WORCESTER – The Kansas City Chiefs are usually not the one crew constructing in direction of a dynasty this weekend.
Concord-Carlisle posted back-to-back victories within the North Sectionals of the Swimming and Diving Tournament on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Aquatic Center with a powerful overcome the sector.
After Westford Academy dominated the pool for six straight North Sectional titles, the Patriots have now captured two in a row and outpaced the sector by greater than 100 factors with a complete of 377.5.
“This is a special team right here. Last season, we snuck in at the four-free relay by a few points, but this is a really special team,” mentioned Patriots head coach Matt Goldberg. “Just a phenomenal group of girls, good people, and amazing athletes. This has been a really fun season.”
Concord-Carlisle have been led by the efforts of senior Alana Leen with first-place finishes within the 200 particular person medley (2.07.09) and 100 backstroke (57.32). Freshman Elisabeth Reiling matched Leen with two solo first-place podium visits within the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.78 in addition to the 100 freestyle (53.70).
The Patriots got here 0.07 seconds away from sweeping the relays because the 200 medley crew of Lorelei Hogan, Lydia Mossi, Bella Newbern, and Maya Particelli took second place within the first occasion of the competitors.
Later on within the occasion, Leen and Reiling additionally mixed efforts with 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay victories. Bea Turrettini and Reese Phillips helped the four-pack to a 1:39.68 end within the 200 free, which is now a college file, whereas Tess Ward swapped spots with Phillips to finish the close to sweep within the 400.
Maisey O’Donnell adopted go well with along with her teammates with back-to-back 1-meter diving titles with a rating of 449.05. O’Donnell additionally completed first in 2023 as a sophomore and has an opportunity at a three-peat subsequent season for the Patriots.
“This year was really stressful for me because there was some really good competition, so I was really happy,” mentioned O’Donnell. “I think there was more pressure since I won last year then if I didn’t win this year, so it was a little more stressful in that sense, but I really enjoyed it. We won for the second time ever and I think it’s really great for the team, we’ve been on a winning streak, and just overall doing really well.”
Weston positioned second with 274 factors whereas Wayland (242), Newton South (229), and last-season’s second-place finisher, Lincoln-Sudbury (214), rounded out the highest 5 crew finishes.
Caitlin Lacey paced the second-place Wildcats, scoring in 4 occasions with a second-place end as the primary leg within the 200 freestyle relay with Keila Jalinous, Margaret Liu and Sadie Nelson.
Lacey was in a number of occasions she doesn’t normally compete in, however it was by design in Weston.
“At sectionals, we try to get every senior into a swim and relays, trying to have fun one last time as a team before states next week. Really trying to get everyone pumped up and ready to go in whatever events they want,” mentioned Lacey, who admitted she was enthusiastic about swimming the 100 freestyle the place the senior swimmer impressed with a fifth-place end at 54.99 for 14 factors. “I was pretty excited about (the 100 free) but I got thrown into the 200 IM and that’s not my favorite but that’s OK. It’s all about having fun for us, it’s super exciting having fun with my fellow seniors in one last meet.”
For Concord-Carlisle, 21 women certified, competed, and positioned on this occasion for the Patriots – most within the faculty’s historical past – and Goldberg appears like that is just the start.
“I feel like we were struck by lightning this year. A lot of really talented swimmers but huge depth and that’s a lot of kids, and most of those girls got on the scoreboard. It is just really a deep team and this was an all-around effort,” Goldberg mentioned.