Swim and Dive finishes season strong


Mila Barry

Swimmers compete at St. John’s Prep for the NEC meet last week


The Fisherman Swim and Dive team had a successful end to the season.  Last week, the team competed at the three day long Northeastern Conference Meet, the last competition of the season. 

At NEC’s, boys and girls events are split between two days. Boys in the conference competed on Monday, and the girls competed on Tuesday. 

As an overall team, Gloucester scored fifth out of eight teams. Individually, the boys scored fifth, and the girls scored fourth. 

Divers Joshua Priest (freshman) and Ais Cook (sophomore) competed in diving on the 26th. Priest took 4th place and Cook took 13th place. 

The boys team had many great swims. In the 200 Medley relay, Charlie Groleau, Sam Groleau, Jack Fernandes, and Jakob Parpart took 5th place with a time of 1:59.47. The same boys also took third in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:03.17. 

In the same event, Gloucester’s second string relay made up of Elijah Sarrouf, Seamus Buckley, Geoffrey Callahan and Tyler Weed went a 4:57.77, placing them 7th overall. The same swimmers came in 10th in the 200 freestyle relay.

There were also many individual swims that were successful. J. Fernandes tied for 5th place in the 200 freestyle (2:09.05), and scored 4th in the 100 butterfly with a 1:02.51. In the 200 IM, S. Groleau took 3rd place (2:13.66), and also took 1st in the 100 breastroke with a time of 1:04.81. In the 500 freestyle, Parpart took 6th place (6:30.42). C. Groleau also placed, with 3rd in the 100 backstroke (1:10.98), and 7th in the 100 butterfly (1:10.53). 

The girls saw success with several top finishes. The 200 medley relay placed 4th with swimmers Sarah Fernandes, Madison Moseley, Willow Barry and Caroline McKay. This was enough to achieve the sectional qualifying time of  2:10.69. The same swimmers came in 2nd place in the 200 freestyle relay going 1:54.91, and qualifying for sectionals a second time. 

Gloucester’s 400 freestyle relay team, Jane Herman, Sheriff Arnaud, Mila Barry and Haley Weed, came in 7th overall with a final time of 5:00.69.

The girls also did well in individual events. Moseley won her heat in both the 200 and 500 freestyle, and placed 7th (2:25.95) and 6th (6:34.90) overall in each. W. Barry placed 2nd overall in the 200 individual medley with a 2:33.58, and 3rd in the 100 backstroke with a 1:08.03. S. Fernandes placed 5th overall in the 50 freestyle (29.75), and 6th overall in the 100 breastroke (1:30.94). McKay won the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.33, and came in 2nd in the 100 freestyle. 

The team is looking forward to this weekend where those who qualified for Sectionals will be competing at MIT’s Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. Gloucester has 6 girls and 1 boy competing. McKay and Groleau will swim individual events, while the rest will participate in relays.