See the athletes and coaches chosen for this year's All-Scholastic team.
Swimmers of the Year
Division 1: Victoria Ambrose, Andover
One half of Andover’s dynamic freshman duo, Ambrose won the 200 free and 500 free at the Division 1 state meet. She was also on the 400 free relay team that won the state title. She also won the 500 free at the North sectional.
Division 1: Julia Donahue, Andover
Donahue and Ambrose are a duo that should be heard from for years. Donahue won the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke at the Division 1 state meet and was part of Golden Warriors’ winning 400 free relay team.
Division 2: Jessie Blake-West, Belmont
Blake-West was a double winner at the Division 2 state meet for the second straight year. She won the 50 free in 23.85 as well as the 100 butterfly in a meet-record time of 54.66. She will continue swimming at Brown.
Kyleigh Barao, New Bedford, junior
Barao was the Division 1 state champ in the 100 butterfly, winning in 58.74. She was also South champion in the 200 medley and was the Big 3 champ in the 500 and 100 free. Academically, she’s ranked seventh in her class.
Madison Ford, Acton-Boxboro, junior
Ford took individual honors in the 100 free (53.5 seconds) and was on the Colonials’ 200 free relay team that set a meet record (1:40.22) at the Division 1 state meet. She also won the 200 free at the North sectional.
Logan Gallagher, Newton North, junior
Gallagher won the 100 backstroke at the Division 1 state meet and was the only swimmer to finish in under a minute (59.80 seconds). She was part of the Tigers’ state championship 200 medley relay squad.
Sophia Ju, Andover, sophomore
Ju was a key contributor to the Golden Warriors’ Division 1 state title. She took first place in the 50 free in 24.74. Ju was part of Andover’s winning 400 free relay team as well as the 2d-place 200 free and 200 medley relays teams.
Nicoletta Kalavantis, Belmont, freshman
Kalavantis won two individual events at the Division 2 state meet, the 200 free in 1:58.91 and the 500 free in 5:17.97. She was part of Belmont’s winning 400 free relay team. Belmont finished second at the state meet.
Olivia Mozoki, Marshfield, freshman
It didn’t take Mozoki long to make her mark. At the Division 2 state meet she won the 200 medley in 2:10.85 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.03. An honor roll student, she also won the 200 free at the South sectional.
Hannah Phelan, Bishop Feehan, senior
A three-time state champion, Phelan finished her career as one of the top divers in state history after winning the Division 2 title. The Eastern Athletic Conference and South sectional champion, she will dive next year at Clemson.
Michaela Sliney, Haverhill, senior
Sliney was the Merrimack Valley Conference Swimmer of the Year. She won the North sectional and the Division 1 state diving championships. She’s a three-time North sectional diving champion and will attend Louisville.
Lauren Zawacki, Notre Dame (Hingham), junior
Zawacki won the 100 free in 53.43 at the Division 2 state meet. She was third in the 50 free at states and was part of her school’s fifth-place 200 medley relay squad. At the South sectional she was third in the 200 free.
Philippa Zheku, Woburn, senior
The Middlesex League champion won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.29 at the Division 2 state championship. She won the 100 backstroke at the North sectional in 1:01.09 and was fourth in the 200 medley. She’s a four-time league all-star.
Acton-Boxboro, 200 freestyle
The Colonials finished second at the Division 1 meet thanks to the contributions of the state champion 200-meter freestyle relay team. The foursome of (left to right) Michelle Yao, Madison Ford, Sofia Ricciardi, and Rachel Xiang took first in a meet-record 1;40.22. They also won the North sectional title in 1:39.88. Ford was also the state champion in 100 free. Ricciardi and Yao are seniors but Ford (junior) and Xiang (sophomore) will return.
Newton North, 200 medley
If you like fast starts, you’ll love Newton North’s 200-meter medley relay team. The foursome of (left ot right) Serena Ly, Logan Gallagher, Ciara McCormack, and Erin Claflin won the event at the Division 1 state meet, finishing in a meet-record 1:50.17. With Emily Edgar in place of Ciara McCormack, the group also won the event at the South/Central sectional. The best may be yet to come as Ly, Gallagher, McCormack, and Claflin all return next year.
