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Our Lynn Classical Swim Team won the "City Championships" Saturday night with a score of 123 points, defeating Lynn English with 115 points and Lynn Tech with 89 points!
The Peter A. Sawin Natatorium was packed with supporters!  We first honored our seniors: Captain, Mac St.Ives, Captain Joey Field, Captain Elvia Sazo, Aldo Mali, Frankie Pearson and Marty Perdomo.  Top finshers for the Rams were: Frankie Pearson with a first place finish in the 100 Fly and Simon Kazimierczyk in the 100 backstroke, 2nd place finishes were swum by Kevin Chasse in the 200 Free, and Simon Kazimierczyk in the 100 Fly, third places were awarded to Dhimo Bitri in the 200 IM, Mac St.Ives in the 50 Free and Ally Dunnigan in the 100 backstroke.  Personal bests were acheived by: Ariel Banville, Bobby Choquette, Joey Field, Luigi Genao, Brian Maldonaldo, Aldo Mali, Cameron Marcinko, Joshua Page, Elvia Sazo, Briana Silva, Wes Thompson and Janelle Way! 
This team finished the season extremely strong winning our last 4 meet competitions,claiming both the Boys NEC Title and the Lynn City Championship Title!
Thanks for recognizing these great student/athletes.
Denise Silva, Head Coach


Classical caps off stellar week with Lynn City Swim Meet win !!

Brian Nelson of Lynn Classical swims the 200 individual medley in the Lynn City Swim Meet on Saturday. (Item Photo / Owen O'Rourke)

LYNN Denise Silva had the look of someone who had spent a lot of time in the pool this week.

That's because she did.

Silva, coach of the Classical swim team, got dunked again Saturday as the Rams ended Lynn Tech's four-year reign to win the 45th annual Lynn City Swim Meet, outpointing English, 123-115. The Tigers were third with 89 points.

"This was such a fantastic meet," said Silva, whose Classical boys won their competition in the Northeastern Conference meet Wednesday. "What was great about it was that halfway through, it was anybody's meet."

And that's true. After English took a first and a third in diving (Matt Demirs and Brandi Holland, respectively) while Dayan Gonzalez of Tech finished second, the three teams were separated by only two points.

"That made things really dramatic down the stretch," said Tech assistant Charlie Rowe. "Late into the meet, we still didn't have a clear winner."

It was only at the end, when Classical took first and third in the 500 free relay, that the Rams put distance between themselves and the Bulldogs.

"It's really been a great week," Silva said. "First the NEC meet and now this."

By far, the most interesting -- and entertaining -- aspect of the meet came in the diving portion as the city's three best divers (Demirs, Holland and Gonzalez) all outdid each other (at times). All three will be going to the states.

Holland elicited two nines and a 91/2 on one of her dives, drawing a thunderous ovation from the capacity crowd at the Peter A. Sawin Natatorium. But Demirs did her one better, scoring a 10 from one judge on a dive. In the end, Demirs nipped Gonzalez, 193.60 to 189.90. Holland had 160.70.

"They both did such a great job," said English coach Lisa Trahant, referring to her divers. "They were a lot of fun to watch.

"This whole meet was fantastic," she said. "It was one of the most competitive meets we've ever had."

The meet was established by the late Peter A. Sawin, considered by many as the father of Lynn swimming. At one time or another, he coached all three Lynn teams, and either directly or indirectly, all three coaches in the city swam under him.

The first half-hour of the meet is ceremonial. Seniors from each team are escorted to the front of the pool, where they receive flowers. Then, they pour water dyed with the team's colors into the pool, and then they dive through a hoop into the pool.

See Tuesday's Daily Item for a complete list of winners.


Brian Maldonado of Lynn Classical High School fires up his team mates at the start of the All City Swim Meet on Saturday. Photo by Owen O'Rourke    Members of the Lynn Classical High School swim team just before the start of the All City Swim Meet on Saturday. Photo by Owen O'Rourke   Kevin Chasse of Lynn Classical High School placing second in the 200 free style at the All City Swim Meet on Saturday. Photo by Owen O'Rourke  

Brian M. and teammates, the winning Team, Kevin C.


