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MIAA GIRLS’ SWIMMING & DIVING SECTIONALS

Westford, Duxbury continue dominance in the pool

CAMBRIDGE, 2/9/2019 - Ella Kirkorian of Westford Academy wins her heat in the 100 yard freestyle during the MIAA North girls' swimming and diving championships at MIT. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Sports, Correspondent)
Josh Reynolds for The Globe
Westford Academy’s Ella Kirkorian won her 100-yard freestyle heat and finished third in the final at the North sectionals.

Make it four straight sectional titles for the Westford Academy girls’ swim team.

The Grey Ghosts cruised to the North title Saturday at MIT’s Zesiger Pool with an impressive 476 points, pulling away from Wayland (220) and Concord-Carlisle (202).

Sophomore Michaela Martin and senior Anika Svoboda were instrumental in the victory, swimming legs on each of the Grey Ghosts’ three winning relay teams. Westford started the day winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:47.78) and never looked back, capturing first in the 200 free relay (1:37.95) and 400 free relay (3:36.10).

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“I really felt like it was our depth across all the events,” said Westford coach Caitlin Klick-McHugh.

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“Relays were huge for us. We used eight different girls to win the three relays.”

Martin also captured first in the 200 individual medley — in a time of 2:10.35 — to give her four total victories. Klick-McHugh said Martin’s win — the team’s only individual victory — was a pleasant surprise, given that Martin swam in the second-to-last heat of the event.

“That was a different event for me,” Martin said. “It’s really exciting because I haven’t [won like that] yet.”

Westford will be seeking a fourth straight state title next week at Boston University on Feb. 16.

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Triton Regional senior Maggie Summit was the individual star. The Globe All-Scholastic broke her own meet record in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 23.53, and then followed up by capturing first in the 100 freestyle (51.20).

“It was my goal coming into this meet to re-break my own record,” said Summit, who posted a time of 23.66 in the 50 free last year at MIT. “It was just a nice place to see where I am and what I can do and transfer that into next week [at states].”

Amanda Wager, a senior from Marblehead, set the meet record in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.10).

Triton’s Maggie Summit swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, breaking her own meet record with a 23.53 in the 50.
Josh Reynolds for The Globe
Triton’s Maggie Summit swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, breaking her own meet record with a 23.53 in the 50.

Duxbury rules South

Add one for the thumb for Duxbury girls’ swimming.

The Dragons captured their fifth consecutive sectional title Saturday at MIT’s Zesiger Pool. Duxbury posted a team score of 291, beating out Oliver Ames (170) and Bishop Feehan (169).

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The Dragons won the opening event — the 200-yard medley relay — with a time of 1:51.22, and closed out the day with a time of 3:42.08 to win the 400 freestyle relay.

“Across the board, couldn’t be happier,” said Duxbury coach Elizabeth Walsh. “We set the tone with the [200] medley relay and we knew that was going to kind of set fire to the pool.”

Sophomore Ava DeAngelis and junior All-Scholastic Julia Ali were members of both winning relays.

DeAngelis finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.32) and second in the 200 individual medley (2:10.68). Ali placed second in the 100 backstroke (59.28) and third in the 100 freestyle (54.23).

Duxbury had four divers place in the top 16, a first for the Dragons, according to Walsh.

Duxbury will look to capture its third straight state title at the Division 2 state meet on Feb. 16 at Boston University.

“We really got to test our limits in the pool and we really just want to do it all over again,” DeAngelis said.

Oliver Ames set a meet record in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the team of Morgan Foltz, Ava Kelley, Samantha Streton, and Morgan O’Hara finishing in 1:40.66.

“It was crazy,” O’Hara said.

“We didn’t even know the meet record. We had no idea.”

O’Hara, a junior, also won the 100-yard backstroke (58.94). She recalled going winless in her freshman season two years ago.

“Oliver Ames was never on any books,” said Oliver Ames coach Lauren Gray. “No one really recognized our team. We have fought for the position that we’re in now.”

MIAA North Championship

at MIT’s Zesiger Pool

 200 medley relay — 1. Westford, 1:47.78; 2. Concord-Carlisle, 1:51.95; 3. Wayland, 1:52.11.

 200 freestyle — 1. Hannah Perkins, Beverly, 1:54.22; 2. Amanda Wager, Marblehead, 1:55.83; 3. Madison Leong, Westford, 1:58.12.

200 individual medley — 1. Michaela Martin, Westford, 2:10.35; 2. Sophia Lumino, Bishop Fenwick, 2:10.72; 3. Gracie O'Connell, Matignon, 2:10.88.

50 freestyle — 1. Maggie Summit, Triton, 23.53; 2. Julia Tracanna, Westford, 24.50; 3. Anika Svoboda, Westford, 24.51.

 Diving — 1. Livy Poulin, Concord-Carlisle, 538.950 points; 2. Samantha Blanc, Westford, 508.700; 3. Charlotte Martinkus, Weston, 493.050.

