Warriors get first win of season, top Burlington 88-77


SHANNON GRADY, a senior co-captain, earned a victory in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:10.76 in Wakefield’s 88-77 triumph over Burlington. Grady also placed third in the 50 freestyle and swam in two of the relays. (Donna Larsson File Photo)

MALDEN — The Warrior girls’ swim team is starting to feel right at home at the Malden High School. It certainly helped Wakefield last night in its meet against Burlington as the Warriors earned an 88-77 triumph for their first victory of the season.

In addition to swimming in their home pool, Wakefield also received some great performances in the meet and had many top five finishes. That allowed the Warriors to pull away from the Red Devils.

“The girls swam fantastic,” said Coach Kathy Byrne. “We had a lot of top five finishes. It was great to see. We had a close races and the girls stepped up and pushed themselves. It was nice to get that first win.”

Madison Guay, a junior, qualified for sectionals in both the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Guay won the 100 butterfly in a time of 1:08.46 and she captured second in the 100 breaststroke at 1:18.01.

Senior Shannon Quirk qualified for sectionals and states in the 100 freestyle. She won the event in a time of 57.95 seconds.

Quirk also came in second in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:20.71.

The 200 medley relay team captured first place in a time of 2:08.12. The four swimmers included Shannon Grady, Nicole Pecjo, Guay and Quirk.

Caroline Sweeney, a freshman, captured first in the 200 freestyle in at time of 2:15.84, while Tori Trinagle, a junior, finished third in the event at 2:34.81.

Senior co-captain Avery York took third in the 200 individual medley as she touched in at 2:48.81.

Taking second, third and fourth in the 50 freestyle were Grady, a senior co-captain, junior Taylor Guarino and senior Kim Green. They recorded times of 29.15 seconds, 29.40 seconds and 30.09 seconds.

Guay won the 100 butterfly and York earned a second place with a time of 1:15.68.

In the 100 freestyle, Sweeney and senior Gianna Trinagle came in third and fourth with times of 1:02.00 and 1:11.61.

Pecjo, a junior, won the 500 freestyle in a time of 6:10.57, while Green secured third place at 6:49.70.

Wakefield’s 200 freestyle relay team took second place at 1:59.37. The four swimmers included Grady, York, Sweeney and Pecjo.

Grady and Guarino finished first and third in the 100 backstroke as they clocked in at 1:10.76 and 1:17.00.

In the 100 breaststroke, Guay took second and Hannah Melanson, a senior, finished third at 1:20.63.

Sweeney, Pecjo, Guay and Quirk swam the 400 freestyle and captured first overall. The Warriors touched in at 4:07.84.

Wakefield hosts Reading on Monday night at 5:30 p.m. at the Malden High School Pool.