Bragging rights at stake in city swim meet

Classical's Mac St. Ives, left, and English's McKenzie Shultz relish the chance to swim in one last Lynn City Swim Meet. (Item Photo / Angela Owens)

LYNN First things first. The traditional dive through the hoop that acts as the starting point for the Lynn City Swim Meet - which commences Saturday at the newly-christened Peter A. Sawin Natatorium at Tech - is the subject of some discussion.

"I want to do it," says Classical captain Mac St. Ives.

"I'm the only senior captain, so it's probably going to be me," says English's McKenzie Shultz, "but if someone else wants to do it, that's OK."

Shultz's apprehension is understandable. She saw a teammate once bounce off the plastic covering (festooned in English colors and with the English logo) and end up hitting her head off of it.

Then there's the dye.

Each school takes a couple of bottles of water dyed with its colors and dumps it into the pool.

"Last year," St. Ives recalls, "I had to go around the corner (to Shaw's) and get the dye."

These moments, say the swimmers, are what make the city meet (consisting of English, Classical and Tech) so special. In fact, if you ask either of them, they'd tell you that they'd take a title in the meet over almost anything else (though this year, Classical could end up being champs of both the city and the Northeastern Conference boys, after winning Wednesday's league championship).

"Definitely, the city meet," says St. Ives.

"Same here," Shultz says. "We all know each other. We're all friends. Sometimes, we swim with another team when we can't make our own practices. It's just a fun thing, and we want to beat our friends. It's for bragging rights, the same as any other sport."

In a way yes ... but in a way no, too. The community is much tighter. All three coaches (Denise Silva of Classical, Brad Tilley of Tech; Lisa Trahant of English) treat all the swimmers in the city as if he/she is one of their own, they both say.

"I wouldn't have any problem going up to any of them, or any of the assistants, to talk to them about something," St. Ives said.

That the public school swimmers are so tight is due in no uncertain terms to the late Peter Sawin, who established the meet 42 years ago and is considered - by anyone connected with the sport in the city - to be the Father of Lynn Swimming. Last fall, the pool at Tech - and the bleacher area surrounding it - was renamed in his honor.

"I think that's how old it is," said Tilley. "I've been doing this for 36 years, and it was going on for six years prior to when I started. So 42 it is."

After being on the outside looking in for many of those years, Tech is on a roll. The Tigers, coached by Brad Tilley, have won the last four meets. And they could have an ace in the hole in their quest for No. 5: Dayan Gonzalez, a sophomore diver whose first exposure to the sport was last year.

"I ran cross country in the fall of my freshman year," he said, "and my head coach (Tech assistant swim coach John Hogan) noticed I had strong legs and he asked me to try swimming.

"Then," Gonzalez said, "he taught me the basics of diving and I found I liked it. After that, coach (Don) McKenney taught me more. All my coaches have been really good."

So good, in fact, that Gonzalez won the diving portion of the Commonwealth Conference meet Wednesday night and, in the process, outpointed the previous Lynn record-holder (Tom Shuman).

St. Ives said this year's meet should be close.

"I think it will," he said. "English got us in the beginning of the year, but after last night (the NEC championship), we made a strong statement. There's some momentum there."

But Silva cautioned against any overconfidence following the Rams' win Wednesday.

"It should give us plenty of motivation going into it," she said, "but nothing's a given. That's the beauty of this meet."

These days, both English and Classical are part of co-ops. The Bulldogs pair with Winthrop while the Rams swim with Saugus. Both schools have added much to their programs, as each provides one captain (Brian Nelson from Saugus; and Mike Bruno from Winthrop). Nelson, in fact, got two seconds in the NEC meet to help put Classical over the top.

"This is the best week for the year," said Shultz. "Classical has its pasta dinner (Thursday) and we have ours (tonight).

"But at the same time," she said, "we really want to win this thing. Really want to win it."

