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Wellesley High girls swim to another Division 2 championship – Boston Herald


CAMBRIDGE — The only thing that could stop the Wellesley High girls swimming and diving team from winning a state title in the last four years was a global pandemic.

The Raiders captured their third state title in four years (there was no state meet in 2020) by claiming the MIAA Division 2 title on Sunday at MIT.

Wellesley finished with 477.5 points. For the second year in a row, Needham was second with 330. Winchester was third with 252.

“We had nine seniors who worked very hard and showed a lot of resilience,” said Wellesley coach Doug Curtin. “They really showed a lot of strength.”

Curtin, who has coached the Wellesley boys team for five years, took over the girls program from longtime coach Jen Dutton this fall.

Wellesley led the meet from the opening event, the 200-yard medley relay, where Tracey Peng, Alexandra Loo, Naomi Boegholm and Kate Passanini finished in 1 minute, 51.13 seconds.

Boegholm and Anna McGrew went 1-2 in the 100 freestyle in 51.20 and 52.86 seconds, respectively.

Boegholm, a senior who will swim for the University of California-Davis next year, also won the 100 backstroke in 57.83 seconds.

“I had a good taper for three weeks,” Boegholm said. “It’s good to know all the hard work paid off. It feels good being a part of this team and everyone being successful in any way they can.”

A third Raider, Vaani Kapoor, was fifth (55.47) and a fourth, Elaine Chong, was seventh (56.51).

By the end of the 100 freestyle, Wellesley led second-place Winchester, 275-135.

The Raiders also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.56 with McGrew, Loo, Sofia Cozza and Kapoor turning in the winning time.

Wellesley completed the sweep of the relays, winning the 400 freestyle in 3:35.82, with Cozza, Kapoor, McGrew and Boegholm swimming.

“That’s the first time we’ve swept the relays,” Curtin said. “Not only does it give us a lot of points, it really shows our depth.”

Reading senior Anna Boemer repeated as state champion in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. The University of Michigan-bound swimmer finished in 23.53 seconds, earning her All-America consideration in the 50 freestyle.

In the 100 butterfly she swam 54.29, an automatic All-America-qualifying time

“It was definitely a goal going into the season, but you never know,” Boemer said. “There’s so much good competition out there. I wanted to go faster but I’m glad I won.”

Winchester junior Elle Michaud was also a double winner, capturing the 200 and 500 freestyle in 1:56.88 and 5:13.81.

“I was a little sick this week so I was concerned about my recovery going into the meet,” Michaud said. “Still, I was happy to be here and swim the times I did for the team.”

North Andover senior Diya Ackerman-Vallala also won the 200 individual medley (2:07.23) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.84).

“Today went really well,” said Ackerman-Vallala, who will swim for the University of Massachusetts. “I was super excited today and wanted to go out with a bang.”

MIAA Division 2 girls state championship meet

at MIT

Final team standings: 1. Wellesley, 477.5, 2. Needham 330, 3. Winchester, 252, 4.  Chelmsford 189; 5. Belmont 165.

200 medley relay: 1. Wellesley (Tracey Peng, Alexandra Loo, Naomi Boegholm, Kate Passanisi) 1:51.13; Winchester 1:52.53 3. Reading, 1:53.73.

200 freestyle 1. Elle Michaud, Winchester 1:56.88; 2. Ava Wong, Natick 1:58.11; 3. Anna McGrew, Wellesley, 1:59.71.

200 individual medley: 1. Diya Ackerman-Vallala, North Andover, 2:07.23 2. Emma Kawai, Winchester, 2:11.73; Elena Dudkina, Wellesley, 2:12.54.

50 freestyle: 1. Anna Boemer, Reading 23.53; 2. Alexandra Loo, Wellesley, 35.33; 3. Alique Stepanian, Belmont 25.27.

100 butterfly:,1. Boemer, Reading, 54.29; 2. Elissa Bennett, Winchester, 69.23; 3. Sofia Cozza, Wellesley, 59.43.

100 freestyle:1. Boegholm, Wellesley, 51.20; 2. McGrew, Wellesley, 52.86; 3. Lucy Mackey, Needham, 54.32.

500 freestyle: 1. Michaud, Winchester, 5:13.81; 2. Dudkina, Wellesley, 5:22.75; 3. Chloe Wukitch, Needham, 5:27.09;

200 freestyle relay 1. Wellesley (McGrew. Loo, Cozza, Vaani Kapoor), 1:38.56 2.; Reading, 1:44.27; 3. Chelmsford, 1:44.32.

100 backstroke 1. Boegholm, Wellesley, 57.83; 2. Wukitch, Needham, 58.72; 3. Wong,  stick, 58.81.

Diving: 1. Katie Dorey, Natick, 421.60; 2. Lucy Savarese, Wellesley, 417.45; 3. Robyn Tonomura-MacDonald, Belmont, 398.35.

100 breaststroke: 1. Ackerman-Vallala, North Andover, 1:05.84; 2. Michelle Li, Natick, 1:07.84; 3. Audrey Cook, Wakefield, 1:09.88

400 freestyle relay. Wellesley (Cozza, Kapoor, McGrew, Boegholm), 3:35.82, 2. Winchester, 3:41.47, Needham, 3:45.59.



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