Portsmouth swimmer takes first at states

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PORTSMOUTH — After finishing up the season 3-3 for the boys and 3-5 for the girls, Portsmouth High School’s Division II swim teams rounded out their seasons at the R.I. State Championship meet Saturday, with the boys placing among the top 10 teams in several events.

Sophomore Ben Steen brought the team’s only gold medal back to Portsmouth, finishing with the fastest time in the state in the 200-yard individual medley race. He also claimed the 13th fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly. In that same event, Andrew Holmes finished two laps of the distance, but was disqualified on the third lap when a judge ruled that only one of his hands touched the wall on the turn.

Steen also contributed to the 200-yard medley relay team with Vincent Downs-Honey, Connor Wray and Tim Goulart, which took a sixth-place finish.

“I knew I could beat most of them,” Steen said after winning the 200-yard individual medley. “Tim (DeCoste) was right next to me the entire time.”

During the swim, Steen said that he could see that the race was coming down to him and the Smithfield swimmer. “The best races I’ve ever had is when there’s someone challenging me,” Steen said.

Steen touched the wall in a time of 2:03.13, with Smithfield’s DeCoste less that a stroke away at 2:03.45.

Portsmouth swimmers also finished in seventh place in three events: Downs-Honey in the 100-yard backstroke; Wray in the 100-yard breaststroke; and the team of Downs-Honey, Holmes, Eamon McKenney, and Ben Steen in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

For the girls’ team, Portsmouth claimed the 15th fastest time in four events.

Boys’ results

200 yard medley relay - 6 Portsmouth 1:46.65 - Vincent Downs-Honey, Connor Wray, Ben Steen, Tim Goulart

200 yard IM - 1 Ben Steen 2:03.13

50 yard freestyle - 16 Vincent Downs-Honey, 24.35; 18 Eamon McKenney 24.49; 33 Tim Goulart 25.57

100 yard butterfly - 13 Ben Steen 1:00.21; (Andrew Holmes DQ on 3rd lap for one hand touch)

100 yard freestyle - 42 Tim Goulart 1:00.80

500 yard freestyle - 18 Eamon McKenney 5:36.14; 21 Andrew Holmes 5:44.58

200 yard freestyle relay - 12 1:43.41 Eamon McKenney, Noah Lafleur, Tim Goulart, Connor Wray

100 yard backstroke - 7 Vincent Downs-Honey 57.85

100 yard breaststroke - 7 Connor Wray 1:06.59

400 yard freestyle relay - 7 3:37.22 Vincent Downs-Honey, Andrew Holmes, Eamon McKenney, Ben Steen

Girls’ results

200 yard medley relay - 15 2:13.05 - Katheryn Satck, Ryan Pitt, Megan Steen, Abigail

100 yard freestyle - 15 Megan Steen 1:00.38

500 yard freestyle - 30 Maura Goss 6:28.28

200 yard freestyle relay - 15 2:01.10 - Julia Madden, Bridget Madden, Ryan Pitt, Abigail McDonald

100 yard backstroke - 18 Megan Steen 1:07.23

400 yard freestyle relay - 15 4:21.79 Katheryn Satck, Maura Goss, Abigail McDonald, Megan Steen

PHS swim team

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