Boys swimmers still unbeaten through 3 meetsBy Jay Turner
The Canton High boys swim team is off to its best start in several years after knocking off both Ashland and Medfield and tying Taunton to open the season at 2-0-1. The girls swimmers, meanwhile, are still searching for their first victory but have the perfect person to help right the ship in senior captain and three-time Hockomock All-Star Tiffany Ha.
Ha, in fact, has already qualified for sectionals in five different events to date, including the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, 200 IM, 100-yard backstroke, and 100-yard breaststroke. She is also part of a 200 medley relay team that is “almost there,” according to new head coach Cheryl Cavanaugh, with the girls needing to shave just one more second to qualify for sectionals and two more seconds to qualify for states.
The boys team also boasts a standout swimmer of its own in junior Sebastian Melendez, a two-time Division 2 sectional gold medalist (200 and 500 free). Already this season, Melendez has posted a state-qualifying time in the 500 free and is a key part of two qualifying relays — the 200 free relay along with Owen Guerini, Sean Mitchell and Diego Ferstler, and the 400 free (Mitchell, Ferstler and Dan Nadeau).
In their most recent meet against Medfield, Guerini picked up victories in the 50 free and 100 backstroke, while Ferstler (200 free), Nadeau (100 free), and Mitchell (100 breaststroke) earned one win apiece. On the girls’ side, Ha was victorious in the 50 and 200 free, and Brianna Mitchell placed first in the 100 backstroke. The two swimmers were also part of the winning 400 free relay along with Emily Beatty and Malia Claiborne.
Cavanaugh said she is still getting to know the swimmers on both squads but praised them as a “great group of kids.” She added that both teams have strong leadership from their three co-captains, including Nadeau, James Hamrock and Michael Larsen for the boys and Ha, Erin Martin and Aoife O’Mahony for the girls.
Both squads are off for the next two weeks and will return to action on Wednesday, January 6, at home against Foxboro.
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