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FRAMINGHAM – It has been a tough season for the Framingham High girls swim & dive team, having no home pool.

The team has had practices in Wayland. The Flyers have had seven of their 11 meets away, and home meets are at the Wayland Community Pool.

But nothing makes a season like beating Bay State Conference rival Natick, and that is what the Flyers did on Sunday afternoon.

After honoring their five seniors before the start of the meet, Framingham overcame some strong swimming performances by individual Natick swimmers to take the win.

The final score was 98.5 Framingham, 85.5 Natick.

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Next up for the Flyers, led by head coach Mike Foley, is the Bay State Conference Championships on October 28-29-30.

Before the meet began, seniors Emma Angelo, Bella Bowen, Katya Connell, Meaghan May, and Katya Scaria were honored by their teammates and fans.

In the diving competition, Natick’s Neve Knowltom won the event in 214.28 points, with Redhawk teammate Katie Dorey tied for second with 211.12 points. Framingham High junior Emily Richardson was also tied for second. Framingham Flyer Kat Barry was fourth.

Natick won the first swimming event of the meet, the medley relay, in 1:59.09 minutes It was a state-qualifying time. Swimmers were Ava Wong, Michelle Li, Katie Dorey, and Abigail Lipoma.

Framingham swimmers took second and third place. Second-place swimmers were Amy DiPasquale, Marie Scanlon, Anya Connell, and Emma Devlin. Third were swimmers Andrea Ledesma, Bella Bowen, Ashwina Bangari, and Meagham Clemmons.

Framingham finished 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle event, with Sasha Tsizer touching the wall first. Her time qualified her for the state meet.

Senior Angelo was second in 2:13.17 minutes. Natick’s Sarah Shenti was third in 2:13.86, with Framingham’s May fourth.

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Natick’s Li won the individual medley event in an impressive 2:22.90 state-qualifying time.

But Framingham finished second-third-fourth. Touching the wall second was Ledesma, Bella Bowen was third, and Connell was third in 2:47.04 minutes.

Framingham sophomore Marie Scanlon won the 50-yard freestyle in under 27 seconds. Her time qualified her for the state meet.

Natick’s Lipoma finish second in 27.57 seconds.Emma Bowen was third for Framingham.

Redhawk Wong won the 100-yard butterfly race, with a state-qualifying time of 1:03.36 minutes.

Framingham’s Bangari just missed the state qualifying time by .02 seconds. She finished a strong second place.

Ledesma was third for Framingham with Lana Curik and Aila Lee fourth and fifth for Natick.

Natick’s Michelle Li won the 100-yard freestyle event in 58.74 seconds, a state-qualifying time.

Framingham’s Angelo was second with Scanlon third. Connell was fourth for Framingham picking up two points for the team with Natick’s Dorey earning a point in fifth place.

The Flyers swept the distance swimming event at the meet.

Framingham sophomore Tsizer won the 500-yard freestyle event, in a time that qualified her for the sectional meet. It was her second victory of the meet.

Emma Bowen was second in 6:03.21 minutes with Meaghan May third in 6:21.20 minutes. Natick’s Hannah Gildae was fourth in 6:55.78 minutes

Framingham won the sprint relay with swimmers Scanlon, Emma Bowen, Tsizer, and Angelo.

Natick finished second in 1:55.25 minutes. Framingham earned another 2 points by placing third in the relay.

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Wong, who won the Butterfly event, also won the Backstroke event. Her time of 1:01.63 minutes easily qualified her for the state meet.

DiPasquale finished a strong second, also qualifying for the state meet, with a time of 1:07.47 minutes. Framingham swimmers Bangari and Katya Scaria finished third and fourth.

Natick’s Sarah Shentu won the 100-yard breaststroke event. Her time of 1:18 flat qualified her for the sectional meet. Framingham’s Bella Bowen and Connell finished second and third.

Natick won the final relay of the meet, but the Flyers had already secured the victory.

Swimmers on the winning relay were Li, Lipoma, Shentu and Wong. Their time of 3:59.33, easily qualified them for the state meet.

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By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.