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By Coach Jeffrey Bartlett
Clipper XC Relays
The Swampscott Cross-Country teams attended the Clipper Relays on Saturday, September 8th at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Each relay team consists of three runners who each race two miles over a cross-country course. There were a total of 23 Big Blue relay teams in the relays: 9 for the boys, and 14 for the girls.
The top Swampscott boys team consisted of Matt Mahoney (10:10), Sam Crimmins (10:52), and Peter Hale (10:06) who placed 5th out of 218 teams with a time of 31:08, which also placed them as the first team from the Northeast Conference. The two fastest splits of the day for the Big Blue were from Mahoney and Hale. Sophomore Sam Carmosino showed significant improvement from last year, and newcomer Alex Ballezza also had a strong showing for the team.
The top Swampscott girls team consisted of Emma Walsh (14:02), Alison Carr (13:59), and Sarah Kelley (14:18), who placed 38th out of 162 teams. Alyssa Mauriello and Isabella Kornitsky had the fastest Swampscott times of the day (13:50). Abigail O'Connor and Miranda Nocera also stepped up to run varsity level times.
Dual Meet vs. Revere
The Big Blue headed down to Revere to race the Patriots in a dual meet on Tuesday, September 11th. Both teams emerged with victories to start their seasons over the 2.89 mile race course. The boys started things off, slipping by Revere with a score of 26-29. The Big Blue were led by Peter Hale and Matt Mahoney (1st and 2nd, 16:17) in front and Sam Crimmins (16:44) in 4th place. Robert McLaughlin (9th, 18:17), Alex Ballezza (10th, 18:24), Marco Scibelli (12th, 18:39), and John King (14th, 18:17) rounded out the top seven Swampscott finishers. The race was a great opportunity for newer runners to gain valuable experience racing cross-country, and the boys now stand with a 1-0 record.
The Big Blue girls packed it up, worked together, and cruised to victory against Revere, 20-49. Working together as a pack, the Big Blue had five of the top six finishers in Isabella Kornitsky (2nd, 21:42), Alison Carr (3rd, 21:43), Alyssa Mauriello (4th, 21:43), Emma Walsh (5th, 21:44), and Sarah Kelley (6th, 21:44). Rounding out the top seven were Abigail O'Connor (8th, 22:39) and Michelle LaConte (9th, 22:41). Close behind were two first year runners in Miranda Nocera and Olivia O'Keefe, making four out of the top eight for the Big Blue first or second year students.
The Big Blue return to action Wednesday, September 19th at Bradley Palmer State Park for a tri-meet against Danvers and Winthrop (4PM).
After winning their first match of the year last week, this week the Blue golfers lost to Danvers 25 1/2 to 46 1/2, said Coach Linda Portnoy.
The team had only one tie from Max Cohen and one win from Anthony Springthorpe.
After winning its first game against Revere last week, 6-0, the Blue field hockey team lost to perennial power Beverly 3-0 on Monday.
Coach Toby Channen said the team played great but just couldn't score.
Lisa Vu, Angela Videtta and Tessa Beane put in strong performances on defense. Katie Samiljan had 21 saves in goal and Nora Walker had 5 saves as Sweep.
Francesco Recchia team played to a 1-1 tie vs St. Mary's this week in their season opener.
The coach said he has a strong team this year. They play next against Marblehead, away, on Thursday at 3:45.