KP’s Schnabel Enjoying Last Laps at Northeastern

Carly Schnabel
King Philip alum and Northeastern University senior Carly Schnabel competes in a freestyle event for the Huskies this season. (Jim Pierce/Northeastern University Athletics)

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After two years of swimming at King Philip, Carly Schnabel made a decision to step away from the high school team and commit herself fully to her club team, the Shamrock Swim Club based in Milton, and to USA Swimming.

Competing at the Div. I level in college had been her dream since she was just six or seven years old and pulled on a swim cap for the first time at the Sher-Lo-Mon Swim Club in Cumberland, R.I. Heading into her junior year at KP, Schnabel’s times were right on the cusp between DI and DII.

“It was definitely one of those moments where it was make or break right now,” Schnabel recalled during a phone call this week. She admits that it was a very tough decision to step away from the Warriors but a necessary one to achieve her goals. “When I stepped away from high school and really focused on swimming club,” she explained, “then I was able to get fast enough to swim Div. I, which was my dream.”

She added, “It was sort of a necessary thing to do at the time that wasn’t necessarily fun but something I had to do to get where I wanted to be.”

It was a decision that paid off. Schnabel is now entering her senior season as the captain of the Northeastern University swim team, and she holds three school records for the Huskies (500-yard freestyle, 1,000-yard freestyle, and 400-yard medley relay).

“It’s surreal. It’s crazy,” Schnabel said with a laugh. “I think back to putting on a swim cap for the first time at six or seven and thinking about how much I hated getting in the water. I wish I could say to my 5-year-old self it’s going to be okay, you’re going to make it.”

Schnabel made an instant impact on Huntington Ave. She was named the team’s Rookie of the Year after her freshman season. She won the 100-free against New Hampshire in one of her first meets, won three events against Vermont, and was part of a second place finish for the 200 medley relay at the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) Championships.

All that success came while getting acclimated to college life, to the rigorous schedule of a DI program, and new weightlifting and training regimens.

“I wouldn’t say surprised, but pleased,” Schnabel said about her early success at Northeastern. “Adjusting to college is something that’s very difficult but I guess I really took to it and freshman year I was training with some really great coaches and really great swimmers and really focused on it and was able to rally together to put a result out there.”

When asked if she had a moment during that freshman season when she realized that she had made it and that she was a DI-caliber swimmer, Schnabel laughed and replied, “I still have those moments of shock where I can’t believe that I’m here and doing this because I never expected to realize my dream. Even as a senior I have moments where I’m like this is it, this is the level, this is exactly what I’ve been working for.”

During the summer between her freshman and sophomore seasons, Schnabel committed to training and preparing herself for the rigors of another year in the pool. She also switched from sprinting events to distance, which she believed was “more natural” for her.

It was another decision that worked perfectly. Schnabel won three events and took second in another in her season debut against Boston University. Set the program record in the 1,000-free against Harvard and then set a new 500-free record at the CAA Championships (while totaling 30 individual points, which was the second highest total in program history). After a season filled with first place finishes, she was honored as the team MVP.

“I guess that year everything just sort of clicked,” she said. “I had the first year to adjust to Northeastern and adjust to weightlifting and new training and over the summer I just buckled down.”

Not only was Schnabel a success in the pool, but she was also recognized for her leadership outside of it. Following her junior season, she was awarded the inaugural CAA Leadership and Sports Excellence Award, after being nominated by her coaches and academic advisors. She was chosen out of nominees from each of the conference’s women’s swim teams.

“I had no idea I was nominated,” she explained. “I was on campus in the summer, so I was sitting in a classroom when I got a call from my coach who was like, ‘Hey congrats!’ And I was like, ‘For what?’”

Schnabel added, “I was very honored and very humbled to win an award beyond swimming. It encompasses more of my personality and more of my character, which is what I value more than just times. At the end of the day, it’s about what person am I and what has swimming made me. It was nice to be recognized that it’s going well.”

Northeastern has started the season 3-2 with wins over BU, Lehigh, and Maine. It is still early going and there is a lot of swimming still to go before the season closes at the CAA Championships in February. There is always pressure to perform at the DI level, but Schnabel is taking a different approach to her final season. She is trying to appreciate the moment and enjoy one last season at the Barletta Natatorium.

“I’m definitely trying to enjoy the season, enjoy the process,” she said. “Now that I have more perspective, I just decided that I’ll work as hard as I can at practice and the times will come. It’s more about putting in what I need to put in, not overly stress about it and enjoy everything that’s going on. So far, it’s been really great.”

With the Huskies off for the weekend because of nationals, it was a good moment for Schnabel to reflect on just how far she has come and how much swimming has added to her collegiate experience.

“I couldn’t imagine being here without it,” she said. “It’s definitely what has made my college experience so amazing and worthwhile. I’m really glad that I did it and I’m really sad that it’s my last year.”

How does she want to close out her career? “No regrets,” she said. “I want to finish my last race and say that was the best I could’ve done and that’s how I want to end my career. It doesn’t have to be my best time but just some closure.”

Northeastern will be back in action on Dec. 8 against UNH.

