Picture it: An eleven lane swimming pool filled with racing swimmers. The crowd’s roars and cheers reverberate throughout. The air is heavy and humid and tension high The Canterbury Boy’s swim team was about to dive in for its last race that could earn it the points needed to win the championship.
The last race was the 400 Relay. First up was Sam Tscheppe ’21. The crowd roared as he dove in and delivered a strong start. Next up was Matt Martin ‘19 who delivered another strong swim. The crowd continued to make noise as the race was getting close and Spencer McLean ‘19 dove in, delivered a speedy swim, and then finally the swimmer that would seal the deal for the boy’s team, William Ondrey ‘19, who dove in, had an amazing race and touched the wall before the rival relay was able to catch up. The boys knew that winning this relay meant they had just won the Division III New England Swimming and Diving title for the third consecutive year!
On March 3rd, three days after the Diving Championships, the swimmers left Canterbury at five in the morning to head to the DIII Western New England Swimming Championship at Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford, CT led by their dedicated coaches, Mr. Irving, Mr. Bush, and Ms. Root. It was a long day, with warm ups at seven in the morning, a preliminary meet in the morning and the finals meet in the afternoon to evening.
The team was led by captains William Ondrey ‘19 and Spencer McLean ‘19. Ryan Greguski ‘20 set a new school record and a personal record placing second overall in the DIII New England Boy’s Diving Championship. Ryan also had very strong swims with personal records. The boy’s team set two DIII New England Records in both the 200 yard freestyle relay and the 400 yard freestyle relay. The relays were swum by Sam Tscheppe ‘21, Matt Martin ‘19, Spencer McLean ‘19, and William Ondrey ‘19. Boys top finishes included Matt Martin ‘19, who placed second in the boy’s 200 freestyle and third in the boy’s 500 freestyle, Graham Higgins ‘20, who placed sixth in the boy’s 200 freestyle and seventh in the boy’s 500 freestyle, Spencer McLean ‘19, who placed first in the boy’s 200 individual medley and set a school record while placing first in the boy’s 100 yard freestyle, William Ondrey ‘19, placed first in the 50 freestyle and placed second in the 100 free yard freestyle, Darren-Neil Gordon ‘21, who placed sixth in the 50 yard freestyle, Gordon Bradshaw ‘19, who placed eighth in the 100 yard butterfly, Sam Tscheppe ‘21, who placed fifth in the 100 yard freestyle, Tyler Frederick ‘19, who took fourth place in the 100 yard backstroke, and Alejandro Bonnet ‘18, who took sixth place in the 100 yard backstroke. Sam Tscheppe ‘21 and Matt Martin ‘19 both placed in the 100 yard breaststroke. The boy’s swimming and diving team set twenty-two personal records!
Girl’s swimming and diving also had a very successful season finishing the season sixth overall in the DIII New England Championship with fifteen personal records.
The team was led by captains Megan Tracy ‘18 and Ali Goracy ‘18. The team is very proud of Jess Stolfi ‘18 who took third in the DIII New England Girl’s Diving Championship. At the championship, girls took fourth place in the 200 yard freestyle relay with Gianna Terracino ‘19, Katie Hawley ‘21, Giselle Bradshaw ‘21, and Isabella Jimenez ‘18. Additionally, Isabella Jimenez ‘18 received eighth place in the 200 yard freestyle and tenth place in the 100 yard backstroke earning a personal record in both events. Gianna Terracino ‘19 received seventh place in the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle, receiving her personal record in both events. Wynn Maloney ‘18 came in tenth place in the 500 yard freestyle and received a personal record in the 200 freestyle.
Additional personal records included Anna Imrie ‘20 in the 200 Yard Individual medley as well as the 100 yard butterfly, Katie Hawley ‘21 in the 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle, Megan Tracy ‘18 in the 500 yard freestyle, Ali Goracy ‘18 in the 100 yard breaststroke, Juliet St Germain ‘21 in the 200 yard freestyle, Giselle Bradshaw ‘21 in the 200 yard Individual medley and the 100 yard backstroke, as well as Sandy Xu ‘21 in the 100 yard butterfly. The girls are looking forward to their next season hoping for more personal and team successes in the future.
Head Coach Mr. Irving reflected on the season saying, “This season was a great success for both our boys and girls swimming and diving teams. We had an amazing amount of PRs [personal records] set at New England’s and I think that really speaks to the amount of work each one of the kids put into practice every day. What made these personal successes even sweeter was the boys bringing back the class three New England title for the third year in a row. I am immensely proud of all of my swimmers and divers and I can’t wait to get them back in the pool again next year” .