmountable lead.

The 200 medley relay team of Mia Fraas, Willow Woods, Mia Bullock and Marissa Healy took top spot with a time. 2:05.86. Aileen Coyne won 200 freestyle in 2:13.81.

Bullock (2:26.43) won the 200 IM while and Woods (2:30.05) finished third. Bullock would break the school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.57. Kenzie Healy and Anelise Browne tied for second in the 50 freestyle, both coming in at 28.37.

Marissa Healy took first in the 100 butterfly while Kenzie Healy won the 100 freestyle. followed her up with a first place and top 10 time of 1:01.51 in the 100 free. With the meet falling into place for Staples, Aileen Coyne hit the top 10 again with 4:49.35 in the 400 free, closely followed by Michelle Kennedy performing her first top 10 time of 4:49.73.

Staples finished off the meet with first place in the 400 relay as Kenzie Healy, Coyne, Marissa Healy and Mia Bullock clocked in at 4:15.72.

Wilton’s Allison Courtney won the diving competition with a score of 233.75, just ahead of Staples’ Eliza Donovan (220.40). Sophia Stanley placed third (215.75).

The Wreckers get a shot at defending Class LL champion Greenwich on Thursday.

Reprinted from The Westport News

Swim for Nepal T-Shirt Deadline Extended

May 29, 2015 by ·  

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Due to popular demand, ASF Westport has extended the deadline to order Swim for Nepal by t-shirts until May 31st. Click to go to the ASF online store.

The online store now will be open until midnight, Sunday May 31, the day after Swim for Nepal, and t-shirts will be available for pick-up no later than June 12th.

ASF is donating all proceeds to Save the Children, so come on, show your team pride and say:

I Swam for Nepal.

Wreckers Swimming Is ‘Into the Woods’

January 29, 2015 by ·  

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By George Albano

Long before they became swimmers at Staples High School–and very good swimmers at that–Willow Woods and her brother North Woods had already made a name for themselves.

After all, it’s pretty hard to forget the names Willow and North. And from the same Westport family, no less.

But forenames aside, there are other reasons why these siblings stand out in a crowd. Especially when they’re around swimming pools.

North Woods is a senior tri-captain on this year’s Staples boys swim team, which is gearing up for another strong postseason run. As a junior, he played a vital role in the Wreckers’ 10-1 season and runner-up finish in the FCIAC as he took third in the 100 breaststroke, fourth in the 200 IM, and helped the medley relay team to a third-place finish.

Then at the Class LL state meet, he finished third again in the breaststroke, 10th in the IM, and helped a pair of relay teams to top-five finishes. He also qualified for the State Open in all four events, highlighted by an eighth-place finish in the breaststroke.

Meanwhile, his younger sister Willow arrived on campus this past fall as a freshman and made an immediate impact on the Staples girls swim team. Like her brother, she earned All-FCIAC honors while qualifying for the LL state meet in four events, medaling in the breaststroke and helping the 400 and 200 free relays to second- and third-place finishes, respectively.

What’s more, she helped the Lady Wreckers finish state runner-up in the team standings, and qualified for the State Open in all four of her events.

So, you see, neither North nor Willow Woods have to worry about any kind of identity problem when it comes to their high school sports careers.

That said, having unique first names doesn’t hurt. In North’s case, however, it was having a unique middle name.

“My first name is actually Christopher,” he pointed out. “I was named after my father and North is my middle name. But to make it easier on my mom, my parents decided to call me by my middle name. It was a little less confusing.”

“We didn’t want two Christophers in the house,” his mother, Kristen Woods, said with a laugh.

“So because my dad’s name is Chris, I’ve always been called North,” the senior swimmer said. “It stuck and I’ve always gone by North.”

Okay, that part is understandable. But how did Kristen and Chris Woods come up with North for a middle name when their son was born in 1997?

“My parents are big sailors,” North explained, “and North Sails is a big name in sailing.”

A “big name” is putting it mildly. North Sails is the world leader in sail making.

“They make most of the sails for big racing boats,” North said. “So my name has a connection to that.

But the North Sails brand name was only a part of the reason for his name. There was actually a bigger reason.

“It really comes from the compass rose,” Kristen Woods said, referring to the symbol found on a compass or a map that indicates direction. “My husband sailed and trained all over the world and he always talked about the compass rose.”

In particular, the “North” direction had special meaning to Chris Woods.

“The true north is what your internal compass is,” he said. “It’s what your internal direction is in the community as a member of society. It’s where you are destined to go and what your principles are.

“Sailors always sail to the North Star,” the former captain of the New York Yacht Club sailing team added. “But you also have to have a guide system in life, a direction in life so you can find your true North and what the right thing to do is. As a parent you want your children to develop a value system and develop the right values.”

It was with that in mind that his parents came up with a middle name.

“We brainstormed for a name and thought North would be perfect,” Kristen Woods said.

“It was more for the North direction on a compass rose than the North Sails brand,” Chris Woods noted.
Then about three years after North was born, his sister came along.

“We wanted some sort of botanical name for her,” Kristen recalled. “My aunt threw out the name Willow and we fell in love with it. Her middle name was Elizabeth if she wanted to go with a normal name as she got older.”

As it turns out, Willow Elizabeth Woods went by both names.

“I used to tell people my real name was Elizabeth,” she said. “I didn’t like Willow at first. But everybody told me how unique and pretty it was so I kind of embraced it after a while.

“Then when I went into high school I wanted to switch back and I told people to call me Elizabeth. But that didn’t work well. Too many people knew me as Willow in middle school and kept calling me that.”

Her brother, meanwhile, stayed with one name. Or least tried to.

“Usually on the first day of school every year teachers would call me Christopher,” he said. “But everyone else was calling me North and all my teachers picked up on it and started calling me that, too. It followed me from class to class.”

Not everyone picked up on it right away, though.

“When we were looking at colleges and talking to coaches, it was very confusing,” Kristen said. “His applications would say Christopher, but I would call him North and they’d look at me.”

North did go with ‘Christopher’ when he signed his letter of internet to swim at Division I Loyola University in Maryland.

“By the time the recruiting process escalated, all the coaches were calling him North,” his mother said. “He’s always been North.”
“It’s a great name,” Chris Woods agreed. “So is Willow.”

He liked both names so much, in fact, he has a tattoo of a compass rose on one hip and a tattoo of a willow on the other.
“Both names sound good with their last name. too.”

Not just in Westport, either. For example, there are Willow Woods all over the country. There’s a town in Virginia called Willow Woods. A Willow Woods Park in California. A Willow Woods Golf Course in Ohio. Willow Woods Apartments in Alaska (I kid you not). There’s even Willow Woods condos in Norwalk.

And, get this. There’s a Willow Woods Day Care School located in the Westport Presbyterian Church in Kansas City.

The same holds true with North Woods. There’s a North Woods Inn in California. The Northwoods Outlet for hunting and fishing gear in Michigan. Northwoods Outfitters in Maine which specializes in outdoor clothing.

And, lest we forget, Staples High School is on North Avenue and the street on North Avenue right before you turn into Staples is Willow Walk Road. Just thought I’d throw those in as well.

Of course, there’s also the Great North Woods, a 26-million acre piece of real estate spreading across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.

“We’re also mountaineers,” Chris Woods said. “So we also like the North Woods.”

But first and foremost, North and Willow Woods are swimmers. And very good swimmers at that.

“My parents doused me in the pool when I was only six-months old,” North said. “I started swimming when I was around two years-old.”
“I was around five years-old when I started,” Willow added.

The two of them have been swimming ever since … and making quite a name for themselves in more ways than one.

Reprinted from The Hour

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