2018 Hockomock League Girls Swimming All Stars

Below are the official 2018 Hockomock League Girls Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Ashley Loomis, Franklin

Hockomock League All Stars

Tiffany Chin, Attleboro
Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Attleboro
Corinne Perry, Attleboro
Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro
Jessica Hart, Canton
Pam Nelson, Foxboro
Katharine Cashin, Franklin
Kathryn McGuire, Franklin
Ashley Loomis, Franklin
Megan Campbell, King Philip
Sam DeWitt, King Philip
Sam Nasson, King Philip
Morgan Sachleben, King Philip
Callie Sullivan, King Philip
Jessica Sullivan, King Philip
Farah Whichard, King Philip
Claudia Beasley, Mansfield
Jennifer Prior, Mansfield
Alexa Lancisi, Milford
Amber Stearns, Milford
Thalia Puccio, North Attleboro
Erini Rigas, North Attleboro
Caitlin Campbell, Oliver Ames
Aprille Gangi, Oliver Ames
Ava Kelley, Oliver Ames
Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames
Makayla Paquin, Oliver Ames
Samantha Streton, Oliver Ames
Fallon Pfeifer, Sharon
Rhia Malhotra, Sharon
Iika Zaniewisk, Sharon
Lorna Li, Taunton
Erin Schrama, Taunton

2018 Hockomock League Boys Swimming All Stars

Below are the official 2018 Hockomock League Boys Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip

Hockomock League All Stars

Connor Dunn, Attleboro
Daniel Egan, Foxboro
John Cashin, Franklin
Luke Cashin, Franklin
Sumit Choudhury, Franklin
Roy Wang, Franklin
Tate Duffy, King Philip
Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip
Colby Viera, King Philip
Dean Whyte, King Philip
Jared Gabrilowitz, Mansfield
Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield
Gill Hobart, Milford
Michael Khoury, Milford
Aidan MacDonald, Milford
Gianni Panno, Milford
Finn Devers, North Attleboro
Lucas Haddad, North Attleboro
Nick Haddad, North Attleboro
Andrew Abramson, Oliver Ames
Cam Bourne, Oliver Ames
Alex Buche, Oliver Ames
Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames
Nicholas Lombardo, Oliver Ames
Fallon Pfeifer, Sharon
Nick Wang, Sharon
Matthew Heather, Taunton
Timothy Luc, Taunton

Swimming: Hock Results from MIAA State Meets

Swimming: Hock Results from MIAA D1 and D2 State Meets
North Attleboro’s Nick Haddad, pictured at Hock Championships, had two Top 5 finishes at the D1 State Meet. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

Girls Results

Division 1

Teams
1. Westford Academy – 445
10. Franklin – 89
12. Oliver Ames – 69
13. King Philip – 67
18. Attleboro – 38
26. Mansfield – 14
28. Taunton – 12

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. Westford Academy – 1:48.67
7. King Philip (Callie Sullivan, Fahra Whichard, Sam Nasson, Sam DeWitt) – 1:55.56
14. Attleboro (Tiffany Chin, Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Corinne Perry, Elizabeth Saltz) – 1:58.36
15. Franklin (Isabel Capecci, Katharine Cashin, Kathryn McGuire, Ashley Loomis) – 1:59.29

200 Yard Free
1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin – 1:49.00 (State record)
10. Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro – 1:59.82

200 Yard IM
1. Madison Milbert, Silver Lake – 2:04.99
3. Katherine Cashin, Franklin – 2:10.16
14. Sam Nasson, King Philip – 2:18.83
15. Erin Schrama, Taunton – 2:18.90
22. Aprille Gangi, Oliver Ames – 2:21.82

50 Yard Free
1. Maggie Summit, Triton – 23.39
12. Jennifer Prior, Mansfield – 25.24
14. Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Attleboro – 25.52
21. Ava Kelley, Oliver Ames – 26.16
24. Jessica Sullivan, King Philip – 26.32
25. Ilka Zaniewski, Sharon – 26.36
26. Angelina Lynch, Taunton – 26.40

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Katherine Connolly, Hingham – 55.57
14. Sam Nasson, King Philip – 1:00.72
18. Samanta Streton, Oliver Ames – 1:02.52
20. Rhia Malhotra, Sharon – 1:02.72
21. Erin Schrama, Taunton – 1:02.91

100 Yard Free
1. Maggie Summit, Triton – 50.98
5. Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames – 54.41
9. Jennifer Prior, Mansfield – 54.92
11. Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro – 55.40

500 Yard Free
1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin – 4:59.76 (State record)
11. Kathryn McGuire, Franklin – 5:26.79
13. Megan Campbell, King Philip – 5:27.78

200 Yard Free Relay
1. Westford Academy – 1:37.40
7. King Philip (Jessica Sullivan, Callie Sullivan, Sam DeWitt, Fahra Whichard) – 1:43.89
8. Oliver Ames (Ava Kelley, Samantha Streton, Aprille Gangi, Morgan O’Hara) – 1:43.97
12. Taunton (Erin Schrama, Marisa Gay, Lorna Li, Angelina Lynch) – 1:45.11
25. Franklin (Abigail Kaplan, Elizabeth Leo, Katherine Gillies, Audrey Finn) – 1:50.72

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Madison Milbert, Silver Lake – 56.21
4. Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames – 1:00.00
6. Katharine Cashin, Franklin – 1:00.68
17. Samantha Streton, Oliver Ames – 1:03:58

