Swimming & Diving Teams Post Impressive Results at New Englands

Congratulations to the boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving team who had an impressive showing across the board at the recent New England Championships. The team traveled to Vermont to compete against others across the country.

Will Layden ’20 was named New England Champion, winning both the 100 freestyle and backstroke. In the freestyle he set a new school record of 47.29 and in the backstroke, he set both a new school record time and meet record time of 52.44. In the diving competition, Eli Brandt ‘23 placed second overall and set a new school record.

The boys’ team had a great showing, finishing third overall. Opening the meet with a school-record swim, the 200 medley relay of Will Layden ’20, Jamie Amell ’20, Walter Kraus ’21, and Ben Zamstein ’20 placed third in 1:39.23. In the 200 freestyle, Felix Fei ’21 placed 13th with a best time of 1:57.50, Captain Walter Kraus ’21 placed tenth with a best time of 1:56.52 and Captain Nick Traver ’20 swam to fifth place with a best time of 1:52.25. The Wyverns swam well in the 200 IM as Jaedan Curcio ’23 placed 15th with a best time of 2:36.58. Captain Marwynn Somridhivej ’20 placed fourth with his best time of 2:10.97, and Jamie Amell ’20 led the team with a third place finish and a best time of 2:08.03.

In the 50 freestyle, Zeno Chen ‘22 placed 15th with a best time of 24.61, and Marrich Somridhivej ‘22 placed 10th with a best time of 23.57. In the diving competition, Eli Brandt ‘23 placed 2nd as he set a new school record for eleven dives of 375.25. Jaedan Curcio ‘23 swam to another best time in the 100 butterfly as he placed 15th in 1:12.54, and Walter Kraus ’21 placed 5th with his best time of 56.40. Ben Zamstein ‘20 led the Wyverns with a 2nd place finish in 54.30. In the highly contested 100 freestyle, Marrich Somridhivej ‘22 placed 12th with a best time of 52.02, and Nick Traver ‘20 placed 7th with a best time of 50.93. Will Layden ’20 won the event and set a new school record of 47.29.

The 500 freestyle saw continued strong swimming by the Wyverns as Eden Nenshati ’21 placed 16th with a best time of 5:48.18. Felix Fei ‘21 swam to his best time of 5:25.17 to place 11th, and Ben Zamstein ’20 grabbed fifth place with his best time of 5:08.47. The 200 freestyle Relay of Marwynn Somridhivej ’20, Walter Kraus ’21, Marrich Somridhivej ’22, and Nick Traver ’20 placed fourth with a new best time of 1: 33.24. In the 100 backstroke, Eden Nenshati '21 placed 12th with best time of 1:05.39, and Zeno Chen ‘22 broke the one minute mark as he placed fifth with a best time of 59.88. Will Layden ’20 won the event with a new school record time and meet record time of 52.44.

In the 100 breaststroke, Spencer Moy ’22 swam to a best time of 1:15.80 to place 16th, and Marwynn Somridhivej ’20 placed sixth with a best time of 1:06.46. Jamie Amell ‘20 led the Wyverns as he swam to a third-place finish with a new best time of 1:03.20. In the 400 Relay, the B relay of Marwynn Somridhivej ’20, Zeno Chen ’22, Felix Fei ’21, and Jamie Amell ’20 won the group with a new best time of 3:31.56. The A relay of Nick Traver ’20, Marrich Somridhivej ’22, Ben Zamstein ’20, and Will Layden ’20 swam to a season’s best time of 3:18.04—the second-fastest KO time ever—as they placed third in the event.

On the girls’ side, the team finished ninth overall. The top finishers were the medley relay of Allie Wildstein ’22, Hannah Krause ’23, Stella Risinger ’22, and Maggie Dwyer ’23 who placed eighth in a season-best time of 2:06.41. The 200 freestyle relay also placed 8th as Serafina Squatrito ’22, Maggie Dwyer ’23, Risha Ranjan ’21, and Cai Kuivila ’20 swam to a season-best time of 1:51.93.

Individuals who placed in the top 16 in their respective events were: Captain Risha Ranjan ’21 who swam to 12th place in the 200 Freestyle with a best time of 2:12.13, and she placed 11th in the 500 freestyle with a best time of 5:56.35. Maggie Dwyer '23 placed 15th in the 200 IM with a best time of 2:32.29 and she placed tenth in the 100 backstroke with a season best time of 1:05.71. In the 50 freestyle Captain Cai Kuivila '20 swam to 14th place with best time of 26.79, and she placed 15th in the 100 freestyle, breaking through the one minute mark with her new best time of 59.52.

Stella Risinger '22 placed 13th in the 100 butterfly as she swam to a new best time of 1:07.70. Allie Wildstein ’22 placed third in the 500 freestyle, earning a bronze medal—as she turned in a best time of 5:28.20. Wildstein also placed seventh in the 100 backstroke with a best time of 1:02.33. The 400 freestyle relay of Risha Ranjan ’21, Maggie Dwyer ’23, Cai Kuivila ’20, and Allie Wildstein ’22 swam to a new best time of 4:01.64 as they earned seventh place.

Congratulations to both teams and the coaching staff for a terrific season!
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