EAST LONGMEADOW – The Westfield swim boys’ and girls’ swim team was still a bit under-the-weather, suffering a bout of the flu, but managed to rebound from a short-handed loss to Minnechaug by overtaking East Longmeadow on the road in their four-lane pool Friday.
“It was a very solid performance for a team that is still struggling with the flu but trying to make their way back,” Westfield swim coach Tom Lewis said.
Westfield 72, East Longmeadow 30
Lizzie Fraser and Alexa Richter won two events apiece to lead Westfield’s resurgence.
Fraser finished first in the 200 individual medley (2:22.35) and 500 free (5:32.53); Richter took home gold in the 200 free (2:06.93) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.55).
Kathryn O’Connor won the 100 freestyle (1:03.34) and Emilie Pease won the 100 backstroke (1:06.71).
Westfield also won each of the three relays – medley (Pease, Fraser, Emily Mihalek, O’Connor) in 2:04.52, 200 free (Richter, O’Connor, Emily Langlois, Fraser) in 1:53.63, and 400 free (Mihalek, Langlois, Richter, Lauren Jablonski) in 4:14.81.
Westfield 60, East Longmeadow 41
Matt Morash and Tommy Russell each placed first in Westfield’s victory.
Morash won the 200 IM (2:16.42) and 500 free (5:10.87); Russell was tops in the 50 free (22.56) and 100 backstroke (55.09).
The two swimmers were also instrumental in orchestrating top relay times.
Morash and Russell teamed with Cole Viamari and Patrick Lurgio to win the 200 free relay (1:36.59). Morash, Adrian Orszulak, Viamari, and Jack Beaulieu won the 400 relay (3:54.32); Russell, Lurgio, Beaulieu, and Orszulak were just touched out in the medley relay (2nd place, 1:48.52).
Viamari (200 free, 2:00.76), Kevin Hayes (diving, 197.75), Beaulieu (100 fly, 59.73), and Lurgio (100 free, 54.50) also posted top times in respective individual events.
BOYS ICE HOCKEY
Pelletier nets hat trick
Westfield 3, Simsbury 1
Matt Pelletier recorded a hat trick, and Westfield won a penalty-filled affair on the road.
Westfield 60, Chicopee 48
Javi Santos recorded a triple-double for Westfield, leading the way with 19 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks.
“He had a monster night,” Westfield coach Josh Balestracci said of his Bomber.
Kam Wells had 12 points and Aidan Dunn had 11 offensively. Luis Castro delivered on the defensive end.
Tigers catch fire late
Westfield Technical Academy 58, Smith Voke 39
Westfield Tech started slow but finished fast with a nice fourth quarter at home.
Andrew Czeremcha led Westfield Tech with 13 points, and four other Tigers finished with eight apiece. Tigers’ Kenny Flores provided outstanding defense.
“The guys are really coming together and having a lot of fun,” Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude said.
Rams lose for only second time this season
Easthampton 64, Southwick 51
Ant Moynihan scored a game-high 23 points, and Easthampton prevailed at home.
Hunter Iglesias (12 points) and Tim McGrath (11) paved the way for Southwick (8-2) in only its second loss of the season.
Terriers down Bombers
West Springfield 72, Westfield 43
Three players scored double-digits – Angela Czeremcha (18 points), Madison Conway (17), and Daesia Andrews (12) – to fuel West Side’s home victory.
Alexis Wood and Olivia Hadla led Westfield with 12 and 11 points, respectively.