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Megan Kramer, Bridgewater-Raynham – 1:06.79
6. Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Attleboro – 1:08.00
12. Fahra Whichard, King Philip – 1:11.41
18. Lorna Li, Taunton – 1:14.23

400 Yard Free Relay
1. Westford Academy – 3:35.95
9. Oliver Ames (Samantha Streton, Ava Kelley, Aprille Gangi, Morgan O’Hara) – 3:46.76
12. Franklin (Kathryn McGuire, Audrey Finn, Katherine Cashin, Ashley Loomis) – 3:49.49
15. King Philip (Megan Campbell, Sam DeWitt, Sam Nasson, Callie Sullivan) – 3:52.23
22. Sharon (Ilka Zaniewski, Rhia Malhotra, Jyaleen Wu, Cleo Zhou) – 3:59.67

Division 2

Teams
1. Duxbury – 323
40. Milford – 3

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. Duxbury – 1:44.80
17. Milford (Alexa Lancini, Amber Stearns, Kimberly Stochaj, Michaela Blackwell) – 2:01.19

200 Yard Free
1. Meagan Hathaway, Marblehead – 1:53.70
27. Pamela Nelson, Foxboro – 2:06.96

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Andrea Wei, Hopkinton – 54.93
16. Alexa Lancisi, Milford – 1:02.64

500 Yard Free
1. Meagan Hathaway, Marblehead – 5:02.61
23. Pamela Nelson, Foxboro – 5:38.64

200 Yard Free Relay
1. Weston – 1:38.09
16. Milford (Michaela Blackwell, Victoria Monica, Alexa Lancisi, Amber Stearns) – 1:47.21

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Julia Ali, Duxbury – 55.82
17. Alexa Lancisi, Milford – 1:04.72

Boys Results

Division 1

Team Results
1. St. John’s Prep – 271
19. King Philip – 43
19. North Attleboro – 43

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. St. John’s Prep – 1:40.16
8. King Philip (Colby Vieira, Tyler Stringfellow, Dean Whyte, Tate Duffy) – 1:42.51
24. Franklin (Luke Cashin, John Cashin, Sumit Choudhury, Roy Wang) – 1:47.89

200 Yard Free
1. Kevin Spear, Reading – 1:38.61
5. Finn Devers, North Attleboro – 1:47.09

200 Yard IM
1. Zach Grover, Andover – 1:51.53
19. Lucas Haddad, North Attleboro – 2:04.53
21. Colby Vieira, King Philip – 2:04.61
30. Nicholas Wang, Sharon – 2:06.14
41. Roy Wang, Franklin – 2:08.77
45. Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield – 2:09.10
48. Nicholas Lombardo, Oliver Ames – 2:10.20

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Oliver Zmetrovich, St. John’s Prep – 48.94
3. Nick Haddad, North Attleboro – 52.23
17. Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield – 55.47
18. Dean Whyte, King Philp – 55.74
19. Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames – 55.81
23. Finn Devers, North Attleboro – 56.61
24. John Cashin, Franklin – 56.62

100 Yard Free
1. Mitchell Lockwood, St. John’s Prep – 47.08
21. Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames – 50.58

500 Yard Free
1. Zach Grover, Andover – 4:38.31
4. Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip – 4:47.18
16. Lucas Haddad, North Attleboro – 5:01.53
17. Tate Duffy, King Philp – 5:02.54
19. Roy Wang, Franklin – 5:04.76

200 Free Relay
1. Wellesley – 1:27.70
23. Franklin (Sumit Choudhury, Luke Cashin, John Cashin, Roy Wang) – 1:35.89
29. Oliver Ames (Andrew Abramson, Anthony Carraggi, Josh Melnick, Kyle Gray) – 1:37.98
32. King Philip (Dean Whyte, Sean Morrison, John Dionis, Derek Whyte) – 1:41.291

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Oliver Zmetrovich, St. John’s Prep – 49.20
5. Nick Haddad, North Attleboro – 52.24
11. Colby Vieira, King Philip – 55.93

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Aaron Zhu, Chelmsford – 58.20
17. Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip – 1:02.39
23. Tate Duffy, King Philip – 1:03.85
25. John Cashin, Franklin – 1:04.03

400 Yard Free Relay
1. St. John’s Prep – 3:09.56
17. King Philip (Tyler Stringfellow, Dean Whyte, Tate Duffy, Colby Vieira) – 3:27.13
26. Oliver Ames (Andrew Abramson, Nicholas Lombardo, Alex Buche, Kyle Gray) – 3:32.03
31. Taunton (Matthew Heather, Peter Ye, Bryan Abbott, Tim Luc) – 3:37.97

Division 2

Teams
1. Wayland – 341.5
26. Milford – 14

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Sean Devlin, Wayland – 51.51
17. Aiden Macdonald, Milford – 55.06

100 Yard Free
1. Tyler Roethke, Nantucket – 47.45
22. Gianni Panno – 52.22

200 Yard Free Relay
1. Wayland – 1:26.78
10. Milford (Michael Khoury, Aiden Macdonald, Gillieson Hobart, Gianni Panno) – 1:35.04

400 Yard Free Relay
1. Northhampton – 3:15.26
17. Milford (Michael Khoury, Aiden Macdonald, Joshua Kravets, Gianni Panno) – 3:34.25

Player of the Week – Ashley Loomis, Franklin Swimming

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Ashley Loomis
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Ashley Loomis has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 11 through Feb. 17. Loomis is the 20th player selected for the 2017-18 school year and 10th player chosen during the winter season.

