Swimming teams win WNEPSSA titles
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys' and Girls' Swimming teams claimed Western New England Prep School Swimming Association titles Saturday at the Hopkins School in New Haven, Conn., with the boys' taking the Division II crown and the girls' earning the Division III trophy.
"This year's team worked extremely hard," WMA Coach Dan Moran said. "On the girls' side we were not as deep or initially as talented as last year's squad, but good work ethic goes a long way. On the boys' side we had some massive improvements in the final meet. Dedication and mental focus in the season and the taper period overcame inexperience and lack of depth. No statistic better shows this than the fact that we had 97 percent of our swims Saturday finish for personal best times."
The girls won the championship after placing second in 2012. Ivy Durepo '13 won the 50 freestyle (24.17 seconds) and 100 free (53.32), setting a school record in both events. Her time in the 50 was also a pool record.
"This weekend I was really excited to meet the challenges," Ivy said. "I worked hard throughout the entire season, training with my team and on my own. The competition is always great when so many divisions come together. I was thrilled to achieve two personal bests and defend both of my titles in the 50 free and 100 free."
Maddy McCloskey '15 also set two school records, winning the 500 free and taking fourth in the 200 free.
"Setting my own school records in 200 (1:59.58) and dropping my 500 to a 5:19.88 was a great accomplishment for me," Maddy said. "I was not particularly pleased with my swim in the 200 at first, after being touched-out and placing fourth, but I used that race as motivation for my 500. The 500 came later and I was nervous, seeing that I was seeded third behind two girls of very similar times. I got out ahead and set the pace and came out successful to win the title I've been working towards for five years now."
Ivy and Maddy joined Meg Harrington '15 and Christina Felchner '16 to place third and set a school record in the 400 free relay. The medley relay team of Ivy, Meg, Christina and Mia Konstantakos '13 also placed third and set a school record.
Kevin Lambert '13 led the boys to a championship for the second year in a row. He was the runner-up in the 200 free and 500 free, setting a school record in the 500. He also swam with Garfield Ding '14 , Ian Robinson '15 and Austin Fabbo '15 in the medley relay to grab third and set a school mark, and set a school record in with Ian, Austin and Zachary Meunier '15 the 400 free relay with a third-place showing.
"This weekend was a memorable one," Kevin said. "We took down two relays that had stood for years, including one from 1969. The 200 medley relay was the relay we were most proud of, and the 400 relay was also crushed. The team preformed exceptionally, and with all of our hard work and dedication throughout the season and the meet, we had walked away with Division II championship."
Ian gave the team crucial points with a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke.