Plenty of locals starred at the MIAA South Sectional swimming and diving championships over the weekend.
The Duxbury girls scored 230.5 points to win the South title for the seventh consecutive year. Second place Dover-Sherborn finished with 178 points. Hingham was the next highest-finishing local in sixth.
No area boys teams walked away as champions. BC High was the highest finisher as a team, taking fourth place with 188 points. Duxbury was fifth with 143. Champion Needham tallied 258 points.
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Let’s take a look at who made the biggest splashes over the week:
Olivia Templeton, Duxbury
Templeton had a busy day as she competed in two relays plus the 50-yard free, but she starred in one-meter diving, where she was crowned champion. She came into the event as the highest-seeded competitor and scored 331.25 points to beat out second place by 46.6 points. The junior also helped the Dragons turn in a sixth-place finish in the 200 medley relay and fourth-place finish in the 200 free relay.
Clara Bodnar, Hingham
Bodnar was the Harborwomen’s top scorer, as she placed in two relays and won championships in the 200 IM and 100 fly. She came in as the No. 3 seed in the 100 fly, and bested her qualifying time by almost 5 seconds to take the title in 2:08.43.
Ella Derby, Plymouth North/Plymouth South
About 1.5 seconds separated this senior from being a double-champ. She finished second behind Bodnar in the 200 IM and just behind Seekonk’s Jayla Pina in the 100 breast. She also raced on the 200 medley relay team that placed 13th.
Abby Toepfer, Cardinal Spellman
This junior won the 500 free in 5:10.42, beating out second place by more than 13 seconds. Her opening lap (:28.15) was the fastest by any competitor in the event by more than a second. Toepfer also placed third in the 100 fly.
Hingham’s 4×200 Medley Relay
We already mentioned Bodnar’s exploits as an an individual, but she also teamed up with seniors Ava Burnham, Olivia Cataldo and sophomore Lina Matera to take second in this relay.
Alli Brown, Duxbury
This sophomore posted four top-five finishes for the Dragons. As an individual, she was second in the 200 free and fourth in the 100 backstroke. She also raced on the 400 free relay (fifth) and 200 free relay teams (fourth).
Haylie Pinola, Silver Lake/Whitman-Hanson
As the lone representative for the WHSL team, the junior turned into a stellar performance. She was second in a competitive race in the 50 free (:24.88). She also finished fifth in the 100 fly. Even though she was a lone wolf, the 31 points she generated, which was good for 23rd as a team, was more than 11 other teams scored.
Brenna Short, Hanover/Marshfield
Short finished second, behind Duxbury’s Templeton, in one-meter diving. She was seeded third after the semifinals, but had a strong finish to nab second.
Jessie McNeil, Bridgewater-Raynham
McNeil had a busy day, as she competed in two events as an individual and was on two more relay teams. The junior finished third in the 100 breast (1:09.76) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:10.23). She was joined by Lillian Martin, Evangelia Chaves and Abigail Szumita for a sixth-place finished in the 200 free relay. Martin, Chaves, McNeil and Kiley George formed the eighth-place 400 free relay squad.
Brian Hixon, Scituate
Less than half-a-second separated this senior from being a double champ. Hixon and Needham’s Jason Chiappinelli had two great battles. Hixon prevailed to take first in the 100 free in 48.29 seconds, beating out his competitor from Needham by .22 seconds. Earlier in the day, Chiappinelli won the 50 free in :21.91, just ahead of Hixon in second place at :22.23.
Win Davenport, Duxbury
This junior was the only competitor to break the one-minute mark in the 100 breast as he won it in 59.88 seconds. He joined Elliot Morse, Theo Morse and Peter Coleman to finish fourth in the 400 free. Braycen Murphy, Davenport and Theo and Elliot Morse were fifth in the 200 medley relay.
BC High’s 200 Medley Relay Team
The Eagles used an athlete from every class to take second in the 200 medley relay. Senior Damian Olechowski, junior David Topi, sophomore Alex Yun and freshman Ryan Gomes finished in 1:42.82.
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Theo Morse, Duxbury
Along with finishing in the top five in a pair of relays, the junior was second in the 200 free. He also finished eighth in the 100 fly.
Sam Craft, BC High
Craft had a trio of third-place finishes for the Eagles. He was third in the 200 free and 100 free and joined Olechowski, Yun and Joe Piacitelli on the 200 free relay. Craft swam the anchor on BC High’s 400 free relay team.
Nicholas Austin, Norwell
The sophomore finished third in the 100 breast. He also qualified for sectionals in the 100 free, where he finished 12th.