SENIORS CELEBRATED on Senior Day included (from left) Arianna Rodd, Milania Saggese, Grace Haseltine, Audrey Methot, Demya Allen and Anna Burnett. (Jen Gentile photo)

swims to victory on Senior Night


MALDEN—The Melrose High girls’ swim team picked up a critical win over Burlington, 86-75, on the perfect occasion: Senior Day, which was celebrated last Friday, Oct. 8 at Malden High.

Being honored were their upperclassmen: Arianna Rodd, Milania Saggese, Grace Haseltine, Audrey Methot, Demya Allen and Anna Burnett. And all of them were critical to Melrose’s impressive 86-75 victory.

Melrose prevailed in the 200 yard medley, the 200 IM, 200 free, 100 fly, 500 free, 200 free relay, 100 back, 100 breast and 400 free relay. It was a top-to-bottom group effort with a large amount of personal bests and dropped times. Those earning personal bests were Cate Kavanaugh and Madeline Brodeur in the 500 and Noelle L’Heureux in the 100 free and 100 back.

“Not only did the girls pull off some great wins they also put up some big time drops to round out an awesome meet,” says head coach Laura McCormack.

Melrose started the meet victorious in the 200 medley relay behind the efforts of Milania Saggese, Grace Haseltine, Demya Allen and Madeline Brodeur. Their time of 2:16.22 swept the compeittion. Milania Saggese had a very strong day, coming in first in the 200 free and 100 back. Grace Haseltine swept the 200 IM with a time of 2:40.81 and also took the 100 breast. Demya Allen prevailed in the 100 fly with a time of 1:18.66. Cate Kavanaugh continued her strong debut season with a first place finish in the 500 free with a best time of 6:24.13. And as a finale, the 200 free relay of Grace Haseltine, Ariana Rodd, Madison Wright and Sophia Scacchi, prevailed with a time of 2:01.88, followed by the 400 free relay team of Emilia Rahilly, Milania Saggese, Madeline Brodeur and Cate Kavanaugh, who also topped the competition.

The win was all the more special because much of it came from her hard working seniors. Says McCormack, “We have a great group of seniors that are willing to go above and beyond to help the team succeseed. They are true leaders and are wonderful role models for the rest of our girls.”

There is plenty of season left, and the coach is excited at the team’s progress. “Each meet we keep getting strongers and we are really coming together as a team.”

Melrose has some tough competition on tap as they close out their regular season with three upcoming meets against Winchester, Reading and Lexington. Melrose’s last home meet is today, Friday, Oct. 15 against Winchester. Fans are encouraged to mask up and root on Melrose. Meet time is 5:30 p.m.