The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School girls swim team recently concluded their season at the MIAA Division 2 State Championships. The meet was a success for the young team across the board – finishing 15th overall – and continues to show that the girls’ team is becoming a mainstay as a top 15 program in the state with 52 points. The meet was punctuated by many top 20 finishes.
In the first event of the meet, the medley relay team of Lana Albuquerque and Sydney Cao, paired with Britney Nayiga and Lucia Antonucci, came in 10th place with a time of 1:57.17. Nayiga’s split of 32.32 in the breaststroke leg is one of the fastest in team history.
Following the relay in the 200 Individual Medley, where a swimmer swims two lengths of each stroke – butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle – freshman Isabella Cirame finished in 20th place at 2:20.35. Only one freshman finished ahead of Cirame in the event.
In the 50 Freestyle, freshman Nayiga sprinted to an 18th overall finish in a lifetime best of 25.83.
Cao, an outstanding sophomore, placed 11th in the 100 Freestyle, scoring six points while putting herself at number four in the Eagle swim record book in the process, with a time of 56.79.
In the 200 Freestyle Relay, the Eagles placed in the top eight with a seventh overall finish. Their time of 1:43.63 is the second fastest Eagle relay in history. What is most exciting is that the relay consisted of only one sophomore, Lana Albuquerque, and three freshmen: Britney Nayiga, Isabella Cirame and Lucia Antonucci.
Head Coach Andrew DiGiacomo was proud of the team’s performance, stating that he “couldn’t ask for a better ending to a historic girl’s season. We have asked a lot of this very young group of swimmers, and they responded as I knew they would. What is most exciting is just how young this team is, and the sky really is the limit for them over the next couple of years!”
This concludes the season for the Mystic Valley Eagles girls’ swim team. For complete coverage of MV athletics, follow along on Twitter (@MVAthletics), Instagram (@mysticvalleyrcs) and Facebook (Mystic Valley Regional Charter School).