Loomis capped her incredible career in the pool with two state titles and two state records at this past weekend’s swimming championships at Boston University. After making it four sectional titles in four years in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle the week before (and winning both races in convincing fashion at the Hockomock Championships), Loomis added to her resume with a third straight state title in the 200-free and fourth straight in the 500-free, both in record-breaking fashion.

“Having Ashley as a part of Franklin swimming has been an amazing journey; truly a significantly valuable learning experience for athletes and coaches alike,” said Franklin coach Jess Pridham. “I have watched her grow and mature as both an athlete and as a person. She has always maintained a high level of humility, dignity, and grace through all of her success as well as encouraging and supporting her teammates in their endeavors as well.

“She takes pride in her personal achievements but would be the first one to say that she loves being part of the team as a whole, participating on relays and just plain old having fun with her teammates.”

Loomis, who will be swimming for Yale University next year, earned All-American consideration in the 200-free with a new meet and state record time of 1:49.00. Loomis beat Silver Lake’s Alexa Connors by two seconds to retain her title. In the 500-free, Loomis again beat Connors, this time by six seconds, as she broke a 19-year-old state record with a time of 4:50.76. The time was a full two seconds faster than the automatic All-American qualifying time.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

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Hock Results from MIAA Swimming Sectional Meets

Hock Results from MIAA Swimming Sectional Meets
Franklin’s Ashley Loomis (center) became a four-time champ in both the 200 and 500 free races.

Girls Team Results

1. Duxbury – 334.5
8. King Philip – 113
9. Franklin – 104
12. Oliver Ames – 93
16. Attleboro – 42
22. Taunton – 26
25. Mansfield – 16
30. Milford – 8
41. Sharon – 1

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. Duxbury – 1:46.66
5. King Philip (Callie Sullivan, Fahra Whichard, Sam Nasson, Sam DeWitt) – 1:56.40
10. Attleboro (Tiffany Chin, Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Corinne Perry, Elizabeth Saltz) – 1:58.27
13. Franklin (Isabel Capecci, Katharine Cashin, Kathryn McGuire, Ashley Loomis) – 2:00.17
15. Taunton (Angelina Lynch, Lorna Li, Erin Schrama, Marisa Gay) – 2:00.93
20. Milford (Alexa Lancisi, Amber Stearns, Kimberly Stochaj, Victoria Monica) – 2:02.09
24. Sharon (Ilka Zaniewski, Shruthi Kaveti, Chelsea Zhang, Rhia Malhotra, Cleo Zhou) – 2:03.80
28. Oliver Ames (Makayla Paquin, Mia Esterman, Ava Kelley, Regan Benton) – 2:06.01
29. Mansfield (Caitlin McCarthy, Ellie Leard, Mairead Shannon, Jennifer Prior) – 2:07.34

200 Yard Free
1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin – 1:49.94 (Meet record)
5. Katharine Cashin, Franklin – 1:58.89
7. Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro – 2:01.27
16. Kathryn McGuire, Franklin – 2:06.27
18. Pamela Nelson, Foxboro – 2:06.76
19. Megan Campbell, King Philip – 2:06.83
22. Sam DeWitt, King Philip – 2:07.47

200 Yard IM
1. Mary Buckley, Duxbury – 2:05.85
9. Sam Nasson, King Philip – 2:17.72
16. Aprille Gangi, Oliver Ames – 2:22.81
23. Lorna Li, Taunton – 2:26.12
26. Morgan Sachleben, King Philip – 2:27.01
30. Fahra Whichard, King Philip – 2:27.67
34. Alianna Oliveir, Stoughton – 2:28.97

50 Yard Free
1. Andrea Wei, Hopkinton – 23.72
12. Jennifer Prior, Mansfield – 25.55
14. Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro – 25.62
18. Ava Kelley, Oliver Ames – 26.20
19. Angelina Lynch, Taunton – 26.20
20. Erin Schrama, Taunton – 26.28
21. Jessica Sullivan, King Philip – 26.29
25. Ilka Zaniewski, Sharon – 26.53

1M Diving
1. Mattie Stauss, Hopkinton – 486.80
14. Caitlin Campbell, Oliver Ames – 343.80
16. Fallon Pfeifer, Sharon – 325.05
19. Morgan Poppenberger, King Philip – 227.15 (Semifinals)

100 Yard Free
1. Grace Ali, Duxbury – 53.16
2. Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames – 54.00
8. Jennifer Prior, Mansfield – 55.79
11. Callie Sullivan, King Philip – 56.86
20. Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Attleboro – 58.53

500 Yard Free
1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin – 4:55.25
7. Megan Campbell, King Philip – 5:25.18
13. Kathryn McGuire, Franklin – 5:30.07
22. Pamela Nelson, Foxboro – 5:39.98
23. Morgan Sachleben, King Philip – 5:40.73
24. Tiffany Chin, Attleboro – 5:41.53
26. Erini Rigas, North Attleboro – 5:48.16

