Freshmen boost Hopkinton at Swimming & Diving Championships

  • Hopkinton freshman Emma Hall swims to second place in the 100-yard breaststroke during the NHIAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Hopkinton freshman Cailey Stockwell competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the NHIAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Hopkinton junior Sydney Stockwell swims in the 100-yard butterfly during the NHIAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • John Stark senior Maeve Hunt races in the 100-yard butterfly during the NHIAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Bow’s Shannon Luby competes in the 100-yard backstroke during the NHIAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monitor staff
Published: 2/10/2019 12:17:16 AM

DURHAM – John DeCaprio saw this coming. He’s been coaching Emma Hall and Cailey Stockwell at the Concord YMCA for years, so DeCaprio knew they would make an impact as freshmen this year for the Hopkinton swim team.

“It’s been fabulous having them on the high school team,” DeCaprio said. “They bring a whole new level to Hopkinton swimming.”

That new level led the Hawks to an eighth-place girls’ team finish at Saturday’s Division II Swimming & Diving Championships. Hall had the best individual result for any local swimmer, taking second in the 100-yard breaststroke, and both Hall and Stockwell were part of Hopkinton’s third-place 200 medley relay team along with junior Sydney Stockwell, Cailey’s older sister, and sophomore Sophia Staples-Roy.

“I was nervous before the meet, but I had a good time with my teammates, and I did close to my best times, so overall I feel like it was pretty good,” Hall said. “It was fun.”

The Hanover girls easily defended the title they won last year, finishing with 235 points while second-place St. Thomas had 162. The top local teams at the University of New Hampshire’s Swasey Pool were Hopkinton (eighth, 80 points), John Stark (11th, 27 points), Bow (14th, 21 points), Coe-Brown (20th, 10 points) and Kearsarge (24th, four points). Hanover also won on the boys’ side, while Bishop Brady (10th) was the top local finisher.

Maeve Hunt may be a senior at John Stark, but it was also her first year in high school swimming. Before this season, Hunt was focused on competing for the Crimson Aquatics club team out of Andover, Mass., but she decided to also swim for the Generals this winter.

“It’s a really intense club team with a really heavy schedule, so I didn’t want to interfere with that, but I figured it was my senior year and I had this one last chance to do high school swim and get to know the girls at school better,” Hunt said. “I’m so glad I did it, it was super fun.”

It was also a boost for the Stark team. Hunt finished fourth in the 500 freestyle and sixth in the 100 butterfly. She’s a distance swimmer for her club team, but Hunt was more than happy to swim the 100 fly for Stark.

“The first meet of the season the coaches put me in the 200 IM and the 100 fly and I was so excited for the 100 fly because I never get to do it and I love fly, it’s my favorite,” Hunt said. “I just love doing it because everyone gets down at the end and I can hear them all cheering when I turn.”

Hunt was also part of Stark’s 11th-place 200 medley relay team along with Sarah Ferguson, Casey Woitkiewicz and Anna Ishak. Ferguson took 12th in the 200 free and just missed scoring in the 500 free by finishing 13th.

Hopkinton’s Hall narrowly missed a state title in her first state meet. She started fast in the 100 breaststroke and held a slight lead on St. Thomas freshman Paige Spencer for 75 yards, but Spencer caught Hall with her final strokes and just out-touched her, finishing in 1:00.58 to Hall’s 1:00.72.

“I got really sore in my legs in the last 15 yards,” Hall said. “I went out a little too fast I think.”

Hall also finished eighth in the 100 free and was part of the eighth-place 200 free relay team with Staples-Roy and the Stockwell sisters, which was also the quartet for the third-place 200 medley relay team.

Cailey Stockwell took home two individual medals as she finished fifth in the 100 breast and sixth in the 200 free.

“I wanted to medal in both those events, so I was really happy, and our relay did awesome,” Stockwell said.

Sydney Stockwell didn’t quite reach the individual podium, but she still earned the Hawks points by finishing eighth in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 100 fly.

It was also a memorable first state meet for Bow freshman Sarah Guerrette, who finished fifth in the 50 free in a time of 25.62, which broke the Bow High record.

“I’ve really been working hard on my starts and turns in the 50 free, just every picky little detail,” Guerrette said. “Every detail counts.”

Guerrette was seventh in the 100 free, as well, and part of the 11th-place 200 free relay team along with Rebecca Klements, Emma Conley and Shannon Luby.

Coe-Brown’s points came from the 400 free relay team of Cody Boheen, Ally Wheeler, Elina Daniels and Cassuarina French, which finished eighth. And Kearsarge’s points came from Avril Prak, who took ninth in the 100 breast.

Senior Hanzhe Wei led the Bishop Brady boys to their 10th-place result by taking fourth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 back. The Giants also got big points from their relay teams – the 200 medley relay team of Wei, Charles Miller, Johann Klassen and Oscar Miller finished seventh and that same group was also eighth in the 200 free relay.

Individually, Brady’s Klassen finished eighth in the 100 fly and Charles Miller was ninth in the 100 breast.

Junior Logan Wineriter had a nice day as Belmont’s one-man team. Wineriter was fifth in both the 50 free and 100 breast, earning 20 points and finishing 16th as a team.

Bow was 19th with its six points from the 10th-place 200 medley relay team of Glenn Lewis, Andrew Conley, Ethan Rychwalski and Stephen Blais. And Kearsarge tied for 20th with the five points it got from Peter Russell (10th, 100 breast) and Owen Cottrill (11th, 50 free).

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

DIVISION I BOYS

Concord 10th

Key players: Concord – James LeMahieu (7th 200 IM, 12th 100 butterfly)

Highlights: The Tide had scoring finishes from three relays en route to a 10th-place finish at the D-I championships at Swasey Pool at UNH. Ethan Case, Jace Castellano, Aaron Saffian and Jay Blasko formed the eighth-place 200 freestyle relay. Blasko, LeMahieu, Saffian and Case teamed up for the ninth-place 200 medley relay, while the 400 freestyle relay of Blasko, Castellano, Case and LeMahieu also finished ninth. Bishop Guertin repeated as the champions with 321 points, easily besting Exeter (266), Bedford (212), Dover (110) and Nashua North (108) in the top five. The Tide scored 34 points in its 10th-place finish.

DIVISION I GIRLS

Concord 14th

Highlights: A pair of top-12 relays gave the Tide six points to finish in 14th place at the D-I championship at Swasey Pool at UNH. The 200 freestyle relay of Alexandre Quinn, Catherine Gaudette, Abby O’Brien and Rayya Burns finished 11th and the 400 freestyle relay of Quinn, Lauren Dusavitch, O’Brien and Burns finished 12th. Exeter scored 321 points to repeat as champions, while Bedford (256), Bishop Guertin (167), Pinkerton (84) and Dover (83) rounded out the top five.




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