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Division II championships

Silver lining for Hubbard

Red Raider runner-up in both 100, 200 free

  • Belmont's Antony Hubbard swims in the 200-yard freestyle event during the Division II swimming championships at UNH on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Hubbard finished second in the event. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Antony Hubbard swims in the 200-yard freestyle event during the Division II swimming championships at UNH on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Hubbard finished second in the event.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Louis Miraya in the 100-yard butterfly during the Division II swimming championship on Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Louis Miraya in the 100-yard butterfly during the Division II swimming championship on Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Riley Hicks swims in the 200-yard freestyle during the Division II Swimming state championship at UNH on Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Riley Hicks swims in the 200-yard freestyle during the Division II Swimming state championship at UNH on Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Antony Hubbard swims in the 200-yard freestyle event during the Division II swimming championships at UNH on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Hubbard finished second in the event. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Louis Miraya in the 100-yard butterfly during the Division II swimming championship on Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Riley Hicks swims in the 200-yard freestyle during the Division II Swimming state championship at UNH on Sunday afternoon, February 16, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

DURHAM – Belmont’s Antony Hubbard didn’t make the exact statement he wanted in the pool at yesterday’s Division II swimming and diving championships. But he nailed his fashion statement.

“I went all out, I mean, I’m wearing the pink and black suit,” Hubbard said. “Once I saw those suits I was like, ‘Senior year, I’m going all out with the pink and black.’ And then I came to this meet and I saw some of the girls wearing them and I was the only guy, but I’m okay, I’m down with that.”

Even though Hubbard finished second by fractions of a second in both the events he won at this meet last year – the 100- and 200-yard freestyle – he was okay with that, too.

“I gave 100 percent and I got my two best times of the season, so I’m happy,” Hubbard said.

Oyster River and St. Thomas finished 1-2 in the race for both the boys’ and girls’ titles at University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool. The Oyster River girls defended their title with 269.5 points to easily outdistance St. Thomas (148). Hanover (122), Souhegan (113.5) and Windham (90.5) rounded out the top five on the girls’ side while the Coe-Brown girls (40), led by junior Molly Gibson, were 12th, Bow (18) was 16th and John Stark (5) was 23rd.

The Oyster River boys (236.5 points) emphatically reclaimed the championship they had owned from 2008-2012 before losing it to Souhegan last year. The rest of the boys’ top five went St. Thomas (159), Hollis-Brookline (143), Souhegan (139) and Windham (122). Bow (44) tied for 10th, Belmont (26) was 12th and Coe-Brown (11) finished 13th.

All of Belmont’s points came from Hubbard, who has been the Red Raiders’ one-man team since his freshman year.

“I saw my sister (Amber) do it, and I have some friends from club swimming who swim for their high school, and I just wanted to represent my school,” Hubbard said. “It’s fun. You get to meet new people that just swim for their high school, just for the fun of it, and I would never meet those people if I didn’t swim for my high school.”

In Hubbard’s first event yesterday, the 200 free, he posted a 1:48.91. That was 1.84 faster than his previous best this year, but not good enough to beat the 1:48.23 turned in by Souhegan’s Tyler Howard.

“It wasn’t too much of a surprise because I swim club with him (for the Manchester Swim Team) and I heard he had been dropping time,” Hubbard said. “I had heard good things about him.”

Hubbard’s next race, the 100 free, was even closer. It looked like he was going to catch Jack Gentes of St. Thomas in the closing strokes, but Gentes touched the wall in 50.41 and Hubbard was a hair behind at 50.50.

“I felt like I was right there with him in that last 25, head-to-head close, and he just out-touched me,” Hubbard said. “My coach said it was the arm on that last stroke, it should be low and I had it high, I guess. If I had gone low it would have been even closer, and maybe I would have had it, but it’s just one of those small details I have to work on in practice.”

Because weather pushed the D-II meet from Saturday to yesterday, there will be no Meet of Champions this year, but Hubbard will still practice for his club team. Plus, he hopes to swim in college, so he has plenty of reason to keep working on those details.

Bow seniors Ben Mauer and Jackson Podis both swam beyond seed times to help lift the Falcons relay teams. Mauer was part of the sixth-place 400 free relay with Ross Cook, Louis Miyara and Nicholas Weckstein and the ninth-place 200 medley relay with Jacob Scott, Cook and Miyara. And Podis was on the seventh-place 200 free relay with Cook, Miyara and Weckstein.

“(Mauer and Podis) both had phenomenal swims,” Bow Coach Joanne Jackson said. “They were much faster than what we expected.”

Weckstein was also ninth in the 100 free, Miyara was 13th in the 100 butterfly and Cook was 14th in the 50 free.

One of the highlights for the Bow girls came before the meet even began when swimmer Jessica Scott, as requested, sang the national anthem. The in-pool highlights featured freshman Riley Hicks, who was seventh in the 500 free, 12th in the 200 free and part of the 10th-place 200 medley relay and the 11th-place 200 free relay with Jillian DeLand, Audrey Reed and Haley Parker.

“This was a rebuilding year for both teams,” Bow Coach John DeCaprio said. “We lost 10 swimmers from last year, and we only brought 11 to this meet, so it was a really light year.”

Coe-Brown’s Gibson finished with a pair of third-place results to lead the Bears. Her 5:19.22 was less than two seconds off the second-place pace in the 500 free, and her 1:08.88 in the 100 breaststroke was nearly three seconds faster than her seed time. It was also a good day in the same events for Coe-Brown freshman Emilia Cronshaw, who was seventh in both the 100 breast and 500 free.

Coe-Brown junior Zach Wood was disqualified in the 200 IM, but he bounced back to take fourth in the 500 free.

“We always want to give a big thank you to Oyster River because they kind of adopted us,” Coe-Brown Coach Joanne Goelzer said. “So the kids train with Oyster River and their coaches, Bill Reeves and Laura Fant, they run the show and do the training, I’m just the figure head.”

Sophomore Madeline Ishak led the way for John Stark, taking 12th in the 100 fly and teaming with Hailey Nase, Jane Koski and Hazel Johnstone to finish 14th in the 200 medley relay.

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)

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