Girls Finish 5th in New England...
NEPSAC Division I Swimming Championships at Exeter March 3-4
Grils' Swimming and Diving final finish: 5th place
Boys' Swimming and Diving final finish: 4th place
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The Tiger swimmers took to the Exeter starting blocks for two days of exciting racing, hoping to make a big splash in the team battle, and looking for personal bests across multiple events. In the fierce competition, which seems to get faster every year, the Orange held their own, swimming many praiseworthy races in the Roger Nekton Championship Pool.
Leading the way were Suffield's two double event winners, Sydney Winters and Max Miranda. Winters won her two races going away, swimming to All America consideration times in capturing the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. For these performances, her relay efforts, and her demonstrated good sportsmanship, Winters was awarded the Grace Robertson Award, given to the top female performer at the meet, as voted by the coaches. Miranda swam to convincing victories in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle. In the 200 I.M., he achieved a lifetime best, lowered his school record from last year, and narrowly missed the N.E. prep record. In the 500 free, he broke his own N.E. record, set in preliminaries on day one of the competition, dropping his earlier time of 4:25.32 to 4:23.55. This time would have placed him in the top ten nationally among high school swimmers in 2017.
The dynamic foursome comprised of Winters, Devina Bhalla, Samantha Hagberg, and Shaun Johnson sped to two big wins in the 200 medley and 200 free relays, both under automatic All America time standards. The medley relay barely missed Suffield's own N.E. record, swimming a 1:44.13 (compared to the record 1:44.10), and the free relay crushed Suffield's N.E. record from last year by nearly a second, establishing a new record of 1:34.41. This time would have placed them in the top 20 nationally last year among all public and private schools.
Several Tiger swimmers in addition to Winters and Miranda made it into championship heats at finals (top 8 qualifiers in an event). Johnson lowered her school record, met a consideration All America standard, and finished in second place in the 50 free (23.43), and she also finished 4th in the 100 backstroke. Bhalla grabbed two fourth places, in the 100 and 200 free, lifting her on Suffield's all time list to 3rd and 2nd position, respectively. Hagberg swam to lifetime bests and grabbed 4th in the 200 I.M. and 6th in the 100 fly.
On the boys' side, Cian Beaulieu stood out, finishing 3rd in the 200 and 500 freestyle. In the 200, Cian's time (1:40.28) bettered the consideration All America time, and he now ranks #4 on Suffield's all time list. Joe Rusnock claimed a 3rd place, as well, in the 100 breaststroke, in the speedy time of 58.36, ranking him 10th among fourteen year olds nationally. Matt Tittterton claimed a spot in the 500 free final, swimming a fast 4:45.54 in prelims, and he also won the consolation final in the 200 I.M. Marco Secchiaroli grabbed 6th in the 100 backstroke (53.71).
Also scoring consolation final points were Brett Smith (100 back consol winner, 200 free), Rusnock (50 free), Secchiaroli (200 IM), and Wes Bartlett (100 fly).
PBs were coming in fast and furious for the finalists' teammates: Mike Giugliano (200 free, 100 fly, 50 fly in relay), Walter Kress (100 free), Blaire McGavin (100 free, 100 back, 50, 100 free in relays), Andrew Budge (200, 500 free, 50 back), Neil Budge (200 IM, 100 back, 50 free in relay), Gavin Mastella (100 breast), Maya Grant (50 free, 100 breast), James Muslu (100 back, 50 free in relay), Oscar Ceria (100 breast, 50 free in relay), Jenna Daly (200, 500 free, 50 and 100 free in relay), Jenna Polidoro (50 breast in relay), Ryan Lunsford (50, 100 free, 50 free in relay), Melvin Ku (100 free in relay), Amanda Kikonyogo (50 free, 100 free in relay), Abby James (50 free, 100 back, 100 free in relay), Caitlin Lally (200 IM), Max Bass (100 free), Daisy Fauver (100 free, 100 breast, 50 free in relay), and Leon Leung (50 breast in relay).
A fine showing for the Orange and Black!