- Written by Denise Buckley, Clipper Correspondent
- Published: 29 January 2014
Heading into their last week of the regular season, the Duxbury girls’ swim and dive team has already claimed a spot atop the Patriot League. With their 98-79 win last week over Scituate, the Dragons remain unbeaten with a 7-0 record.
The girls began the meet against last Tuesday with points for diving as Avery Pisani took first with a score of 207.15, Kelsey Golden second with 203.95 and Anna Chinetti, fourth with 106.55.
The 200-yard freestyle saw co-captains Katie Eagan and Elizabeth Buckley, as well as Carolyn Johnson, take first, second and third respectively. Later, swimming the other distance freestyle event, Miranda VanDingstee would battle her way through the 500 freestyle finishing a close second to Scituate. Dawn Martinson and Emily Murray were fourth and sixth.
Co-captain Jill Coghlan demonstrated her versatility, swimming the 200-yard individual medley, an event comprised of two lengths of each stroke. She would finish second, followed by Ellie Sohmer in third and Olivia Nichols in fourth.
Sprinting specialist Sydney Rangulong swam her season-best time in the 50-yard freestyle with a 25.99-second time, finishing well ahead of the second-place Sailor. Katie Cooper and Mackenzie Bright were just behind claiming third and fourth.
Co-captains Buckley and Hannah Hutchinson, as well as Jess Goldberg, would combine to produce the closest race of the day by sweeping the 100-yard free. Hutchinson would prevail, out-touching her teammates by less than a second.
Mary O’Sullivan would have a battle of her own in the 100-yard backstroke. Swimming stroke for stroke with Scituate, she would reach the wall first by a third of a second to win the event. Touching just behind were Rangulong in third and Annie Sweeney sixth. Emily Nichols had no problem claiming first in the 100-yard breaststroke, gliding to the wall well ahead of the competition, while Meredith VanDingstee and Meg Murray settled for second and sixth.
Michaela Morris added another blue ribbon to her collection in her signature event, the 100 butterfly, with Lucy Quigley a close second and Martha Fantom taking fifth.
The Dragons have a busy week ahead as they swim the last of their regular season meets as well as prepare for the league championship. After travelling to Quincy on Tuesday, they host Norwell and Cohasset on Thursday at the Percy Walker Pool. On Saturday, the Dragons are off to Quincy’s Lincoln-Hancock Pool for the Patriot League Championships.