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.”
The Latin Academy coed swim team cruised to its seventh straight Boston City League championship Thursday at Madison Park. The Dragons have now won 23 of the last 24 City League titles.
“It’s good to keep the tradition,” Dragons senior captain Colby Cahill said. “We’ve held this title for so long so I’m glad I can kinda keep it going. I just feel really proud of my team and also my other co-captains.”
Cahill finished second in the 100-yard backstroke to help Latin Academy's winning total of 141 points. O’Bryant earned second place with 68 points. East Boston finished just behind the Tigers with 63 points.
Latin Academy coach Mark Thomas will retire from coaching after this season. He said this final City League championship brought out “a lot of emotion.”
“To finish off this way means a lot,” Thomas said. “You know, I’m thrilled for the kids and thrilled for the program. Just very, very happy.”
Senior Cristian Mojica was part of the winning Latin Academy 400-yard freestyle relay team and won the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard freestyle.
“It feels good,” Mojica said. “End senior year with a bang.”
Dragons sophomore Jason Zernitsky captured the 100-yard butterfly title in 1:00.97. He also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley. Latin Academy junior Kevin Zhang won the 100-yard freestyle in a speedy 56.28 seconds and was the runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle.
Freshman Abigail Bowers won the 500-yard freestyle, swimming the 20-length race in 6:25.82.
Latin Academy swept the relays, winning the 200-yard medley in 1:58.90, the 200-freestyle in 1:47.33 and the 400-yard freestyle in 4:06.40.
O’Bryant sophomore Justin Chung won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.06 and the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12.45. He was also a part of the Tigers’ second-place 200-yard freestyle relay.
“We beat Eastie, I’m proud of that,” Chung said. “But we’re trying to beat BLA. BLA’s a big team and we’re a small team compared to them but we did pretty good against them.”
Thomas said he was happy that the Latin Academy seniors were able to end their swimming career with a title.
“I feel great for the seniors but this is a great, great team that’s very young,” Thomas said. “Out of the 60 swimmers we have on the team we only have three seniors. Fifty-seven kids will be back next year. I feel like I’m leaving the team in good hands.”
Due to the declared snow emergency in the city of Boston and the cancellation of Boston Public Schools Wednesday, the Boston City League swimming championships at Madison Park high school have been postponed.
East Boston, Latin Academy and O'Bryant will now hit the pool Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Perennial favorite Latin Academy will look to earn its seventh-straight Boston City League swimming championship title Wednesday at Madison Park High School. The Dragons will take on City League rivals O’Bryant and East Boston at 3:30 p.m.
“I just think what I’ve geared the team towards is to peak at this time of year,” Latin Academy coach Mark Thomas said.
The Latin Academy coed swim team has won 22 of the 23 City League championships ever held. The continued success stems from a constant influx of young, eager swimmers and a schedule of non-league meets that provide tough competition.
The Dragons posted an impressive 7-3 record this season, racking up wins against Arlington Catholic, Somerville, St. Mary’s and Matignon. The Dragons’ most recent meet was a hard-fought 86-82 loss to Catholic Memorial on Jan. 30.
Despite dominating the City League this season, Thomas said he thinks “there’s going to be a number of close races” in Wednesday’s meet.
“The very first event, the 200-yard medley relay, I think all three teams in the city, Latin Academy, O’Bryant and East Boston can finish within a second [of each other],” he said.
Thomas added that he thinks the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke will be tightly-contested races. Dragons senior captains Colby Cahill and Cristian Mojica will most likely vie for the victory in the backstroke.
O’Bryant sophomore Justin Chung will lead the way for the Tigers. In a matchup with Latin Academy earlier this season, Chung won the 100-yard breaststroke in a speedy 1:08.
“O’Bryant has probably the top swimmer in the city,” Thomas said of Chung. “Whatever he will be swimming that day, he’ll be the person to beat.”
While Latin Academy stands as the front-runner to capture another title, the O’Bryant and East Boston squads also had successful seasons.
“It is going to be very, very close between East Boston and O’Bryant,” Thomas said.
O’Bryant fared well against non-league competitors this year, topping Matignon, Somerville and St. Mary’s. East Boston enters the championship meet coming off of a tight 88-81 victory over Somerville on Jan. 29.
Latin Academy will swim one more time before the title meet. The Dragons will take on O’Bryant Monday and Thomas said he will use the meet as a final tune-up for the championship.
“We’ve swum them once already,” Thomas said. “I’ll be swimming a lot of my kids in different events so I can get a look at them.”
