Updated: Saturday, March 20 with score
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham girls swim & dive team kicked off its season, finally, tonight, March 18
The fall season postponed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Flyers are swimming & diving in the new MIAA Fall II season.
Without a pool, as Keefe Tech has yet to open its pool during the pandemic, the team opened the season tonight at Wayland’s community pool.
“Everything is in Wayland,” said Foley referring to practices and meets, or what you can call a meet in the COVID pandemic.
The teams will compete virtually against each other, meaning just one team in the pool at a time.
Framingham swam today, March 18, and Ashland will swim on Friday, March 19. The times will be entered and they winner determined virtually, as opposed to a head-to-hear competition in a pool.
UPDATE: Flyers defeated the Clockers of Ashland High 103-72
SOURCE asked Foley what he hopes to accomplish this season.
“To re-establish some social connections, get everyone re-acquainted with the water. Most of them haven’t swum or dove since Nov 2019,” said Foley. “Good chance to get to know the freshman and begin showing them what we do and how the team runs so hopefully next fall they have a little head start.”
Foley has a smaller than normal squad this season.
“Small team this year, losing 4 girls due to the pandemic, and one to injury,” said Foley. Fifteen seniors graduated in 2020, including “9 of whom were state qualifiers,” said Foley.
“The coaches are looking for many new athletes to step up and fill roles they haven’t been asked to do before, but if we are going to find some success we will all need to grow together,” said Foley.
Foley has 29 swimmers and divers, but just five seniors.
They are: sisters and divers Angela Burke and Janelle Burke and swimmers Meg Devlin, Grayson Dolin, Sabrina Tersoni.
Angela has “come a long way in diving,” said Foley. She has a “fun spirit and strong work ethic.” She will dive at Ithaca College in the fall.
Janelle is “looking to continue improving on what was an excellent junior year for herself,” said Foley.
Janelle has “already learned a new dive this year and keeps getting better and better.”
Devlin is a “great spirit on the team and has made tremendous improvements since freshman year,” said Foley.
Devlin is a “strong butterflier for us and will provide much needed depth on our shortened season,” added Foley.
Grayson Dolin has come “very far with her freestyle and butterfly junior year and will be looked upon to fill the void of a huge graduating class last spring.”
Foley said she is a “great all around athlete, who will provide leadership both in and out of the pool.”
Tersoni is a returning sectional qualifier in the 500 freestyle event.
“A freestyle specialist and someone the coaches can count on to race hard and will need some key relay swims all season long from her as well this year,” said Foley.