The news and results were pretty much all quite good for the Londonderry High girls’ swim team in a home meet – which included the arch-rival Pinkerton Lady Astros – late last week. But the LHS males had to be satisfied with a split in their competition on the evening of Friday, Jan. 16.
LHS veteran coach Chrys Ewen saw her Lady Lancers swim past all comers in the meet, besting Pinkerton by a 95-75 tally, Somersworth by an overwhelming 139-5 margin, and Dover by a slim 88-82 count.
On the boys’ side of the ledger, Ewen’s Lancer males were defeated by the visiting Pinkerton Astros handily (110-60), but they salvaged a win by defeating the Dover High Green Wave (91-76) to go 1-1 overall on the evening.
The Lady Lancers’ victory over the visiting Lady Astros handed Londonderry High a point in the winter Ball Family Trophy games, but Pinkerton got that point back by winning the boys’ swimming competition over the Lancer guys.
The LHS girls’ successful effort was paced by individual event winners Emily Buttafuoco and Brianna Nowicki, who won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke respectively.
Buttafuoco took the 50 free in a time of 26.71 seconds, and Nowicki came out tops in the 100-yard breaststroke with an unmatchable time of 1 minute, 17.64 seconds.
The Londonderry ladies also snagged a bunch of second places, thanks to the work of their 200 medley relay and 200 free relay quartets, along with the fine efforts of Allison Martin in the 100-yard butterfly and Buttafuoco in the 100 free.
The Lancer guys had their most noteworthy individual event success in the 100-yard freestyle, which was won by Matt Monahan (53.52), with his teammate Mike Weisse right behind him in second place.
The boys also claimed second-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay, and Kyle MacKenzie collected an individual second in the 100-yard butterfly as well.