The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School swim team hosted its most challenging meet of the season on Thursday, highlighted by the girl’s victory over Weston (84 to 83) and the boys win against Weston (109 to 65) and Reading (107 to 62).
Both wins were Mystic Valley’s first ever over Weston, the defending State champion on the boy’s side and a perennial power including last year’s third-place State champion on the girl’s side. “Our swimmers are not even midway through the season and are putting up some truly solid times, said head coach Andrew DiGiacomo, beating Weston is a major historic accomplishment for Mystic Valley’s program.”
To start the meet off the quartet of Lana Albuquerque, Britney Nayiga, Sydney Cao and Isabella Cirame was victorious in the girls 200-yard medley relay, finishing in 1:59.70, a state qualifying time. Albuquerque came back in the very next event with little rest and claimed second place with a time of 2:13:45 in the 200-yard freestyle. Teammates Cirame (2:23.88) and Khloe Co (2:32.45) followed in second and third in the 200-yard Individual Medley. Up next Cao and Nayiga splashed to a 1-2 finish in the 50-yard freestyle to pull MV girls ahead of Weston for the first time in the meet. A few events later Albuquerque sprinted to a victory in the 100-yard freestyle in 57.90 seconds. The Eagles delivered in a big way fighting to come back with a 1-2 finish in the 100-yard backstroke, with Cao recording another state cut and winning the event in 1:05.72. In the final individual event of the day, the MV breaststrokers completed a 1-2-3 finish when Nayiga, Lucia Antonucci, and Crystal Tang touched the wall in that order, sealing the win by the slightest of margins. Freshman Antonucci’s time of 1:16.25 was her first ever individual sectional cut.
The Boys team started the meet in much the same manner with a dominant showing in the 200-yard medley relay. The group of Jeremy Cheng, Jason Yan, Aiden Acuna-Rosa and Armando Indresano won the event with a season best time of 1:42.21. Dylan Phan followed with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.09) and then Jason Yan raced to first place in the 200-yard IM in 2:09.16. Following Yan’s win, Sodeyama-Cardoso was a close second in 2:13.10 and Freshman Christian Antonucci came in at 2:18.83 for a 1-2-3 finish. Indresano and Freshman Jaden Anthony completed a 3-5 finish to hold off a hard charging Weston and Reading in the 50-yard freestyle. Acuna-Rosa and Indresano finished first (48.7 seconds) and third in the 100-yard freestyle while Jeremy Cheng swam the 100 butterfly in just over 52 seconds for another win with an impressive performance. Acuna-Rosa also earned first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:22.57, with teammate Anthony following closely behind, finishing the race in 5:24.82. Cheng claimed another top spot in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.90 another State cut time.
MVRCS returns to the pool on Friday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. for a meet at Shawsheen.
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Girls Basketball Edges Rockport, 33-12
The MVRCS girls’ basketball team earned a 33-12 victory against Rockport on Friday evening at the Eastern Avenue Gymnasium.
Rachel Nortelus and Breana DeLeire paced all scorers with 8 points each. Breana Nansamba, Mary Tayag, and Katie Guo also scored in (6, 4, 3) for the Eagles. Anna Luiza Batista and Abby Sseewekambo rounded out the scoring, both contributing 2 points. Nansamba secured seven rebounds off missing baskets, while Tayag secured three.
Mystic Valley held Rockport to a 1-point lead (8-1), in the first quarter, to eventually keep the lead of the game with a score of 20-5 at the end of the first half.
the Eagles produced an 31-7 advantage at the end of the third quarter, which sparked most of their second half rally. From there, Mystic Valley scored two more point. Rockport pulled five more points with 0:00 left on the scoreboard, pushing the Eagles to a 4-4 record at home on the season.
Mystic Valley (4-4) visits Essex Tech on Tuesday, January 10 at 5:30 PM. MVRCS then hosts PCSS Everett next Monday, January 16 at 12:30 PM.
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