200 Yard Free Relay
1. Nantucket – 1:40.75
4. Oliver Ames (Ava Kelley, Samantha Streton, Aprille Gangi, Morgan O’Hara) – 1:43.89
6. King Philip (Catherine DiGiacomo, Sam DeWitt, Fahra Whichard, Jessica Sullivan) – 1:44.77
9. Taunton (Angelina Lynch, Marisa Gay, Lorna Li, Erin Schrama) – 1:46.08
13. Milford (Alexa Lancisi, Victoria Monica, Kimberly Stochaj, Shannon Gallagher) – 1:48.14
17. Attleboro (Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Tiffany Chin, Corinne Perry, Elizabeth Saltz) – 1:48.64
20. Sharon (Ilka Zaniewski, Fallon Pfeifer, Rhia Malhotra, Cleo Zhou) – 1:49.49
23. Canton (Brianna Gilchrist, Maddie Nourse, Emily Pham, Brianna Mitchell) – 1:50.25
25. Franklin (Kathryn Chew, Elizabeth Leo, Katherine Gillies, Audrey Finn) – 1:50.57

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Julia Ali, Duxbury – 57.07
5. Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames – 59.70
9. Katharine Cashin, Franklin – 1:01.39
15. Callie Sullivan, King Philip – 1:04.90
16. Samantha Streton, Oliver Ames – 1:05.08
17. Alexa Lancisi, Milford – 1:05.15
18. Makayla Paquin, Oliver Ames – 1:05.83
22. Kimberly Stochaj, Milford – 1:07.95
23. Tiffany Chin, Attleboro – 1:08.24

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Mary Buckley, Duxbury – 1:02.67
6. Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Attleboro – 1:09.34
7. Fahra Whichard, King Philip – 1:11.55
14. Lorna Li, Taunton – 1:13.69
21. Aprille Gangi, Oliver Ames – 1:15.63
23. Jessica Hart, Canton – 1:16.15
24. Amber Stearns, Milford – 1:16.24

400 Yard Free Relay
1. Duxbury – 3:34.04
4. Oliver Ames (Samantha Streton, Ava Kelley, Aprille Gangi, Morgan O’Hara) – 3:45.35
5. Franklin (Kathryn Chew, Kathryn Maguire, Katharine Cashin, Ashley Loomis) – 3:45.49
11. King Philip (Callie Sullivan, Megan Campbell, Sam DeWitt, Sam Nasson) – 3:54.62
17. Sharon (Ilka Zaniewski, Rhia Malhotra, Jyaleen Wu, Cleo Zhou) – 4:01.06
21. Mansfield (Laure Chaffee, Jess Harris, Ellie Leard, Jennifer Prior) – 4:04.47
23. North Attleboro (Erini Rigas, Ripley Devers, Catherine Sales, Thalia Puccio) – 4:07.43
24. Canton (Emily Beatty, Brianna Gilchrist, Maddie Nourse, Brianna Mitchell) – 4:07.63
25. Attleboro (Amanda Kadiesevskis, Faith Morrison, Rachel Preistly, Corinne Perry) – 4:27.59

Boys Team Results

1. Needham – 247
8. King Philip – 118
13. North Attleboro – 68
21. Oliver Ames – 40
26. Franklin – 26
26. Mansfield – 26
29. Sharon – 11
30. Milford – 9
38. Attleboro – 0.5

200 Yard Medley Relay
1. Needham – 1:40.16
3. King Philip (Colby Vieira, Tyler Stringfellow, Dean Whyte, Tate Duffy) – 1:42.51
14. Franklin (Luke Cashin, John Cashin, Sumit Choudhury, Roy Wang) – 1:47.64
23. Oliver Ames (Justin Vega, Ben Turner, Alex Buche, Anthony Carraggi) – 1:52.48
24. Mansfield (Matthew Weiner, Jared Gabrilowitz, Sebastian Gwynne, Aden Schwartz) – 1:52.61

200 Yard Free
1. Marc Bourgeois, Old Rochester – 1:43.35
5. Finn Devers, North Attleboro – 1:48.52
19. Andrew Abramson, Oliver Ames – 1:57.72

200 Yard IM
1. Jared Daigle, BC High – 1:52.03
8. Nicholas Wang, Sharon – 2:05.22
10. Lucas Haddad, North Attleboro – 2:06.26
11. Colby Vieira, King Philip – 2:06.48
14. Roy Wang, Franklin – 2:07.15
29. Dean Whyte, King Philip – 2:11.83
33. Nicholas Lombardo, Oliver Ames – 2:14.67

50 Yard Free
1. Cole Bassett, Framingham – 21.83
16. Connor Dunn, Attleboro – 23.49

100 Yard Butterfly
1. Jacob Cuoco, Old Rochester – 53.01
2. Nick Haddad, North Attleboro – 53.69
5. Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames – 54.48
6. Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield – 54.51
9. Aiden Macdonald, Milford – 55.40
21. Dean Whyte, King Philp – 57.51
22. Tim Luc, Taunton – 57.99
24. Alex Buche, Oliver Ames – 58.63

100 Yard Free
1. Ian Arnold, Natick – 47.42
11. Kyle Gray, Oliver Ames – 50.23
22. Gianni Panno, Milford – 52.39
26. Andrew Abramson, Oliver Ames – 53.57

500 Yard Free
1. Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip – 4:43.67
6. Finn Devers, North Attleboro – 4:58.81
10. Tate Duffy, King Philip – 5:05.98
13. Roy Wang, Franklin – 5:09.28

