The Cranston East swim teams put on a show at the Division II Championships last week at Roger Williams, as the boys took first place and the girls second.
The boys placed first with 360 points, beating second-place North Providence by 20 points. The girls came up one point short against the eventual winner North Providence.
“We swam really good, we swam great. For the girls, that was pretty unexpected. We only had nine kids that could score, we kind of felt like we needed one more body all year, but the girls were phenomenal. They were disappointed, obviously, but they swam great,” said East coach Bob Bouchard.
Bouchard was especially proud of his veteran leaders for stepping up on the big stage.
Aidan Carpenter swam really well and should be competing at states, Bradley Procaccini also did very well and will be in that same position. Those guys should be able to make the top-8,” said Bouchard. “Eden Fisher swam well in the 200 and the 100. We were anchored most of the year by her and Aislinn Baxter. Millie Wignall was also a great addition for us, we wouldn’t have been here without her, as well as the freshmen and sophomores that have stepped up. Without all of them we wouldn’t have been in this position.”
East will now shift its focus toward this weekend’s upcoming state championships at Brown University. Bouchard and company hope to place high, and potentially break a handful of school records. Win or lose at states, the Bolts were excited to once again hoist some hardware at divisions.
“They worked hard all year, we were focused on this meet all year. We came up short against Portsmouth earlier in the year but didn’t have one of our top guys, so that put a chip on their shoulder,” said Bouchard. “They really wanted to do something special at the division meet, they had it penciled on the calendar all year. This was our state meet.”
Here is a look at some of the results from the division championships: BOYS
Carpenter took first place in the 50 free and 100 free for East. East’s relay team of Procaccini, Carpenter, Tyler Kahabev and Ivan Abreu won the 200 free. Alfred Su later won the backstroke.
East’s relay team of Su, Procaccini, Carpenter and Oscar Quester finished second in the 200 medley, while Procaccini took second in the 100 butterfly.
Kahabev took third in the 200 free as well as the 100 free while Procaccini took third in the 50 free.
Patrick Maguire finished fourth in the 200 IM, while Su, Abreu, Kahabev and Carlos Ramirez took fourth in the 400 free. Quester later placed fifth in the 200 IM, while Su took fifth in the butterfly and Maguire fifth in the backstroke.
David Marcello won the 100 breaststroke for West and finished second in the 200 IM, while Gavin Kiernan took second in the butterfly.
West’s relay team of Zachary Vanderhoff, Kiernan, Marcello and Logan D’Arezzo placed third in the 400 free, while Kiernan placed fourth in the 200 free and D’Arezzo took fourth in the 500 free.
D’Arezzo took fifth in the 200 free for West, while teammate Vanderhoff took fifth in the 100 free. West’s relay team of Alexander Phok, Ethan Wu, Edison Wu and D’Arezzo finished fifth in the 200 free. GIRLS
Fisher won the 100 free, while East’s relay team of Nathalie Benitez, Ruby Houle, Fisher and Lily Maguire won the 200 free.
Baxter placed second in the 50 free while Maguire took second in the backstroke.
Fisher took third in the 200 free, while Maguire placed third in the IM and Benitez third in the 500 free. East’s relay team of Fisher, Maguire, Baxter and Benitez placed third in the 400 free.
East’s relay team of Benitez, Enid Corcoran, Baxter and Julia Monsalve placed fourth in the 200 medley, while Ruby Houle took fourth in the 100 free. Benitez also finished fourth in the backstroke.
Baxter went on to take fifth in the butterfly while Wignall took fifth in the 500 free and Corcoran fifth in the breaststroke.
Wignall took fifth in the 200 free, while West’s Serena Leung placed fourth in the 50 free. Leung later took fifth in the 100 free. Here is a look at some other local results from the event: BOYS
Hendricken’s relay team of Ryan McPherson, Grant Dator, Aidan Blanchette and CJ Sheldon won the 200 medley, while Nick Andrews won the 200 free and 500 free.
Sheldon later won the 50 free and 100 free, while Blanchette, Sheldon, John Walden and Nick Andrews won the 200 free relay.
John Walden, Tim Andrews, Nick Andrews and Ryan McPherson placed second in the 400 free relay.
John Walden placed third in the 200 free for the Hawks, while Dator took third in the 200 IM and the breaststroke. Matt Walden later finished third in the 500 free.
Blanchette took fourth in the 50 free as well as fourth in the butterfly, while McPherson placed fourth in the backstroke.
Alex Walsh placed fifth in the 200 free for Hendricken as well as the backstroke, while Tim Andrews took fifth in the 200 IM. Tim Andrews also placed fifth in the butterfly. John Walden took fifth in the 100 free and Kevin Sawyer fifth in the 500 free. GIRLS
Abby Ignagni took second in the butterfly for Toll Gate
Ignagni took third in the 200 IM for Toll Gate while Brooke Maynard took third in the breaststroke.
Oce Lowe later placed fourth in the 500 free for Toll Gate
Madeline Hopkins took fifth in the 200 IM for Pilgrim, while the Pats’ relay team of Kaitlyn Waring, Zoe Whitman, Kaylee Collins and Emma Spolidoro took fifth in the 200 free.
Toll Gate’s relay team of Lowe, Maynard, Ignagni and Lauren Fracassa took fifth in the 200 medley.