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Malden High coed swim team sprints out of gate with two straight wins

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Tornado aquatic achievers seeking a third straight Greater Boston League title; Giech, Tang lead way

  They certainly did not waste any time making it clear where they intended to stay right from the start – at the top of the Greater Boston League. The Malden High School varsity coed swim team raced out of the gate of the new 2021-22 season with a pair of wins: 84-63 in the season opener versus Lynn English and 93-75 over Revere. The 2-0 start featured two GBL wins as well.

  “We wanted to get off to a good start and we were fortunate to do so,” Malden High third-year Head Coach Jess Bisson said. “We had a very good turnout of swimmers in tryouts this year and there is a lot of competition in our own team to get into these events.”

  Senior captain Tony Giech and Nathan Nguyen led the way for Malden in a 93-75 win over Revere on the road on December 16, with both taking two first-place finishes in individual events and each contributing to two first-place relay event wins. Giech won the 200-yard freestyle race at 2:06.15 and the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.71. He also took part in Malden’s winning 200-yard medley relay, along with Nathan Nguyen, Liam Bloom and Steven Nguyen with a time of 1:55.4. Giech also swam a leg of the winning Malden 200-yard freestyle relay, which came in with a time of 1:57.21. Also competing in that event were James Zhou, Wara Morales and Mohsine Wakaf.

  Nathan Nguyen won the 100-yard freestyle (56.25 seconds) and 100-yard backstroke events. In an unofficial 400-yard freestyle relay, he swam with Bloom, Wakaf and Steven Leung for a second-place finish at 4:03.09.

  Bloom won the 50-yard freestyle sprint at 26.37 seconds. Ayman Ali was fourth in that event at 31.31 seconds. Zhou finished fifth at 31.51 seconds.

  In the 200 medley relay, Malden also took third at 2:3.22 with the team of Joslyn Nguyen, Hailey Tran, Abby Tang and Ayman Ali. In the 200 freestyle, Hailey Tran took second at 2:19.93. Malden finished 3-4 in the 200-yard individual medley, with times by Wakaf of 2:36.91 and Leung at 2:38.36. Malden finished 2-3-4 in the 100 butterfly: Tang (1:11.03), Wakaf (1:13.99) and Leung (1:15.62). In the 100 freestyle, Nimon Jusufil was third for Malden (1:08.31) and Joslyn Nguyen fourth (1:10.03). The Malden quartet of Kyle Lee, Molly Sewell, Sara Oliveira and Alex Viveiros was third in the 200 freestyle relay at 2:07.6. In the 500 freestyle race, Liam Bloom was second (6:20.81), Morales third (6:58.44) and Tang fourth (7:12.72). Steven Leung was third (1:14.21) and Joslyn Nguyen fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:18.88).

Malden High swim team opened season at home with win over Lynn English

  Malden opened its season with an 84-63 victory over visiting Lynn English in its home pool. Nathan Nguyen and Tony Giech led the way with a pair of first-place finishes. Nguyen also swam with Ayman Ali, Alex Viveiros and Kyle Lee in the winning 200 freestyle relay, which had a time of 2:09.15. Malden ended up sweeping that event, as Giech, Molly Sewell, Abby Tang and Sara Oliveira finished second at 2:16.32.

  Giech won the 100 freestyle at 55.46 seconds, Viveiros was second (1:14.65) and Rach Dumane third (1:24.40). The senior captain also won the 100 breaststroke at 1:07.26. Hailey Tran was second (1:20.50) and Oliveira sixth (1:50.37). Tran won the 200 freestyle event at 2:20.56 with Molly Sewell second (2:55.31) and Lanyu Liang third at 3:25.57. Abby Tang finished in the top spot in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:44.94. Kyle Lee was second (2:52.77) and Joyce Zhou third at 3:04.22. Joslyn Nguyen, Hailey Tran, Abby Tang and Ramirez won the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:14.25. James Zhou finished in first place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 31.56 seconds. Ayman Ali was second at 32.45 seconds and Anne Araujo fifth at 42.00 seconds. Nathan Nguyen won the 100 butterfly at 1:06.21. Tang was second (1:28.30) and Joslyn Nguyen third (1:29.82). Liam Bloom won the long-range 500 freestyle with a time of 6:23.91. Wara Morales was second (7:10.26) and Nimon Jusufi fifth (8:37.05). Nathan Nguyen also won the 100 backstroke at 1:05.21 with Joslyn Nguyen second (1:16.97) and Molly Sewell third (1:27.21). Bloom, Joyce Zhou, James Zhou and Jusufi won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:55.45.

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Malden senior captain Abby Tang was solid in the 100 butterfly event for a win against Lynn English. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
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Malden High senior captain Tony Giech had three wins, including two in individual events, like the 100 breaststroke (above), which he is shown winning against Lynn English. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
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Malden High’s Nathan Nguyen was off to a fast start this season with two wins in his first two events, including wins in Lynn English and Revere meets in the 100 backstroke (above). (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
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Liam Blook excelled in the distance events for the Malden High swim team, including a win in the 500 freestyle against Lynn English in the Golden Tornadoes pool. (Advocate Photo/Henry Huang)
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Kyle Lee splashed a solid leg in the 400 freestyle relay, which Malden won against Lynn English. (Advocate Photo/ Henry Huang)

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