The girls’ varsity swim team at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School recently kicked off a highly anticipated postseason at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) North Sectional championships at Milford High School. The Lady Eagles competed against some of the top teams in northern Massachusetts. They came out with an 11th-place finish, led by some spectacular swimming.
In the first event of the day, the girls 200 medley relay team of freshman Lana Albuquerque, eighth-grader Britney Nayiga, senior captain Deanna Guo and eighth-grader Isabella Cirame finished with a time of 1:59.26, which was good for a seventh-place overall finish. Their time was right around their in-season best; what was even more impressive was that the relay consisted of two eighth-graders and a freshman swimmer.
Guo continued her spectacular final year as an Eagle with a ninth-place finish in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.12. This was an in-season best time for her. In addition, Guo swam in the 100 backstroke along with freshman star Albuquerque, finishing with an in-season best of 1:04.24 for a 14th-place finish. Albuquerque completed her day with a 24th-place finish overall and was one of only three freshmen to qualify in the event.
Next up, in the 200 freestyle relay, Guo once again led a great group of young Eagles to a Top 10 finish. The girls’ time of 1:48.48 was an in-season best and good for a 10th-place finish overall. Joining Deanna on the relay were Albuquerque, Nayiga and Cirame.
Finally, in one of the most exciting races of the day, Nayiga qualified for states in the 100 breaststroke. She sped out in the first 50, turning at 34.23 and finished strongly. Her time of 1:13.89 is not only a state cut for Division II but also a Top 10 time for the Lady Eagles. Nayiga will be one of the youngest individual competitors at Division II states this weekend.
“I couldn’t be happier to swim the way we did today all things considered. The MIAA has done absolutely everything in their power to get sectionals and states back up and running after COVID,” said coach Andrew DiGiacomo. “We are truly lucky to have such a dedicated group of administrations, athletic directors, and coaches to make this event happen. Overall, the girls swam strong and are right where they should be as we continue to rest and taper down. Britney’s swim in the 100 breaststroke was the highlight of the whole weekend. As I have said all season, the future is very bright for the Eagles.”