Wednesday, March 05, 2014
The Northampton girls swimming and diving team had a strong start and strong finish to the state Division 2 championship.
In between, Erin Voss won two individual events as the Blue Devils placed third with 229 points at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Saturday.
“When everyone is swimming their best, it’s a great team experience,” Voss said. “It gets everyone pumped up.”
The sophomore swam the third leg of the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Maela Whitcomb, Kaitlin Travers, Voss and Lilly Etlinger finished fifth in 1 minutes, 53.98 seconds.
Voss also anchored the 400 free relay team, which placed second with a school record 3:36.30. Whitcomb, Maggie Miller and Kerry Fleming swam the first three legs, respectively.
“We all swam really fast and the relays did an amazing job,” Voss said.
With wins in the 200 free (1:49.68) and 500 free (4:52.99), Voss now has three state individual titles. Both of those times are school records.
Voss finished the first 50 yards of the 200 free in 25.71 seconds and led by almost two seconds.
“I just kind of stuck to my own race,” she said. “I knew I was ahead. I felt good in the water and I just went for it.”
Whitcomb (1:57.17) and Fleming (1:58.40) were fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 200 free.
There were some familiar faces with Voss at the top of the 500 free. Easthampton’s Jessica Harper and Holyoke Catholic’s Kristyn Popowski swim with Voss on the Holyoke YMCA club team.
Harper was second in the 500 in 4:57.30 and Popowski was fourth in 5:00.99. Harper was also second in the 100 free (51.14), while Popowski took a fourth in the 100 fly in 59.82.
“We’re all friends,” Voss said. “We all know how each other races. It’s fun to go out there and see what you can do.”
The Blue Devils had a number of top 10 finishers.
The 200 free relay of Etlinger, Caitlyn Richmond, Miller and Fleming was fifth in 1:43.84.
Katie Helly was sixth in diving with 397.40 points.
Whitcomb was fifth (1:00.03) in the 100 backstroke, while Fleming was seventh (54.82) in the 100 free.
Travers was eighth (1:11.28) in the 100 breaststroke 1:11.28 and Erica Dean finished 10th (5:29.92) in the 500.
Wayland won the championship with 331.5 points. Belchertown was seventh with 108.5, while Amherst was 14th with 50. Easthampton (40) was 17th and Holyoke Catholic (30) was 20th. South Hadley (20) was 24th.
For Belchertown, Bryanna Veroneau was fifth in the 100 fly in 1:00.16 and seventh in the 200 IM in 2:13.48.
The Orioles’ relays also did well. The 200 medley relay of Audra Hale, Veroneau, Helen Hale and Sierra Kenney was sixth in 1:56.03.
The 400 relay of Audra Hale, Haley Synan, Samantha Synan and Veroneau was seventh in 3:48.61. The 200 free relay of Claire Nauman, Julia Mazza, Kenney and Samantha Synan was ninth in 1:45.83.
The Hurricanes’ 400 relay of Joslyn Sullivan, Ella Douglas, Corey Gerber Dolan and Sadie Logan was eighth in 3:49.17.
Sullivan (1:01.76) was 11th in the 100 back, while the 200 relay (1:47.27) of Riko Rollins, Regan Thibault, Gerber Dolan and Logan also finished 11th.
Mackenzie Werenski, of South Hadley, was seventh in the 100 back in 1:01.05.
Division 2 boys
The Amherst Regional boys finished third in the state championship at MIT on Sunday. Weston won the championship. Bishop Feehan was second.
The 200 medley relay (1:40.10) and 400 free relay (3:18.03) each finished second.
Marc Klepacki, Alan Tang, Ciaran Dillon-Davidson and Eric Chen filled out both relays.
“We wanted to win the 200 medley,” Amherst coach Keith McFarland said. “It was a great race but we wanted that one.”
Dillon-Davidson was also second in the 200 free in 1:44.49. Dillon-Davidson (52.87) and Tang (53.55) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100 fly. Tang was fourth (1:01.67) in the 100 breast.
Klepacki was seventh (22.11) in the 50 free and ninth (50.0) in the 100 free.
Hunter Carkhuff (58.06) finished 10th in the 100 back to round out Amherst’s top 10 finishers.
Northampton’s Aidan Winn was second (4:45.87) in the 500 and seventh (55.39) in the 100 back.
South Hadley’s Ryan Maniello finished sixth in the 200 free and eighth in the 100 free.
Belchertown’s Matt Quinney was sixth (5:02.50) in the 500.
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