DURHAM, New Hampshire, February 17. NEW Hampshire swimmers met at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Feb. 10-11 to compete in the state's high school championships in Divisions 1 and 2. The top swimmers and divers from both divisions were invited to compete at the Meet of Champions Feb. 12, also held at UNH.
Dover's girls team defeated Bedford, 208-201, for first place. Just one point separated third-place Bishop Guerin from fourth-place Exeter, 134.5-133.5. Manchester Central came in fifth with 121.
Dover's 400 yard free relay of juniors Tessa Chapman and Elizabeth Malia, freshman Julia DeGregorio and senior Amber Long set the only state record of the girls meet with their 3:43.75. DeGregorio notched her first state championship title with a 58.42 in the 100 fly.
Concord freshman Alaina Pribis claimed the top spot in both the 200 free (1:56.73) and 500 free (5:09.77).
Carter Pribis, a senior at Concord, erased the 100 back record with his 52.47. He also anchored Concord's state record-setting 400 free relay (3:2.128) with junior James Schumacher and seniors Christopher Bartlett and Stephen Muzzey.
Bishop Guerin's 200 medley relay quartet of freshman Brandon Conciecao, Matthew Pukstra, Samuel Root and Joseph Moleski lowered the state record to 1:42.75. Moleski powered through the 50 free to win in 23.28, and Pukstra edged out Bedford's Elliot Chu, 1:02.12-1:02.17, to take first in the 100 breast. Bishop Guerin sophomore David Pfeifer also set a state record, picking up 398.50 points in the diving competition.
Manchester Memorial senior Cole Hogg claimed victory in both the 100 free (47.49) and 200 free (1:45.30), as did Nashua North junior Nathan Garner in the 100 fly (54.00) and 200 IM (2:04.38).
Oyster River and Souhegan battled for first place in the boys race, with Oyster River coming out on top, 251-235. Hollis/Brookline was third (168), followed by Bow's 117 and Hanover's 107 for fifth.
Oyster River was led by three seniors who captured two events apiece. Joe Lane lowered the state record in the 100 back to 52.46 and also was first in the 200 IM (1:59.86). Joel Bates was tops in the 200 free (1:48.95) and 500 free (4:55.35), and Alex Jones took care of the 100 breast (1:04.30) and 100 fly (55.54) events. Souhegan senior Eric Howard claimed the sprint free titles, posting times of 22.52 in the 50 and 48.67 in the 100 free.
Lebanon senior Ellie Thompson claimed the only state record of the girls meet with her 56.55 in the 100 back. Thompson's classmate Emily Wadlinger posted first-place times in the 50 free (24.60) and 100 free (53.47), and Hanover freshman Elisabeth Brechbuhl did the same in the 200 free (1:56.64) and 500 free (5:09.15).
Meet of Champions
Eight meet records fell during the girls competition. Lebanon's Wadlinger once again grabbed the top spot on the podium in the 50 (24.95) and 100 free (53.48). Hanover freshman Brechbuhl dueled Nashua North senior Jennifer French to a 1:56.31-1:56.34 victory in the 200 free, and claimed the 500 free with her 5:08.65.
Other meet record-setters included Thompson, who repeated her Division 2 victory in the 100 back in 57.29; Kiersten Dirrane, a Plymouth Regional sophomore, grabbed first in the 100 breast (1:08.01); and St. Thomas Aquinas freshman Kyra Sarazen, made her mark in the 200 IM (2:10.44). The only meet relay record fell to Dover's team of Chapman, Malia, DeGregorio and Long in the 400 free relay (3:43.70).
Bishop Guerin's Pfeifer set a meet record 249.40 points in winning the diving event. The three relay winners set meet records as well: Oyster River's 200 medley relay of Lane, senior Parker Eastman, Jones and Bates (1:41.90); Bishop Guerin's 200 free relay of sophomore Brett Seeley-Hacker, Conciecao, Root and Moleski (1:32.31); and Concord's 400 free relay of Schumacher, Bartlett, Muzzey and Pribis (3:22.85).
Manchester Memorial's Hogg triumphed in both the 100 free (47.95) and 200 free (1:44.22) as the only multi-event individual champion.