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    MIAA Girls’ Division 1 swimming championships

    Westford Academy depth leads to Division 1 girls’ swimming title

    Feb. 19, 2016 - Sarah Welch (cq) a senior from Beverly, competes in the 200 Yard individual medley at the Division 1 girls state swim meet at Agannis Arena in Boston, Mass. Photo Credit: Justin Saglio for the Boston Globe. Section: Sports. Slug: 20d1girlswim.
    Justin Saglio for the Globe
    Sarah Welch of Beverly won the 200 individual medley and the 100 freestyle at the Division 1 girls’ swimming championships.

    Despite not having a swimmer place first in an individual event, Westford won Friday night’s MIAA Division 1 state girls’ swimming championship at Boston University. Westford finished with 312 points, well ahead of Beverly (228.50).

    The almost 100-point cushion was deceiving because Westford was neck and neck with Beverly.

    Beverly won the event’s first race, the 200-yard medley relay, and held onto first place until Westford placed three swimmers in the top 10 in the 50-yard freestyle. It was ultimately Westford’s depth that was the difference.

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    The schools traded leads for the next three events until the decisive 200 free relay.

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    “We were in second place going into that [200] free relay. For the girls to come out with a school record, a meet record, and the win was the turning point,” Westford coach Caitlin Klick said. “We didn’t look back after that.”

    The Grey Ghosts held tightly to the lead for the remainder of the meet. Beverly went on to win two of the last three races, but Westford Academy finished in second place in each race and kept the Panthers from pulling off a comeback.

    Klick praised the team-first mentality of her girls. She said they often swim better splits in the relays than they do in the individual events.

    “I think they care a lot about this team . . . that selflessness about them really helps,” she said.

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    Beverly’s swimmers turned in an amazing performance as runners-up. Seniors Kaitlin Harty, committed to the University of Texas, and Sarah Welch were each double-winners. Welch won the 200 individual medley, and the 100 freestyle.

    Harty won the 100-yard butterfly — setting a meet record — with a time of 54.69 seconds, and later broke the state record she set just last week in the North Sectionals in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.78 seconds.

    “Depth was definitely the key for us,” Klick said. “Beverly has some amazing swimmers. They brought seven swimmers and divers today and we brought 17. So I think to be able to qualify so

    Justin Saglio for the Globe
    Ashley Loomis of Franklin won the 200- and 500- freestyle races at the MIAA Division 1 girls’ swimming championships.

    many girls in all of the swimming and diving events really helped us.”

    Franklin’s Ashley Loomis was the meet’s other individual star, winning both the 200 and 500 free. Concord-Carlisle had two winners with Livy Poulin first in the diving and Katharine O’Shea in the 50 free.

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    MIAA Girls’ Swimming Championships

    At Boston University

    DIVISION 1

    (All events in yards)

     50 freestyle — 1. Katharine O’Shea, Concord-Carlisle, 23.97; 2. Katherine Pawlak, Westford Academy, 24.02; 3. Maggie Summit, Triton, 24.10.

     100 butterfly — 1. Kaitlin Harty, Beverly, 54.69; 2. Lauren Quinn, Minnechaug, 57.02; 3. Vivian Nguyen, Malden, 57.50.

     100 freestyle — 1. Sarah Welch, Beverly, 51.12; 2. Katharine O’Shea, Concord-Carlisle, 51.94; 3. Maggie Summit, Triton, 52.87.

     100 backstroke — 1. Kaitlin Harty, Beverly, 52.78; 2. Tiffany Tseng, Westford Academy, 57.63; 3. Madison Milbert, Silver Lake, 57.99.

     100 breaststroke — 1. Kelsey Johnstone, Westfield, 1:05.50; 2. Erin Kean, Shrewsbury, 1:07.96; 3. Emma Wilber, Monument Mountain, 1:08.77.

     200 freestyle — 1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin, 1:51.96; 2. Madison Milbert, Silver Lake, 1:53.82; 3. Nicole Welch, Beverly, 1:55.50.

     200 IM — 1. Sarah Welch, Beverly, 2:03.31; 2. Corinne Carbone, Holliston, 2:04.90; 3. Kelsey Johnstone, Westfield, 2:08.36.

     500 freestyle — 1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin, 4:58.50; 2. Courtney Brown, Lincoln-Sudbury, 5:06.08; 3. Nicole Welch, Beverly, 5:06.23.

     200 freestyle relay — 1. Westford Academy, 1:37.84; 2. Malden, 1:39.87; 3. Concord-Carlisle, 1:41.37.

     200 medley relay — 1. Beverly, 1:46.39; 2. Westford Academy, 1:48.07; 3. Malden, 1:51.77

     400 freestyle relay — 1. Beverly, 3:29.71; 2. Westford Academy, 3:36.68; 3. Concord-Carlisle. 3:41.52

      Diving — 1. Livy Poulin, Concord-Carlisle, 513.70; 2. Alyssa Annenberg, Hopkinton, 508.45; 3. Bailee Carey, Quincy, 505.10

     Team Scores — 1. Westford Academy, 312; 2. Beverly, 228.50; 3. Lincoln-Sudbury, 156