Tide Rolls On to Beat Arlington Catholic and Bedford
Boys' and girls' swim and dive took decisive victories last week.
This article was submitted by the Weston High School Athletic Department.
Both girls' and boys' swimming and diving squads continued their winning ways last week with a pair of victories. On Tuesday, The Tide hosted Arlington Catholic with the girls taking a 92-70 decision, while the boys cruised to a 99-61 win. On Thursday, Weston traveled to Shawsheen Valley Technical High School to take on Bedford; the GLOWS took a 102-80 win while the boys were on the winning end of a 93-74 final.
For the girls, tri-captain Seena Potter starred against Arlington Catholic with a pair of wins in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke. Fellow captains Cheryl Lang (100 freestyle) and Dale Ziobro (one-meter diving) also took firsts, as did juniors Laura Beaudry (200 freestyle) and Bianca Tocci (200 individual medley.) Weston's divers look strong in the effort with Ziobro improving her best total by 10 points in her victory, while junior Eliza Robson upped her total by 20 points in taking second. Another junior, Sarah Connor, also performed well, cracking the 7-minute barrier in the 500 freestyle – a mark she did not break until the last dual meet a year ago.
On the boys' side, Weston had no double-winners, but did get single victories from junior Tyler Lewtan (100 butterfly), sophomores Jamie Packs (diving) and Ian Delaney (500 freestyle), and rookie Sam Cekala (50 freetyle.) It was Cekala's first varsity win, while Packs totaled a lifetime best by 20 points in the one-meter event. (Junior Kian Nowrouzi – another rapidly improving diver – also out-did his previous best score by 34 points.)
On Thursday against Bedford, the GLOWS got individual wins by three freshmen. Newcomers Victoria Bryson (100 free), Hart Rippe (500 free), and Rachel Yan (100 breast) each had a moment in the spotlight for Weston. Tocci (50 free) and Potter (100 fly) also struck individual gold in the meet. Sophomore Camille Casey qualified for the state championship with a personal best in the diving – an impressive feat to pull off on an unfamiliar board.
For the boys, a trio of sophomores were double winners for the visitors. Tommy Peacher (a rare double in the 200 and 50 freestyle races), Jack Blyzinskyj (200 IM and 500 free), and Ryan Burrow (100 free and 100 back) completed the triple-double. Packs (diving), Lewtan (100 fly), and captain Nick Peacher (100 breast) also chipped in victories for Weston. Freshman Dan Spellman also stood out for The Tide with four personal bests that included a shocking five-second drop in the 50 freestyle.
As the week drew to a close, Head Coach Claude Valle reflected, "It was a good week, and I thought we did well in our first dual meet on the road (against Bedford.) We are facing several tough opponents on the road this year and I think we're off to a solid start." Diving Coach Luke Henesy was also satisfied. "The divers have been working very hard in practice and its showing up in their meet totals," the first-year assistant said, "they're learning new dives as well, and throwing them for good scores."
With the wins, both teams advanced to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in Dual County League competition. Stay tuned for next week, with coverage of yesterday's meet against Wayland at their new town pool. The meet featured last year's state champions for both girls and boys (Wayland) against last year's runner-up for both genders (Weston). Weston's GLOWS took a 14-meet win streak into the contest (their last loss was to Wayland a year ago) while the boys were on a 25-meet streak that dates back to a January 2009 loss to Lincoln-Sudbury.