The MVRCS Boys varsity swimming team wrapped up a phenomenal regular season last Thursday at the CAC Championship meet held at Shawsheen Tech. The boys competed against some of conference’s best. The boys came out of the meet besting the CAC competition across the board to take home the hardware for the 14th time in as many attempts. The final scores reflected a truly full team finish, highlighted by the boys winning every individual and relay event.
In the first event of the day, the Boys 200 medley relay team junior Jeremy Cheng, sophomore Jason Yan and juniors Aiden Acuna, and Armando Indresano finished with a time of 1:44.29 besting the field by nearly 20 seconds. This time was the top time the boys have swum this season. In the next event, the 200 freestyle Acuna-Rosa led the way for an eagles 1-2-3-4 finish in 1:48.13. Fellow eagles, freshman Adrian Chang finished in 2:11. 27; sophomore George George in 2:12.62; and junior Daniel Nguyen in 2:13.31.
Up next was the 200 Individual medley, Yan continued to dominate this race within the conference, winning by over 5 seconds to fellow Eagle junior Ramy El-Aafer with a time of 2:20, right on his lifetime best in the event. 8th grader Aris Catic snuck into 4th place with a lifetime best of 2:29.52 a drop of over 10 seconds to his previous best. Rounding out the scorers in the event was sophomore Minh Tran in 2:37.08, a lifetime best for him.
In the 50 freestyle Indresano, defended his conference crown in 23.00, 8th grader Jaden Anthony, competing in his first eve CAC meet followed closely in 25.35 for a 3rd place finish. Senior Matthew Loue was 5th in 26.55 and rounding out the scoring was 8th grader Christian Antonucci in 27.41.
Next up in the 100 butterfly, Cheng lit up the pool in a lifetime best of 52.12, Jeremy’s time ranks around the top in the state so far this year. 8th Grader Kevin Sodeyama-Cardoso dropped 2 seconds to finish in a lifetime best of 1:02.75 and secure second place. El-Aafer was third in 1:10.05, and finally junior Bryan Li completed the scoring in the event in 1:18.12 good for an 8th place finish.
In the boys 100 freestyle, Indresano continued to stake his claim as the fastest man in the water for the conference, finishing in 50.27. The Eagle boys took 4 of the top 5 spots in the event, with Anthony coming in 3rd in 55.17 followed by 8th grader Dylan Phan in 58.00. Matthew Loue completed the event in 5th place and a lifetime best of 58.30.
In the 500 freestyle, Aiden Acuna-Rosa was simply sensational, leading the way in a new Eagles team record of 4:54.92. Acuna-Rosa’s time was a full 4 second drop from his previous best and puts him in prime position to score among the top in the state in the coming weeks. Following behind Aiden in 3rd and 4th place were 8th grade brothers, Thomas and Kevin Sodeyama-Cardoso, both finished in lifetime bests of 5:30.36 and 5:42.41 respectively. Nguyen finished in 6th place in 6:15.67.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Cheng, Indresano, Acuna-Rosa, and Anthony took first place by over 12 second in 1:35.51. Yan was back in the pool for the 100 backstroke and did not disappoint. Shaving almost a full second off his lifetime best Jason took the gold in 1:00.54. Phan completed the 1-2 finish for the eagles coming in at a lifetime best of 1:04.53. Li was in 4th place and freshman Chang completed the scoring with a 5th place finish. In the final individual event of the night, Cheng led the eagles to taking 4 of the top 5 spots. Jeremy finished in a state cut of 1:03.14; in second place was Thomas Sodeyama-Cardoso in a lifetime best of 1:11.76. In 4th and 5th place were Catic and Antonucci.
Finally in the 400 freestyle relay, the team of Anthony, El-Aafer, Yan and Phan blew away the field by over 15 seconds in 3:46.19.
“We simply were on fire today. What I am most impressed by is the significant contribution by the younger swimmers on this team. We have asked a lot from them over the course of the season in terms of dedication, practice time, and meets. They have continued to respond in a very positive way. As I said early this year, the future is very bright here at Mystic Valley,” stated Coach Andrew DiGiacomo.