MONSON – The Westfield High School girls’ swimming and diving team continued on its winning rampage, crushing Monson on the road Friday, 142-37.
Unbeaten Westfield (3-0) outscored its opponent in every event and finished first in every event, save for the 50 freestyle.
Westfield best demonstrated the depth of its team’s talent in the three relay events.
Kate McCabe, Haley Jurczyk, Rachel Charette, and Lauren Longley won the 200 medley relay (2:08.16) for Westfield, followed by teammates Alexis Bradley, Casey Sturmer, Sarah Russell and Georgia Seymour (2:18.80).
Similarly, the Bombers’ girls dominated the 200 freestyle relay with Sarah Lander, Hannah Ditto, Sarah Russell, and Samantha Dolan winning in 1:55.78. Anne Goyette, Charette, Sturmer, and Sarah Cotto placed second.
Westfield finished the meet by sweeping the 400 freestyle relay.
Longley, Kaitlyn Moran, Seymour, and Dolan took top honors in 4:33.44. Ditto, Liz Gelinas, Madison Stinehart, and Desiree Morceau were runners-up. Lander, Celina Billerbeck, Cotto, and Bradley placed third.
This thriller, or heartbreaker, depending on your side of the pool was decided on the final two events.
Both teams enjoyed leads throughout Friday’s meet pitting two very evenly matched teams. In the end, the Bombers came up just three points short, losing 90-87 to the Mustangs.
While Monson proved to be the deeper team with more swimmers, Westfield scored several points with important second, third, and fourth place finishes individual events. The Bombers also placed first in several events.
Nick Rosso (2:12.87) won the 200 IM. Slav Pahshuk (25.13) won the 50 freestyle, and teammate Austin Kearney stunned the crowd with a standout performance to garner second.
Ross (56.23) and Gabe Centeno put the “one-two” on Monson in the 100 butterfly, winning the event 10-3. Sam Cloutier, Westfield’s lone swimmer in the grueling 500 freestyle, outswam three Monson swimmers to win with an impressive time of 6:00.21.
With a leaner squad of just 10 boys, the Bombers were still able to win two of the three relay races – Pashuk, Kearney, Centeno, and Rosso (1:42.73) in the 200 freestyle relay and Cloutier, Chris Tu, Centeno, and Rosso (4:04.16) in the 400 freestyle relay.
It was Westfield’s first loss of the season. The Bombers’ boys’ team fell to 2-1.