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NHS Swim & Dive Perform well at Middleboro Invitational, set 3 more school records

The Norton High School Swimming & Diving team competed Thursday and Friday at the annual Middleboro Invitational, held at Burkland Pool against teams from several other schools.  The Lancer swimmers set three new school records, swam and dove 24 personal bests, and had three swimmers achieve the team's special Golden Goggles award.

Seniors Meghan Burgess, Joanna Kennedy, and Madie Thomson all earned Golden Goggle honors today.  Each of the ladies have swam all of the 8 individual high school swimming events throughout their careers to achieve the distinction.

The team had two boys better the the 200 freestyle record today.  Junior Eric Sanford achieved a 2:13.66 and freshman Quinn McAlear finished second overall at the meet with a time of 2:07.61.  They were in the same heat, so McAlear is officially the new record holder, beating teammate Alex Belinsky's former record of 2:13.69.

The boys 400 free relay of sophomore Brad Driscoll, Sanford, junior Alex Belinsky, and McAlear bettered the team record set earlier this year, breaking the important 4-minute barrier, setting the new standard of 3:59.90, with a huge anchor leg of 54.03 by McAlear.  Freshman Brandon Blair had teamed with the latter three earlier in the season to set the previous record of 4:01.91.

The girls team of senior Cassidy McDonald, freshman Renee Sanford, Thomson, and freshman Allison Hunt also broke the school record in the 400 free relay, with a time of 4:27.66.  They bettered the mark set earlier this month by sophomore Jen Berard, Thomson, freshman Amanda Moriarty, and Hunt, of 4:27.97.  The record prior to this season was set in 2012 by McDonald, H. Lee, Thomson, and Olivia Karcis at a time of 4:31.59.

In the diving competition, Jared Terwilliger posted a lifetime best score of 180.08.  If he posts another score over 173, he will qualify for Sectionals.  Eliot Ariola and Corina Jurcyzk also dove well in the competition for NHS, each adding qualifying dives to their repertoire.

The meet did not have team scoring, but gave the swimmers and divers an opportunity to compete in a championship-style event.  NHS next competes on Sunday, January 5, when they host conference foe Medfield at Wheaton College.  The team is currently collecting pledges for their annual Splash-a-Thon, which will take place on New Year's Eve.

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