Belchertown's Mitchell Dubey swims to pair of state titles (PHOTOS)

  • Belchertown senior Mitchell Dubey won the 200-yard freestyle championship at the Division 2 boys swimming state championships Sunday at Boston University. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Easthampton's Tyler Hetu dives during the Division 2 state championships Sunday at Boston University. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI—

  • Belchertown sophomore Lucas Giguere placed third in the 100-yard butterfly at the Division 2 state championships Sunday in Boston. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI—

  • Belchertown Sophomore Luke Giguere won the 100-yard backstroke state championship in 51.87 seconds. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI—

  • Belchertown senior Mitchell Dubey captured a second Division 2 state championship when he won the 500-yard freestyle at Boston University on Sunday. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI—

Staff Writer
Published: 2/27/2022 9:32:27 PM

BOSTON – Mitchell Dubey didn’t break the time barriers he was aiming for at Sunday’s MIAA Division 2 Swimming & Diving championships at Boston University.

The Belchertown senior wanted a sub-1 minute, 40-second 200-yard freestyle and a 500-freestyle faster than 4:30.

Two state titles aren’t a bad consolation prize.

“I wasn’t too upset about them,” Dubey said. “Not bad swims. I’m pretty happy with them, obviously happy with the placements.”

Dubey, a senior, opened with a dominant victory in the 200-yard freestyle to claim his first state title. He was first to every wall and hit the finish in 1 minute, 40.91 seconds. That was 5½ seconds clear of the field.

His teammate Evan Harrington also reached the podium in sixth (1:48.55).

Dubey doubled his gold medals in the 500 free: winning in 4:30.5 seconds. No one finished within 15 seconds of the Naval Academy commit. He was lapping one of the other eight fastest distance swimmers in the state with about 100 yards to go.

Harrington clocked a 4:55.46 for fifth.

Luke Giguere added a third individual championship for Belchertown in the 100-yard backstroke. The sophomore went out fast then held off challengers from both sides over the final 25 yards to claim his first state championship in 51.87 seconds.

“I know the kid who was seeded second was pretty close to me. I knew he could pull it off and beat me. I knew he had a good back half,” Giguere said. “I had the front half, so I just kept going.”

Giguere additionally came in third in the 100 butterfly for Belchertown. He was fourth after the first 50 then made up ground in the back half, clocking a time of 51.77 seconds.

The Orioles closed the meet finishing second in the 400 freestyle relay. Giguere, Harrington, Derek Gould and Dubey clocked a 3:17.61. They led through the first two legs until Weston caught them.

Dubey anchored the relay, his last swim in Orioles black and gold to close a brief but decorated Belchertown career. He joined the high school team after only swimming for Bluefish Swim Club prior to the season.

“We’re always there for each other. To be a part of a town team, it’s unexplainable,” Dubey said. “It’s great to be a part of something, to have another family.”

Belchertown was the top team from Western Massachusetts in fourth with 163 points. Weston won its 25th state title with 328.5 points.

Amherst’s Callum McDonald rose up out of the penultimate heat to take sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:02.35). He sliced four seconds off his seed time.

The Hurricanes junior took sixth in the 500 (4:57.07) out of Heat 2. He slammed the water then raised both arms in triumph after seeing the time.

Easthampton diver Tyler Hetu took fifth with 453.2 points.

Northampton sophomore Jack Mattison-Gulotta was 11th in the 500 (5:06.55) and 13th in the 200 (153.02).

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.
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