Classical diver Sarah Sirois is heading to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. (Item File Photo)

School Roundup: Classical’s Sirois breaks school’s diving record

The Classical swim team fell, 98-78, to Peabody, but it was a Ram who stole the show Thursday night.

Classical diver Sarah Sirois broke the Rams record, scoring 286.60. She surpassed her own previous record of 283.45, which she set exactly a year ago today.

"It was tremendous," said Classical coach Denise Silva. "Sarah is a workhorse. She works so hard, not just for herself, but for her teammates as well."

Carly Mendonca also had a nice night for the Rams, winning the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.56) and 100 backstroke (1:05.51), with both times qualifying for sectionals.

Jacob Lang swam to a personal best in the 200 individual medley (2:21.03), a second-place finish. He also finished second in the 500 freestyle (5:34.42).

Though the Rams drop to 0-5, Silva's seeing improvement.

"It was truly a great meet," she said. "The versatility is coming and we're improving."

The Rams take on rival English Tuesday at Tech.

Peabody's winners included Millie Teague (200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke), Kirsten Currie (200-yard Individual Medley, 500-yard Freestyle), Anthony Minichillo (50-yard Freestyle), and Will Connolly (100-yard Freestyle).

Relay teams that won their event include 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay team of Will Connolly, Max Tkach, Anthony Minichillo, Roman Bukhovko, and the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Lauren MacPhail, Millie Teague, Cana Teague, and Kirsten Currie.

The Tanners host the Danvers Jan. 23 , before which the team will recognize graduating seniors.

English 93, Gloucester 83 

Thanks in large part to two relay wins, the English swim team squeezed out its fourth victory of the season on Thursday. The team of Mary Lawlor, Devin Curley, Peter Phelan and Caroline Zuffante won the 200 medley relay, while the team of Dax Billingsley, Shane Carino, Hannah Trahant and Cole Story won the 200 freestyle relay. Phelan and Abby Geaney took first and third place, respectively, in the 100 butterfly, while Lawlor won the 100 backstroke, Zuffante won the 200 freestyle and Trahant won the diving competition.
The Bulldogs (4-2) are back in action Tuesday against Classical.

Latin Academy 83, St. Mary's 77

St. Mary's didn't come away with a victory but the meet had plenty of highlights. Gabi Marchese won the 200 freestyle in 2:12.12, and came in second in the 100 butterfly in 1:07. Her time in the butterfly qualified her for the sectional tournament.

"Gabi is also very close to making sectionals in the 200 freestyle," Spartans coach Michele Brewster said. "She's about one second off."

Pius Nguyen won the 50 free with a time of 27.88, a personal best. Sixth-grader Kyle Kwiatek won the 100 backstroke in 1:20.35. Dami Rodriguez finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:37.63.

The Spartans are back at it Saturday against Williams.

Marblehead 98, Beverly 87

The Magicians won their fifth straight meet. Marblehead had one double-winner in Brian Coleman, who won both the 50 freestyle (23.18) and the 100 freestyle (51.60). Other winners were Meagan Hathaway in the 200 individual medley (2:13.14), Amanda Wager in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.95) and Theo Chemel in the 100 backstroke (1:02.71). The relay team of Chemel, Coleman, Hathaway and Wager took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:52.04.


St. Mary's 68, Cardinal Spellman 64

Behind 29 points from Jalen Echevarria, the Spartans defeated CCL foe Spellman. Joey Abate-Walsh added 21 points, while Stephen Fama logged a triple-double with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

St. Mary's led by 16 entering the fourth quarter, but Spellman made it close as the game wound down. A big 3-pointer from Echevarria and clutch free throws from Abate-Walsh in the final 30 seconds, helped the Spartans hold on.

"Those first three quarters were probably the best we've played all year to this point," said St. Mary's coach Dave Brown. "That's a tough place to play, and they made it close at the end, but we were able to buckle down and get the win."

The Spartans host Mt. Pleasant Saturday.

Salem Academy 48, Pioneer Charter II 45

Joe Daoud led the way for the Navigators with 16 points, while Ali Kachmer had 15 points and seven rebounds. Qasin El-Ashkar added six points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Salem Academy (6-3) will host Pioneer on Tuesday.


Pioneer Charter II 43, Salem Academy 23

Salem Academy got six points from Hannah Magee in the loss, while Erin Keenan had four points and 10 rebounds.

The Navigators (3-6) host Pioneer Tuesday.


Classical 50, Salem 36

The Rams improved to 4-1. Winners for Classical included Adam Washington in the high jump (five feet, nine inches), Chase Buono in the shot put (39 feet, three inches), Samson Srey in the 50 yard hurdle (7.5 seconds), Nashaun Butler in the 50 yard dash (5.7 seconds), Dajon Wilson in the 300 meters (39.7 seconds), Ivan Melera in the 1000 meters (3:20.3) and Kevin Durant in the one mile run (5:06.4).


Classical 74, Salem 3

The Rams bumped their record to 4-1. Winners for Classical were Jayla Blevins in the high jump (four feet, eight inches), Gisela Casillas in the shot put (26 feet), Maysie Jean-Louis in the 50 yard hurdle (8.2 seconds), Glendryth Martinez in the 50 yard dash (6.5 seconds), Rhode Alcindor in the 300 meters (48.1 seconds), Pamela Diaz-Valerio in the 600 meters (2:01.6), Kelly Biv in the 1000 meters (4:00.2), Kenia Mejia in the one mile run (6:53.4) and Miriam Bamaca in the two miles (14:36.9).

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