After Monday’s contest, Thomas will know what swimmers will compete in each event in the championship meet and will set a lineup that gives Latin Academy the best chance to defend the City League crown. Latin Academy’s talent and depth make them the obvious team to beat Wednesday, but if East Boston and O’Bryant post the best swims of the season, at the end of the day the Dragons could be dethroned.
The Latin Academy co-ed swim team topped Boston City League rival O’Bryant Thursday at Madison Park. The Dragons earned seven individual first-place finishes en route to a 90-70 victory.
Latin Academy kicked off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of senior Colby Cahill, junior Matteo Grando, sophomore Jason Zernitsky and sophomore Teaghan McLaughlin edged the O’Bryant squad by just 0.5 seconds.
Latin Academy coach Mark Thomas praised McLaughlin for her strong swim in the relay, although he said he usually does not focus on individual performances.
“I never really think of it as that way,” Thomas said. “Actually one girl who won’t even show up as an individual winner, but she swam in three relays… is Teaghan McClaughlin and she swam fantastic today.”
Latin Academy took the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle, led by junior Ashley Hickey’s top time of 2:19.05. Zernitsky won the 200-yard individual medley for the Dragons in 2:21.3.
The Dragons also swept the 50-yard freestyle. Junior Kevin Zheng’s time of 24.74 seconds was good for first.
Zernitsky won the 100-yard butterfly and Zheng won the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Christian Mojica won the 500-yard freestyle.
O’Bryant captured the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:52.78.
Mojica won the 100-yard backstroke for Latin Academy. Sophomore Justin Chung finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke for O’Bryant.
“I did my best time so far, 1:08, I feel confident,” Chung said. “I just worked hard at practice. I come to practice every day and I work hard, so I think I earned it.”
Latin Academy closed out the meet with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Cahill, McLaughlin, freshman Sean Coyne and junior Jacky Cheung teamed up for the win.
The six-time defending City League champion Dragons are having another successful season and will look to make a run at their seventh-straight City League title. They fared well against steep competition earlier this season in meets against St. Mary's, Malden Catholic, Arlington Catholic, Somerville and Waltham.
“I think what’s helped us again is a real, good, strong outside set of meets that we’ve set up for ourselves,” Thomas said. “You know we’ve done very well on the outside, not that we’ve won every meet, but we’ve been in every meet. Every race is contested, and that really helps us.”
The fall MIAA high school tournament will wrap up for a number of sports while this weekend's football games will bring teams one round closer to the sport's respective championship games.
Champions in cross-country, field hockey, soccer, swimming, and volleyball will be crowned this weekend. Meanwhile, the football matchups this weekend will determine the state championship semifinals ahead of Thanksgiving due to the new playoff format.
It all makes for a very busy and exciting weekend.
Here's the schedule of playoff and championship games from Friday onward:
Friday Nov. 15
- Div. 2 North: Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Waltham, 7 p.m. at Leary Field (Waltham)
- Div. 2 South: Barnstable at Mansfield, 7 p.m.
- Div. 2 Central: Leominster vs. St. John's (Shrewsbury), 7 p.m. at Doyle Field
- Div. 2 West: Springfield Central vs. Westfield, 7 p.m.
- Div. 3 Northwest: Woburn at Melrose, 7 p.m.
- Div. 3 Southeast: Plymouth North at Plymouth South, 7 p.m.
- Div. 3 Southwest: Stoughton at Oliver Ames, 7 p.m.
- Div. 4 South: Holliston at Dennis-Yarmouth, 6 p.m.
- Div. 4 Central: Doherty at Shepherd Hill, 7 p.m.
- Div. 4 West: Wahconah vs. Agawam, 6 p.m.
- Div. 5 North: Northeast at Bishop Fenwick, 7 p.m.
- Div. 5 South: Abington at Old Rochester, 7 p.m.
- Div. 5 Central: Northbridge vs. Bartlett, 7 p.m.
- Div. 5 West: Easthampton vs. Hoosac Valley, 7:15 p.m.
- Div. 6 South: Millis/Hopedale at Cohassett, 7 p.m.
- Div. 6 Central: Valley Tech at Littleton, 7 p.m.
- Div. 6 West: Mohawk Trail vs. Turners Falls, 7 p.m.
