Sharon Swimmers Edge Tigers

Eagles win both meets after final relay.

The Sharon High School boys and girls swimming teams swept Oliver Ames on Friday -- meets which both hinged on the final relay, Eagles head coach Jennifer Iverson said.

Sharon won the girls meet, 99-89, and the boys meet, 85-84.

The Eagles led the girls meet by six points, and the boys trailed by a point, entering the final relay, Iverson said.

For the Sharon girls, the 200 medley team of senior Tana Bao, junior Carly Krause, freshman Liza Krause and sophomore Alex Arnoff finished in a state-qualifying 2:02.92 -- nearly three seconds better than its prior best, Iverson said.

"We've now qualified all three relays for states, which is exciting since last year we didn't have any girls go to states," she said.

Bao also qualified for the states Friday in the 200 free (2:09.94) and the 100 back (1:05.67).

Carly Krause won the 50 free with a personal best time of 28.87 and another best time of 1:22.85 in the 100 breast, Iverson said.

Sophomore Julia Cox and junior Elise Commons qualified for the sectionals as part of the 200 free relay, which won in 1:54.70. Cox was also on the 400 free relay, which won in 4:09.96, qualifying for the states.

Iverson said Sharon also got strong swims from: junior Christine LaHive, who won the 100 free (1:03.71); Liza Krause and juniors Laura Hertz and Isabelle Leo, personal bests in the 100 fly; freshman Lena Huh, a personal best in the 500 (7:17.42); Hertz, third in the 100 fly with a personal best 1:14.51; and divers Ariella Serota placed third, and Sofia VanFedak and Manasa Roman each placed fifth. Serota and VanFedak are freshmen, and Roman is a sophomore.

For the boys, the 400 free relay of junior co-captain Nickie Cheung, junior Dan Griffin, junior co-captain Will Sweet and sophomore Eoghan Daly finished in 3:43.49, "a huge win for us, getting the eight points we needed to win the meet," Iverson said.

Cheung also won two events: the 200 free (2:02.02) and the 100 back (1:02.01).

Sharon's other two relay teams swam well too. The 200 free relay of Sweet, Griffin, Cheung and Daly won with a time of 1:40.11. And the 200 medley relay of Daly, junior Rahul Polu, freshman Jack Fegenbaum and junior Dan Aspenwall out-touched OA with a time of 1:57.82.

Fegenbaum recorded personal bests in the 200 individual medley (2:34.75) and the 100 fly (1:08.31).

"His second-place finish behind Eoghan Daly was a great race and a huge one-two finish for us," Iverson said.

Meanwhile, Aspenwall finished the 50 in a tie, and won the 100 free in a personal best 7.86.

Griffin (5:52.20) and Polu (7:01.32) took first and third, respectively, in the 500. And Sweet won the 100 breast (1:10.82).

Both Sharon teams are 4-2. They travel to Stoughton at 4:30 p.m. Monday.



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