Going into the Cape Ann League swim championships, Hamilton-Wenham wasn’t sure what to expect. The Generals had lost a close dual meet to league rival Masconomet, but they hadn’t taken the CAL league meet title in ten seasons.
With a tremendous team effort, the Generals pulled off the upset and claimed that elusive CAL meet crown. They carried that momentum into the North sectional meet last weekend, and are hoping to keep it going as seven swimmers are headed to the state swim championships being held at MIT this weekend.
“We had amazing depth this season and it was definitely a great accomplishment for everyone on the team to be able to win CALs,” said senior co-captain Megan Weltler, who will be swimming in the 400 free relay at states along with Betsy Powers, Kim Perkins and Anni Li. “It’s been one of my goals to get to states since I was a freshman so I’m really excited to be able to go.”
H-W’s 400 free relay is the first girls relay to make it all the way to states since coach Kristin Murray, who was honored as the CAL Coach of the Year, has been with the program.
“She’s an amazing coach. She really cares about each swimmer on the team and helps them achieve their best. That has definitely helped me achieve some of my best times this season,” said Powers, a sophomore who was named Cape Ann League Female Swimmer of the Year.
“I was really surprised. I’m so happy that I was able to make such a positive impression on all the coaches in the league during the season,” said Powers, who received he honor during the CAL League meet.
“It was a huge accomplishment for us to come out on top. Going into the meet we had a positive attitude that we could win, and the team as a whole gave everything we had to make sure that happened.”