Swimmers at New Englands

In a fine display of team commitment to excellence in individual and relay swimming, more than 30 Tiger athletes donned their technical suits for a weekend of spirited racing at Hotchkiss. Great leadership from Suffield’s senior captains helped set the tone for highly positive outcomes and experience in Lakeville.

In the opening event of day two, both the girls’ (Sophia Roche ’20, Anna Calkins ’23, Salli Lubbe ’21, Nicole Boutry ’21) and boys’ (Marco Secchiaroli ‘20, Joe Rusnock ’21, Brett Smith ’20, Will Kainen ’22) foursomes swam to 4th-place finishes with the boys missing All-American consideration time by a mere 0.1 second. 

Sophia Tosone ’22 swam a courageous 200-freestyle consolation final while sprinting to a lifetime best, raising her standing on Suffield’s all-time top 25 list with her 2:02.73 posting. Returning to action with only 10 minutes rest, Lubbe replicated Tosone’s feat, achieving a personal best (1:56.09) in the event by more than two seconds, earning her 7th place. The battle for 1st place was ferocious with Erin Jachym ’21 grabbing 5th-place honors.

Karrah Hayes ’20 and Anna Calkins ’23 achieved lifetime bests in the 200-individual medley (IM) with Hayes coming in 6th and Calkin in 13th. In the boys’ race, Kainen led the consolation final from start to finish, scoring 9 points for his efforts in a fine personal best time (1:58.81). Rusnock repeated his personal best 1:53 from the day before to grab 4th.

In the 100-butterfly, Lubbe finished in 5th place and Hagberg in 7th. Lubbe finished a full second under her lifetime best for 3rd place on Suffield’s all-time top 25 list (56.70). 

Boutry returned to action in the 100-freestyle and swam to a 3rd-place finish in a swift 53.49 time. Also performing impressively in the event was freshman Cambell Rosow, who narrowly missed the big final in preliminaries on the strength of a lifetime best 55.69 swim, and garnered 10th-place honors.

The 500 marked the most dramatic race of the day, with Jachym’s 4:55.93 swim eclipsing the oldest school record on the books by five seconds, and qualifies the Westfield native for All-American consideration. Hayes picked up her second finalist honors by placing 8th in the 500, completing both her preliminary and final swims under her personal best from last year. Tosone grabbed more points for Suffield by finishing in 12th place.

The boys’ time featuring Rusnock, Secchiaroli, Smith, and Thomas Bowers ’22 in the 200-freestyle relay (1:25.50) qualified them for All-American consideration.

All three girls (Hagberg 58.08, Roche 59.33, Rosow 1:01.27) who finished 4th, 7th, and 12th in the backstroke now rank very high on Suffield’s all-time list. Sechhiaroli eclipsed the 53 second barrier in his final Suffield swim and grabbed 4th place in 52.74, with roommate Smith one place behind him in 53.96 (53.50 prelims).

The final individual event had two Tiger girls and two boys competing for points and fast times. Madeline Lemza ’21 improved on her seeding to help48 cement Suffield’s standing in the team battle, while freshman Calkins raced with the best in the league for 8th place. Kainen was again a top contender in the consolation final finishing in 10th place (59.52). Rusnock finished in 1st place and set new pool and school records (56.11). The swim also qualifies him for All-American recognition, something he also achieved as a sophomore.

Suffield again battled Greenwich for the top spot in the final 400-freestyle relay, with the green trumping the orange (Lubbe, Boutry, Hagberg, Jachym) in a repeat 1-2 finish.

Team Scores – Girls Top 8 teams
Greenwich Academy 377
Suffield 322
Andover 283.5
Choate 198
Loomis 165
Hotchkiss 161
Deerfield 152
Exeter 151

Team Scores ­– Boys Top 8 Teams
Andover 457
Brunswick 372
Exeter 277
Loomis 216
Deerfield 208
Suffield 182
Hotchkiss 155
Choate 142