The Barrington High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams recently put up impressive results at the state’s Division I Championship Meet held on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Head coach Sandy Gorham had no shortage of praise the teams, each of which finished third in their respective class.
“All the kids swam fast. It was very exciting,” Gorham said.
“There was a lot of enthusiasm for the meet. It was really good.”
The team’s collective showings were highlighted by numerous noteworthy individual performances, including quite a few underclassmen who represent a bright future for the high school swim program.
Freshman Grace Bellamy shaved four seconds off her time in the 200 individual medley to finish second. She later won the 100 meter breast stroke.
Sophomore Emma Gurchiek, meanwhile, finished third in both the 200 and 100 freestyles.
The girls’ squad also picked up a third place finished in the 400 relay with a group that included Gurchiek and three freshmen – Libby Ryan, Haley Ryan and Alicia Vesey.
On the boys’ side, freshman Jack Fortin continued the youth movement. He won the 100 meter breast stroke ahead of teammate Luis Gozalo, a junior.
Senior Zachary Herchen notched another Barrington win in the 200 individual medley followed by senior Andres Solanot in second.
Gozalo, Fortin, Herchen and Zeke DeWitt, a junior, teamed up to finished second in the 200 relay.
Both teams are to compete in the state meet this weekend at Brown University. The girls swim Saturday followed by the boys on Sunday.
Gorham said that while he doesn’t know if either team could capture a state title, he has high expectations for both groups and expects a few individual swimmers could win their respective events.
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