Andover, 400 freestyle
The Division 1 state meet ended with Andover winning the final event, the 400 free relay, an exclamation point on the Golden Warriors’ 15th team state title. The scary fact for opponents is that the squad of (left to right) sophomore Sophia Ju, junior Rachel Landry, and freshmen Julia Donahue and Victoria Ambrose all return next fall. At the state meet the four turned in a 3:36.06. They also took first at the North sectional in 3:37.73.
Coaches of the Year
Division 1: Emily Manion, Newton North
In a pool often dominated by Andover, the Tigers made an impression. Newton North was third at the Division 1 state meet, taking wins in the 200 medley relay and the 100 backstroke. The school was also third at South sectional.
Division 2: Jennifer Dutton, Wellesley
After a 10-2-1 fall that included a Bay State Herget title, Wellesley went on to finish fourth at the Division 2 state championship. Dutton’s 16-year coaching career includes the last six at Wellesley after 10 years at Natick.
Bay State — Braintree: Tim Connolly, Aidan Doherty, John Harrington, Aaron Keung, John Magnuson, Sean McGurn, Sarah Murphy. Brookline: Sasha Bourdine, Petra Huang, Jessica Leipman, Yasmeen Moukaddem, Sara Song. Dedham: Michael Sulinski. Framingham: Halia Bower, Kara McCurdy, Emily Osborne. Natick: Hanako Batt. Needham: Monika Hedman, Ellen Ingwerson. Newton North: Erin Claflin, Emily Edgar, Logan Gallagher, Serena Ly, Ciara McCormack, Lillie Pomper, Erin Supko. Norwood: Brendan Hurley, Aidan Mulligan, Austin Reardon, Ben Wong. Walpole: Padraic Curran, Andrew Gubanov. Weymouth: Sophie Chen, Enya Gamble, Lily Gribbel, Stella Hu, Kate Mullin, Brendan Pike.
Big Three — Brockton: Nicole Catania, Caroline Golding, Sarah Leonard, Courtney Sullivan. Durfee: Sarah Carvalho, Mindi Ferreira, Nicole Ferreira, Rashelle Gonsalves, Jaelin Jang, Jinnae Jang, Elaina Pevide. New Bedford: Paige Aviza, Kyleigh Barao, Ana Curry, Abigail Jupin, Taylor Markey, Rachel Perry.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Grace Alwan, Victoria Ambrose, Anna Carroll, Jordan Clements, Julia Donahue, Mia Galat, Sophia Ju, Rachel Landry. Central Catholic: Kylee Dion, Lea Guldemond, Alyvia Petrozza. Haverhill: Michaela Sliney, Taylor Waligora. Lowell: Kelsey Perrin. Methuen: Patrick Doyle. North Andover: Sydney Seo.
Middlesex (Freedom) — Burlington: Fiona Maxwell. Melrose: Samantha D’Alessandro, Virginia Guanci, Molly Williams. Stoneham: Mackenzie Day, Zack McCarville. Wakefield: Christopher Anastasiades, Madison Guay.
Middlesex (Liberty) — Arlington: Richard McIsaac. Belmont: Jessica Blake-West, Julia Bozkurtian, Sophie Butte, Nicoletta Kalavantis, Thea Kelsey, Dervla Moore-Frederick, Sara Noorouzi, Emily Quinn. Lexington: Erin Chang, Rachel Dye, Taryn Waite, Emily Zitkovsky. Reading: Madeline Doyle, Molly Jones, Maura Letendre, Alana Loughman, Kayla Loughman, Jillian Rhodes, Anna Roberts, Kristen Stevens, Christina Tzianabos. Winchester: Julia Greenbaum. Woburn: Bryan Filardo, Brendan Orgocka, Philippa Zheku.
Southern — Bishop Feehan: Lindsey Ahmed, Paige Bernhardt, Shannon Kannally, Colleen McDonald, Maddie McLaughlin, Hannah Nitso, Anna Patriarca, Cayce Patriarca, Hannah Phelan, Lindsey Price, Kristen Wade. Brockton: Sarah Leonard; Durfee: Jinnae Jang; New Bedford: Kyleigh Barao; Notre Dame (Hingham): Luisa Teixeria, Lauren Zawacki. Ursuline: Taylor Eck, Jeanna Gailius, Ashleigh Marini, Caleigh Wukitch.
How we picked the team
The All-Scholastic girls’ swim team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Bob Holmes.