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LOWELL -- Executive Swim Club athletes recently competed in season-ending championship meets.
Qualified swimmers competed in the New England Senior Championships, July 12-15 at Brown University.
Area swimmers represented were: Matthew Crane of Groton (three events), Amy Jiang of Westford (three events), Michael Shusta of Groton (three events), Cam Watelet of Groton (100-meter butterfly, 1:03.06), Katie Witkop (personal bests of 100-meter butterfly, 1:08.41, and 100 breaststroke, 1:21.33), Alex Tjie (three events) and Mattea Dumdey, who competed in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and the 200 breaststroke.
Tess White was the New England Swimming Scholarship winner, competing in four events.
Also swimming in the top eight of A finals was Matthew Lashua (200 freestyle, 1:58.04, 400 individual medley, 4:43.01, and 200 butterfly, 2:12.47); Alex Bedard (seventh in the 100 breaststroke, 1:07.48); and Mark Zoda (seventh in the 50 freestyle, 24.49).
Aidan Daudier was also a finalist in the 200 backstroke (2:13.00) and 400 IM (4:48.53), as was Grace Walker (400 IM, 5:10.34; 50 freestyle, 27.68), Emma Schulman (100 butterfly, 1:05.04; 200 butterfly, 2:30.40; and 400 freestyle, 4:35.29), and Matthew Rantala (100 freestyle, 55.08, and bests of 25.19 in 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly in 59.77).
Also qualifying and competing were Colin Allen (personal bests of 2:03.16 in 200 freestyle and 56.04 in 100 freestyle), Jack Brazer (100 breaststroke, 1:13.05), Lauren Brennan (200 breaststroke, 2:57.98) and Kyra Chen (qualified in six events).
The Executive finished in the top five as a team with Allegra Walker winning the 200 breaststroke (2:37.76) and Lindsey Wagner winning the 100 backstroke (1:03.99). The pair combined with Emma Schulman and Grace Walker to win the 400 medley relay in 4:22.95 and set a new New England record.
Allegra Walker was also top 10 in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.64) and 400 IM (5:09.74).
Wagner was second in the 50 freestyle (26.74) and third in the 100 freestyle (58.42). Also competing was Jack Januario, who scored 81 points in seven events, highlighted by his 800 freestyle (8:32.29) which qualifies him for Junior Nationals. He also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:57.71), and sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:10.18) and 1,500 freestyle (16:33.31).
The following weekend, swimmers ages 11-14 competed in the New England Age Group Championships at Harvard University.
Connor Quirbach, 14, of Lowell swam 26.72 in the 50 freestyle and 1:00.30 in the 100 freestyle. Gavin Duhamel, 14, of Groton swam 27.36 in the 50 freestyle and 1:02.66 in the 100 freestyle.
Evan Allen, 12, competed in nine individual events, including top eight finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:11.67) and 100 backstroke (1:15.44). Kylie Donoghue, 12, was also a top eight finalist in the 100 breaststroke (1:24.64) and 200 breaststroke (5th, 3:02.03).
Also scoring points were Amy Jiang, 14, of Westford (100 backstroke) and Mia Januario (1,500 freestyle, 19:43.35). Also competing were Morgan Daudier, 12, (50 and 100 backstroke, 50 butterfly), and Kendall Reynolds and Meredith Lubelczyk.
Executive was represented by 11 swimmers at the USA Swimming Futures Championships, Aug. 2-6 in Richmond, Va.
The girls 400 medley relay (Wagner, A. Walker, Schulman, G. Walker) was the top finisher with a Junior National qualifying time of 4:21.62. Also swimming were Januario, Lashua, Daudier, Brazer, Crane, Allen and Mario Rodriguez Santana.
The team, gearing up for the short course season in September, trains at the UMass Lowell Costello Athletics Center and the Executive Health and Sports Center in Manchester, N.H.