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Revere girls track finishes perfect regular season

The Revere High School girls track team finished 7-0 for the regular season, defeating Everett and Medford last week. This makes them the Greater Boston League regular-season indoor champions. The Patriots defeated Everett, 75-17, and defeated Medford in a really tight meet, 52-47.

Sophomore Olivia Rupp smashed her mile PR by seven seconds to break six minutes with a time of 5:55.47. “She ran an incredible and strategic race and I know she will finish the season getting that time down even further based on her workouts,” Revere coach Racquel MacDonald-Ciambelli said.

Gemma Stamatopoulos and Liv Yuong tied for top scores with 14 points each against Medford. Stamatopoulos ran the 2-mile for the first time this season in an especially strategic manner to give Revere that extra five points to beat Medford.

Hiba El Bzyouy also hopped into the 2-mile to help secure a third-place and add another point to the team total. “It’s a new event for her that she ran for the team,” her coach said.

Ashley Cabrera Rodriguez scored 15 points against Everett with wins in the 55-meter dash, long jump and 4×200-meter relay.

Revere also recorded personal records: with Genevieve Zierten in the mile, Rania Hamdani in the 300-meter, Daniela Santana Baez in the 2-mile and Giselle Salvador in the 55-meter dash.

“This team really stepped up,” MacDonald-Ciambelli said. “We knew Medford would be our biggest competition this year due to their strength in the distance events. The girls geared up with some intense speed workouts and showed their strength in the field events to get us this last win. Their willingness to jump into new events for the team to secure some critical points truly shows that they recognize that track is still a team sport. I am so proud that this team gets a banner in the high school gym. It is so well deserved.”

On Friday, Feb. 2, the Patriots will face off at the GBL League Meet against all seven GBL teams.

Revere swimming shines at league meet

The Greater Boston League Championship swimming meet was held last month at Medford High School. It is a non-scoring meet, used as more of a time trial than a competitive meet. However, after the meet one of the league athletics directors asked that a score be provided for the meet.

The GBL Champion is determined by the regular-season meet record. Malden won this year.

The Revere girls scored 101 points and came in fifth. The boys scored 372 and came in first.

The girls were led by senior co-captain Jannet Sehli. She took third in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 500 free. Sophomore Leah Zuniga took sixth in the 200 free and 500 free. Senior DeAndre Quijada took 10th in the 100 free. Those three were joined by senior Victoria Vilaca in the 200 free relay, who came in ninth.

The boys had a strong meet right from the start. Seniors Juan Cano, Matthew Terrell, Alem Cesic and Nate Hill won the 200-medley relay. Terrell and Hill followed that by going 2-3 in the 200 free.

Cesic took first in the 200 IM. Revere had three top-10 finishers in the 50 free. Cano took second; freshman Wilson Feng, sixth, and senior Harrison Rua, ninth. Terrell squeaked out a win in the 100 butterfly by .2 of a second. Feng and senior Vilson Lipa took fourth and eighth in the 100 free. Cesic took first in the 500 free with Hill coming in second.

The Revere relay team of Terrell, Lipa, Rua and Cano took second place in the 200 free relay. The other team in that race of Feng, fellow freshman Danny Hallak and sophomores Marcelo Fermin-Cuartas and Nicholas Pedroza Avila came in eighth.

In the 100 back, Cano took first, Lipa was third and Hallak sixth. Rua was seventh in the 100 breaststroke.

In the final event, the 400 free relay, the team of Hill, Lipa, Rua and Cesic took first place, winning by 18 seconds. For Cesic, it was his fourth first-place finish of the meet.

Revere boys’ basketball team tops Greater Lowell, Malden

Revere (5-9) beat Greater Lowell, 58-49. “Tough win on the road against a young Gryphons squad,” Revere coach Dave Leary said.

Junior Guard Ethan Day had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Senior Center Amir Yamani added nine points and eight rebounds, and senior guard Domenic Belmonte contributed seven points and three steals.

Revere also beat Malden, 60-47. “Tough battle as always,” Leary said. “Coach Nally always has his team prepared.”

Day led the way with 23 points and five rebounds. Junior guard Avi Lung had nine points and six assists. Senior captain Andrew Leone had seven points and eight rebounds, and Yamani added a double-double of 10 points-12 rebounds.


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