DURHAM, New Hampshire, February 13. BY just ten points–215 to 205–Oyster River girls' team defeated Hanover for the team title at the New Hampshire Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 8-9 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Rounding out the top five teams were Souhegan (170), Monadnock (820 and Windham (76). In the boys team race, Souhegan beat out St. Thomas Aquinas, 196-170. Windham took third (149). Oyster River grabbed fourth over Hollis/Brookline, 127-125.
The 50 yard free races were very close on both sides. Mount Royal Academy freshman Miriam Carney beat out Meaghan Shannon, an Oyster River sophomore, 25.90-25.92. St. Thomas Aquinas junior Jack Gentes outtouched senior Joshua Rines from Hollis/Brookline by a fingernail (22.92-22.93).
As with the Division 1 competition, five swimmers found their way to the finish line first in two events. Hanover sophomore Elizabeth Brechbuhl was first in both the 200 (1:54.65) and the 500 free (5:09.57). Breckbuhl's classmate at Hanover, Kathryn Aman, nabbed the 100 fly in 59.91 and the 100 back in 1:01.42. Plymouth Regional junior Kersten Dirrane captured the 200 IM (2:10.71) and the 100 breast (1:06.71).
Two juniors picked up double wins on the boys side: Belmont's Antony Hubbard (100 free, 49.92; 200 free, 1:48.63) and St. Thomas Aquinas' Sam Haines (100 fly, 53.97; 200 IM, 2:04.14).
Three Souhegan swimmers earned first in an event: junior Jamie Freud (100 free, 56.06) for the girls, and sophomores Tyler Howard (500 free, 4:59.17) and Alexander Bedard (100 breast, 1:01.80) for the boys. Oyster River freshman Matt Jones, in his first high school state meet, swam a 55.27 for the 100 back win.
The diving titles went to St. Thomas Aquinas senior Signe Frick (265.85 points) and Oyster River freshman Neville Caulfield (210.35 points).