The Lynn City Swim Meet will be held Saturday at the Sawin Natatorium. Pre-meet festivities begin at 5:30 with the regular meet slated for 6.


Great Swimming at the NEC Meet

Congratulations to the Lynn Classical Swim Team!  Our boys are now the Northeast Conference Meet CHAMPIONS!  We had so many strong swims last night.!  Those student/athletes taking top spots were Kevin Chasse (5th) in the mens 200 free, Allysha Dunnigan (8th) in the Womens 200 IM and (6th) in the 100 bachstroke.  ,Dhimo Bitri (5th) in the mens 200 IM, Captain Mac St. Ives (4th) in the 50 Free Frankie Pearson was 2nd in the 100 Fly, and teammate Simon Kazimierczyk placed (6th) in the fly and also (6th) in the 100 Backstroke.  Aldo Mali was (8th) in the mens 100 breaststroke.  Others swimming personal bests last night were: Janelle Way, Wes Thompson, Briana Silva, Captain JoeybField, Drew Daniels, Bobby Choquette, Cameron Marcinko, Josh Page, Ariel Banville, Brian Maldonaldo, Lindsey Crowley and Sheila Murage.

Coach Silva


Classical boys win NEC swim meet; Marblehead girls prevail


Classical co-captain Brian Nelson picked up two crucial seconds to help the Rams win the boys portion of the Northeastern Conference swim meet.


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 that right?"

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 the pool."

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 how many).

"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, 1:16.50.

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.


Last night Lynn Classical swam against Salem. We won 96-82!

Leading the way was Captain Mac St. Ives as a double winner in both the 50 and 100 Free.

Top finishers were: In the 200 Free Kevin Chasse placed 2nd, In diving it was Bobby Choquette in 1st and Drew Daniels in 2nd.

We swept the 100 free with Craig Mordaunt in 2nd and Simon Kazimierczyk in 3rd.and Simon placed 2nd in the 100 Back.

Placing 2nd in the 100 Fly was Frankie Pearson. Dhimo Bitri swam a great 500 free and finished 2nd by.10 of a second!

Other student/athletes recording bests are: Cameron Marcinko, Eva Panagopoulos, Briana Silva, Janelle Way, Joshua Page, Wes Thompson, Luigi Genao and Aldo Mali.


Peabody 104, Classical 74

At Lynn Tech, the Tanners (5-0-1) were led by double winner Alex Strakosha -- first in the 200 individual medley (2:15.06) and the 100 free (54.81). He was also on the winning 200 medley relay (1:59.25) and 200 free relay (1:45.79) with Alex Guay, Pat Jwanowski and Zack Melville.

Peabody also had wins from Nina Pappacostas, 200 free (2:26.09); Jwanowski, 50 free (26.94); Paige Hayward, diving (1:56.75); Meghan Lurvey, 100 back (1:14.34) and Maria Strakosha, 100 fly (1:06.78).

Classical had wins from Dhimo Bitri in the 500 free (6:13.44); Brian Nelson, 100 breaststroke (1:13.59); and Anthony Ong, Mac St. Ives, Kevin Chasse and Bitri, 400 free relay (4:31.22).


Marblehead 103, Classical 77

At the Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA, the Magicians (5-0, 4-0 Northeastern Conference) got a boost from double winner Sarah Daher, who took first in the 200 free (2:02.39) and the 100 breast (1:10.38); Harrison Rodts, the 200 IM (2:10.92) and the 100 free (53.7) and Charlie Seltzer, 500 free (5:32.97).

The Rams (1-4) won the 200 free relay (1:55.27) with the team of Brian Nelson, Luigi Genao, Wes Thompson and Frankie Pearson. Classical also had second place finishes from Nelson in the 200 IM and 100 breast (personal best 1:12.79), Mac St. Ives, 50 free and Pearson, 100 fly.



Beverly 101, Classical 74

At Beverly, the Rams excelled in diving, as they swept that event. Leading the way in diving was Bob Choquette.  Brian Nelson took the 100 breaststroke (1:13.22) for Classical (3-1). The Panthers were led by Nick Groblewski and Emily Walsh, who were both double winners. Groblewski took the 200 free (2:18) and 100 backstroke (1:11.91), and Walsh took the 200 medley (2:26.72) and 500 free (6:03.62). Beverly is now 2-0-1.