- Div. 1 boys state championship: Somerville vs. West Springfield, 7:30 p.m. at Worcester State University
- Div. 1 girls state championship: Newton North at Minnechaug, 5 p.m. at Worcester State University
Saturday Nov. 16
- State cross-country meet: Boys’ Div. 1, 11:40 a.m. at Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Mount Wachusett Community College
- State cross-country meet: Girls’ Div. 1, 1 p.m. at Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Mount Wachusett Community College
- State cross-country meet: Boys’ Div. 2, 11 a.m. at Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Mount Wachusett Community College
- State cross-country meet: Girls’ Div. 2, 12:20 p.m. at Gardner Municipal Golf Course & Mount Wachusett Community College
- Div. 1 state championship: Walpole vs. Longmeadow, 10 a.m. at Worcester Polytechnical Institute
- Div. 2 state championship: Watertown vs. Auburn, noon at Worcester Polytechnical Institute
- Div. 1 North: Central Catholic at Everett, 1:30 p.m.
- Div. 1 South: Attleboro at Xaverian, 1 p.m.
- Div. 3 Northeast: Marblehead at Tewksbury, 1:30 p.m.
- Div. 4 North: Bedford at Pentucket, 1:30 p.m.
- Div. 6: North: Latin Academy at St. Clement, 6 p.m.
- Div. 1 state championship: Newton North vs. Barnstable, 6 p.m. at Algonquin, Northborough
- Div. 2 state championship: Notre Dame (Hingham) vs. Westborough, 3 p.m. at Algonquin, Northborough
- Div. 3 state championship: Frontier vs. Fairhaven, noon at Algonquin, Northborough
Sunday Nov. 17
Swimming and diving
- Div. 1 girls state championship, 7:15 p.m. at Harvard's Blogett Pool
- Div. 2 girls state championship, 2:15 p.m. at Harvard's Blogett Pool
Brockton high school senior Virginia Burns confirmed Wednesday morning via text message that she has committed to swim for the University of Pennsylvania.
Burns is the most decorated swimmer in Boxers program history, owning six of eight individual relay records at once.
"It feels great," Burns said about making her decision on National Letter of Intent day. "Knowing that I'll be spending my college years with such a great team and great coaches while getting an incredible education is fantastic."
Burns will be competing in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly races at the Division 1 State Championship at Harvard on Sunday.
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50 freestyle – 1. Jacqueline Russolillo, Central Cath., 24.68; 2. Katherine Smith, Reading, 25.13; 3. Christina Tzianabos, Reading, 25.34.
100 backstroke – 1. Mackenzie Niness, Notre Dame (W), 59.14; 2. Maeve Awiszus, Andover, 59.36; 3. Anna Haywood, Chelmsford, 1:01.25.
100 breaststroke – 1. Emily Quinn, Belmont, 1:08.16; 2. Tiffany Shao, Acton-Boxboro, 1:10.64; 3. Shannon Fitzsimmons, Andover, 1:10.68.
100 butterfly – 1. Jessica Blake-West, Belmont, 56.87; 2. Mackenzie Niness, Notre Dame (W), 56.98; 3. Jessica Crowley, Acton-Boxboro, 58.57.
100 freestyle – 1. Soojin Kim, Andover, 54.25; 2. Jayne Vogelzang, Lexington, 54.50; 3. Maeve Awiszus, Andover, 54.57.
200 freestyle – 1. Caitlin Sheridan, Chelmsford, 1:52.76; 2. Shannon Quirk, Wakefield, 1:56.76; 3. Alison Murtagh, Andover, 1:56.94.
200 individual medley – 1. Kelly Lennon, Methuen, 2:09.13; 2. Jessica Blake-West, Belmont, 2:10.58; 3. Jessica Crowley, Acton-Boxboro, 2:11.07.
500 freestyle – 1. Caitlin Sheridan, Chelmsford, 5:00.25; 2. Kelly Lennon, Methuen, 5:06.85; 3. Shannon Quirk, Wakefield, 5:07.48.
200 freestyle relay – 1. Chelmsford, 1:40.91; 2. Acton-Boxboro, 1:42.01; 3. Lexington, 1:42.34.
200 medley relay – 1. Belmont, 1:52.44; 2. Acton-Boxboro, 1:52.68; 3. Chelmsford, 1:54.03.
400 freestyle relay – 1. Acton-Boxboro, 3:37.84; 2. Chelmsford, 3:38.80; 3. Andover, 3:39.85.
1-meter diving – 1. Michaela Sliney, Haverhill, 479.75 points; 2. Sylvie Stoloff, Boston Latin, 426.85; 3. Cynthia Kelsey, Belmont, 417.00.
Team scores – 1. Andover, 345.5; 2. Chelmsford, 336; 3. Acton-Boxboro, 258.5.
50 freestyle — 1. Virginia Burns, Brockton, 24.04; 2. Lily Gribbel, Wellesley, 24.74; 3. Maddie Biron, Framingham, 24.82.
