Warriors come up short in dual meet finale
MALDEN — The dual meet finale took place for the Warrior girls’ swim team last night at the Malden High School Pool, and despite a valiant effort, Wakefield came short of a victory as it lost a not so close as it appears 83-79 contest.
Wakefield wrapped up the dual meet season with a 2-6 record in the Middlesex League.
Wakefield honored the seniors in its home finale and the Warriors responded with some good performances. However the Sachems had strong swimmers and strong numbers. Winchester got a big lead and was comfortably in front by the time the last few events were swum.
“There were some good races,” said Coach Kathy Byrne. “Winchester has 40 girls. They’re like Melrose with some good freshmen. Winchester had the depth we didn’t have.”
The 200 medley relay team came in second at 2:14.50. The four swimmers were Shannon Grady, Hannah Melanson, Avery York and Kim Green.
Caroline Sweeney, a freshman, secured a third place finish in the 200 freestyle as she touched in at 2:15.45.
In the 200 individual medley, senior Shannon Quirk touched in at 2:20.56 to earn the first place. Quirk also captured first overall in the 500 freestyle as she clocked in at 5:16.56.
Madison Guay, a junior, claimed first place in the butterfly as she swam a time of 1:07.51. Guay also finished second in the 100 breaststroke as she posted a time of 1:18.09.
Wakefield also earned a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Guay, Sweeney, York and Quirk clocked in at 1:54.27.
Grady, a senior co-captain, was the runner up in the 100 backstroke with a second place time of 1:12.47.
The 400 freestyle relay team grabbed second place with a time of 4:08.64. Sweeney, Grady, Guay and Quirk were the quartet of swimmers in the event.
Wakefield will now get ready for the Middlesex League championship meet. The 500 freestyle and diving competitions will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. at Belmont High School. The rest of the events will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Bentley University.