With all the historic success of the Bishop Stang swim program, it was a surprise to see four varsity records fall on Saturday during the South Sectional Meet at MIT.
Senior Jeannette King broke school records in the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle, while also swimming the fastest 50 backstroke split in school history in the 200 medley relay. Angela Brillantes set a senior record in the 200 IM.
"We had some really exceptional swims," coach Dave Ponte said. "All the girls swam above expectations."
King was second in the 50 free with a 24.20 time and third in the 100 backstroke in 57.7 seconds. Brillantes was fifth in the 200 IM in 2:14.14 and eighth in the 100 butterfly in 59.8 seconds, the third-fastest time in school history.
"This is kind of a tweener meet, so it's not really our main focus," Ponte said. "We want to do well at conference and state. They stepped it. It was pretty exciting. I didn't expect them to swim as well as they performed. It was a pretty good day."
The 200 medley relay finished fourth in 1:56.27, with King swimming a 27.67 second backstroke leg. Brillantes went 27.14 seconds in the fly and Aili Ramsden (breaststroke) and Emma Flagan (freestyle) completed the foursome.
Ramsden cut six seconds off her previous best in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:25.41, and set a PR in the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.64, missing the state cut by .28 seconds.
The 400 freestyle relay featured King (53.98 split, second-fastest in school history), Brillantes (56.55), Ramsden (59.97) and Flanagan (1:00.45) as it finished 10th in 3:50.95. The 200 free relay of Flanagan, Jenna Silva, Miranda Cho and Simone Johnson finished in 1:53.48.
Stang finished 10th as a team with 102 points. Duxbury won the meet with 334.5 and Hopkinton was second with 206.
The Spartans will compete in the Div. 2 State Championships on Saturday morning at Boston University. King and Brillantes are going as individuals and the Spartans will send all three relays.
Curry gets quicker
New Bedford's Ana Curry saw significant time drops in her two events, finishing 12th in the 200 IM in 2:21.87, a five-second drop, and 13th in the 100 fly in 1:01.58, a two-second drop from her previous best this season.
"She had a couple really good swims," coach Koby Verran said. "Especially in the IM, that was tremendous. I think she's faster this year than last year."
Curry's IM time qualified her for the Div. 1 State Championship on Saturday at BU, where she will also compete in the 100 fly.
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