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January 31, 2014

Thursday's area roundup: Marblehead swimming captures NEC crown


The Salem News

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Marblehead 102, Danvers 76: The Magicians finished the season at a perfect 8-0 and claimed another Northeastern Conference title.

Hannah Verrette (200 IM, 2:12.34), Jake Driscoll (diving, 217.25), Kylie Cronin (100 butterfly, 1:00.66), Zach Michaels (100 free, 54.07) and Ryan Alexander (500 free, 5:23.26) were among the first place finishers. The 200 medley and 200 free relay teams also captured first place.

“There’s some really talented graduating seniors on this team and for them to win the conference is special,” said Marblehead coach Sue Guertin. They’ve worked really hard for it. The goal now is to do well at sectionals and states.”

Lynn Classical 96, Swampscott 83: Danielle Mayblum won diving, Kasey Kennedy placed first in the 500 free, while Tess Diaz finished second in the 100 free as Swampscott finishes the season off at 3-5.

Beverly 94, Salem 78: Sarah Welch (100 butterfly, 100 breast stroke) and Astrid Swinson (500 free, 100 back) had double wins for the Panthers (7-1). Pedro Rezende (50 free), Nick Groblowski (200 free) and Rachel Grant (200 IM) were also victorious in their respective events.

Salem’s 400 meter relay team of Reshelle Venico, Grace Theriault, Melissa Trainor and Kevin Klyne had an outstanding finish to end the meet and the season, placing first in a time of 4:12.75. Ali elAshkar also had a personal best in the 500.

Hamilton-Wenham 90, Triton 68: Captain Justin Guo won the 100 free (56.62), while Katrina Klobucher had a personal best in the 100 backstroke (1:11.38) and Betsy Powers won the 100 fly and the 500 free for the Generals (6-1).

BOYS BASKETBALL

Marblehead 63, Swampscott 43: Matt Millett finished with a game-high 14 points as the Magicians improve to 6-7 on the season. Spencer Craig added 10 points and eight assists, Will Millet contributed wit 10 points and eight rebounds and Angel Perez (five points) grabbed a team-leading 13 rebounds in the win.

Sam Walker and Chris Myette paced Swampscott with seven points each.

Waring 60, B.U. Academy 33: Senior captains Henry Balf senior captain (16 points), Alex Mitchell (nine points) and Charlie Mitchell (11 points) led the way for Waring (7-3). Sophomore Aiden Wood came off the bench with nine points and 12 rebounds.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Salem 59, Everett 50: Brianna Rodriguez had a standout game for the Witches, finishing with 21 points in the victory. Maritza Scott (10 points) and Jaclyn Panneton (16 points) also played well, while Rachael Zipper (12 points) continues to strengthen her game after returning from injury.

Swampscott 47, Marblehead 46: The Big Blue pulled off a huge victory on the road last night after Olivia Cooke hit a late free-throw to put her team up by one. Jaymie Caponigro (16 points) and Jackie Walsh (20 points) contributed on offense, while Emma Wright stood out on defense.

GYMNASTICS

Peabody 120.05, Ipswich/Gloucester 114.45: The Tanners earned their first win of the season after Sam Kinnaly took first in that all-around (32.45). She placed second on vault (8.3), first on beam (8.4) and third on floor (8.0). Aubrey Irvine finished second in the all-around (31.65), placing third on vault (7.9), second on bars (8.0), second on beam (7.6) and first on floor (8.15).