100 backstroke — 1. Abby Lake, Ursuline, 58.49; 2. Logan Gallagher, Newton North, 1:01.38; 3. Kirsten Wade, Bishop Feehan, 1:01.53.
100 breaststroke — 1. Marisa Reidemeister, Bishop Feehan, 1:06.49; 2. Latroya Pina, Seekonk, 1:08.96; 3. Sienna Lapalme, Bishop Stang, 1:09.02.
100 butterfly — 1. Virginia Burns, Brockton, 56.58; 2. Abby Lake, Ursuline, 58.40; 3. Ali Lie, Framingham, 59.29.
100 freestyle — 1. Maddie Biron, Framingham, 53.50; 2. Emillie Despres, Needham, 54.26; 3. Kathryn Smith, Walpole, 54.68.
200 freestyle — 1. Amanda Graf, Newton North, 1:55.47; 2. Maddie Myers, Bishop Feehan, 1:55.99; 3. Caroline Batista, Durfee, 1:57.25.
200 individual medley — 1. Marisa Reidemeister, Bishop Feehan, 2:07.37; 2. Ali Lie, Framingham, 2:14.86; 3. Kathryn Santaniello, Needham, 2:15.72.
500 freestyle — 1. Maddie Myers, Bishop Feehan, 5:06.95; 2. Caroline Batista, Durfee, 5:10.26; 3. Sarah McEachern, Newton North, 5:17.13
200 freestyle relay — 1. Framingham 1:40.86; 2. Newton North 1:42.15; 3. Needham 1:42.53.
200 medley relay — 1. Framingham 1:52.56; 2. Bishop Feehan 1:53.27; 3. Newton North 1:53.50.
400 freestyle relay — 1. Needham 3:40.65; 2. Bishop Feehan 3:41.41; 3. Newton North 3:42.15.
1-meter diving – 1. Maura Sticco-Ivins, Framingham, 507.10 points; 2. Alyssa Seales, Framingham, 480.55; 3. Hannah Phelan, Walpole, 448.00.
Team scores — 1. Framingham 363; 2. Bishop Feehan 346; 3. Newton North 259; 4. Needham 257; 5. Natick 149.
For Haverhill swimming coach Rick Battistini, he will come to remember his 300th Hillies win as a wet one.
After an 87-81 Hillies' (8-2) victory over Central Catholic Friday, Battistini's girls pushed him in the pool to celebrate the big 300.
The achievement came after a come-from-behind effort from quadruple winner and senior captain Cali Aramian, who anchored the final relay to win.
"The 300th win is not a big individual thing but the longevity over the life of the girls' program," he said.
The three-time Globe Coach of the Year, who has coached the Hillies swimming program since the late 70s, felt a sigh of relief after a "very close meet." The Hillies have seen four undefeated seasons under Battistini.
"It's been a pleasure to coach so many extremely hard-working teams," he said.
Battistini also coach Lowell, where he broke seven varsity records and led the team to seventh-place finish at a state meet.
The boys and girls swimming and diving section championships, which were scheduled for this weekend, have been canceled because of Friday's impending snowstorm.
The events will not be rescheduled because of facility and time constraints, according to the MIAA.
Swimmers who have already qualified for the state tournament will automatically move forward to the state championships, which are slated for Feb. 16 and 17.
By Andy Deossa, Globe Correspondent
The Weston’s boys’ swimming team is on cruise control driving along the road to success.
“These guys are incredibly focused,” said coach Claude Valle. “It’s almost like I just stick the key in and turn on the car.”
On Tuesday, the Wildcats defeated Newton South, 93.5-74.5, behind solid contributions from Jack Blyzinskyj, Tommy Peacher, Ryan Burrow, and Sam Cekala. Weston (9-0) set two pool records at the Peter J. Foley Natatorium, finishing the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute and 28.04 seconds and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:13.63.
“Can’t believe how fast they swam today,” Valle said. “I think they just realize that it’s their last year together and are working their tails off to enjoy every second of it.”
The program has won 20 Division 2 state titles in the last 30 years. As defending champs, Valle said the experience his team gained last year has carried over and led them to a perfect season so far.
“They figured out a lot last year when they won states,” Valle explained. “They started the year on a mission and saw that the results paid off.”
Despite all the accomplishments, Valle acknowledges the competiveness of the Dual County League and knows his team will be challenged on a daily basis. However, the goal of winning another state championship remains the final destination.
So far it has been a smooth ride.
