Mystic Valley Swimmers Defeat Nashua North To Open 2012-2013 Season
The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s swimmers kicked off the 2012-2013 season by defeating Nashua High School North (NH) 101-67 at the Bayrd Natatorium in Malden. The Eagles have now won back-to-back meets against Nashua North, one of the perennial contenders in New Hampshire’s State Championship Meet and a school with more students in grades 9-12 than the entire K-12 program at Mystic Valley. The results demonstrate that this year’s young Mystic Valley team (only two seniors and two juniors) is ready to compete at an extremely high level.
Mystic Valley’s advantage in depth was apparent from the start of the meet, as the Eagles placed first and third in the 200 Medley Relay, jumping out to an early lead that they never relinquished. The Medley Relay team of Christian Kinnon (freshman), Ryan Kinnon (8th grade), Michael Leung (8th grade), and Kenneth Antonucci (freshman) led the charge, winning the event and earning eight points for Mystic Valley. With their time of 1:54.34, this team qualified to swim the Medley Relay at Sectionals. Bridgett Tully (freshman), Ava Asai-Sarris (sophomore), Colleen McGlynn (freshman), and Caroline Williams (freshman) earned an important two points by edging Nashua for third place.
The Eagles’ relay teams took two of the top three spots in both the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relay events. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, Christian Kinnon, Damir Durakovic (freshman), Nick Antonucci (sophomore), and Robby DeSantis (senior) placed second with a time of 1:39.72. Their teammates Ben Lieu (junior), Kenneth Antonucci, Maaya Alagappan (junior), and Leung finished right behind them with a 1:49.74.
In the 400 Freestyle Relay, the team of DeSantis, Alagappan, Durakovic, and Nick Antonucci earned first place. Elizabeth Callahan (freshman), Caroline Williams, Emily Williams (junior), and Lieu placed second. Overall, the Eagles outscored the Titans by a score of 28-14 on relay events.
Mystic Valley swimmers also turned in a number of strong individual performances. Caroline Williams turned in an impressive early-season time 27.53 in the 50 Freestyle, qualifying to swim the event at Sectionals.
The 1-0 Eagles host Shawsheen on Wednesday and will travel to Greater Lawrence Tech on Friday.
Meet Results and Top Finishes
Event First Place Second Place Third Place
200 Medley Relay Christian Kinnon Nashua Bridgett Tully
Ryan Kinnon Ava Asai-Sarris
Michael Leung Colleen McGlynn
Kenneth Antonucci Caroline Williams
200 Freestyle Nashua Damir Durakovic Nashua
200 IM Christian Kinnon Michael Leung Nashua
50 Freestyle Nashua Robby DeSantis Kenneth Antonucci
100 Butterfly Nashua Michael Leung Caroline Williams
100 Freestyle Nick Antonucci Kenneth Antonucci Nashua
500 Freestyle Nashua Robby DeSantis Nashua
200 Freestyle Relay Nashua Christian Kinnon Ben Lieu
Damir Durakovic Kenneth Antonucci
Nick Antonucci Maaya Alagappan
Robby DeSantis Michael Leung
100 Backstroke Christian Kinnon Nashua Ben Lieu
100 Breaststroke Nashua Nick Antonucci Ryan Kinnon
400 Freestyle Relay Robby DeSantis Elizabeth Callahan Nashua
Maaya Alagappan Caroline Williams
Damir Durakovic Emily Williams
Nick Antonucci Ben Lieu