Weston Swimmers Perform Well at DCL Championship
Tide posts more than 100 best times at event.
Editor's note: Submitted by the Weston Athletic Department.
The Weston Swimming and Diving program took part in the DCL Championships last week, with both programs putting up a number of strong performances; over 100 best times were posted by Tide athletes in the meet.
Competition began with the diving, held last Wednesday and Thursday at the Beede Center in Concord. Rapidly improving freshman Mikaela Thompson totaled a career-best 228.00 in the one-meter event, taking third overall, and garnering a berth on the DCL all-star team. Junior Camille Casey and senior Eliza Robson all scored points for Weston. On the boys’ side, junior Jamie Packs led the way with a fourth place finish. Senior Kian Nowrouzi and freshman Spencer Clough also scored, while sophomore Ross Taylor improved over 14 points in a non-scoring effort.
The swimming was held Friday and Saturday at Atkinson Pool in Sudbury. The girls were up first and took third overall in a very strong field. The team’s top performer was senior Bianca Tocci who took a pair of wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle races, and joined junior Katie Kim, sophomore Victoria Bryson, and freshman Julimar Avila on a gold medal 200-yard freestyle relay. Bryson (in the sprints), Avila (in butterfly and breaststroke) and senior Maddie Pierce (IM and backstroke) each also notched a pair of top three finishes in their two individual events, with Avila setting a new Weston rookie standard in the 100 butterfly of 58.54.
Other scoring swims in the meet were made by seniors Laura Beaudry, Julia Meehan, and Stephanie Palocz, junior Lydia Moore, and sophomore Anna Neufeld. (Neufeld qualified for states in both her freestyle races.) Significant time improvement was also made by freshmen Katherine Binney, Lilia Chang, and Alexandra Palocz. Seniors Stephanie Bryson, Kate Bui, Libby Menders, Emelie Reeves, Emily von der Heyde, and Emily Yue also looked good in their final appearances for Weston.
For the boys, a fourth place team finish showed just how strong the DCL is in swimming, and made their undefeated season all the more impressive. Weston’s lone win came in the meet’s first event, the 200 medley relay. The team of Tommy Fitzgerald, Ryan Burrow, Tyler Lewtan, and Sam Cekala raced tovictory, narrowly out-touching two opponents.
Individually, juniors Ian Delaney and Tommy Peacher also stood out. Delaney performed well in the sprints while Peacher took a break from his normal events and made progress in the individual medley and butterfly. Other point-scoring swims came from junior Robert Douglas, sophomores Drew Alcaide, Enzo Cerrutti, Jamie Noonan, and Dan Spellman, and freshman Alan Blaesser. (Noonan had several big swims, and qualified for the state meet in breaststroke.)
Several other swimmers had great races for The Tide. Junior Alden Harwood, sophomores Stephen Babcock and Jared Lorusso, and freshmen Matt Beaudry, Kyle Chow, Davis Clark, James Joutras, and Nick Revers recorded significant time improvement. (Chow cut a whopping 35 seconds off his best time in the IM.) Seniors Jonathan Heinlein, Greg Sanda, and Derek Shay completed their final season with Weston with strong swims of their own.
“The DCL is incredibly strong this year, especially on the girls’ side,” said Head Coach Claude Valle. “Both squads performed very well and we’re excited about what lies ahead at Sectionals and States.” The North Sectional Championships will be held this coming weekend at MIT. The girls will be in action on Saturday, while the boys will race on Sunday. Both meets will begin at 4:15 p.m.