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With a strike of lightning, Concord-Carlisle girls surge to a repeat in North swimming championship

Concord Carlisle senior Alana Leen swims the Patriots to victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay, one of four victories Leen took part in during C-C's dominant victory in the North sectional swimming meet at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe) Topic: Reporter:Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe

WORCESTER — A year ago, the Concord-Carlisle girls’ swim team needed every result it got to win its first sectional title. On Saturday, the Patriots simply overwhelmed the field at the MIAA North sectional championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Concord-Carlisle steamrolled to victory with 377.5 points, with the Dual County League taking the top five spots. Weston (274), Wayland (242), Newton South (229), and Lincoln-Sudbury (214) were no match for the Patriots.

C-C did it in the relays with two wins and a 10th of a second from a sweep, four individual victories in the pool — two each from senior Alana Leen and freshman Elisabeth Reiling — and on the diving board.


“I feel like we were struck by lightning this year,” C-C coach Matt Goldberg said. “A lot of talented swimmers then a lot of depth. We’ve never qualified this many girls for this meet before. We had 21 girls qualify individually, and most of those girls got on the scoreboard.”

Leen, who has signed a letter of intent to compete at Villanova in the fall, recorded a season-best 2:07.09 to win the 200-yard individual medley by 2.82 seconds, and added another win in the 100 backstroke in 57.32, touching the wall first by 2.15 seconds.

One Patriot who did not carry the expectations of having been on top a year ago was Reiling. In her first sectional meet, she won the 50 freestyle (24.78) and 100 free (53.70), though she entered the meet with the best time of the season in both events.

Leen and Reiling teamed with Bea Turrettini and Reese Phillips to set a school record in the 200 free relay in 1:39.68 for a 2.56-second victory. Tess Ward replaced Phillips for a leg in the winning 400 free relay that won in 3:40.51.

The Concord-Carlisle foursome of Alana Leen, Elisabeth Reiling, Bea Turrettini, and Reese Phillips are all smiles after winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:39.68 at the North sectional swim meet Saturday, setting a school record in the process. Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe

“The main thing about this team that is so special is that no matter what, everyone is there for you,” Leen said.


Concord-Carlisle was 0.1 seconds from sweeping the relays, losing out to Lincoln-Sudbury in the opening medley relay.

Junior Maisie O’Donnell successfully defending her win in the 1-meter diving competition, scoring 449.05 points, but admitted a title defense is tough stuff.

“This year was really stressful for me. There was some really good competition, so I was really happy,” she said.

Kyla Kelley of North Reading/Wilmington was the only athlete outside the DCL to find the top of the podium, winning both the 200 free (1:55.78) and 500 free (5:07.52). She was also on a pair of scoring relays to figure in all 50 points for North Reading/Wilmington, which finished 13th.

Newton South picked up a pair of wins, with Jada Green defending her butterfly title in 59.98, while Emma Miner finished 0.43 from a meet record in the breaststroke, winning in 1:05.53.

Newton South sophomore Emma Miner, who won the 100-yard breaststroke, celebrates winning a heat in the 100 backstroke with teammate Aretina Zhang on Saturday at the North sectional swimming meet in Worcester.Nathan Klima for The Boston Glob

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 200 medley relay — 1. Lincoln-Sudbury, 1:51.21; 2. Concord-Carlisle, 1:51.28; 3. Newton South, 1:52.16.

 200 freestyle — 1. Kyla Kelley, Wilmington, 1:55.78; 2. Bea Turrettini, Concord-Carlisle, 1:58.15; 3. Kelly Uribe, Peabody, 1:58.47.

 200 IM — 1. Alana Leen, Concord-Carlisle, 2:07.09; 2. Jada Green, Newton South, 2:09.91; 3. Emma Miner, Newton South, 2:13.05.

 50 freestyle — 1. Elisabeth Reiling, Concord-Carlisle, 0:24.78; 2. Maya Particelli, Lincoln-Sudbury, 0:25.13; 3. Cara Hill, Wayland, 0:25.25.

 Diving — 1. Maisie O’Donnell, Concord-Carlisle, 449.050 points; 2. Kaleigh O’Brien, Masconomet, 427.800; 3. Taelor Nichols, Bedford, 396.250.


 100 butterfly — 1. Jada Green, Newton South, 0:58.9; 2. Bella Newbern, Lincoln-Sudbury, 0:59.11; 3. Song Waitekus, Marblehead, 1:00.46.

 100 freestyle — 1. Elisabeth Reiling, Concord-Carlisle, 0:53.7; 2. Lorelei Hogan, Lincoln-Sudbury, 0:53.93; 3. Madeleine Lucas, Salem, 0:54.31.

 500 freestyle — 1. Kyla Kelley, Wilmington, 5:07.52; 2. Bea Turrettini, Concord-Carlisle, 5:19.89; 3. Kate Krueger, Weston, 5:26.07.

 200 freestyle relay — 1. Concord-Carlisle, 1:39.68; 2. Weston, 1:42.24; 3. Newton South, 1:42.96.

 100 backstroke — 1. Alana Leen, Concord-Carlisle, 0:57.32; 2. Abriana Cronstrom, Newburyport, 0:59.47; 3. Cara Hill, Wayland, 1:00.39.

 100 breaststroke — 1. Emma Miner, Newton South, 1:05.53; 2. Aretina Zhang, Newton South, 1:08.62; 3. Ainsley Haut, Concord-Carlisle, 1:08.84.

 400 freestyle relay — 1. Concord-Carlisle, 3:40.51; 2. Lincoln-Sudbury, 3:44.95; 3. Marblehead, 3:48.59.

 Team results — 1. Concord-Carlisle, 377.5; 2. Weston, 274; 3. Wayland, 242; 4. Newton South, 229; 5. Lincoln-Sudbury, 214; 6. Marblehead, 165; 7. Mystic Valley, 125; 8. Westford, 110; 9. Triton, 94; 10. Cambridge, 59.