Swimming

Boulerice, L’Ecuyer lead pack again

Conant hosted Mascenic and others in a multi-team swim meet on Saturday

  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.
  • The Conant and Mascenic swim teams participated in a multi-team meet at Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2014.

Conant hosted its first swim meet of the season Saturday at the Clark Memorial YMCA in Winchendon, Mass. Not only is the Clark the home pool for both Conant and Mascenic swimmers, but it also houses the Clark Sharks, a club team that features Vikings and Orioles alike. Two of those Clark club swimmers, Mascenic’s Briana Boulerice and Conant’s Katie L’Ecuyer, faced off head-to-head in the 500 freestyle on Saturday. The crowd went wild as the two, who are arguably the strongest swimmers on their respective teams, fought to a thrilling finish side-by-side in the 20-lap race. Boulerice finished in 6:16:46, just outpacing L’Ecuyer’s 6:17.03. Both came up just short of qualifying for the state meet in the 500, which would have required a sub-6:15.99 finish.

Boulerice also finished second in the 50 freestyle, coming in a mere 0.04 seconds behind Monadnock standout Kylee Russell. Mascenic’s Kailey Allen took fifth in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:08.31, a new personal best.

Rounding out the women’s side of the meet for the Vikings, freshman Becka St. Cyr was 10th in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle.

On the men’s side, Nico DeJesus, Damien St. Cyr, Kyle Thibault, and Jackson Whitehouse combined to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:24.73.

“This race is where being DQ’d was a huge factor and why I stress not being DQ’d to my team,” Vikings coach Andrea Sbona said. The Bow team actually had the fastest time, but was disqualified for failing to make a two-handed touch on a turn, opening the door for Mascenic’s win and moving the Conant team of Taylor Seppala, Kole Patten, Trey Horne and Tylre Robedeau into second.

DeJesus also finished second in the 100 butterfly and sixth in the 50 freestyle. St. Cyr took fifth in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Thibault grabbed a pair of personal records in the 50 and 100; his times of 33.93 and 1:20:52 were good for 10th and seventh, respectively. Whitehouse also took third in both the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.

Beyond L’Ecuyer’s solid second place finish in the 500 race, she also finished first in the 200 individual medley. She wasn’t the only Oriole to finish first, either; junior Molly Caouette won the 200 freestyle, Christian Hirsch won the boys 500 freestyle and senior co-captain Taylor Seppala took first in the 200 IM.

Junior Ryan Aho took second in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke; Frank Horne was second in the 100 backstroke; senior co-captain Wendy Kaufmann placed second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 IM; freshman Kristyn Simoneau placed second in the 100 freestyle and third in 50 freestyle, and freshman Joseph Muhonen took third in both the 200 free and 100 fly.

Conant travels to White River Junction, Vt., Friday for a multi-team meet. Mascenic will be in action next at the next Clark home meet on Jan. 25.

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