200 Free Relay
1. Wellesley – 1:29.06
14. Oliver Ames (Andrew Abramson, Nicholas Lombardo, Alex Buche, Kyle Gray) – 1:36.28
18. Franklin (Sumit Choudhury, Luke Cashin, Roy Wang, John Cashin) – 1:37.26
20. Mansfield (Matthew Weiner, Aden Schwartz, Jared Gabrilowitz, Sebastian Gwynne) – 1:37.97
21. Taunton (Matthew Heather, Bryant Abbott, Peter Ye, Tim Luc) – 1:38.05
22. Milford (Gianni Panno, Aiden Macdonald, Joshua Kravets, Michael Khoury) – 1:38.06
24. King Philip (Jackson Klein, Sean Morrison, John Dionis, Derek Whyte) – 1:45.25

100 Yard Backstroke
1. Jared Daigle, BC High – 50.32
2. Nick Haddad, North Attleboro – 53.83
8. Colby Vieira, King Philip – 56.68
21. Luke Cashin, Franklin – 59.79
22. John Cashin, Franklin – 59.93
24. Sebastian Gwynne, Mansfield – 1:00.34
29. Nicholas Lombardo, Oliver Ames – 1:01.33

100 Yard Breaststroke
1. Marc Bourgeois, Old Rochester – 57.56
5. Tyler Stringfellow, King Philip – 1:01.28
13. Tate Duffy, King Philip – 1:04.08
19. Nicholas Wang, Sharon – 1:05.43
24. Lucas Haddad, North Attleboro – 1:06.59

400 Yard Free Relay
1. Needham – 3:15.30
7. King Philip (Tyler Stringfellow, Dean Whyte, Tate Duffy, Colby Vieira) – 3:26.63
10. Oliver Ames (Andrew Abramson, Alex Buche, Nicholas Lombardo, Kyle Gray) – 3:28.51
21. Milford (Michael Khoury, Aiden Macdonald, Joshua Kravets, Gianni Panno) – 3:37.74
22. Taunton (Matthew Heather, Bryan Abbott, Peter Ye, Tim Luc) – 3:37.97

Player of the Week – Tyler Stringfellow, KP Swimming

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By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip junior Tyler Stringfellow has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. Stringfellow is the 18th player selected for the 2017-18 school year and eighth player chosen during the winter season.

Stringfellow, a junior swimmer, put in an outstanding individual performance at this weekend’s Hockomock Swim Championships at Milford High and helped King Philip take third in the team standings, behind Franklin and Oliver Ames. Stringfellow won two individual titles, a relay title, and finished second in another relay to close out the day.

“Tyler is a very devoted swimmer who loves the sport with a passion,” said KP head coach Jack Pettine. “He dominates in most freestyle events but is even better as the distance gets longer. All season Tyler has practiced for numerous hours a day with our high school team in the mornings and then his club team at night, burning the candle at both ends. At sectionals and states, we look to have him do his best in both events he will be swimming.”

Along with Colby Vieira, Dean Whyte, and Tate Duffy, Stringfellow got KP off to a perfect start by winning the 200-yard Medley Relay by five seconds over second-place Franklin. He followed that with a win in the 200-Free by more than a second and a dominating swim in the 500-Free, which he won by nearly 15 seconds over his nearest competitor. Stringfellow joined with Whyte, Duffy, and Vieira to close out the meet with a second place finish in the 400-Free Relay, just .32 seconds behind the team from Oliver Ames.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

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Attleboro Alum Has ‘Wright’ Stuff for UMass Swimming

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Attleboro alum Owen Wright heads into this week’s A-10 Championships after setting a pair of Rogers Pool records for UMass men’s swimming. (UMass Athletics)

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After being out of the pool for a little while, University of Massachusetts senior Owen Wright was not sure what to expect when he stepped onto the block for the final dual meet of his collegiate career. He admitted being nervous in the build-up to UMass facing Fordham in the final meet of the regular season, having just returned to practice after dealing with complications from cystic fibrosis (CF).

“I just had to put all that negative attention away,” said Wright during a midweek phone call. “I had to divert that negativity and I just did what my coaches have trained me to do and that’s when you’re on the block and you hear the beep you perform. You can’t think about anything else when you’re on the block.”

Whatever mental hurdles Wright, a former standout for both Attleboro High and the Bluefish Swim Club, had to jump, his performance was better than even he could have imagined. He helped the 200-meter Medley Relay team earn a win to kickstart the meet and then set a pair of Rogers Pool records, in the 50-meter Freestyle (20.42) and 100-meter Freestyle (44.92), to help the Minutemen to a big Atlantic 10 Conference win.

Following the meet, Wright was named the A-10 Performer of the Week for the third time this season.

“It doesn’t happen a lot at this level where you really have some breakthrough performances,” he explained. “It really doesn’t. It’s a long, grueling trip throughout the season and you’re rarely close to your best time before the major meet, so I was super-happy.”

Wright’s swimming journey actually began years ago at the local YMCA, long enough that he admitted that he cannot remember the first time that he swam competitively. He said with a laugh, “I simply cannot remember the first time I started swimming. I can’t. It’s been such a long journey for me.”

