Classical boys win NEC
swim meet; Marblehead girls prevail
SALEM — This was not a plunge that
Classical swim coach Denise Silva had any idea
she'd be taking.
Beaming as she climbed out of the Salem State
pool after the customary dunk that celebrated
the Rams boys team's victory in the Northeastern
Conference swim meet, Silva said, "did I hear
Drying herself off, Silva could do nothing but
glow over her team and its accomplishment.
"I'm so proud of them," she said. "I'm thrilled.
I have my captains (Mac St. Ives and Brian
Nelson) and I have another group that makes up a
rotation of about six, which works pretty well.
"But we also have nine freshmen who have stepped
in and improved week after week," she said.
"They've really made a contribution.
"And," she said, "they are amazing students.
They're as good in the classroom as they are in
Even Marblehead coach Sue Guertin, herself
soaking wet from the dip she took with the
winning Magician girls team, couldn't help but
be happy for Silva and the Rams.
"I think that is just awesome," said Guertin,
whose boys team finished second (and whose
combined score for both boys and girls topped
the league). "Denise works hard. I'm so happy
for her ... and for them."
The Magician girls have pretty much owned this
meet in recent years, having won at least the
last three in a row (Guertin wasn't sure exactly
"Everybody stepped up today," she said. "And to
tell you the truth, I'm amazed our boys finished
second. We only have eight boys. It blows my
mind that they came in second. It was a team
effort. This meet is all about a team effort."
Classical outpointed Marblehead, 382-302.
Finishing third for the boys was Peabody,
followed by Danvers, Salem, Beverly, Revere,
English and Swampscott.
The Marblehead girls beat Beverly, 576.5-484.5.
In third was Swampscott, followed by Salem,
Peabody, English, Danvers, Revere and Classical.
First, second and third finishers in individual
events are as follows:
200 medley relay: Girls: Marblehead (Ryan
Alexander, Kylie Cronin, Sara Daher and Hannah
Verrette), 1:53.26; Beverly (Astrid Swensen,
Rachel Grant, Caitlin Donoghue, Sarah Welch),
1:59.04; Peabody (Amanda Lavoie, Caroline
Hassan, Madeline Caputo, Michaela Callahan),
2:06.40; Boys: Marblehead (Harrison Rodts,
Michael Kaminsky, Charles Seltzer, Zack
Michaels), 1:53.41; Peabody (John Domenico, Ian
Lam, Cameron Hart, David Ferragamo), 1:56.46;
Classical: Simon Kazimierczk, Frankie Pearson,
Brian Nelson, Mac St. Ives), 2:00.99.
200 free: Girls: Ryan Alexander, Marblehead,
1:58.16; Sarah Welch, Beverly, 2:01.03; Rachel
Grant, Beverly (2:12.15); Boys: Harrison Rodts,
Marblehead, 1:52.39; Kevin Clyne, Salem,
2:00.01; Mike Bruno, English, 2:02.99.
200 IM: Girls: Astrid Swenson, Beverly, 2:12.46;
Sara Daher, Marblehead, 2:14.40; Kylie Cronin,
Marblehead, 2:15.95; Boys; Alex Strakosha,
Peabody, 2:10.93; Ryan Tran, Revere, 2:27.79;
Josh Mentzer, Danvers, 2:30.50.
50 free: Girls: Tyler Phillips, Marblehead,
27.03; Brandie Holland, English, 27.85; Erin
Cassidy, Swampscott, 29.11; Boys: Alex Guay,
Peabody 25.70, Tom Giannino, Danvers, 25.42, Pat
Jwanowski, Peabody, 26.74.
Diving: Girls: Tyler Phillips, Marblehead,
206.25; Brandie Holland, English, 202.55; Paige
Hayward, Peabody, 151.75; Boys: Jake Driscoll,
Marblehead, 170.65; Corey Pierce, Peabody,
150.55; Dana Stevens, English, 146.70.
100 fly: Girls: Astrid Swenson, Beverly, 58.20;
Kylie Cronin, Marblehead, 59.57, Rachel Grant,
Beverly 1:03.50; Boys: Alex Strakosha, Peabody,
1:00.29; Frankie Pearson, Classical 1:06.98,
Josh Mentzer, Danvers 1:07.79.
100 free: Girls: Hannah Verrette, Marblehead,
56.01; Julie Nguyen, Salem, 59.71; Sophie
Zmetrovich, Marblehead 105.26; Boys: Kevin Clyne,
Salem, 52.46; Zack Michaels, Marblehead, 58.83;
Tom Giannino, Danvers, 59.71.
500 free: Girls: Ryan Alexander, Marblehead,
5:13.96; Emily Walsh, Beverly, 5:59.42; Melissa
Trainor, Salem, 6:18.33; Boys: Harrison Rodts,
Marblehead, 5:01.74; Mike Bruno, English,
5:32.47; Nick Groblewski, Beverly, 5:46.31.
200 free relay: Girls: Salem (Julie Nguyen,
Hannah Walker, Melissa Trainor, Reshelle Venico),
1:56.79; English (Brandie Holland, Marina
Broufas, Frances Serwicki, Danielle Carney),
1:57.18; Marblehead (Kya Crist, Mia Sweeney,
Jessica Attridge, Anne Arthur), 2:00.08; Boys:
Peabody (Alex Guay, Pat Jwanowski, Zack
Melville, Alex Strakosha), 1:42.09; Salem (Chase
Duffin, Edward Ortiz, Joni Begi, Mike Bruno),
1:46.66; English (Jesse Freeman, Matt Bruno,
Dana Stevens, Mike Bruno), 1:49.83.
100 back: Girls: Sara Daher, Marblehead,
1:01.71; Reshelle Venico, Salem, 1:04.88; Sophie
Zmetrovich, Marblehead, 1:11.42; Boys: Charles
Seltzer, Marblehead, 59.11; Ryan Tran, Revere,
1:03.20; Nick Groblewski, Beverly, 1:07.87.
100 breast: Girls: Hannah Verrette, Marblehead,
1:11.13; Sarah Welch, Beverly, 1:12.94;
Christine Shea, Peabody, 1:13.45; Boys: Charles
Seltzer, Marblehead, 1:07.35; Brian Nelson,
Classical, 1:13.75; Mekdad Elbehisi, Revere,
400 free relay: Girls: Marblehead (Ryan
Alexander, Sara Daher, Kylie Cronin, Hannah
Verrette), 3:44.34; Beverly (Sarah Welch,
Caitlin Donoghue, Rachel Grant, Astrid Swenson),
3:57.04; Marblehead (Sophie Zmetrovich, Kyra
Crist, Zoe Daher, Tyler Phillips), 4:18.14;
Boys: Marblehead (Zack Michaels, Charles
Seltzer, Michael Kaminsky, Harrison Rodts),
3:44.19; Classical (Dhimo Bitri, Mac St. Ives,
Simon Kazimierczyk, Brian Nelson), 4:06.35;
Beverly (Pat Donoghue, Ben Handler, Samuel
Aldrich, Nick Goblewski), 4:10.28.