No event represented Sunday’s boys’ South/Central sectional swimming championships better than the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team from Bishop Feehan led the first two legs of the race, but King Philip’s final two swimmers teamed up for a comeback victory and edged the Shamrocks by .23 seconds.
Just as it did in the relay, Bishop Feehan got off to a strong start. The Shamrocks held first place after four events, but King Philip won five of the remaining seven events to capture the title at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
The Warriors, who posted an 11-0 record this season, finished with a total of 218 points. Bishop Feehan finished second with 189 points, and Framingham took third with 155.
“It just capped off the season,” King Philip coach Kathy White said. “The kids went undefeated, they were [Hockomock League] champs, they won conference, and I think we came in hoping [to win]. We knew Feehan was going to be our competition and luckily for us they had to scratch a relay due to an illness so it made it a lot less close than it had to be.
“But you know, the kids swam great. We had a lot of first places and the kids in relays stepped up when they needed to.”
King Philip senior Chris DiGiacomo led the way for the Warriors, winning the 100-yard butterfly in 52.59 seconds and the 200-yard individual medley in 1:56.47. DiGiacomo was also a part of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 1:30.78.
“I felt my best event was the 200 IM because I dropped 5 [seconds] personally, and I won,” DiGiacomo said. “Before the event I got pumped up, and it was just fun.”
Bishop Feehan senior Grant Casey won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.68. He also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior William McLaughlin finished second in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard backstroke for the Shamrocks.
Senior Luke Sprague contributed to King Philip’s victory with a win in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.69 seconds. Sprague also came in third in the 50 freestyle. Warriors junior Michael Choate won the 100-yard backstroke in 53.10 seconds and finished third in the 200 free.
“Overall the team did amazing,” DiGiacomo said. “I couldn’t ask for a better team.”
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