The Salem High swim team has found itself in uphill battle after uphill battle throughout the winter due to a small roster.
Last night, the Witches finally went up against a team similar in size in Revere and made the most of their opportunity, defeating the Patriots 88-78 to grab their first win this winter.
“The thing about us is at maximum capacity, we only have 15 kids. Revere had 18, so it was an actual swim meet,” said Salem (1-4-1) head coach Jayne Mills. “The kids are so used to coming so close to winning, they didn’t even realize they had won.”
The Witches were led by a dominant performance in the 500 freestyle as Melissa Trainor, Grace Theriault and Ryan Gauthier finished first, second and third, respectively. The girls 200 medley relay team of Trainor, Theriault, Reschelle Venico and Elizabeth Cayouette-Gluckman won and qualified for sectionals with a time of 2:10.75.
Venico also qualified for states in the 100 freestyle with a time of 58.84 while Kevin Clyne captured first place in the 100 fly.
Danvers 55, Peabody 45: Alex Strakosha was a double winner for the Tanners in a close loss, taking the 100 and 200 freestyles while Maria Strakosha took first place in the 100 butterfly. Christine Shea took first place in the 100 breaststroke, followed by freshman Conor McCarthy in second place, while Shea placed second in a very close race in the 200 IM. Paige Hayward came in first in diving, and Cailin Currie took second place in the 500 freestyle.
Salem 3, Lowell 3: Salem (4-4-2) led by three goals after two periods, but the hosts rallied for a tie. Senior captain Brett Harring stopped 34 shots for the Witches while Sam Petri had two goals and an assist. Derek Zwiercan also scored for the Red-and-Black and joined Jake Quarles, Andrew McRae and Danny Heck in picking up assists.
Masconomet 133.6, Peabody 118.45: Senior captain Jessica DeMarco won the all-around with a score of 34.75, helping the Chieftains remain unbeaten at 5-0. DeMarco won the beam (9.5), tied for first on bars (7.8) and vault (8.95) and won floor exercises (8.5). Caroline Sordello tied for first pace on bars (7.8) while fellow freshman Jordan Gallo tied for first on vault (8.95), was second on floor (8.2) and also performed well on beam (8.75).
Sam Kinnaly tied for second in the all-around (31.8) for Peabody, tying for first on vault (8.95) and was second on beam (9.1). Aubrey Irvine took second on vault (8.65) and third in the all-around (31.75).
Beverly 139.8, Bishop Fenwick 126.75, Salem 126.95: The unbeaten Panthers (6-0) beat both of their opponents last night behind Heather Gomes’ victory in the all-around (36.65). A junior, Gomes won all four events, taking the vault (8.65), bars (9.3), beam (9.4) and floor (9.3). Hannah Rennie, also a junior, was second in the all-around (34.95) while placing second on vault (8.2), bars (8.95) and beam (8.8) and was third on floor (9.0). Another junior, Kate Jackimowicz, was third on floor for Beverly (8.5) and also tied for third on floor (9.0). Senior co-captain Tasha Boland finished tied for third place in vault (8.0).
For Bishop Fenwick (3-1), freshman Taylor Tattan finished third in the all-around (34.1), taking second on the floor (9.1) and third on beam (8.5). Abby Regnier, another freshman, tied for third place on both floor (9.0) and vault (8.0).
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 43, Notre Dame Lawrence 38: Trailing by eight at halftime, the visiting Hawks scored 25 points over the final 16 minutes while surrendering just 13 in improving to 4-5. Junior Katlyn Guerin finished with a dozen points for NST/EA while Cora Clemente, another junior, added eight points. Sophomore Zahira Roland chipped in with five points in a well-rounded effort.
Beverly 65, Lynn Classical 16: Kristen O’Connor won the high hurdles (7.5) and the high jump (4-10) for the unbeaten Panthers (5-0) while Caitlin Harty topped the 300 (44.8). Other winners for Beverly included Keely Higgins in the 600 (1:49), Jessica Goodall in the 1000 (3:27.7), Nicole Demars in the mile (5:47.9) and Abbey Walsh in the 2-mile (13:23).
Swampscott 44, Winthrop 38: Depth was key as Swampscott took four first place finishes, seven seconds and three thirds to win for the fourth time in five meets this winter. Sarah Kelley (mile, 5:40.7), Lauren Sullivan (1000, 3:32.9) and Aisling Dennehy (300, 45.4) were the Swampscott winners, in addition to the mile relay team (4:32.1).
Beverly 70, Lynn Classical 15: The Panthers improved to 4-1 as Ricky McFarland won the shot put (39-4.5), Serge Jolicoeur topped the high jump (6-5) and Sam Mulumba took the dash (6.0). Other first place finishers for Beverly were Brian McPherson in the mile (5:27.1), Jordy Rawding in the 300 (39.2), Zach Bauer in the 2-mile (11:24), Bryan Flaherty in the 1000 (3:01.0) and Bruno Caetano in the 600 (1:35.3). Beverly also won the relay in 4:27.5.
Swampscott 71, Winthrop 15: The Big Blue won all but one event, sweeping the shot put and the 300, to improve to 3-2. Justin Chasse (shot put, 46-5), Kevin Nguyen (55 hurdles, 8.9), Ian Munnelly (55 dash, 6.9), Tom DiPietro (300, 41.4), Coleman Pinkerton (600, 1:43.8), Jack Dennehy (1000, 3:07.1), Matt Mahoney (mile, 4:42.4) and Harry Parker (2-mile, 12:01.8) all had victories, as did the mile relay team (4:08.5).
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Endicott 78, Wentworth 77 (OT): Freshman guard Kamahl Walker knocked down a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining as the Gulls won for the ninth time in their last 10 contests. Trailing by six points (73-67) with only 92 seconds to play, Endicott (13-3 overall, 7-2 in league play) rallied for the clutch victory. Graduate student Lachlan Magee of Melbourne, Australia led the way for the visitors with 18 points (10 of those in the 2nd half) while Walker had 17 points, , three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Daquan Sampson added a dozen points and pulled down 14 boards for the winners while John Henault chipped in with nine points.