He does recall that his first swim team was the Tsunami swim program based at the Attleboro YMCA. Despite being a smaller program, the Tsunami have several Div. I alumni, including Wright and Josh Beals (who swam for the University of North Carolina). As numbers dropped, Wright made the move to the Bluefish, a competitive USA Swimming club program that regularly sends swimmers to top colleges and even to the Olympics (R.I.-native Elizabeth Beisel in 2016).

Wright would stay with the Bluefish throughout high school, as he continued to improve and compete with some of the top talent in the country.

“Bluefish is renowned for the amount of pressure that they put on their athletes, a lot of traveling all over the country for training trips, and some pretty big swim meets,” Wright said. “That prepared me for the Div. I lifestyle, better than some kids that come from the YMCA level. That was what set me up.”

While this seems like a typical path for a college swimmer, it was not guaranteed that Wright would be a success in the pool. He has battled CF since birth. The disease, according to information from the CF Foundation, is a chronic genetic disease that affects the lungs, causing mucus buildup, infections, and other symptoms, and requires constant monitoring and treatment. When issues flare up, as they did during this season, Wright is forced out of the pool to manage his CF.

Despite the difficulties that it can cause, Wright saw CF was not an obstacle, but as a motivation.

“Sure there were some setbacks – I would get sick every so often and have to be out of the pool and that’s happened in my college career too,” he said. “It’s just part of life with the disease, but I just kept my chin up and pushed myself to do more.”

Wright continued, “When I’m feeling not so great, I push myself always to do more. That’s kind of what got me into this level of swimming. I step up on the blocks and I’m not feeling great, what am I going to do? Am I going to pull out of this race? No, I’m going swim the race and I’m going to try and win the race.”

Pushed by people who wanted him to stop or who wanted him to take it easy, Wright set bigger and bigger goals for himself. He was focused on meeting the qualifying times for the prestigious Speedo Junior National Championship, despite taking the block next to swimmers that were, by his own admission, much bigger and stronger. “I would get up on the blocks and I’d be like, oh man how am I going to get to that level?” he said. “Those times I really pushed myself to accomplish and I got one time when I was a junior in high school. Those cut times were my main inspiration.”

He achieved that goal during his junior year of high school, which was also the moment that he realized he could compete at the Div. I collegiate level. While swimming for his club at the top level, Wright was also a four-year member of the Attleboro High swim team, was named a Hockomock League All-Star three times and won state titles in the 50-free and 200-free in 2013.

High school swimming was a welcome break from the pressures of the club scene, even if it meant more than four hours per day in the pool. Wright said, “The high school level was more about showing up to practice and having fun. You’re with your friends, kind of chilling, and just having fun with the sport and that allowed me to kind of relax and take it a little less seriously.”

He added, “You get wrapped up in your head quite frequently when you’re on teams like Bluefish. I think it was healthy for me.”

His brother River also swam for Attleboro, before stepping aside after a strong freshman season to focus on Bluefish. River is now a junior and, according to Owen, being recruited by some of the top swim programs in the country. Having gone through the recruiting process, Owen is now offering advice, even if he admits that River is “much faster” and “on another level.”

“The whole game was very strategic,” Wright said of talking to Div. 1 schools. “I alerted River to this and told him, this is a business deal that you’re making.”

Wright ended up at UMass under legendary head coach Russ Yarworth, who is also an Attleboro native. Thanks to his time with Bluefish, Wright said that he was ready for the challenges of the Div. I level and it showed in the pool. He was an All-Conference performer as a rookie in the 800-meter Freestyle Relay (first team) and in the 200-meter Medley Relay (second team). He added three All-Conference honors as a sophomore, but he said that his senior season has been his best for the Minutemen.

“All the training that I’ve put in over the years is finally solidifying into really good skills that I can use in the water, skills that my competition might not have necessarily, and it basically comes from a long history with the sport,” he said.

He competes in the 50-free, 100-free, and 200-free, but it is the 50-meter race that remains his favorite. “It’s super-quick and there’s a lot of hype from the crowds,” Wright explained. “The best way to describe the 50-free is that it’s 75 percent energy and 25 percent actual performance. There’s the pre-race, you’re getting ready, you’ve got the crowd, you’re just feeling the energy and really only 25 percent of the time you’re actually in the pool swimming.”

After setting records in his final competitive swim in the Rogers Pool, Wright has turned his thoughts to his final meet as a collegiate swimmer. The A-10 Championships will be held in Geneva, Ohio on Wednesday and he is hoping to close out his career with one more big night in the pool.

“One last chance and I am just so thrilled with how I’ve performed,” he said. “I’m so happy to be going into A-10s in such a good position. This is just beyond expectation and beyond my wildest dreams for how I’d finish out my senior year.”

(Ed. Note – Wright is not the only former Hockomock League swimmer that is having a strong senior season for the Minutemen. King Philip alum Chris DiGiacomo, a senior at UMass, posted a time of 1:50.47 in the 200 Individual Medley against Fordham to set a new Rogers Pool record. DiGiacomo earned Div. III All-American honors as a freshman at Keene State.)

