MIAA South Sectional boys and girls swimming and diving highlights

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:

GIRLS

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.

Hingham's Clara Bodnar competes in the 100 yard butterfly during their league meet against Plymouth North/South at the Lincoln Hancock Pool in Quincy, on Thursday, Jan.  13, 2022.

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.

Plymouth North/South's Ella Derby does the breaststroke in the 200 yard medley relay race during their league meet against Hingham at the Lincoln Hancock Pool in Quincy, on Thursday, Jan.  13, 2022.

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 Liv Cataldo competes in the 100 yard freestyle during their league meet against Plymouth North/South at the Lincoln Hancock Pool in Quincy, on Thursday, Jan.  13, 2022.

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).

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