Swimmers of the Year
Kirsten Kasper, North Andover
Division 1, Soph.
|Kasper is not your average swimmer. Only a sophomore, she is the Division 1 state champion in the 50 free (24.24 seconds) and 100 free (52.52). Kasper, who was the Division 1 cross country state champion as a freshman, also set a sectional record in the 100 free (52.44). In the relay events, Kasper helped lead her 200 medley (1:53.52) and 400 free (3:43.35) teammates to victories at the sectional meet; at the state meet, they placed second and third, respectively. A Cape Ann All-Star, Kasper competes for the Burbank YMCA Bluefins in the offseason and she's also competed in the YMCA Nationals and the United States sectionals.|
Caroline Belli, Marblehead
Division 2, Jr.
|Belli still has another year to add to the Marblehead and state record books. The junior clinched the Division 2 state championship in the 100 backstroke (58.02 seconds) and finished second in the 200 IM (2:10.12). At the North Sectional meet held the previous week, Belli won the 200 IM in 2:13.22. She's the school record-holder in the 200 IM, 500 free, and 100 backstroke, as well as with the 400 free and 200 medley relay teams. Not surprisingly, Marblehead went undefeated this winter and captured the Northeastern Conference title. Belli, the conference record-holder in the 100 backstroke, was a member of the NEC All-Star roster the past three years, a Globe All-Scholastic in '05 and '06, a past winner in the Bay State Games, and a 10-time YMCA All-American.|
Coaches of the Year
Ann Boudrot, Lincoln-Sudbury
|Boudrot lived and breathed sports as a swimmer and tennis player during her high school (Belmont '82) and college years (Springfield '86). Now she's taking her love for sports to a new generation as she helped lead the Warriors swim team to a perfect 9-0 record, giving her an all-time record of 35-5 in four years at L-S. This winter the Warriors won the North Sectional title and then finished in second place at the Division 1 State meet. "Our team was a very close-knit group and had a lot of guts and heart," Boudrot said. Also serving as the Warriors' tennis coach, Boudrat enjoys playing with her children and traveling.|
Susan Guertin, Marblehead
|At the head of the Marblehead program for 18 years, Guertin has racked up 11 Northeastern Conference titles as the coach of both the girls' and boys' teams. This year both teams claimed conference titles. A graduate of Waltham High, Guertin went back to study aquatic management at Salem State, graduating as a Suma Cum Laude in 1993. Last year, Guertin was honored as the the New England coach of the year. Guertin has been associated with the YMCA for 37 years and has been the aquatic director since 1992. "I know all these kids, many of whom work as lifeguards and instructors," she said. Guertin has coached two generations of Marblehead swimmers through her work at the Y. "I have swimmers now on the Y team that their parents swam on," she said. "How lucky am I?"|
Molly Curran, Beverly
100 breaststroke, Sr.
|The three-time Division 1 state champion won the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute 8.93 seconds. She had an even better time (1:08.34) in winning the North Sectional. Curran, the Globe's Swimmer of the Year, in 2005, will attend Northeastern.|
Jenny Doolin, Waltham
500 freestyle, Fr.
|Doolin already has eight school records: five individual (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 200 IM) and three relay (200 IM, 200 free, and 400 free). An honors student, Doolin won the 500 free at the North Sectional (5 minutes 14.63 seconds).|
Katy Feng, Westford
|Feng captured first in the North Sectional (463.95 points) and then again at the Division 1 State meet (460). Last year, Feng, a high honors student, placed eighth in the AAU Nationals was second in the Bay State Games.|
Meg Hutchinson, Lincoln-Sudbury
200 freestyle, Soph.
|Hutchinson, who holds four school records, won the 200 free (1 minute 56.40 seconds) and 100 backstroke (59.64) at the North Sectional. At the Division 1 State meet, she was second in the 200 free (1:56.43) and third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.14).|
Mary Lopez, Masconomet
100 butterfly, Sr.
|A four-time team MVP, Lopez is also an honor student out of the pool. Lopez set a North Sectional record in the 100 butterfly (58.66 seconds). She finished second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 500 free at the Division 2 State meet.|
Katy Loubris, Beverly
500 freestyle, Sr.
|The two-time Northeastern MVP was second in the 500 free at the North Sectional (5 minutes 16.24 seconds), and was third at the Division 1 State meet (5:17.86). Loubris, a YMCA All-American, will attend Florida Gulf Coast.|
Casey Ostrander, Barnstable
100 freestyle, Soph.
