Warrior swim celebrates record-setting year at banquet

Dec 10, 2019 by

Published in the December 10, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The Wakefield Memorial High School girls’ swim team celebrated another terrific season at their annual banquet. Wakefield finished the regular season with a 6-3 record and saved their best for the postseason as they had record-setting performances in the Middlesex League Meet, the Division 2 North Sectionals and the Div. 2 State meet.

The Warriors got 3rd at the league meet at Bentley University, the best finish in head coach Kathy Byrne’s 26 years at the helm. Only Lexington and Reading finished with better times.

Hannah Guay was the league champion in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:17.79. She also took 2nd in the 500 freestyle and teamed up with Katie Patt, Emily Chan and Abby Federici to get 2nd in the 200 medley relay.

Patt was the league champion in the 100 backstroke and took 3rd in the 100 butterfly.

Patt, Guay, Federici and Laura Sweeney got 2nd in the 200 freestyle relay.

At Sectionals on Nov. 10 at Boston University the Warriors finished 9th in the north. Wakefield set five new program records at this meet alone.

The 200 medley relay of Guay, Chan, Patt and Sweeney broke the record with a time of 1:55.15.

The second relay team to break a record was Federici, Sweeney, Guay and Patt in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:49.23.

Sweeney broke the longest-standing school record, the 50 free set in 1999.

Patt set a new record in the 100 butterfly with a 1:00.23 and Guay set a record in the 200 IM with a 2:12.91.

After that performance, Wakefield also set a new record for number of All-Stars selected.

Patt, Guay, Toppi, Federici and Lane made the team as well as the 200 medley relay team of Guay, Patt, Chan and Sweeney. Patt and Guay were named to the All-Conference team in backstroke and 200 IM respectively.

At states, Wakefield finished 6th in Div. 2 out of 20 teams. They scored 155 points and out-swam league foes Winchester, Belmont, Woburn, Burlington, Melrose and Stoneham. The Warriors sent a team of eight to MIT.

Guay set a new school record at states, breaking her own time in the 200 IM, getting 3rd overall in 2:52.52.

At the banquet, Wakefield celebrated their All-Stars and thanked their seniors, Federici, Lilly DeFeo, Taylor Owen, Kyra Hoffman, Nora Scanlon, Natalia Frate, Donella Nardone and Bella Barrett for their dedication to the program.

The Warriors also presented team awards to DeFeo (Team Spirit), Alyssa Toppi (Unsung Hero), Lane (Most Improved), Patt (Coaches Award) and Guay (MVP). The Warriors also congratulated new record holders Chan, Sweeney, Federici, Patt and Guay.

Captains Federici and Scanlon then passed the torch to next year’s captains: Guay and Sam Colliton.

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