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March 27, 2014

2013-14 Salem News Swimming all-stars

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CHRISTINE SHEA

Peabody, Senior

The Northeastern Conference’s Female Swimmer of the Year ... Tow year captain has also been Peabody’s MVP for the last two seasons ... The Tanners top point scorer in meets two years running ... Qualified for both the MIAA North sectionals and state meet all four years ... Holds PHS records in four events, including her personal favorite the 100 breast ... Hopes to swim and college and feels fortunate to swim for her mom, who coaches the Tanners.

CARLY SOARES

Masconomet, Sophomore

Chieftain’s team MVP did some of her best swimming at the end of the year ... Captured the 500 freestyle championship at the Division 1 state meet with a 5:01.79 ... Also took third in the 100 breaststroke at states ... An honor roll student ... Was second in the 500 free and 100 breaststroke at the North sectionals.

ALEX STRAKOSHA

Peabody, Senior

Northeastern Conference Male Swimmer of the Year ... League champion in the 200-IM ... Undefeated in dual meets over the course of the season with the exception of one second place finish ... High Point Award winner ... Repeat Salem News all-star ... Swam 1:02.59 in the 100 breast at North D1 states ... Also scored in the 200-IM ... Finished 11th in both the 100 breast and 200-IM at the North sectional meet ... Hopes to swim in college and thanks his parents for helping overcome obstacles.

ASTRID SWENSEN

Beverly, Junior

Outstanding Northeastern Conference All-Conference pick set a new Division 1 state championship meet record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.41 ... Two year Salem News all-star was also the runner-up in the 100 fly at the North sectional championships ... Also finished second in the 200-IM at states in 2:06.80 ... NEC champion in both the 100 fly and the 200-IM ... Ranks No. 9 in Beverly’s junior class ... Hopes to study medicine and swim at a Division 1 college.

SARA WELCH

Beverly, Sophomore

Talented sophomore became a two-time Northeastern Conference all-star this winter ... Set a school record in the 100 freestyle in 53.28 ... Finished first at the NEC Meet in the 200 freestyle, and took second in the 200 free at the Division 1 states in 1:53.77 ... Took third in the 100 free at Div. 1 states ... Carries a 4.25 Grade Point Average.

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