Roster depth comes through to keep Marblehead swimmers undefeated

The Marblehead swim and dive team (2-0), coached by Sue Guertin, hosted Danvers at the Lynch/Van Otterloo YMCA on Thursday, Dec. 22, and proceeded to defeat the Falcons rather easily, 108-67 to close out the 2022 portion of the schedule.

“While a number of Marblehead swimmers were out with the flu, the team was still able to pull off a win against Danvers,” said Guertin. “The team has a lot of depth this season with the addition of the freshmen boys, and as a result it was able to keep on winning. They are all trying to make cuts for the upcoming state sectionals and state finals in February.”

In the 200-yard medley relay against Danvers, Cale Nelson, Nate Rosen, Jack Grady and Logan Doody )1:50.95, sectional cut) teamed up to finish on top. Sophia Weiner, Bella Takata, Finn Bergquist and Anna Coleman (2:00.53, state cut) ended up third. 

The Magicians swept the 200-yard freestyle, with Cale Nelson (2:02.73), Ian Chemel (2:09.68) and Bella Takata (2:12-53) doing the honors. In the 200 IM, Song Waitekus (2:19.25, state cut), Finn Bergquist (2:25.49, sectional cut) and Cecelia Robbins (2:32.97) experienced similar results. 

Jack Grady (23.55, state cut) bested the entire field in the 50-yard freestyle. Owen Tortenson (25.65) and Yuri Volkov (26.56) were third and fourth, respectively. Grady (172.40 points) also came out on top in the diving competition. Aeryn Vizy (126.00) and Cait Mullins (116.45) completed the sweep in this event. 

Brady Leveroni (1:03.21) and Bergquist (1:04.08, state cut) topped the ticket on the 100-yard butterfly. Madeline Auerbach (1:14.11) was fourth. 

Doody (52.55), Nate Rosen (54.31) and Coleman (57.29, state cut) dominated the 100-yard freestyle, as did Will Cerrutti (5:35.31), Weiner (5:40.72, state cut) and Brinleigh Callahan (5:42.73, sectional cut) in the 500-yard freestyle. 

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Leveroni, Rosen, Chemel and Tortenson (1:43.93) topped the competition, while Luke Rosen, Ezra Reid, Quinn Sullivan, William Wade (1:58.79) came in third. 

Doody (59.44, state cut), Nelson (1:00.63) and Chemel (1:03.00) took the top three spots in the 100-yard backstroke. Waitekus (1:14.03, state cut), Takata (1:14.31, state cut) and Robbins (1:19.41) did the same in the 100-yard breaststroke. 

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Nelson, Grady, Tortenson and Doody (3:49.18) bested the entire field. William Wade, Leveroni, Cerrutti and Chemel (3:59.21) accounted for second place. 

The Marblehead swimmers will begin the new year against visiting Masco on Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.

Joe McConnell | + posts

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