A letter from MIAA Board of Directors chairman and Case principal Brian McCann said, "The conduct of your swim program has been of concern to the Board for many months. We do appreciate your expressed willingness to address the issues raised by the Board, which you and the high school leadership seem to have embraced. Nonetheless, the sub-committee finds that the swim program presents patterns that require Association redress.
For example, it appears that MIAA championships earned by your teams over the years, if this past year is any indication, were achieved by a non school “club team” rather than an education based high school team."
According to MIAA rules, “Bona fide members of a school team are precluded from missing a high school practice or competition in order to participate in a non-school athletic activity/event in any sport recognized by the MIAA." The letter detailed the multiple days swimmers were allowed to miss Gardner High practices because they were participating in club activities.
"The 2012 roster you submitted following our meeting includes only one Gardner High School student who was not connected to the team through school choice, home schooling, or through a cooperating school. This is unusual. That roster also reflects that every member of your swim team (with one possible exception) was a member of the Greenwood Swim Club, another suggestion that your team was more reflective of a non-school club team than a school team.
"Over the months of inquiry, we learned that a home school student did participate at some point on your team, and was subsequently declared ineligible by Principal Pierce. We also learned that a choice student swimmer transferred from Gardner HS within hours of Principal Pierce informing the coach that he could not attend the upcoming state tournament.
"In light of the aforementioned, the sub-committee requires that all regular season competitions in which ineligible members competed (by virtue of bona-fide team violations, home school ineligibility, etc.) be forfeited. In addition, the MIAA team trophy presented in conjunction with the MIAA 2012 Sectional Tournament must be returned to the Association, and that championship forfeited (given that most of the participants were likely ineligible due to bona fide team rule violations). We respectfully request that the actions described above be completed before the beginning of the winter season (i.e. before November 26).
The sub-committee also places Gardner High School on MIAA probation for two years, during which time the school leadership needs to demonstrate to the MIAA Board of Directors better institutional control of the athletic program, and establish protocols that will ensure compliance with all local and Association policies. During this probationary period, Gardner will not be permitted to host any cooperative swim program, and is encouraged to foster sufficient interest within the school to sponsor an all Gardner HS team."
The letter was sent to Gardner Superintendent of Schools Carol Daring. Gardner had won 16 state swim titles under coach Don Lemieux, also the director of the Greenwood Swim Club. But after winning last winter's sectional title, Lemieux was told he couldn't attend the Division 1 state championship. He resigned and Monday's decision was the end result of a lengthy investigation by a sub-committee of the MIAA Board of Directors.
For the first time in as long as eight-year veteran coach Andrew Patterson can remember, the Ursuline girls’ swim team won its dual meet against Notre Dame Academy of Hingham.
Ursuline hosted Thursday’s meet at Dedham Pool and came away with the narrow 96-90 victory. The meet was tied going into the afternoon’s final event, the 4x400 freestyle relay, which the Bears won by less than half a second.
The foursome of Abby Lake, Mary Glass, Catherine Rocket, and Caroline Powell finished the race in 3:57.81. The Cougars relay team came in at 3:88.12.
“[The win] was huge,” Patterson said. “There were tears of joy, there was a lot of screaming and a lot of smiling faces. It was incredibly loud in there. I have never seen my girls so happy after a meet.”FULL ENTRY
This awards ceremony and program are designed to recognize Massachusetts high school student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence in three disciplines: academics, athletics and citizenship. The ceremony will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Curry Student Center Ballroom at Northeastern University.
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The event, which is being sponsored by Sport in Society at Northeastern University and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, is open to schools in Districts A, B, C, D, E and H.
Each school can nominate two male and two female students that merit this recognition and have participated in community service. One faculty member, coach, or parent representative should also be willing to provide transportation and accompany the students.
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Concord-Carlisle's Sean O'Brien made quite an impression Sunday at the swimming and diving North sectional title at MIT's Zesiger Fitness Center.
O'Brien, who has committed to swim for Texas next year, broke his own state record that he set a year ago, posting a 704. In the video above, you can see a sample of some of O'Brien's finest dives and how he wowed the crowd at MIT.
Friday night's Independent School League coed swim meet between Minuteman and Greater Lawrence Academy marked only the second time a female swimmer for the Mustangs has qualified for the state sectionals.
While the Mustangs won the meet 88-81, sophomore Liz Weinberger won the 100-butterfly with a time of 1:08.99 to qualify for the North girls' sectional. Weinberger's time also broke the school record for the 100-butterfly, which has stood since 1994. Amy Baker held the record time until Friday night at 1:10.86.