|Ostrander, the Bay Colony record-holder in the 100 free, won the South Sectional in the 50 (24.48 seconds) and 100 free (53.83). Ostrander, who also plays field hockey, took third in both the 50 and 100 free at the Division 1 State meet.|
Sarah Pond, Wayland
|Pond has quite the résumé after qualifying for states four years straight. This year she qualified for All-America honors, and won the Division 2 State meet. Pond, a member of the National Honor Society and also plays lacrosse.|
|This team simply overwhelmed its competition in the North Sectional and Division 1 state meets, winning both competitions with times of 1 minute 40.71 seconds and 1:39.85, respectively. Nicole Zais ('07), Martha Shoemaker ('07), Meg Hutchinson ('09), and Caroline Santinelli ('10) set school and sectional records in the event. However, next year the Warriors will need to fill in the gap as Zais (Wheaton) and Shoemaker (undecided) will graduate this spring. Zais was a first-place finisher in the 100 breaststroke in the Dual County meet.|
|The team of Kelsey Shaughnessy, Michelle Walcker, Kirsten Kasper, and Jill Barclay paddled to a first-place finish in the North Sectional (1 minute 53.52 seconds) and a second-place finish (1:53.29) in the Division 1 State meet. Barclay, the group's lone senior, will be swimming for John Hopkins in the fall. The rest of the group will return as juniors, including Walcker, an eight-time YMCA national qualifier. All four swimmers on the honor roll. Walcker and Kasper swim on the BYB team, while Shaughnessy and Barclay swim for the YMCA Hurricanes.|
|With Anna Cavanaugh (freshman), Casey Ostrander (sophomore), Lindsay Baldini (junior), and Charlotte Stone (senior) representing each class, the future prospects for the program are bright. The team's only loss will be Stone, who is venturing to Syracuse to study Environmental Engineering. Barnstable captured first place at the South Sectional (3 minutes 39.74 seconds) and Division 1 State meet (3:38.94). Cavanaugh runs cross country and track; Ostrander and Baldini are members of the field hockey team; and Stone enjoys surfing.|
BOSTON: Janyl Vega, Charlestown; Roslyn Arroyo and Tia Arroyo, East Boston; Catherine Droser, Mary Holland, Channelle Jackson, Rachel Mcgrath, and Olivia O'Toole, Latin Academy; Renee Baxter and Beatrice Pasquali, O'Bryant.
CAPE ANN: Annie Linland, Robyn McCarthy, Emily Hanson, Brianna Pomeroy, and Emily Geeke, Hamilton-Wenham; Cara Madden, Anna Josephson, and Breanna Smith, Ipswich; Joanie Hudak, Michelle Walk, Kaleigh Fowler, Mary Lopez, and Victoria Page, Masconomet; Michele Walcker, Kristen Kapser, Tori Frizelle, Desiree Deveaux, Suzy Tremblay, and Jill Barclay, North Andover; Jess Cook, Reading/Lynnfield.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL: Jill Birolini, Jill Collins and Lauren Smith, Archbishop Williams; Mary Fothergill and Elizabeth Sullivan, Arlington Catholic; Ally Castaldo, Bishop Fenwick; Ashley Cirillo and Julie Young, Cardinal Spellman; Jen Doherty and Brianna Flynn, Matignon; Emily Olson, St. Mary's of Lynn.
DUAL COUNTY: Lauren Anderson, Bedford; Mia Greenwald, Becca Jenkinson, Sarah Landry, and Amy Zuerndorfer, Concord-Carlisle; Meghan Nowak, Dover-Sherborn-M; Gabby Choi, Hopkinton; Jess Harrison and Abby Wright, Holliston; Megan Braun, Lisa Colombo, Meg Hutchinson, Julia McGrath, Caroline Santinelli, Martha Shoemaker, and Nicole Zais, Lincoln-Sudbury; Sarah Ebstein, Newton South; Kate Feng, Westford Academy; Kristin Hehir, Katie Karlson, Sarah Pond, Jen Sung, Michelle Surjaputra, Emily Wright, and Pricilla Wright, Wayland; Hope Curtis, Diane French, Maureen French, Carla Kachadurian, Fernanda Mattozo, Ellen McCurdy, Mariana Papageorge, Emma Pearson, and Marissa Reichel, Weston.
GREATER BOSTON: Gabrielle Velez, Yana Vierbvoon, Erica Walkinshaw, and Morgan Kine, Arlington; Jackie Hegner, Everett; Kathryn Fitzgerald, Katie Jwanowski, Rachel Mullen, Elise Guay, Leah Avarro, Erin Mullen, and Rebecca Mullen, Peabody; Nicole Rosa, Somerville; Erin Stanton, Courtney Keefe, Louise Hammond, Michelle Piedrahita, Jenny Doolin, Ashley Saia, Brianne McGann, Jessica Onsland, Lauren Stanton, Stacy Burns, and Caitlin Dinallo, Waltham.
NORTHEASTERN: Katy Loubris, Molly Curran, Vanessa Athanas, and Kelly O'Connor, Beverly; Emily Smith, Jordan Curtis, and Lindsay Little, Danvers; Katelyn Kidney, Tia Murkison, Lynn Classical; Caroline Belli, Caroline Caliri, Erika Finkelstein, Catherine Millett, Suzanne Foley, Tessa Merrick, and Caroline Humphrey, Marblehead; Kristin Dooley, Salem; Alexandra Connors, Swampscott.
PATRIOT: Emily Leonard, Jessica Perry, and Ashley Sherrick, Middleboro; Kaitlyn Buckley, Katelyn Coghlan, Cara Forlizzi, Elizabeth Antaya, Gaby Pipp, and Andrea Strand, Duxbury; Megan Little, Alison Costa, Torey Hart, and Mimi Mahoney, Scituate/Cohasset; Samantha Jones, Hanover/Rockland; Jenny Chu, Randolph; Laura Crossman, Pembroke; Lindsay Ranahan and Alden Bush, Hingham.
HOW WE PICKED THE TEAM
The All-Scholastic boys and girls swim team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Amanda Bruno. Boston.com video and interviews by Chris Forsberg.