The boys and girls swimming and diving teams finished their respective 2016-2017 seasons this past weekend at the 2-day New England Division-I Swimming & Diving Championship at the Hotchkiss School. The girls finished their season earning 2nd place with 263 points and the boys finished the championship in 5th place (225.5 points) among the other Division-I New England teams.
For the girls, the story of the meet was not only about their record breakers (who were very inspiring!), but also about their current record holder in the 100 breaststroke, Ashley Chang. Ashley battled through injury to compete this weekend, earning a 9th place seed for the finals. With valuable points on the line in every race and with her teammates rallying around her, Ashley swam in the finals race to earn a single point which proved to be the single point that the team needed to put them ahead of Suffield for 2nd place. “It was a great team moment!” commented head coach Caroline Savage.
The boys swimmers were ranked in a tie for 6th overall heading into the NEPSAC Championship. The Big Green launched a huge team effort over the weekend, posting 41 lifetime personal bests. Heading into the final relay on Sunday, the boys stood only 1.5 points away from a 4th place finish, but settled for 5th place in the team standings which was one position ahead of their initial ranking.
Simon Lam ’19 was the team’s top scorer and only individual medalist, he was 3rd in the 100 butterfly and 6th in the 100 backstroke. Captain Bobby Meyer ’17 was the other double finalist (8th in both the 200 free and 100 free). Both Lam and Meyer were part of the 200 Medley Relay (with Young Hur ’18 and Jeffrey Sun ’17), which finished 3rd, the team’s only relay to medal at the championship.
Congratulations to both teams on a great season!
-GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS-
1st place, 100 fly, with a new DA record of 56.14.
4th place, 200 free, with a new DA record of 1:54.87
3rd place, 500 free, with a new DA record of 5:03.49 (earned in prelims)
4th place, 100 back, with a personal best of 57.51 (earned in prelims)
3rd place in the 200 Free Relay (Koschik, Shi, Liang, Pelletier)
Top Sixteen Finishers:
Rhyan Brode (100 fly, 100 back)
Ally Bazarian (200 IM, 100 breast) – both new personal bests
Ellie Koschik (50 free, 100 free) – both new personal bests
Bailyn Prichett (200 free, 500 free)
Mina Liang (200 IM) – new personal best
Jordan Coan (200 free) – new personal best
Katie Zaslaw (50 free) – new personal best
Mary Mack Brown (200 IM) – new personal best
Ashley Chang (100 breast)
-BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS-
3rd place, 100 butterfly with a time of 51.56
5th place, 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.85
3rd place in the 200 Free Relay (Lam, Hur, Sun, Meyer)
4th place in the 200 Freestyle Relay (Kronenwetter, Hur, Sun, Meyer)
Top Sixteen Finishers:
Bobby Meyer (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle) – both new personal bests
Alex San Martin (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) – both new personal bests
Jeffrey Sun (200 IM, 100 breaststroke) – both new personal bests
Max Scalamandre (200 IM, 500 freestyle) – both new personal bests
Shaun Kronenwetter (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke) – one new personal best
Jared Strauss (50 freestyle) – new personal best
Simon Lam (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) – both new personal bests
Young Hur (100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke) – both new personal bests
JJ Sititantikorn (100 breaststroke) – new personal best
Other personal best finishers include; Noah Jung (1), Ryan Kim (3), Owen Louis (2), Marco Marsans (2), Teddy McCarthy (1), Griffin McDowell (3), and Andrew Penner (2).
For complete results visit: www.nepssa.org