CCHS swimmers win first title

February 23, 2023

The Concord-Carlisle High School girls swimming and diving team did not have the best dual meet season, losing five meets..

In the Dual County League meet, the Patriots placed fourth.

When it came time to compete for the MIAA North sectional title, however, C-C put it all together.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, C-C won the first North title in the program’s history, placing first at the Sterling YMCA in Beverly.

“We had a rough dual meet season,” said C-C coach Matt Goldberg. “We had some kids who were sick and we were missing 18 kids for some meets.”

Last year, C-C placed second in the North sectional meet and the Division 1 state meet behind DCL rival Westford Academy.

C-C totaled 297 points, edging out Lincoln-Sudbury, one of the teams that beat the Patriots in dual meet competition. The Warriors finished with 290 on Saturday.

Heading into the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Patriots held on to a slim lead over L-S. 

C-C needed to place at least fifth to hold on to first place in the overall standings and was seeded fourth. L-S ended up winning the event in 3 minutes, 41.73 seconds. C-C’s quartet of Beatrice Turrettini, Lilly Soilis, Tess Ward and Arden Trudeau claimed second in 3:46.34, securing the overall title.

C-C passed L-S in the team standings after the 500 freestyle, when Turrettini placed second in 5:38.92; Lindsay Mingolia was third (5:31.64) and Chloe Reynolds was eighth (5:4078).

The next event, the 200 freestyle relay, was one of two in which C-C placed first. Turrettini, Reese Phillips, Ward and Trudeau finished in 1:42.10.

Diver Maisie O’Donnell placed first with 435.80 points.

“It was our depth,” Goldberg said. “We had so many kids swim their fastest and place higher than their seeds.”

In the 200 medley relay, Soilis, Ainsley Haut, Mingolia and Phillips placed seventh in 1:55.52.

Soilis and Turretini placed fourth and fifth in the 200 freestyle (2:02.53 and 2:02.95). Sarah Nadzo was seventh in 2:03.25.Haut claimed 12th in the 200 individual medley (2:23.46).

Haut claimed 12th in the 200 individual medley (2:23.46).

Ward swam 26.03 to finish 11th in the 50 freestyle.

Phillips and Mingolia placed sixth and 13th in the 100 butterfly in 1:00.63 and 1:03.92.

Trudeau placed fifth in the 100 freestyle (56.05).

In the 100 backstroke, Soilis placed fifth (1:01.61) and Trudeau was seventh (1:01.96).

Haut and Phillips were seventh and eighth jn the 100 breaststroke (1:11.44 and 1:12.10).

On Saturday, Feb. 18, C-C will compete for the Division 1 state title at MIT. 

“L-S will be tough again,” Goldberg said. “Westford Academy and Newton South will also be good. Franklin won the South and we’ll see what their times are. We have some very tough competition within our league and you see that in these meets.”