Baker is also the only other female Mustang to ever qualify for sectionals, which she did in the 100-butterfly in 1994.
"[Liz] is a pixie in terms of her size, she is very very small," said Minuteman coach Skip Farkas. "She trains really hard."
Weinberger also swims the medley relay, the 200-freestyle relay and the 50 free, which she broke the school record for earlier this season with a time of 28.5.
The Mustangs won Friday night's match by a close margin. Minuteman took first in nine of the 11 events, while the match came down to the final race of the night, the 400-free relay.
"Because Greater Lawrence has such a bigger team it all came down to the last race," Farkas said. "If they had won that race, they would have won the match."
The Mustangs relay team of Yuri Gentef, Stephen Spencer, Peter Kelly, and Curtis Kazmaier took home the race win and the match win, swimming the 400-free relay in 4:45.12.
The win improved Minuteman's overall record to 2-8.
The Boston Globe Fall All-Scholastics are out, available for view on Boston.com. More than 200 high school athletes from nine different sports have been selected as All-Scholastics, marking the end of the fall season.
On this season's cover is Concord-Carlisle brother-sister duo Mike and Andrea O'Brien, who are both All-American soccer players for the school. They highlight the level of talent of the many individuals selected this season.
It was a long weekend in Massachusetts high school sports. The MIAA awarded championship trophies in soccer, volleyball, cross-country, swimming and field hockey. And a week before that, golf champions were crowned. Here's a roundup of all the games and state championships from the fall. You can also find all of our stories and photos at our Fall 2011 Championships page.
Div. 1 girls soccer
Peabody rides defense to title - Katie Brunelle’s goal with 3:26 remaining in the first half helped the Tanners beat East Longmeadow 1-0.
Div. 2 girls soccer
Canton can't halt Auburn - Alysha Brunelle’s strike was all Auburn would need, as the Rockets capped off an undefeated season and claimed the Division 2 girls’ soccer state title, 1-0, over Canton yesterday at Worcester State.
Div. 3 girls soccer
Dover Sherborn edges Hopedale - After losing in the EMass title game last year, the Dover-Sherborn girls’ soccer team had one goal this season, and that was to finish the job with a state championship. The Raiders completed the mission with a 2-1 victory over Hopedale.
Div. 1 boys soccer
Ludlow beats Masconomet - Kyle Tomas scored two second-half goals to lead Ludlow to its third state title in four years and 17th overall.
Div. 2 boys soccer
Groton-Dunstable derails Concord-Carlisle - Daniel Beyh and Alex Merlino scored in the second half as the Crusaders (20-1-1) won their first championship since 2001 in beating the two-time defending state champs.
Div. 3 boys soccer
Sutton proves too much for Georgetown - Despite late momentum by Georgetown, Sutton prevailed, 3-1.
State Volleyball championships
Barnstable adds No. 14 to dynasty; Marlboro tops Melrose; Frontier bests Case - Barnstable’s dynasty grew by beating Central Catholic, 3-0, in the MIAA Division 1 championship; Marlboro rallied to complete an undefeated 23-game season, finishing off Melrose 3-1; and Frontier capitalized on the power and athleticism of junior Cassidy Stankowski, who drilled 24 kills in the Red Hawks’ victory in a marathon 3-2 match.
Boys X-country championships
Bishop Feehan edges Pembroke in photo finish - Bishop Feehan placed four runners in the top 17, overcoming three Pembroke top-10 finishes, to win the MIAA boys’ Division 2 cross-country state championships.
Girls X-country championships
Whitman Hanson girls pull a fast one - All five of Whitman-Hanson’s scoring runners crossed the finish line in under 20 minutes.
Andover girls glide to 12th title - The Golden Warriors got off to a rousing start when the 200-yard medley relay team of Maeve Awiszus, Ashlee Korsberg, Rachel Moore, and Emma Cammann cruised to a win in 1 minute 49.76 seconds, nearly five seconds in front of runner-up Framingham.
Div. 1 field hockey
Andover repeats as state champions - Sophomore Julia LeBlanc redirected a pass from Meagan Keefe in the second half as the Golden Warriors (22-0-2) defeated Longmeadow, 1-0, for their second consecutive state title.
Div. 2 field hockey
Watertown sinks Oakmont - Watertown (21-0-1) defeated Oakmont, 3-1, to extend its unbeaten streak to 69 games and lock up its 12th state title since coach Eileen Donahue took over in 1986.
Div. 1 golf
St. John's Pandelena takes crown in playoff - Nick Pandelena of St. John’s Prep won a three-man playoff to take the Division 1 individual competition, and St. John’s (Shrewsbury) won its fourth state championship in six years at Glen Ellen Country Club.
