op-10 finish for girls’ swim and dive

Written by Denise Buckley, Clipper Correspondent
 | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:55

The Duxbury girls’ swim and Dive team capped off a fantastic season by placing eighth with 107.5 points at the MIAA Division II State Championships Saturday at MIT.

Sophomore Sydney Rangulong was the top scorer for the Dragons. Rangulong sixth in the 50-yard freestyle with a 25.44-second time and also placed 14th in the 100 free, touching the wall in 56.51 to end her season with two personal-best times.

“She is definitely going to compete for the top spot next year,” head coach Elizabeth Walsh said of her sophomore superstar.

Captain Hannah Hutchinson (30th) and Katie Cooper (31st) both joined Rangulong in the 50-yard free before the three Dragons team with captain Katie Eagan to end their seasons with another season- best time to place fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of Cooper 1:42.57.

The 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relays also scored points. The medley team of Mary O’Sullivan, Emily Nichols, Michaela Morris and Hutchinson dropped two seconds to take eighth place while Jess Goldberg, captain Elizabeth Buckley, Eagan and Rangulong raced to a 12th place finish in the 400.

Duxbury got strong performances from the seniors in what would be their last high school meet from Miranda VanDingstee, Goldberg and Buckley would represent the Lady Dragons in the 200-yard and 500-yard distance freestyle events. VanDingstee dropped two seconds in the 200 with a 2:06.69 to place 24th while Goldberg and Buckley would take 27th and 28th. Buckley would later rebound in the 500 free by dropping three seconds to swim a personal best of 5:43.12 and place 23rd. Gold- berg and VanDingstee followed up in 27th and 32nd.

Eagan, Nichols and Morris swam season bests in the 200- yard individual medley, 100 breast and 100 butterfly events, respectively. Eagan dropped two seconds for a season low 2:24.70 to finish in 20th in the medley, Nichols placed 16th in the breaststroke event with a best time of 1:14.08 and Morris shaved a full second off her seed time in the butterfly, touching in 101.66, to take ninth. O’Sullivan also swam a personal best time of 1:05.01, placing 23rd in the 100-yard backstroke.

While Walsh said she was happy to see her seniors end on a high note in the pool, she said their lasting legacy will be the impact they made on the program.

“We had a really amazing senior class,” Walsh said. “This was a really special group. The way they competed and sup- ported [the other swimmers] was just perfect. I’m so sad to see them go.”

Senior diver Kelsey Golden also ended her high school career in style during the diving portion of the meet. Golden scored 381.1 to place ninth out of 27 divers, one spot behind junior teammate Avery Pisani, who scored 382. Walsh gave diving coach Julianne Colombo all the credit for the strong performances from Duxbury’s divers.

“I think she’s the best [diving] coach on the South Shore,” Walsh said. “She does an amazing job.”

While the Dragons are going to lose a large and tal- ented group to graduation this spring, they have a solid core of strong swimmers returning led by Rangulong, which had Walsh confident that the program can continue to compete with the best in the state.

“It’s so sad to see the seniors go, but I’m already count- ing down to next season,” she said. “I’m really excited.”