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February 15, 2014

Hamilton-Wenham enjoys season, eyes states

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Senior captain Eric Baumeister was a key cog for the Generals, along with fellow captains Weltler and Justin Guo. Baumeister will be swimming the 100 fly and Bobby Grinnell in the 100 breast at states. Olivia Horgan also qualified in the 500 freestyle.

Many swimmers contributed to H-W’s strong finish to the CAL season, including Jack Blatchford, Ted Chang, Madeleine Hines, Katrina Klobucher, Chris Li, Victoria Vance, Carleigh Wilson, Ian Worstell and Griffin Ward. Tyler Caulfield, Kerianne Heppner, Maddie Hogan and Vance made up the diving team.

“The whole varsity team played a big role for us,” said Murray. “It was the second, third, fourth and fifth place finishes that made the difference.”

H-W also received the CAL Sportsmanship Award for the fourth consecutive season. It’s a credit to the leadership of both Murray and her assistants, who stress respectful support and kindness, and the 10 seniors and captains.

“It’s a challenge being the only female captain representing about 40 girls, especially leading friends and peers,” said Weltler, who is thinking about swimming in college and feels like the 100 and 200 freestyle swims are her top events. “It’s been a good time and a great learning experience. The sportsmanship award is just as important as CALs. First place doesn’t mean much if you’re not a respectful, courteous person.”

Powers was seventh in the 200 free at North sectionals, in the 200 freestyle event won by Marblehead’s Ryan Alexander with Beverly’s Sarah Welch as runner-up. That and other races at this weekend’s state meet will have plenty of local flavor.

“The were my best times (at sectionals) and I’m very excited to compete at state’s because it’s a huge accomplishment to achieve the times and also because I’m looking forward to swimming my own best times,” said Powers, who has been swimming with the YNS Sharks for almost nine years.

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