Swim and dive team relies on depth to get past Masconomet

The Marblehead boys and girls swim and dive team splash the water in preparation of their meet against Masconomet. Photo by Sophia Weiner

Marblehead’s swim and dive team beat out a Masconomet team on Thursday that was more competitive than head coach Susan Guertin expected. The Magicians beat out the Chieftains by a score of 103-89. Both teams were tied at one point during the meet, but Marblehead prevailed and Guertin said the close meet will help Marblehead down the stretch. 

“Masco gave Marblehead a terrific meet and set us up for the remainder of the season knowing that the team has to work hard to win and also getting their best time going into Conference Meet and post-season,” said Guertin in an email after the meet.

Below is a rundown of how individuals performed in the meet.

200 Yd Medley Relay

The squad of Jack Grady, Gary Podstrelov, Greg Podstrelov, and Logan Doody finished in second with a total time of 1:49.61, qualifying them for States.

The girls team consisting of Clementine Robins, Song Watekus, Finn Bergquist, and Anna Coleman came in third with a time of 2:00.37, also qualifying them for States.

200 Yd Freestyle

Cole Brooks was first in the event, swimming a time of 1:48.72, which was good enough to make the State cut. Cale Nelson swam a time of 2:00.86 and came in third. Sophia Weiner was fourth with a time of 2:07.85, qualifying her for Sectionals.

200 IM

Will Cerrutti finished first and finished with an impressive time of 2:15.26. Following him was Brady Leveroni with a time of 2:16.90. Both times were the swimmers’ fastest of the season. 

50 Free

Logan Doody earned first place honors, swimming a state-qualifying time of 23.10. Owen Torstenson (25.53) was third and swam his best time. Anna Coleman was fifth overall for the girls with a time of 27.69.

Diving

Jack Grady took fourth overall for the boys, earning a total of 181.05 Points. Cait Mullins was fifth for the girls and earned her best score of the season with 140.40 points.

100 Yd Butterfly

Cole Brooks gave Marblehead another first place finish with a time of 54.67, qualifying him for States. Coming in second was Gary Podstrelov with a 58.99, his best time of the season. Finn Bergquist was fourth, swimming a sectional-qualifying time of 1:06.04. 

100 Yd Freestyle

Bella Takata (58.49) qualified for Sectionals and finished third, while Sophia Weiner (59.70) placed fourth. Anna Coleman rounded out Marblehead’s finishers with a time of 1:01.47.

500 Yd Freestyle

Clementine Robins finished runner-up with a time of 5:14.25 in the long distance event and qualified for States. Brinleigh Callahan (3rd, 5:45.42) and Finn Bergquist (5th, 5:46.56) both qualified for Sectionals.

200 Yd Freestyle Relay

Cale Nelson, Nate Rosen, Owen Torstenson, Cole Brooks earned first in the relay, swimming a total time of 1:37.99, qualifying them for States. Song Waitekus, Finn Bergquist, Bella Takata, Sophia Weiner placed third for the girls, swimming a time of 1:50.07 that was good enough to make the Sectional Cut.

100 Backstroke

Jack Grady swam to a first place finish with a time of 57.73 and made the State cut. Loogan Doody, who placed second, also made the State cut with a time of 57.78. Cale Nelson was fourth, finishing with a time of 1:01.33.

100 Yd Breaststroke

Greg Podstrelov was the first swimmer to cross the finish line with a 1:10.00. Nate Rosen was right behind him with a 1:11.02. Song Watekus was third, swimming a 1:14.40, which was good enough to meet the State cut.

400 Yd Freestyle Relay

In the final relay, Logan Doody, Jack Grady, Cale Nelson, Cole Brooks  again made the state cut with a time of 3:38.19. Coming in second was the girls team of Anna Coleman, Bella Takata, Sophia Weiner, Clementine Robins, who collectively swam a time of 3:57.00, and made the State cut.

On Tuesday, the team had another close finish, this time against the Panthers of Beverly. Marblehead was given another good fight, but they ultimately pulled it out again, winning by a slim margin of 84-78. Next on the slate for Marblehead is a Jan. 17 matchup against Gloucester. The meet will start at 7:15 at the Cape Ann YMCA.

  • Ryan Vermette is the Item's Marblehead reporter. He graduated from Springfield College in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Sports Journalism. While in school, he wrote multiple sports articles for the school newspaper, the Springfield Student, and joined Essex Media Group in August, 2022. Ryan is a college basketball fanatic and an avid Boston sports fan and in his free time, enjoys video games and Marvel movies.