FRAMINGHAM – It came down to the final event, to decide the meet between Framingham High and Needham High Friday night.
Framingham needed to finish second in the 400-yard freestyle relay to capture the victory, said head coach Mike Foley.
Framingham took first in the relay, and earned their eighth win of the season.
The Flyers girls swim and dive team defeated the Rockets 98-87.
Framingham sophomores Suzanne Julakis, Jillian O’Neil, Tatum O’Leary, and Jessica Tosi touched the wall at 3:55.12 to win the relay to take the victory.
Framingham has two dual meets left this season – a Bay State Conference meet on Tuesday against the undefeated Raiders of Wellesley High and a non-league meet against AMSA on Friday, October 27.
The Flyers are now 8-4 this season.
Needham opened the meet with a win in the medley relay at 2:00.25 minutes. Framingham took second and third place. Swimmers Caroline Mazariegos, Arielle Shek, Olivia Nelson and Kelsie Geiser finished second and Flyers O’Neil, Emily Rogers, Niamh White, and Marley DeSimone were third.
After the first of 12 events the Rockets had an 8-6 lead.
Needham’s Clair Tzouros won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:03.86 minutes next. Framingham Sophomore Tosi was second, and Flyers Julia Long and Julakis finished fourth and fifth. Needham had a 17-13 lead after two events.
Framingham tied the meet 24-24 with a strong showing in the individual medley.
While the Rockets Emilia Higgins won the event in 2:21.09, Framingham captured second, third, and fourth place.
Mazariegos finished second, O’Leary was third, and junior Rogers was fourth in 2:32.12. minutes.
Framingham won its first individual event of the night when sophomore DeSimone won the sprint event in 17.15 seconds. Needham’s Abigail Thress finished second in 17.36 seconds. Framingham also captured third and fifth in the 50-yard dash with swimmers O’Neil and Geiser to take the first lead of the meet 34-30.
Framingham extended its lead when senior swimmer Halia Bower won the diving competition. Senior Kalena Chin and sophomore Sara Anastasi finished fourth and fifth. Framingham lead 43-37 headed into the sixth event of the night.
Tzouros won her second event of the night for the Rockets in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall first at 1:03.22, a time that qualifies her for the state meet.
Framingham captured second, third, and fourth place again to take a 52-44 point lead in the meet. Senior Nelson was second, followed by sophomores Mazariegos and Julakis.
Needham’s Higgins won her second event of the night winning the 100-yard freestyle in 57.47 seconds, a state qualifying time. Framingham’s DeSimone was second. Junior Geiser finished fifth in 1:00.58 minutes.
Framingham swept the distance event capturing 1-2-3. Sophomore O’Leary won the event, Tosi was second and senior Julia Long was third in 5:52.04 minutes.
Framingham next won the 200-yard freestyle relay event with sophomores DeSimone, Mazariegos, O’Neil, and Tosi.
Nina Yee won the 100-yard backstroke for the Rockets in 1:06.34 minutes, a state qualifying time.
Framingham junior Nelson finished second. Framingham junior Casey Libuda was fourth in 1:11.45 minutes and sophomore Kacie Zonghetti was fifth in 1:11.76 minutes.
Kayla Talcoff won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:16.50 minutes, a state sectional qualifying time.
Needham’s Allison Jiang and Framingham Junior Rogers tied for second in 1:18.52 minutes. Sophomore Arielle Shek picked up two important points by finishing fourth
Photo of the Flyers cheering on their swimmers in the final events.