WELLESLEY -The swim and dive meet between Framingham High and Wellesley High came down to the final relay at Babson College yesterday, January 9.
But when senior Eli Gazda touched the wall in the 400-yard freestyle, the Flyers defeated Wellesley 96-90 to earn their first win in the Bay State Conference this 2017-18 season.
Also on the winning relay team with Gazda was sophomore Leone Kisler, senior captain Aidan O’Leary, and sophomore transfer from Marian High Chance Yan.
Marian High dropped its swim program this season.
The Flyers finished the relay in 3:37.89. Wellesley captured second and third place in the relay for 6 points, but it was not enough for the win.
The Flyers are now 2-0 on the season, with a home meet against Xaverian High scheduled for Friday at Keefe Technical.
Yan was a double individual winner yesterday for the Flyers. He won the backstroke and the butterfly events.
He swam 57.15 seconds to touch the wall first in the 100-yard backstroke. Senior captain Nick Huslman was third for Framingham at 1:03.60 minutes.
Editor’s Note: In swimming, the top 5 swimmers earn points, and the top three relay teams earn points.
Yan won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.85 seconds. Junior Justin Lu finished third for Framingham in 1:02.40 minutes. Sophomore Shawn LaFountain finished fourth in 1:08.50 minutes.
What helped to secure the victory for the Flyers Tuesday, was a sweep in the 100-yard breaststroke by the Flyers.
The Flyers were down 81-75 before the event, and after were ahead 88-84.
Gazda won the breaststroke event in 1:06.93 minutes. Lu finished second with senior Cole Geiser third in 1:08.38 minutes.
Framingham diver Sean Andrews, a senior captain, won the diving competition with 236 points.
Framingham’s Derel Carl finished second with 178 points. Flyer Christian Martinez finished fifth.
Senior captain Cole Bassett won 100-yard freestyle event in 52.17 seconds.
Bassett finished second in the sprint event – the 50-yard freestyle. His time was 22.89 seconds. Wellesley won the event in 22.71 seconds.
The Flyers started out strong yesterday finishing 1-2 in the opening medley relay. Touching the wall first, in 1:45.15 minutes was Yan, Kisler, Bassett, and Gazda.
Flyers Mason Matzker, Geiser, LaFountain and Junior Talon Hayes finished in second to give Framingham a 10-4 lead to open the meet.
Gazda finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:13.10 minutes. Sophomore Kisler finished third in 2:15.30 minutes for Framingham.
Senior captain O’Leary finished second in the 500-yard freestyle for Framingham in 5:24.71 minutes. Kisler finished fourth in 6:05.13 minutes.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Huslman finished third and O’Leary fifth for the Flyers.
The Flyers finished second in the 200-yard relay with swimmers Huslman, Lu, O’Leary and Bassett. Welleseley finished first and third.
Photos by Framingham High boys swim & dive co-manager Suzanne Jualakis