Sandwich Swimmers Post Huge Win Over Natick
By: Dan Crowley
This year marked the seventh season that the Sandwich High Lady Knight swim team has faced Natick. In the previous six years the Redmen have won, but not this time.Sandwich (7-2) turned the tables on Natick (6-3) Wednesday, dealing them a 95-89 defeat.
Up to this point we’ve never beaten them,” Coach Tony Compton said, “but we were ready for them this time. They swim tough. We did a lot of preparation and knew just about every tendency that they had. They were fully expecting to win based on previous years, but we dominated them.”
Sandwich won two of the three relays and seven of the nine individual events and in the process set a number of personal bests.
The Lady Knights won the opening medley relay with the team of Reilly O’Connell, Emily McMahon, Kyra Crossman, and Emma Ellis swimming the event in the fastest time of the year for SHS at 2:03.
Sandwich won the 200 freestyle with O’Connell leading the way with a winning mark of 1:59.79 for a personal best and just off the pool record of 1:59.26 set in 1996 by Rebecca Hunnewell. Brie Campbell swam second with a personal best of 2:09.43 and Tess Brickley set a personal best, taking fourth at 2:17.49.
After two events Sandwich held a 20-10 lead.
Crossman won the individual medley with a personal best time of 2:26.82. Cat Felicetti was third with a personal best time of 2:27.51. Frani Davis set a personal best, winning the 50 freestyle in 27.20. McMahon also swam a personal best, taking second at 27.31. Alex Wright finished fifth for the Lady Knights with a personal best mark of 30.54.
Rose Wallace won the diving for SHS with a score of 196.50. Abby Garrahan set a personal best with 192.45 points to take second. Carli Talia claimed fifth for Sandwich with 163.15 points.
Sandwich held a 51-27 advantage after the diving.
“That was really the nail in the coffin,” Compton said. “They were in a deep hole. By this point we had them confused.”
Crossman won the butterfly, swimming a personal best time of 1:03.70 and Colby Mathis posted a personal best of 1:28.76 to take fifth. Davis swam second in the 100 freestyle with her second lowest time of the season at 1:00.14. Brickley was fourth in 1:03.13, marking a personal best.
Campbell and Felicetti took first and second in the 500 freestyle with times of 5:43.78 and for Felicetti, a personal best of 5:50.50. Carly Forrester swam fifth in a personal best time of 6:36.33.
Felicetti, McMahon, Davis, and Brickley took second in the 200 freestyle relay at 1:52.02 and O’Connell (1:04.10) was second in the backstroke. McMahon won the breaststroke with a personal best time of 1:17.76. Gabby Ryan (1:21.13) took fourth and Forrester (1:25.61) was fifth.
“We had them,” Compton said. “We won the breaststroke 9-7 and went up 95-77. There was no way they could win.”
Sandwich finished off the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay with Davis, Felicetti, Crossman, and O’Connell posting a time of 3:59.23.
“They never led,” the coach added. “This was a very significant win for us.”
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