Westford, St. John’s win Massachusetts High School State (Division 1)

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In the 2016 Massachusetts Division One Championships, Westford Academy won the girl’s title with 312 points. Beverly was second and Lincoln-Sudbury took third.

On the men’s side, St. John’s Prep took first place with 287 points. Westford took second and Acton-Boxborough was third.

The meet started off in record-setting fashion. Beverly’s 200-yard medley relay team of backstroker Kaitlin Harty, breaststroker Sarah Welch, butterflier Andrea Higgins and freestyler Grace Athanas touched in 1:46.39, tying the state record set in 2014.

Acton-Boxborough won the boy’s event in 1:35.54. The team consisted of backstroker Eric Hua, breaststroker Brian Dai, butterflier David Chen and freestyler Corben Miles. 

In the 200-yard freestyle, Franklin’s Ashley Loomis took first place with a time of 1:51.96 in the girl’s race. She was followed by Silver Lake’s Madison Milbert and Beverly’s Nicole Welch. 

Westford’s Jason Jung won the boy’s event. He posted a time of 1:40.50 to win by over a second. Kyle Pilachowski, his teammate, was second and Reading’s Kevin Spear took third.

Beverly’s Sarah Welch won the girl’s 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:03.31. Holliston’s Corinne Carbone and Westfield’s Kelsey Jonstone took second and third, respectively.

In the boy’s race, Joseph Turk of St. John’s took first in 1:49.13. He was followed by Central Catholic’s Drew Carbone and Andover’s Eric Shi. 

Katherine O’Shea of Concord-Carlisle took first in the girl’s 50-yard freestyle. The senior touched in 23.97. Westford sophomore Katherine Pawlak was second and Triton’s Maggie Summit was third.

It was a record-setting showing in the men’s event. Corben Miles broke his own record with a time of 20.30. He won by over a second. Westford’s Jack Koravos and Chelmsford’s David Cote touched in second and third.

In the girl’s 100-yard butterfly, Harty touched first with a time of 54.69, a meet record. Minnechaug’s Lauren Quinn was second and Vivian Nguyen of Malden was third.

Central Catholic’s Will Panos won the boys event with a time of 50.41. Westford’s Karavos and Brookline’s Michael Levin were second and third.

Sarah Welch picked up another individual win in the women’s 100-yard freestyle. She touched in 51.12, ahead of O’Shea and Summit. Miles set another meet record, touching the wall in 45.15 in the boy’s race. Jung and Cote were second and third, respectively.

Loomis dominated the girl’s 500-yard freestyle. She touched in 4:58.50 to win by seven seconds. Lincoln-Sudbury’s Courtney Brown was second and Nicole Belch took third.

Turk took first place in the boy’s race with a time of 4:36.40. Andover’s Adi Arifovic and Pilachowski followed.

Westford set a meet record in the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay. The team of Katherine PawlakEmily Rudiman, Abby Edison and Ali Kea touched in 1:37.84. Westford set a state record for the boy’s with a time of 1:25.15. The team consisted of Jung, Florian Haedicke, Pilachowski and Koravos.

Harty set a meet record in the women’s 100-yard backstroke. She posted a time of 52.78 to win by nearly five seconds. Westford’s Tiffany Tseng took second and Silver Lake’s Madison Milbert finished in third place.

Central Catholic’s Drew Carbone won the boy’s race in 50.54. He was followed by Attleboro’s River Wright and Westford’s Jeffrey Yao. 

Kelsey Johnstone of Westfield was first in the girl’s 100-yard breaststroke. She posted a time of 1:05.50, ahead of Shrewsbury’s Erin Kean and Monument Mountain’s Emma Wilber. 

Shi won for the men with a time of 56.76. Attleboro’s Dylon Willis and Central Catholic’s Will Pannos took second and third.

Records were set in both the boy’s and girl’s 400-yard freestyle relay.

Sarah Welch, Nicole Welch, Andrea Higgins and Kaitlin Harty teamed up for Beverly in a meet record time of 3:29.71. Jung, Jeffrey Yao, Koravos and Pilachowski were a part of Westford’s winning men’s relay.

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Author: Peter Baugh

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Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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