100 butterfly — 1. Gracie O'Connell, Matignon, 59.11; 2. Madison Leong, Westford, 59.13; 3. Katie duPlessis, Newton South, 59.57.

 100 freestyle — 1. Maggie Summit, Triton, 51.20; 2. Ada Ferrick, Westford, 54.39; 3. Ella Krikorian, Westford, 55.12.

500 freestyle — 1. Hannah Perkins, Beverly, 5:05.56; 2. Liz Sutton, Triton, 5:14.58.

 200 freestyle relay — 1. Westford, 1:37.95; 2. Wayland, 1:41.58; 3. Concord-Carlisle, 1:41.92.

100 backstroke — 1. Shea Furse, Manchester Essex, 58.47; 2. Amy Jiang, Westford, 58.56; 3. Katheryn Milligan, Weston, 59.48.

100 breaststroke — 1. Amanda Wager, Marblehead, 1:05.1; 2. Sophia Eckler, Concord-Carlisle, 1:06.44; 3. Emily Blatt, Westford, 1:08.47.

400 freestyle relay — 1. Westford, 3:36.10; 2. Triton, 3:42.74; 3. Wayland, 3:42.92.

Team results — 1. Westford, 476; 2. Wayland, 220; 3. Concord-Carlisle, 202; 4. Weston, 188.5; 5. Triton, 148; 6. Beverly, 128; 7. Manchester Essex, 105; 8. Marblehead, 92; 9. Mystic Valley, 90.5; 10. Newton South, 83.

With her acrobatic dive, and runner-up finish, Samantha Blanc helped Westford earn its fourth straight North crown.
Josh Reynolds for The Globe
With her acrobatic dive, and runner-up finish, Samantha Blanc helped Westford earn its fourth straight North crown.

MIAA South Championship

at MIT’s Zesiger Pool

 200 medley relay — 1. Duxbury, 1:51.22; 2. Nantucket, 1:54.08; 3. Bridgewater-Raynham, 1:54.60.

200 freestyle — 1. Alexa Connors, Silver Lake, 1:51.10; 2. Katharine Cashin, Franklin, 1:54.30; 3. Pari Ahmadi, Medfield, 1:57.88.

200 individual medley — 1. Megan Kramer, Bridgewater-Raynham, 2:05.79; 2. Ava DeAngelis, Duxbury, 2:10.68; 3. Sam Streton, Oliver Ames, 2:14.84.

50 freestyle — 1. Michelle Grasberger, Ashland, 24.46; 2. Ava Yablonski, Dover-Sherborn, 24.47; 3. Cayce Patriarca, Bishop Feehan, 24.86.

 Diving — 1. Grace Magee, Norwell, 332.950 points; 2. Lauren O'Sullivan, Hanover, 322.800; 3. Erin Murphy, Duxbury, 309.950.

 100 butterfly — 1. Katharine Cashin, Franklin, 57.71; 2. Katherine Connolly, Hingham, 58.51; 3. Sam Streton, Oliver Ames, 59.88.

100 freestyle — 1. Ava Yablonski, Dover-Sherborn, 52.80; 2. Morgan O'Hara, Oliver Ames, 53.23; 3. Julia Ali, Duxbury, 54.23.

 500 freestyle — 1. Alexa Connors, Silver Lake, 4:55.72; 2. Emily Appleton, Cohasset, 5:11.48; 3. Megan Campbell, King Philip, 5:19.97.

200 freestyle relay — 1. Oliver Ames, 1:40.66; 2. Bridgewater-Raynham, 1:43.73; 3. Bishop Feehan, 1:43.88.

100 backstroke — 1. Morgan O'Hara, Oliver Ames, 58.94; 2. Julia Ali, Duxbury, 59.28; 3. Amelie Buchard, Sandwich, 59.84.

100 breaststroke — 1. Megan Kramer, Bridgewater-Raynham, 1:05.08; 2. Ava DeAngelis, Duxbury, 1:05.32; 3. Jayla Pina, Seekonk, 1:07.08.

 400 freestyle relay — 1. Duxbury, 3:42.08; 2. Oliver Ames, 3:44.38; 3. Nantucket, 3:45.25.

 Team results — 1. Duxbury, 291; 2. Oliver Ames, 170; 3. Bishop Feehan, 169; 4. Nantucket, 151; 5. Bridgewater-Raynham, 147; 6. Cohasset, 123; 7. Hingham, 109; 8. Hopkinton, 108; 9. Franklin, 101; 10. Medfield, 97.

It was another banner day for the Duxbury girls’ swim team — the Dragons captured their fifth straight South title.
Matt MacCormack for The Globe
It was another banner day for the Duxbury girls’ swim team — the Dragons captured their fifth straight South title.

Matt MacCormack can be reached at matthew.maccormack@globe.com.