Boys sweep 11 events vs. Barnstable
- Written by Denise Buckley
Sophomores Ian Wilson and Mike Connolly continue to lead the team with wins and both scored first-place points in each of their individual events.Â Connolly won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events, proving that he is not only a distance freestyler, but a sprinter as well.Â Swimming a season-low 24.31 in the 50, Connolly touched out Ben Zelvis (25.63) for first, while Steven Kravitz took fourth.Â Taking to the block in the 100 free, he cruised to a speedy 52.79, well ahead of the second-place Barnstable swimmer.Â Matt Griffin and Drew Lawrence finished third and sixth.Â
Wilson later confirmed that he is the backstroker to beat, as he took the top spot in the event (1:00.68), leaving his closest competitor half a pool length behind.Â Noah Brayer and Mason Crane finished third and fourth.Â
The closest race of the meet saw Wilson (2:10.27) and teammate Steven Tonaszuck (2:10.82) battle it out in the 200 IM.Â Both recorded season bests and the race came down to the finish where Wilson touched the wall first, with Josh Ng (2:32.31) completing the sweep. Later on, Tonaszuck (5:13.93) was in the pool cruising to victory in the 500-yard freestyle, in yet another season-low time. Following him for second and fifth were Keelen Murphy and Noah Brayer, respectively.Â
Co-captains Barry and Arthur Su recorded three wins between them on Thursday.Â Barry (59.44) placed first in the 100-yard butterfly ahead of Zelvis (second) and Josh Ng (fourth).Â Arthur won the 200-yard freestyle with a season-low 1:59.10, well ahead of second place Matt Griffin.Â Kevin Coakley finished in sixth. The brothers returned to the pool to race the 100-yard breaststroke.Â Arthur prevailed with a 1:06.73 for first with Barry just behind in 1:09.22.Â Keelen Murphy took fourth.Â
In the diving competition, Mike Tougas out-scored teammate Ryan Scanlan by 20 points for first place.
The Dragons look to continue their winning ways on Tuesday and Thursday this week, as they take on Norwell and Scituate/Cohasset at the Percy Walker Pool.Â
Then itâ€™s on to the Central/South Sectionals on Feb. 12 and Division II States on Saturday Feb. 19 at MIT.