Danvers 98, Classical 82

At Tech, Danvers extended its season record to 2-0 behind double-win efforts by three swimmers. Troy Ganley won in the 200 free (2:29.41) and the 500 free (6:49.68); Josh Mentzer, 200 IM (2:34.75), 100 fly (1:05.73); and Tom Giannino, 50 free (26.91), 100 free (1:01.63).

Danvers also won the medley relay (2:57.53), with James Hawkins, Mitch Bussone, Mentzer, and Giannino; and in the 200 free relay (1:58.09) with Hawkins, Ryan Chasse, Mentzer, and Giannino.

For Classical, Allysha Dunnigan won in the 100 back (1:16.50) and Kevin Chasse won in the 100 breast (1:28.47). Also for the Rams (1-2), Frankie Pearson, Anthony Ongi, Mac St. Ives, and Brian Nelson teamed up to win the 400 free relay (4:21.84).



Classical Outswims Revere !!

Classical 93, Revere 82

At Garfield Middle School, the Rams (1-1) had wins from Allysha Dunnigan, 200 free (2:31.96); Brian Nelson, 200 IM (2:35.50) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.65); Mac St. Ives, 50 free; Bobby Choquette, diving (134.50); Frankie Pearson, 100 fly (1:13.21); St. Ives, 100 free (1:02.00), and Kevin Chasse, Nelson, Pearson and Luigi Genao, 200 free (1:58.50).

The Rams are home Tuesday against Danvers.



 Classical Swimmers Get Wet

Classical captain Brian Nelson warms up with the breaststroke prior to Tuesday's swim meet against English. (Item Photo / Owen O'Rourke)

In the newly christened Peter Sawin Natatorium, English came away with cross-city bragging rights over Classical, earning a 102-83 victory on Tuesday.

Sawin, who coached all three Lynn public high school swim teams (Classical, English and Tech), died in 2002. The part of the Tech building that includes the Tigers' pool was dedicated in his honor earlier this year.

In the first meet of the season for both teams, the Bulldogs were led by the brothers Bruno. Captain Mike Bruno won in the 200 freestyle (2:19.28) and the 100 butterfly (1:05.84). Meanwhile, Matt Bruno won in the 100 freestyle (59.97). Both brothers joined Jesse Freeman and Frances Serwicki in winning the 200 medley relay (2:06.25).

The English effort was also greatly buoyed by the diving sweep. Winning was captain Matt Demirs (207.30), placing second was Brandie Holland (174.05), and finishing third was Dana Stevens (144.05)

"It was a great way to start the season," said English coach Lisa Trahant. "I felt like our conditioning was good. We have been practicing hard for the last two weeks."

Also winning for English were Freeman, 100 backstroke (1:12.15); Holland, Danielle Carney, Demirs, Ma. Bruno, 200 freestyle relay (1:57.59); and Freeman, Marina Broufas, Serwicki, and Mi. Bruno, 400 freestyle relay (4:17.75).

For Classical, Brian Nelson won the 200 IM (2:33.06) and the 100 breaststroke (1:14.56), Dhimo Bitri took first in the 500 freestyle (6:13.87), and the Rams finished 1-2 in the 50 free with Mac St. Ives winning (28.62) and Luigi Genao taking second (28.63).

"This was a great event. It was nice for our team to be a part of the newly-named facility. It was nice to be part of the first team to compete here," said Classical coach Denise Silva.

Captain Mac St. Ives, a senior at Lynn classical High School and great nephew of the late Petere A. Sawlin and Briana Silva, a freshman at Lynn Classical High School. Mac St. Ives









Thurs., January 17th  Lynn Classical Rams vs Salem Witches 2013 swim meet will now be held in Lynn @ THE LYNN VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE on Neptune BLVD 4:30pm warm up and 5pm showtime








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