Warriors post 90-80 victory in home finale
Published in the October 22, 2015 edition
MALDEN — Headed into Tuesday’s meet against Burlington, the Warrior girls’ swim team knew that a win would not come easy.
Wakefield had everything it could handle against the Red Devils but pulled away after the 200 freestyle relay to earn a 90-80 triumph in the home finale at the Malden High School Pool.
Wakefield increased its record to 3-4 on the season and finished with a 3-3 home record this fall. The Warriors final two dual meets are on the road.
“We knew this could be a close one and it was up until the 200 free relay. (There were) Some exciting finishes,” said Coach Kathy Byrne. “Chris A (Anastasiades) qualified for states in the fly and our 200 free relay did so, too. It was a fun and successful Senior Day.”
Anastasiades, a freshman, captured first place in the 100 butterfly as he clocked in at 1:01.31. That was good enough to qualify him for states.
The 200 freestyle relay also posted a state qualifying time of 1:53.84. The team of Madi Guay, Taylor Guarino, Nicole Pecjo and Caroline Sweeney also won the event.
The meet begin with a first place in the 200 medley relay at 2:08.13. The four swimmers were Guay, Pecjo, Guarino and Sweeney.
Anastasiades then earned a first place finish as he touched in 2:01.33 in the 200 freestyle.
In the 200 individual medley, Pecjo, a senior, and CC Colliton earned a second and third place showing with times of 2:35.13 and 2:54.56.
Sweeney, a sophomore, captured the top spot in the 50 freestyle as she swam a time of 28.22 seconds.
In addition to the state qualifying performance of Anastasiades, Guarino, a senior, took second with a time of 1:13.82.
Sweeney and Guay, a senior, provided a nice one-two punch in the 100 freestyle as they posted times of 1:00.58 and 1:02.16.
In the 500 freestyle, Colliton was Wakefield’s top finisher with a third place showing. Colliton swam a time of 7:00.01.
Wakefield also took a second place in the 200 freestyle relay which helped its cause as well. The team of Tori Tringale, Julia Hanley, Jess Conley and Anastasiades combined for a time of 1:59.47.
Guarino and Tringale, also a senior, claimed second and third place in the 100 backstroke. They swam times of 1:14.91 and 1:22.75.
The Warriors also secured a second and third place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Guay and Pejco timed in at 1:16.21 and 1:22.35.
Wakefield took second in the 400 freestyle relay to end the meet. The team of Conley, Colliton, Tringale and Anastasiades clocked in at 4:32.77.
The Warriors take on Lexington in a makeup meet tomorrow night at 5:30 p.m. at Minuteman Regional School Pool.