Hockomock Girls Swim Championships – 2018 Results

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King Philip won the team title at the annual Hockomock Girls Swim Championships at Milford High. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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Team Results

1. King Philip – 344
2. Oliver Ames – 291
3. Franklin – 243
4. Attleboro – 197
5. Milford – 183
6. Taunton – 169
7. Mansfield – 155
8. Canton – 130
9. Sharon – 116
10. North Attleboro – 107
11. Foxboro – 85
12. Stoughton – 80

Race Results

200-Yard Medley Relay
1. Attleboro (Tiffany Chin, Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Corinne Perry, Elizabeth Saltz) – 1:56.69
2. King Philip (Callie Sullivan, Fahra Whichard, Sam Nasson, Sam DeWitt) – 1:57.89
3. Milford (Alexa Lancisi, Amber Stearns, Kimberly Stochaj, Michaela Blackwell) – 2:01.09
4. Taunton (Angelina Lynch, Lorna Li, Erin Schrama, Marisa Gay) – 2:04.83
5. Mansfield (Claudia Beasley, Ellie Leard, Mairead Shannon, Jennifer Prior) – 2:05.22
6. Sharon (Ilka Zaniewski, Jaylu Wu, Rhia Malhotra, Fallon Pfeifer) – 2:07.24

200-Yard Free
1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin – 1:54.32
2. Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro – 2:03.20
3. Kathryn McGuire, Franklin – 2:08.39
4. Sam DeWitt, King Philip – 2:09.16
5. Tiffany Chin, Attleboro – 2:09.92
6. Mia Esterman, Oliver Ames – 2:10.36

200-Yard IM
1. Katharine Cashin, Franklin – 2:16.27
2. Aprille Gangi, Oliver Ames – 2:21.37
3. Erin Schrama, Taunton – 2:23.59
4. Fahra Whichard, King Philip – 2:23.99
5. Pamela Nelson, Foxboro – 2:27.82
6. Morgan Sachleben, King Philip – 2:28.51

50-Yard Free
1. Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Attleboro – 26.11
2. Jennifer Prior, Mansfield – 26.17
3. Ava Kelley, Oliver Ames – 26.64
4. Ilka Zaniewski, Sharon – 26.68
5. Angelina Lynch, Taunton – 27.15
6. Catherine DiGiacomo, King Philip – 27.63

100-Yard Butterfly
1. Sam Nasson, King Philip – 1:02.75
2. Samantha Streton, Oliver Ames – 1:02.87
3. Erin Schrama, Taunton – 1:04.06
4. Rhia Malhotra, Sharon – 1:04.31
5. Alexa Lancisi, Milford – 1:04.74
6. Jessica Sullivan, King Philip – 1:07.05

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100-Yard Free
1. Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames – 54.33
2. Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro – 55.82
3. Jennifer Prior, Mansfield – 56.63
4. Callie Sullivan, King Philip – 57.65
5. Katharine Cashin, Franklin – 58.12
6. Ava Kelley, Oliver Ames – 58.74

500-Yard Free
1. Ashley Loomis, Franklin – 5:07.45
2. Kathryn McGuire, Franklin – 5:33.62
3. Megan Campbell, King Philip – 5:36.38
4. Sam Nasson, King Philip – 5:43.10
5. Pamela Nelson, Foxboro – 5:44.98
6. Morgan Sachleben, King Philip – 5:45.54

200-Yard Free Relay
1. Oliver Ames (Ava Kelley, Samantha Streton, Aprille Gangi, Morgan O’Hara) – 1:45.01
2. King Philip (Jessica Sullivan, Morgan Sachleben, Fahra Whichard, Catherine DiGiacomo) – 1:47.00
3. Franklin (Kathryn Chew, Audrey Finn, Katharine Cashin, Ashley Loomis) – 1:47.63
4. Attleboro (Corinne Perry, Tiffany Chin, Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Elizabeth Saltz) – 1:48.43
5. Milford (Michaela Blackwell, Alexa Lancisi, Victoria Monica, Amber Stearns) – 1:48.94
6. Taunton (Angelina Lynch, Marisa Gay, Lorna Li, Erin Schrama) – 1:49.16

100-Yard Backstroke
1. Morgan O’Hara, Oliver Ames – 59.78
2. Samantha Streton, Oliver Ames – 1:03.90
3. Callie Sullivan, King Philip – 1:04.66
4. Alexa Lancisi, Milford – 1:04.77
5. Claudia Beasley, Mansfield – 1:05.39
6. Makayla Paquin, Oliver Ames – 1:05.51

100-Yard Breaststroke
1. Jackie Lynch-Bartek, Attleboro – 1:09.66
2. Fahra Whichard, King Philip – 1:11.06
3. Aprille Gangi, Oliver Ames – 1:16.05
4. Amber Stearns, Milford – 1:17.13
5. Lorna Li, Taunton – 1:17.33
6. Jamie Buckley, King Philip – 1:18.20

400-Yard Free Relay
1. Oliver Ames (Samantha Streton, Ava Kelley, Aprille Gangi, Morgan O’Hara) – 3:47.88
2. Franklin (Kathryn Chew, Kathryn McGuire, Katharine Cashin, Ashley Loomis) – 3:50.86
3. King Philip (Megan Campbell, Sam Nasson, Sam DeWitt, Callie Sullivan) – 3:59.81
4. North Attleboro (Erini Rigas, Ripley Devers, Catherine Sales, Thalia Puccio) – 4:10.23
5. Canton (Maddie Nourse, Brianna Mitchell, Emily Beatty, Brianna Gilchrist) – 4:11.71
6. Milford (Kimberly Stochaj, Kate Donahue, Christine Ballan, Piper Terrill) – 4:24.48

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