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Lady Eagles Girls’ Swim Team Crowned CAC Champions

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  The Mystic Valley Girls’ varsity swimming team completed the regular season in spectacular finish this past Thursday at the Bayrd Natatorium. The girls won the overall and girls CAC championship. The women’s team won by over 200 points over Blue Hills, in the overall coed division the team won by a record breaking 600 points over Shawsheen Tech.

    In the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, Senior Tia Anthony. Sophomore Crystal Tang, freshman Isabelle Pennachio, and junior Miriam Johannes took the event in a time of 2:08.24

   In the 200-freestyle sophomore sensation Sydney Cao continued her phenomenal season taking the event in 2:05.82. She was followed by Miriam Johannes in a time of 2:18.56 and freshmen Nicole Kelso in a time of 2:20.12. It was the start of many 1-2-3 finishes for the girl’s team on the day.  

   In the next event, the 200 IM, freshman Isabella Cirame took the gold in a lifetime best and state qualifying time of 2:22.26. Fellow Freshman Khloe Co Was third in a lifetime best of 2:31.01, and sophomore Crystal tang completed the scoring in the event with a 4th place finish in 2:34.10.

   Always a fun race was the 50 freestyle as freshman Britney Nayiga took the top of the podium with a lifetime best and state qualifying time of 26.09, she was followed closely by sophomore Lana Albuquerque with another lifetime best and state qualifying time of 26.11. Senior Tia Anthony contributed big points with a 6thplace finish in 31.92.

   After the break, the Freshman Duo of Khloe Co and Isabelle Pennachio went neck and neck to finish 1-2 in the 100 butterfly, both in lifetime bests and sectional cuts with times of 1:06.16 and 1:06.97. Fellow freshman Nicole Kelso took 4th place in 1:14.99. Nicole has chopped off over 10 seconds from her best time so far this season in the event!

   In the 100 freestyle another freshman duo led yet another 1-2 finish as Isabella Cirame and Lucia Antonucci continued the Girls onslaught on the meet with best times of 58.57 and 59.71, Junior MAkda Johannes finished another Eagles 1-2-3 finish in a season best of 1:07.56.

   Next up in the 500 freestyle Lana Albuquerque raced out to lifetime best time and a sectional cut in 5:52.11. Coming in 3rd place was junior Miriam Johannes, and finishing in 4th place was Makda Johannes with a lifetime best of 6:39.33.

   In the 200 freestyler relay Freshman Lucia Antonucci, freshman Britney Nayiga, sophomore Lana Albuquerque and sophomore Sydney Cao, lead the way with a first place finish and state cut of 1:46.17. In addition Lucia’s lead off leg was a sectional cut!

   In the 100 yard backstroke Sophomore Sydney Cao took another first place with a lifetime best of 1:04.53. Coming second place was freshman Isabella Pennachio in a lifetime best of 1:07.93, rounding out the scoring was senior Tia Anthony with a 4th place finish in 1:19.19.

   In the final individual event of the evening, Freshman Britney Nayiga and Lucia Antonucci combined with sophomore Crystal Tang for a 1-2-3 finish. Britney’s time was 1:14.04 and her season best along with a state cut.

   In the final event of the evening Freshman Isabelle Pennachio, Isabella Cirame, Lucia Antonucci paired with Miraim Johannes for a final first place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Their time was 4:10.55.

   “I couldn’t be happier with how our Lady Eagles finished the CAC season on Friday. We are a very young team, with 75% of our swimmers as underclassmen but they are an extremely talented group. We are very excited for sectionals and states in the coming weeks,” said Coach Andrew DiGiacomo.

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