LHS Girl Swimmers Drive to Wins, Boys Snag a Split

The Londonderry High girls’ swim team swept both opponents it faced – including the rival Pinkerton Academy Lady Astros – but the LHS boy swimmers had to be happy with a split when the locals took part in three-team meets at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The Lady Lancers overpowered the Campbell High Lady Cougars of Litchfield (137-7) but downed host Pinkerton in more modest fashion (92-78) in the Ball Family Trophy meeting between the local schools.

The LHS guys also trounced Campbell (93-31) but took a resounding loss (121-48) on the chin from the undefeated Pinkerton males.

Both Londonderry contingents drew praise from Pinkerton head coach Ed Faszewski for their efforts that day.

“Londonderry came ready to swim and were well prepared to win some close races to help put the girls over the top in their meet,” he said. “Depth is an area that we continue to work on in these dual meets and have had some first-time swimmers try some new events. (LHS) coach (Chrys) Ewen always has her athletes motivated to swim us tough, and that was apparent tonight.”


The Lady Lancers won four events, but the depth that enabled them to take seconds, thirds, fourths, and beyond was important in the defeat of Pinkerton on this evening.

Wins came from Anna Gruchot in the 200-meter individual medley (time of 2 minutes, 44.23 seconds), Emily Buttafuoco in the 100-meter freestyle (1:04.28), Maeve McPhail in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:31.17), and the 200-meter free relay quartet of Gruchot, Buttafuoco, Brittaney Brown, and Kayla Lovey (2:05.42).


The Lancer guys’ lone event win was delivered by the talented 200-meter freestyle relay crew of Mike Weisse, Nick Byrne, Matt Bompastore, and Kyle MacKenzie, which snagged first in a time of 1:53.42. But the locals scored plenty elsewhere.

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