Div. 2 golf
May, Masconomet rule roost - ith all eyes on Charlie May, the Masconomet junior calmly rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to clinch the Division 2 state individual championship.
Div. 3 golf
Westwood gets the drop on Medfield - Pat Frodigh -- Westwood High’s No. 1 golfer -- eagled on a crucial 13th hole to spur his team to victory.
Kevin Bradley, a stellar swimmer for Milford High school, was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" feature this week, one week after St. Mary's (Lynn) ice hockey goalie Sarah Foss made it in the feature.
Bradley, a sophomore, owns every individual record at Milford high, according to the national magazine, and a national-championship-qualifying 3:47.56 in the 400 individual medley, "the fastest time in the nation among 15-year-olds."
The Reading Rockets boys swimming team defeated visiting Andover 90-80 in Saturday's meet, giving the school its first unbeaten season in the program's history.
Reading wrapped up its season with an 11-0-1 overall record (4-0-1 in Middlesex League matchups), winning nine of 11 events against the Golden Warriors.
Leading the way for the Rockets were senior Nick Fredetté, who won the 200-yard individual medley and 550-yard freestyle, junior Connor Daly, who won the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke, and sophomore Scott McGinty, who finished first in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.
Head coach Ken Holbrook was ecstatic with his team's accomplishment, crediting all 19 members of the varsity squad.
"It's just fantastic," Holbrook said. "My guys swam really well, and getting this last win was just the icing on the cake."
Departing senior captains Gib Stevens and Chris Briere also performed well.
"They did great," Holbrook said. "But the win was a team effort; that's the way it's been all year."
Reading will now compete for the league championship Thursday at Bentley.
Concord-Carlisle's Sean O'Brien and Lincoln-Sudbury's Ryan Shelley both broke Zack Cassavant's 14-year-old 1-meter diving record in the Dual County League Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday held at Beedy Center in Concord.
Cassavant, an Acton-Boxboro graduate, set the mark at 325 points in 1996, but Shelley recorded a 349.40, followed by O'Brien one-upping him and setting the bar at 355.70.
The DCL Swimming and Diving Championships will continue on Friday, with the swimming portion taking place. Currently, L-S is leading with 48 points and Concord-Carlisle is second with 34.
Nothing draws the best out of a winner like some good competition.
Last night, St. John's Prep boys toppled a strong group of BC High swimmers 104-82 to secure regular-season Catholic Conference supremacy. Senior captain Brendan Moran said the rivalry stoked his team's competitive fire.
"It's always a big meet, we always have kids swim fast [against BC High] so we were pretty pumped to swim against them, particularly here at [Harvard's Blodgett Pool]," Moran said. "Kids just put their hearts into their swims and we executed it, so we're happy about that."
Moran led off for the second-place 400 Freestyle relay team (3:37.41) as well as for the third-place 200 Freestyle relay team (1:37.35). He finished the solo 200 Freestyle in 1:52.71 for third place.
Prep won the Division 1 title last year while BC High placed fourth. Last year's win was the fourth in a row, and despite last night's solid victory against the eagles, coach Tony Padvaiskas said he is unsure of how his young team will fare this year.
"We graduated 17 boys last year, so to only have three seniors this year we have a lot of work to do to get the underclassmen ready to go," he said.
Moran echoed his coach's cautious sentiments, but said he's ready to do whatever it takes to win.
"As coach says, we've got three more weeks where we've got Catholic Conference championships, sectional championships and state championships," Moran said. "We've got a lot of work left to do, and I'm looking forward to the practices that we put in and what we get out of them."FULL ENTRY
Whether you prefer the court or the ice, and even the pool, there's a few events to note this week.
Catholic Memorial, the Globe's No. 1 team in the region, and St. John's Prep, the No. 7 team, will be playing each other at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. It's a rescheduled game the two teams were supposed to play Jan. 2.
Catholic Memorial (9-2-1) downed the last No. 7 team, Malden Catholic, 4-2 Saturday after going into the third period tied 1-1.
St. John's Prep (5-5-1) is second in the Catholic Conference.
No. 1 St. Mary's vs. No. 9 Woburn girls hockey, Wednesday. A rematch of last year's division 1 state championship, won by St. Mary's.
No. 3 Hingham vs. No. 6 Duxbury girls hockey wednesday. Two top 10 girls hockey teams, each with just one loss. For Hingham, beginning of a brutal two-game stand that has them facing St. Mary's on Saturday.
