High schools: Swimming season finishes in unprecendented fashion

  • Hopkinton's Cailey Stockwell competes at a swim meet on January 29, 2021. Stockwell finished third in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke in the Division II swimming and diving championships on Feb. 21, 2021. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Bow's Ryan Thompson competes at a regular-season swim meet on January 29, 2021, at the Concord YMCA. Thompson finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100 butterfly in the Division II swimming and diving championships on Feb. 20, 2021, at The Workout Club in Salem. JEFF SULLIVAN—sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 2/22/2021 3:45:16 PM

It took several days and some creative thinking, but the NHIAA Division I and II swimming and diving championships were completed over the weekend.

Normally, each division would have its championship meet at the University of New Hampshire with swimmers from all schools racing against each other in Swasey Pool. But because of the current pandemic, this year’s championships were held in multiple sessions at The Workout Club in Salem (D-I on Saturday, D-II on Sunday) in order to minimize the number of swimmers in the pool at one time, and the diving portion of the event was held at the Carter Community Building in Lebanon on Friday. Then, the NHIAA swimming and diving committee compared times and scores from all the sessions to calculate the final results.

“It has been an arduous year and we have persevered by maintaining social distancing, following best managed practices for preventative measures and thinking outside of the rectangular box that usually holds water,” NHIAA simming and diving meet director Tim Hernon said in his email to sports media outlets containing those final results.

Bow High junior Sarah Guerrette had the best results for any local swimmer, finishing second in the D-II girls’ 100-yard freestyle and third in the 50 free to help the Falcons finish seventh as a team with 41 points. Hanover won a fourth-straight D-II girls’ title with 119 points to beat out Hollis Brookline (109) and Windham (101). Hopkinton finished 11th with 24 points, Coe-Brown (21 points) was 13th and Kearsarge (19 points) was 14th.

The Bow girls also got solid performances from Rebecca Klements, who finished sixth in the 500 free and eighth in 100 breast, and Sarah McCarthy (15th 200 free, 11th 500 free).

All of Hopkinton’s points came from junior Cailey Stockwell, who was third in both the 200 free and the 100 breaststroke. And all of Coe-Brown’s points came from sophomore Emily Burnap, who was fourth in the 100 free and fifth in the 100 breast. Keararge got nice results from Ava Bidlack (fifth 200 intermediate medley, 14th 100 breast), Maggie Ellison (eighth 100 fly) and Vera Rivard (ninth 500 free, 14th 200 free).

Bow senior Ryan Thompson was fourth in the D-II boys’ 100 free and fifth in the 100 fly, accounting for all 21 of the Falcons points and puttig them ninth in the final D-II results. Oyster River defended its title with 133 points and Hanover was second with 114.

Coe-Brown was 11th with 14 points, which all came from sophomore Eric Boheen, who was seventh in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM. Keararge was 12th after getting nine points from Mason Russell’s sixth-place finish in the 100 breast.

Concord’s James LeMahieu finished fourth in the D-I boys’ 200 IM and fifth in the 100 fly. He was the only Crimson Tide male swimmer to compete, and his 21 points put Concord 12th in the team standings. Bedford was first with 158 points and Bishop Guertin, which had won the last three D-I boys’ titles, was second with 134.

“The single most competitive event of the weekend, in Division I, was the boys’ 100 fly,” Concord coach Bill Quinn said. “Both of James’ efforts in the pool resulted in personal best times and he dropped more than a full second from his 100 fly time last season.”

The Concord girls scored in individual events at the championship meet for the first time since 2016 (they have scored points in relays in the last few years), and they set some personal best times while doing it.

Tide senior Lexi Quinn lowered her seed time by nearly five seconds to finish eighth in the 200 free, and she also took ninth in the 100 free. Freshman Lily Peterson cut 10 seconds from her seed time in the 500 free and finished 11th, and she also swam a person best time in the 100 breast to finish ninth. And junior Rayya Burns swam her best 50 free of the season to finish 13th overall, just one place out of the scoring.

“We did not have one performance that was not a personal best or at least a season best. These kids were operating on limited pool time, the meets were run at hyper-speed and there was little to no recovery time.  To have accomplished what they have this season is nothing short of remarkable,” coach Quinn said. “As proud of them as I am of the way they all swam, it was the way they handled this season out of the pool that has left a lasting impression on me.  These kids recognized the unique challenges of COVID and were quick to offer up gratitude to the coaches and officials at every one of our meets, and they displayed a level of good sportsmanship that is rare in any sport.  It was an incredible season for many reasons.”

Bowling

The Hillsboro-Deering bowling team may have dropped a pair of games to Stevens on Saturday (110-106 and 145-137), but that didn't bother coach John Bramley.

“This was our best outing of the season. We had our highest single-game total and in our two losses to Stevens, we were a combined 12 pins behind,” Bramley said.  “I was pleased to see our progress. It is tough to go against two strong, experienced teams each week (Stevens and Keene), but this past weekend our kids really played their own game and did well. I was very proud of them to see it.

Savannah McDaniel had a personal best two-game total of 242 (147, 95), which was also the best two-game total of the day for the Hillcats. Abigail Benn also recorded a personal best score in her second string (123) for a 233 two-game total. Alaina McGillicuddy (113, 112), Nathaniel Ledvina (102, 95), Ethan Benn (114, 109) and Abagail Carroll (96, 73) also competed for H-D.




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