P/sunny
71°
P/sunny
Hi 82° | Lo 61°

Swimming preview

Everybody into the pool

Local swim teams ready for the winter season

  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a six-team meet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Clark Memorial Pool in Winchendon, Mass.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a six-team meet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Clark Memorial Pool in Winchendon, Mass.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a six-team meet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Clark Memorial Pool in Winchendon, Mass.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a six-team meet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Clark Memorial Pool in Winchendon, Mass.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a six-team meet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Clark Memorial Pool in Winchendon, Mass.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a six-team meet on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at the Clark Memorial Pool in Winchendon, Mass.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Not one of the local high schools has a pool in which their swim teams can practice and host meets. But that hasn’t stopped the teams from achieving some surprising success over the years. Last season was no exception, as five area swimmers earned top 10 finishes at the DII state championships. Unfortunately, a February blizzard forced last year’s Meet of Champions to be canceled, and the New England Championships were also canceled due to low participation. These events cut short the careers of senior standouts like Conant’s Kali Mailhot and Kory Patten and Mascenic’s Shawn Thibault.

With any luck, this year’s talented crop of swimmers will be able to take their talents all the way through a full championship season. Here’s a look at some of the athletes who’ll be swimming for their schools.

Mascenic

As a freshman last year, Briana Boulerice took the local swimming world by storm. She qualified to swim in five different races at last year’s DII championships. The rules only allowed her to swim in two; she chose the 100-yard freestyle, finishing seventh, and the 100 breaststroke, in which she placed 13th. She’ll be looking to qualify in both of those races again in her sophomore season, as well as the 50 freestyle, the 200 freestyle, and the 100 backstroke.

Boulerice is a dedicated, year-round swimmer who ran cross-country this fall in order to improve her strength and endurance.

“Briana is a competitor and wants to do her best every time she gets in the pool,” Mascenic swim coach Andrea Sbona said.

Junior Kailey Allen has a good shot at qualifying for the state meet in the 50 freestyle this year. Senior Damien St. Cyr has been working hard to qualify in the 50 and 100 freestyle in his final season. Junior Jackson Whitehouse, who was Mascenic’s most improved swimmer last year, is another name to watch in the 50 and 100 freestyle and the 100 breast stroke. Nico DeJesus improved a lot over the summer and could potentially contend in a number of events.

The Vikings also boast three promising freshmen in Becka St. Cyr, Emese Sexton and Kyle Thibault.

“Because we’re a small team,” Sbona said, “and the fourth-smallest school in Division II, we don’t expect to win a lot of meets, but we do expect to be very competitive and maybe surprise a few times.”

Wilton-Lyndeborough

WLC’s swimming program is so small that they have to piggyback on Milford High School’s swim team, practicing, traveling and competing alongside them – even sharing a coach!

“With three swimmers, it’s going to be harder no matter where they are,” head coach Nancy McManus said. Forget about potential team accolades, which are nearly impossible. However, the Warriors’ do have three strong swimmers that could make some waves this season.

Senior Hannah Bailey will look to make it a third straight year competing at the DII championships. Last year, she placed ninth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Bailey swam for a club team this summer and should be as good as ever coming into ther senior season.

“She’s looking really strong,” McManus said.

Bailey will be joined by her younger sister, sophomore Charlotte Bailey, another breaststroke specialist who hopes to qualify in that race. The third member of the team is senior Tori Lorvig, who competes in several freestyle events. Lorvig is a seasonal swimmer, but it might be all coming together for her in her final year.

“It looks like it’s clicking for her,” McManus said.

Conant

Orioles swim coach Margie Clark-Kevan couldn’t be happier with her team for this year.

“I expect a terrific season given the attitude and work ethic of this group,” Clark-Kevan said. “I can tell you that this year’s group has progressed faster than any group before them.”

That will be huge for a Conant team that graduated several of their top swimmers last year. Junior Katie L’Ecuyer should lead the way this season; she made states in both of her previous years on the team with two top ten finishes at last year’s championships. She should contend in the breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Wendy Kaufmann, a nationally-competitive synchronized swimmer, will specialize in the butterfly. Juniors Molly Caouette, Alicia Cournoyer and Kaylee Devost and freshmen Felicia DeSteph, Lily Germano, Kelsey Simoneau and Kristyn Simoneau round out the girls side. The Simoneaus could pick up where older sister Stephanie Simoneau (‘13) left off.

For the boys, juniors Ryan Aho, Drew Horne, Trey Horne, Kirkland Pyhala and Taylor Seppala are the most experienced swimmers. Sophs Christian Hirsch and Tylre Robedeau and freshmen Joseph Muhonen and Kole Patten make up the rest of the boys team. Patten is the younger brother of last year’s standout Kory Patten (‘13).

There are no comments yet. Be the first!
Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.