No. 7 Madison Park vs. No. 6 East Boston in boys' basketball Thursday. Last time these two teams met, Eastie won in overtime. Both teams are in top 10.
Swimming -- Boston College High vs. St. John's Prep swimming Sunday at 7 p.m. at Harvard.
Defending state champion St. John's is unbeaten and faces Catholic Conference rival and unbeaten BC High for the conference title. This could be the best competition of the entire winter season. This is the first of three straight matchups between the schools with the Catholic Conference meet and the state championships also ahead.
Track and Field -- State Coaches Elite track meet Sunday at Reggie Lewis center. Best of the best in state line up in what is usually a great preview of the state championship next month.
For those looking to attend this winter's City Championships, here's a list of dates for this year's festivities:
- Indoor track: Feb. 9-10, 3 p.m. at the Reggie Lewis Center
- Swimming: Feb. 10, 3 p.m.
- Girls' basketball: Semifinals on Feb. 18, 4 and 5:30 p.m. at Madison Park; Final on Feb. 20, 5 p.m.
- Boys' basketball: Semifinals on Feb. 19, 4 and 5:30 p.m. at Madison Park; Final on Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.
- Boys' hockey: Semifinal on Feb. 19, 10 a.m. at Matthews Arena; Final on Feb. 20, noon.
We'll pass along the matchups for basketball and hockey when they are released.
Former Andover swimmer Elizabeth Mancuso (Globe File Photos)
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court said today that participation in school athletics is not a constitutional right for anyone, rejecting former Andover swimmer Elizabeth Mancuso's claim after she was banned as a fifth-year senior.
The state’s high court today strongly endorsed the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s oversight of athletics in the state’s public schools, rejecting a former Andover High School swimmer’s claim she was denied her constitutional rights when banned as a fifth-year senior.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court said that participation in school athletics is not a constitutional right for anyone. Writing for the court, Justice Judith M. Cowin also ruled that MIAA’s grievance procedure does not violate the state’s civil rights law.
“The right to a public education, even one with a mandatory physical education component, is not synonymous with the right to participate in extracurricular activities, such as interscholastic athletics," Cowin wrote.
She added, “we do not expand the contours of a student's property interest in public education to include within it every extracurricular activity that might enrich the educational experience, however meaningful those activities might be to individual students.:
Elizabeth Mancuso was a star swimmer in 2003 when she and her school asked the MIAA to treat her as a fifth year senior. Mancuso had attended Austin Preparatory School for her freshman year, but then repeated freshman year when she transferred into Andover’s public school because she had started school one year earlier than her peers, according to the SJC.
While at Austin, Mancuso swam on a travel team but not for the school. As she prepared for her senior year on the Andover swim team, the MIAA said her year at Austin counted towards her four years of high school eligibility and knocked her off the team, according to the SJC.
Denied by the MIAA, Mancuso went on to Dartmouth College where she was a member of that university’s swim and has since graduated from college.
As you may have noticed when you picked up your Boston Globe this morning, all of our high school sports standings are moving online here at Boston.com starting today.
Hop over to High School Sports Central for all of today's content, which includes:
- Notebooks for boys' and girls' basketball and boys' hockey
- Standings for all winter sports
- Players of the week and leading scorers
If you don't see the standings for your favorite team or league, please get in touch with your coach, athletic director, or league representative and remind them to contact the Globe on Sundays to report the latest information.
We're dusting off our Player Diaries blog for the fall season and we're looking for athletes who might be interested in chronicling their seasons on Boston.com.
Last fall, Mansfield football standout Mike McPherson and Ursuline volleyball All-Scholastic Caitlin Burchill kept us updated on their exciting seasons. Now we want you to tell us all about your fall season.
Interested? Drop us an email with your name, sport you play, and a brief bio about yourself. Remember, you don't have to be the team superstar. Heck, if you're the stats keeper and you want to tell the world about how your team is doing, we want you, too.
We'll pick a handful of our favorites to handle the Player Diaries this fall. Hey, it doesn't look bad on a college resume, either.
The Eastern Massachusetts Interscholastic Swim Coaches Academy will dedicate the Massachusetts Swim Coaches Hall of Fame Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the Milford High School Pool with the unveiling of the State Coaches Hall of Fame at 7:30 p.m.
Established in 1981, the Massachusetts Swim Coaches Hall of Fame honors the finest coaches in Massachusetts's history of swimming and diving, and a similar display is on exhibit in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The exhibit in Milford will include the Jack McDonald Memorial Award, Massachusetts state records,
along with photos depicting the people and events that helped shape interscholastic swimming in Massachusetts.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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