With two more meets down, Marblehead swimmers still undefeated

The Marblehead High boys and girls swim and dive team (6-0) traveled to the Cape Ann YMCA for a meet versus Gloucester on Jan. 17 and won again, 85-75. Two days later, they defeated Salem at the Lynch-vanOtterloo YMCA, 87-51. 

“While there were no super-fast times — probably because of the late start time at Gloucester — a few swimmers were still credited with personal best times,” said coach Sue Guertin.

Marblehead swim captains Jack Grady, left, and Cole Brooks celebrate a win in the pool during a recent meet. COURTESY PHOTO

These include Sophia Weiner (100-yard freestyle, 57.71, state cut), Monica Pechhold (100-yard freestyle, 1:05.10) and Cale Nelson (500-yard freestyle, 5:18.03, state cut). 

In the meet against visiting Salem, Jack Brady, Nelson, Cole Brooks and Logan Doody (1:49.60, state cut) teamed up to come out on top in the 200-yard medley relay. Ian Chemel, Greg Podstrelov, Gary Podstrelov and Nate Rosen (1:54.42) ended up second. 

Brooks (1:49.65, state cut), Song Waitekus (2:08.88, sectional cut) and Monica Pechhold (2:25.40) swept the 200-yard freestyle. Doody (2:12.51, sectional cut), Will Cerrutti (2:16.78) and Finn Bergquist (2:24.67, sectional cut) did the same in the 200 IM. 

Grady (24.30), Brady Leveroni (26.60) and Anna Coleman (28.39) maintained the trend in the 50-yard freestyle.

Grady (215.5, state cut points), Caroline Crosby (142.75) and Maxine Hall (131.75) were the top three divers. 

The 100-yard butterfly belonged to Brooks (54.42, state cut), Ian Chemel (1:02.71) and Bella Takata (1:07.58), who swept the event. 

Marblehead swimmers Will Cerrutti, back, Clementine Robins, left, and Brinleigh Callahan, from left, chat during a recent meet. COURTESY PHOTO

Gary Podstrelov (54.86) and Brady Leveroni (56.8) topped the ticket in the 100-yard freestyle. 

Greg Podstrelov (5:26), Rosen (5:40.47) and Brinleigh Callahan (5:44.80) swept the 500-yard freestyle.

Grady, Nelson, Doody and Brooks (1:36.10, state cut), and Anna Coleman, Takata, Bergquist and Clementine Robins (1:53, sectional cut) were the two top teams in the 200-yard freestyle. 

In the 100-yard backstroke, Nelson (1:00.27), Clementine Robins (1:06.34, sectional cut) and Lucy Sabin (1:28.33) accounted for nine more points for their teammates against the Witches.

Waitekus  (1:14.48, state cut), Cece Robbins (1:17.79) and Lucas Rosen (1:29.96) experienced similar results in the 100-yard breaststroke.  

Greg Podstrelov, Ezra Reid, Nelson and Leveroni (3:52.8) made up the winning quartet in the 400-yard freestyle relay, followed by Gary Podstrelov, Owen Torstenson, Chemel and Rosen (4:00.37) in second place. 

On Jan. 25, the undefeated Marblehead swimmers went up against rival Swampscott to close out the regular season at the JCC. It was then time for the annual Northeastern Conference meet at the Beverly YMCA on Jan. 28.

The results of these meets will be reported in the Feb. 8 edition of the Marblehead Current.

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