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.