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Mystic Valley Swimmers Have 5-Win Record

The swimmers improved to 5-0 after defeating Lynn Tech and Greater Lowell.

The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School swim team posted wins in both of its meets last week, improving the team’s 2011-2012 record to a perfect 5-0.

Two Swimmers Qualify for Sectionals/States at Lynn Tech

On Wednesday, the Eagles traveled to Lynn Tech for their first meet of the New Year. Mystic Valley’s Medley Relay teams took first (Ben Lieu, Christian Kinnon, Michael Leung, and Nick Antonucci) and second (Allie Krasco, Marisa Cagno, Caroline Williams, and Karina Hanson) places.

The Eagles never looked back, earning first, second, and third places in seven of the meet’s eight individual swimming events. Senior Captain Shane Kinnon, in one of the meet’s highlights, swam a 1:55.46 in the 200 Freestyle, fast enough to qualify for Sectionals and States. Robbie DeSantis, a junior, also broke the 2:00 mark in the event, finishing in second place.

Wilson Tran won the 200 Individual Medley with his best time of the young season, a 2:18.01. Eighth grader Christian Kinnon placed second, and sophomore Emily Williams finished third.

In the 50 Freestyle, Captain Fallon Bushee qualified for Sectionals in the 50 Freestyle, swimming a 26.95.

DeSantis continued to dominate his opponents in the meet’s next event, the 100 Butterfly, finishing in first place with a 1:00.96. Eighth graders Caroline Williams and Colleen McGlynn finished in second and third places, respectively.

Senior Captain Zack Kelso, senior Wilson Tran, and junior Giuseppe Iacovone then swept the 100 Freestyle; and Krasco, Leung, and Lieu followed suit in the 500 Freestyle.

Shane Kinnon earned another six points for his team by finishing first in the 100 Backstroke (59.49), as his teammates Bushee and Christian Kinnon pushed each other to the finish to earn second (Bushee, 1:11.32) and third (Kinnon, 1:11.72) places.

Freshman Nick Antonucci won the meet’s last individual event, the 100 Breaststroke, by swimming a personal best time of 1:12.25. Cagno and freshman Ava Asai-Sarris battled each other for second place points, and Asai-Sarris out-touched Cagno by a margin of four tenths of a second.

Eagles Defend Home Pool for the Third Time against Greater Lowell

Swimming at their new pool for the third time, the Eagles handily defeated Greater Lowell Tech on Friday. The 200 Medley Relay team of Shane Kinnon, Christian Kinnon, DeSantis, and senior Captain Zack Kelso finished almost thirty seconds ahead of its closest competition with a time of 1:48.41, the team’s best of the season and fast enough to qualify for Sectionals and States. The team of Jacqui Finn, Ava Asai-Sarris, Colleen McGlynn, and Maaya Alagappan earned third place in the same event.

Mystic Valley’s young swimmers led the way in the 200 Freestyle. Sophomore Ben Lieu won the event with a 2:14.40. Seventh grader Michael Leung took second (2:18.38), and eighth grader Kenneth Antonucci finished third (2:28.14).

After a one-event break, Shane Kinnon jumped back into the pool to win the 200 Individual Medley, swimming a 2:09.41 and qualifying for Sectionals and States.

The Eagles then swept the 50 Freestyle (Kelso, Tran, and Christian Kinnon), the 100 Butterfly (Alagappan, McGlynn, and Emily Williams), and the 100 Freestyle (DeSantis, Tran, and Robby Cummings). The 100 Freestyle was particularly notable for Mystic Valley because all three competitors swam personal best times.

Freshman Nick Antonucci won the meet’s next event, the 500 Freestyle, with a time of 6:00.36. His presence helped teammate Michael Leung shed precious second from his personal best time, and Leung finished with a 6:14.77.

Ben Lieu earned another six points for his team for finishing first in the 100 Backstroke (1:09.17, a personal best). Krasco and Kenneth Antonucci rounded out the top three in the event.

Then, Kenneth’s older brother Nick and Christian Kinnon pushed each other to finishing first and second in the 100 Breaststroke.  Kinnon won the event with a time of 1:11.15, while Antonucci finished in 1:12.

The Eagles compete next on Monday, January 16, at 4:00 pm, against a strong Reading High School team.

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