Russell’s triple crown

Patrick Lurgio high fives Matt Morash after the Westfield team won their heat in the 200 yard medley relay at Sunday’s championship meet. Tommy Russell, who was one of the four swimmers, with Jack Beaulieu, on the relay team went on to capture two more gold medals on the day. (Photo by Marc St. Onge)

SPRINGFIELD – It was an all-star performance featuring several sparkling moments from the Westfield High School swim team at the Western Massachusetts Division 1 swim championships in the waters of Springfield College where one Bomber proved to be a triple threat.
Tommy Russell shined brightest, winning three events – the 50 freestyle (21.68), the 100 backstroke (52.08), and the 200 medley relay (with teammates Patrick Lurgio, Jack Beaulieu, and Matt Morash; 1:39.98).
“They got us off to a great, great start,” Westfield High swim coach Tom Lewis said of the 200 medley relay crew. “We had a great meet – a lot of best times and a lot of very fast swimming.”
Westfield placed fourth (213 points) with strong efforts from Cole Viamari (200 freestyle/9th/1:53.90; 500 free/9th/5:16.23), Morash (200 individual medley/5th/2:07.12; 100 free/6th/51.12), Lurgio (200 IM/6th/2:07.52; 100 breaststroke/9th/1:06.41), Beaulieu (50 free/10th/23.81; 100 butterfly/5th/58.75), the 400 free relay team of Russell, Morash, Lurgio, and Viamari (4th, 3:24.29) and the 200 free relay team (13th, 1:38.15).

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