BOSTON – Last month, the Framingham High girls swim & dive team won its 13th consecutive Bay State Conference title, beating rivals Natick, Brookline, and Newton North who all handed the Flyers losses during the regular season.
The Flyers ended the meet with 300 points. Newton North was second with 292 points, and Brookline was third with 263 points.
“Everyone contribute to this,” said head coach Mike Foley, who is in his 14th season with Framingham High’s swim program. “This meet was not won today, but won over the last two months of hard work.”
Foley has stressed his team’s depth all season, and it paid off for him again on Saturday night at the Boston University aquatics center.
Framingham’s quartet of divers finished in the top 12 at the meet.
Junior Halia Bower finished second to Wellesley’s Kate Mullin.
Mullin scored 521.70 points. Bower scored 481.30 points. Both are among the top 100 divers in the country.
Framingham Junior Catherine Turner finished seventh and senior Stephanie Fawell finished in eighth place. Freshman Sara Anastasi finished 12th overall. The divers gave Framingham 45 points towards its 300 point victory.
“The divers came through huge for us tonight,” said Foley. “All four scored points for the team.”
The distance event was another example of the team’s depth. Again, all four swimmers earned points for Framingham.
Junior Julia Long finished in eighth place for Framingham in 5:31.37 minutes. Freshman Tatum O’Leary finished in 12th place in 5:40.86 minutes, with senior Bella Tersoni in 14th place in a time of 5:43.78 minutes.
“Distance swimmers have been big for us all season,” said Foley. “A lot of pressure was placed on those four swimmers.”
Framingham placed four swimmers in the top 10 in the 200-yard freestyle event too.
McCurdy finished second in 1:57.31 minutes to sophomore Olivia Mozoki of Marshfield, who won the race in 1:55.75 minutes.
Long finished in fifth place in 2:04.47 minutes, with freshman Jillian O’Neil sixth in 2:04.69 minutes. Tersoni finished in ninth place, touching the wall at 2:05.55 minutes.
Three Framingham swimmers placed in the top 16, to earn points for the Flyers, in the 200-yard individual medley.
Freshman Tatum O’Leary finished in seventh place in 2:22.43 seconds, a personal best for her this season. Senior Alessandra Miranda finished in 11th place in a time of 2:24.38 minutes. Senior Shelby Weeks finished in 16th place with a personal best time of 2:27.33 seconds.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Framingham had four swimmers finish in the top 13. Freshman Laryssa Gazda finished in 8th place with a personal best by more than three seconds. Her time was 1:03.19 minutes. Taylor Eck of Ursuline Academy won the event in 1:00.17 minutes.
Junior Olivia Nelson finished in 10th place and freshman Caroline Mazariegos finished in 11th place. Senior Mary Zschau finished 13th with a time of 1:04.88 minutes.
In the 100-yard breaststroke event, Newton North’s Serene Ly won in 1:08.52 minutes. Framingham’s top finisher was Miranda in 10th place with a time of 1:13.09 minutes. Freshman Jessica Tosi finished in 16th place for Framingham in a personal best time of 1:16.82 seconds. Framingham sophomore Emily Rogers finished 20th overall in a time of 1:18.16 seconds.
Framingham had four swimmers in the sprint event. Brookline’s Sara Song, a sophomore, won the event in 24.52 seconds. Framingham’s top swimmer was freshman Marley DeSimone in 25.80 seconds. She finished ninth overall. Tosi finished 14th overall in 26.53 seconds, a personal best for her. Freshman O’Neil finished 18th and senior Katherine Castro finished 27th out of 30 swimmers, who qualified for the meet based on times.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Brookline won in 1:39.99 minutes. Framingham finished in third place in 1:44.32 minutes. Swimmers on the relay were McCurdy, O’Neil, DeSimone and Tosi.
In the final event of the night, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Flyers needed to finish no worse than sixth place to earn a share of the Division 1 South championship title. If Newton North also lost the race, and Framingham finished sixth or higher, the Flyers would earn the title outright. Natick won the relay 3:43.06 minutes.
Framingham finished in sixth place with swimmers McCurdy, O’Neil, Nelson and Gazda. Framingham was seeded with a time of 3:48.93 minutes and finished in a time of 3:45.88 minutes.
In the first event of the night, the medley relay, Framingham finished in 8th place, with swimmers Mazariegos, Miranda, Nelson, and DeSimone.
In the 100-yard butterfly, Ursuline Academy’s Eck won the race. Framingham’s Gazda finished 12th overall in 1:04.04, a personal best for her this season. Other swimmers for the Flyers, out of the top 16, were junior Niamh White, freshman Mazariegos, and senior Shelby Weeks.
Framingham swimmers DeSimone, Rogers, Castro and freshman Suzanne Julakis all competed in the 100-yard freestyle but none placed in the top 16.
In total, 26 swimmers qualified for the sectional meet, but under the MIAA rules, Framingham could only swim a maximum of four swimmers per event and just one relay team per event.
The last time Framingham had won the Division 1 South Championship title, the current seniors on the team were freshmen, said Foley.
“These seniors had the pressure on them. They set high goals, and they accomplished them this season,” said Foley.
“From day one of the season, these seniors have taken a very good set of freshmen under their wings. They helped them all season,” said Foley. “Even during the doldrums of the season, during the 3-meet losing streak, the seniors helped the freshmen stay focus. They kept telling them their hard work would pay off, and it did.”
Saturday, all four classes contributed to the title. “Everyone here, helped earn this title,” said Foley.
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