Loss to L-S Ends Boys' Swim Team Streak
The boys' and girls' swim teams both took away a win and a loss last week.
Editor's note: This article came directly from the Weston Athletic Department:
Last week, both Swimming and Diving teams split a pair of DCL meets. On Tuesday, Weston hosted Arlington and came out with a pair of wins, but on Thursday the squads traveled to Lincoln-Sudbury and despite some fabulous racing, came away with a pair of defeats. The loss at L-S put an end to the Weston boys’ team’s 31-meet win streak, spread over the past three seasons, and all but iced the Warriors claim on the 2011 DCL boys dual meet title.
For the boys, Thursday’s loss was a back-and-forth affair that featured six ties or lead changes over the first nine events of the 12-race format, before L-S pulled away to a 97-88 victory. Leading the way for the visitors was second-year sensation Jack Blyzinskyj. The lanky sophomore was Weston’s lone individual winner, taking top honors in the 100-yard freestyle. He also took second in the 100 backstroke and was part of two winning Tide relays. Classmates Tommy Peacher (200 and 500 freestyle) and Ryan Burrow (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke), and junior Tyler Lewtan (50 free and a lifetime best of 54.12 in the 100 fly) each chipped in a pair of individual second place finishes.
Jamie Packs – another sophomore – took Weston’s only other runner-up slot in the one-meter diving. Co-captains Jonny Greb and Nick Peacher, senior Fred Lee, sophomores Ian Delaney and Geoffrey Pendergast, and rookies Stephen Babcock, Sam Cekala, and Jamie Noonan, each recorded best times in individual races.
Earlier in the week, the boys cruised past Arlington at home. The win was highlighted by best times in individual events from seniors Ryan Szeto and Chaichath Wiyarand, junior Greg Sanda, sophomore Alden Harwood, and freshmen Leo Hattabaugh, Eric Reeder, and Dan Spellman.
For the GLOWS against L-S, Weston had two individual winners, sophomore Katie Kim in the backstroke, and Tri-captain Seena Potter in the breaststroke. Runner-up finishes were turned in by Tri-captain Dale Ziobro, and juniors Laura Beaudry (who had four lifetime bests in four races), Julia Meehan, and Bianca Tocci. Weston’s 400 free relay team of Tri-captain Cheryl Lang, Tocci, freshman Victoria Bryson, and Beaudry also set a seasonal best time of 3:52.85 in the race.
An interesting highlight of the L-S meet came when Hannah Dinardo – a swimmer-only for the last season-and-a-half – stepped in as an emergency diver. The diminutive sophomore scored over 100 points in her first-ever effort, and also recorded best times as a swimmer later in the meet.
Earlier in the week versus Arlington, juniors Kate Bui, Libby Menders, and Meiji Yue, sophomore Lydia Moore, and freshmen Anne Burkus, Caroline Chase, Wendy Dong, and Anna Neufeld, each submitted career best performances in a home win. Sophomore Jen Egan tried her hand at the 500 freestyle for the first time, and took her first varsity win in the process.
At week’s end, Head Coach Claude Valle commented on his team’s performances. “On Tuesday we put the kids in a lot of off-events and they cranked out 83 best swims. Thursday we ran up against two of Division I’s perennial powers (both the L-S girls’ and boys’ teams) moved kids into their main events, and went down fighting with another 63 personal bests. We’re improving with each week and learning to perform under a variety of circumstances.”
The girls’ record is currently at 7-2, 3-2 in the DCL. The boys are 9-1 overall, 6-1 in league competition. Both teams hosted non-league opponent Medfield on Tuesday, and will travel to UMass/Lowell to take on the Gray Ghosts of Westford Academy tomorrow afternoon, at 4pm, in a DCL contest.