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DURHAM, New Hampshire, February 17. THE New Hampshire State High School Championships took place in Durham during the weekend with four new divisional team title winners being named, as well as a handful of state records.
While the Bedford High girls dominated their division with 246 points against Bishop Guertin's 180.5 for second, the Exeter boys had a much closer contest on their hands with a 232-230 victory agianst Bishop Guertin.
Dover's Sarah Wydra, Ella Tesch, Julia DeGregorio and Cassidy Black downed the girls 200-yard medley relay state record with a winning time of 1:53.54. That swim undercut the previous mark of 1:54.17 set by St. Thomas well back in 2001.
Exeter's Kellen Gray, Patrick Carginan, Zachary Bishop and James Mundy followed with a 1:38.71 in the boys 200-yard medley relay to crush the field and the state record of 1:42.17 set by Exeter just a year ago. Exter then closed out the team title win with a blazing 3:17.55 from Bishop, Ethan Vander Woude, Gray and Mundy in the boys 400-yard free relay. That performance obliterated the field by more than seven seconds, and demolished the 2012 record of 3:21.28 set by Concord.
Meanwhile, Concord's Alaina Pribis took home the girls 200-yard free title in 1:55.22, while Nashua North's Oliver French topped the boys 200-yard free in 1:45.17, just clipping Exeter's Bishop (1:45.19) for the title.
Manchester Central's Elizabeth Aldrich raced her way to the girls 200-yard IM crown in 2:09.56, while Winnacunnet's Connar Patterson checked in with a 1:57.55 to win the boys 200-yard IM title. Alvirne's Lauren Somers followed with a 25.27 to win the girls 50-yard free with Bishop Guertin's Joseph Moleski taking the boys 50-yard free crown in 22.21. Exeter's James Mundy placed just behind with a 22.23.
Dover's Julia Degregorio stopped the clock in 57.61 to win the girls 100-yard fly before Patterson doubled up for Winnacunnet with a 52.16 to win the boys 100-yard fly. Somers swept the sprint frees for Alvirne with a 54.18 in the 100-yard free, while Bishop Guertin's Moleski also doubled up on the sprints with a 48.43 to win the boys 100-yard free title.
Concord's Pribis added the 500-yard free to her 200-yard free title with a 5:03.85, smoking the rest of the field by more than 15 seconds. Nashua North's Oliver French picked up the boys 500-yard free title in 4:42.70.
During the 200 free relay swims, Bishop Guertin's Caroline Shusta, Kathryn Mahoney, Hannah Boyce and Jane Winarta topped the girls race in 1:44.89, while their teammates Kurt Iske, Brandon Conceicao, Kendrick Rubino and Joseph Moleski raced to a 1:31.77 to win the boys relay.
Dover's Sarah Wydra then tied Merrimack's Katherin Brennan with matching 59.41s to win the girls 100-yard back before Exeter's Gray stopped the clock in 52.80 to top the boys 100-yard back. Bedford's Natalie Giraldi won the girls 100-yard breast in 1:08.17 with Dover's Eldridge claiming the boys 100-yard breast crown in 1:05.66.
Bedford's Kasey Gamache, Mackenzie Kearns, Peninah Levine and Natalie Giraldi put an exclamation mark on the team victory for the girls with a 3:47.28 in the girls 400-yard free relay.
In diving action, Bedford's Rachel Byrne won the girls one-meter with 221.45 points, while Bishop Guertin's David Pfeifer tallied 284.45 points to win the boys one-meter event.
1. Bedford 246
2. Bishop Guertin 180.5
3. Dover 175.5
4. Alvirne 111
5. Timberlane 110.5
1. Exeter 232
2. Bishop Guertin 230
3. Bedford 196.5
4. Pinkerton 136
5. Londonderry 101.5
Oyster River's Tessa Oakes, Audrey Duvall, Sydnee Aubin and Haley Jones set a state record in the girls 200-yard medley relay with a 1:52.52, while St. Thomas Aquinas' Kyra Sarazen hit the wall in 55.47 to down the state record in the girls 100-yard back. Sarazen doubled up with a state record 2:03.71 in the 200-yard IM as well.
Derryfield's Molly Fitzpatrick shot down the state record in the girls 100-yard breast with a 1:04.89, while Oyster River's Haley Jones, Charlotte Moore, Sydnee Aubin and Tessa Oakes also lowered the state record in the girls 400-yard free relay with a 3:43.47.
Hanover's Elisabeth Brechbuhl crushed the field in the 200-yard free with a winning time of 1:53.98, while Souhegan's Tyler Howard claimed the boys 200-yard free title in 1:48.23. Souhegan's Alexander Bedard hit the wall in 1:59.67 to claim the boys 200-yard IM.
St. Thomas Aquinas' Sophie Kenny captured the girls 50-yard free with a 25.59 before teammate Jack Gentes posted a 22.74 to win the boys 50-yard free. Windham's Connor Hopkins finished a close second in the boys 50-yard free with a 22.76.
Trinity's Noelle Theodoulou raced her way to a win in the girls 100-yard fly with a 59.01, while Oyster River's Matt Jones picked up the boys 100-yard fly crown in 52.60. Campbell's Grant Levasseur came in a close second with a 52.67.
Derryfield's Emma Wagner snared the girls 100-yard free title in 55.08, while Gentes swept the sprint frees with a 50.41 for St. Thomas Aquinas. Brechbuhl doubled up off her 200 free state record with a winning time of 5:03.79 in the 500 free, winning by more than 14 seconds. Howard added to his 200 free title with a 4:58.68 in the 500-yard free. Jones then topped the boys 100-yard back in 53.65 for the win, while Bedard claimed the boys 100-yard breast in 58.91.
Hollis/Brookline's Austin McCalmont, Matt Falcone, Tom Regan and Jacob Solon topped the boys 200-yard medley relay in 1:45.25. St. Thomas Aquinas' Amelia Snyder, Brianne Terrance, Sophie Kenny and Kyra Sarazen won the girls 200-yard free relay in 1:43.87, while Hollis/Brookline's Austin McCalmont, Matt Falcone, Jacob Solon and Tom Regan clocked a 1:36.66 to win the boys 200-yard free relay.
Oyster River closed out the boys team title when Chris Rouleau, Drew Thibault, Brian Stevens and Matt Jones won the boys 400-yard free relay in 3:32.42.
Only four divers from Osyter River's women's team competed with Emily Howard winning the one-meter title with 139.15 points.
1. Oyster River 269.5
2. St. Thomas Aquinas 148
3. Hanover 122
4. Souhegan 113.5
5. Windham 90.5
1. Oyster River 236.5
2. St. Thomas Aquinas 159
3. Hollis/Brookline 143
4. Souhegan 139
5. Windham 122
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Results: New Hampshire State High School Championships