Swimmers beat their nemesis

Written by Denise Buckley
 | Monday, 07 February 2011 23:48

In their most anticipated dual-meet of the season, the Duxbury girls’ swim team topped previously unbeaten, South Sectional rivals, Barnstable last Thursday at the Percy Walker Pool. It was a huge win and sweet payback for the Lady Dragons, who had yet to beat the Red Raiders in a regular season meet. 
After being touched out at the wall in the 200-yard medley relay, the Lady Dragons took the top spot in five out of eight individual events and the remaining two relay competitions. All of the wins, as well as four of the second-place finishes, recorded season-low times.  In addition, the divers also scored points for all three spots, with Sam Tougas leading the way.  Kelsey Golden and Kelly Masgul finished second and third. 
The 200-yard freestyle saw a Duxbury sweep, as Sarah Goldberg cruised her way to victory with a season best 2:00.65.  Abby Mullen and Emily Hutchinson took second and third.  Ellie Johnson (2:16.40) also out-swam her opponents in the 200-yard IM with her lowest time of the season.  Finishing third was Olivia Zelvis. 
Goldberg and Johnson would both return to the pool for second victories and best times in the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke.  Goldberg finished first in the 500 in 5:25.97, well ahead of the second place swimmer. Younger sister Jessie placed third and Abby Mullen was fourth.  Johnson, making it look easy, swam a 1:11.78 in the 100 breaststroke to take first.  Jill Coghlan (3rd) and Kassie Sweeney (5th) were right behind. 
The closest race of the meet was the 50-yard free.  Shelby Rader was the top Duxbury swimmer, finishing second with a season-low 26.31.  Avery Riddle (26.59), also swimming a personal best, finished third and Jessie Goldberg was fourth.  Later on, Rader was back in the water for her signature event  in the 100-yard backstroke,  swimming another season best (1:04.29) to take second place just ahead of Avery Riddle (3rd) and Krista Librett (5th). 
The Lady Dragons swept the 100-yard butterfly as well with Katie Eagan, Michaela Morris and Miranda VanDingstee placing, respectively.  Emily Hutchinson was the top Duxbury swimmer in the 100-yard freestyle.  The co-captain swam a season-best 58:25 for second, ahead of Laura Husted (4th) and sister Hannah Hutchinson (5th). 
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Hutchinson sisters teamed up with the Goldbergs again for first in a scorching time of 1:48.29.  In the last event, Rader joined forces with co-captain Goldberg and the Hutchinsons for the blue ribbon in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The girls will be back in the pool on Tuesday and Thursday for two re-scheduled meets against Scituate/Cohasset and Norwell.  Then it’s on to Central/South Sectionals at MIT on Sunday, Feb. 13, and Division II States on Feb. 20 at noon, at Harvard University.