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L-S Boys Swim Team Edges DCL Foes Wayland, Acton-Boxborough

Dual County League championship meets begin Wednesday.

The Lincoln-Sudbury boys swim team swam against Wayland at the new Wayland Community Pool on Tuesday and won, 97-87.  Then three days later the boys team competed at home against the Acton-Boxborough swim team and won again.

The Wayland meet started off with the medley relay and the team of Dylan Brown, Sam Mackie, Ricky Billig and Joey Merullo took second place with a state qualifying time of 1:47.46. They were followed by a third-place finish by the team of Chris Knightly, Taylor Brown, Ryan Kenney and Andrei Ratikin with a sectional qualifying time of 1:51.67.

Bryan Johnson won the 200-yard freestyle event with the time of 1:50.37, qualifying for states and breaking the Wayland Town Pool record previously held by Weston swimmer Tommy Peacher.

Mackie placed first in the 200 IM easily surpassing the state qualifying time (2:03.75). Taylor Brown soon followed and placed second, also qualifying for states with the time of 2:11.87. Chris Wilkins placed fourth with the time of 2:17.37, earning points for his team.

Ryan Fleming sprinted his way to not only winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle events but now holds the Wayland Community pool records in both these events previously held by Drew Andre of Concord-Carlisle. His times were unbeatable at 22.38 and 49.13, respectively. Merullo placed second and Ratikin fifth in the fast-paced 50 freestyle. In the 100 freestyle Ratikin placed third (53.67) and Matt Shelley placed fourth (55.08).

Scott Henderson placed third in the diving competition and Tom Novick placed fifth, both earning points for the team.

Wayland swept the 100 butterfly race. Kenney and Billig placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

The 500 freestyle was handily won by freshman Chris Wilkins with a sectional qualifying time of 5:17.34. Jake Hogan and Nate Thomas placed fourth and fifth allowing L-S to win overall points in this event.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Shelley, Merullo, Johnson and Fleming won with a state qualifying time of 1:35.83. The team of Billig, Alex Yamron, Hogan and Wilkins placed third earning 10 points for L-S in this event.

Billig placed second the the 100 backstroke and Dylan Brown placed fourth.

Mackie, Johnson and Brown swept the 100 breaststroke event all with state qualifying times.

On Friday the boys team competed against the Colonials at . L-S won 103-83.

The meet started off with a first- and third-place finish in the medley relay. Both teams were fast enough to meet the time standard for the upcoming state meet. The first-place finishers were Brown, Mackie, Kenney and Merullo. Third-place finishers were Knightly, Brown, Billig and Rakitin.

The 200 freestyle relay was won by Bryan Johnson (1:51.21) followed by a fourth- and fifth-place finish by Wilkins and Hogan. Fleming and Taylor Brown earned first and third place spots for the 200 IM.

Mackie sprinted the 50 freestyle and won with state qualifying time of 23.13. Merullo and Rakitin placed third and fourth.

Novik and the Henderson brothers placed third, fourth and fifth in the diving competition.

Edwards was back and had tough competition in the 100 butterfly race and placed second with a state qualifying time of 56.57.  \Kenney placed fifth.

The competition continued in the 100 freestyle with L-S taking third, fourth and fifth by Ratikin, Merullo and Shelley, respectively.

In the distance event Johnson placed second with the time of 5:12.74 and Wilkins placed fourth.

The 100 backstroke was a close race after Fleming won the event and Edwards was touched out by two Acton swimmers to place fourth.

Mackie, Taylor Brown and Kenney swept the 100 breaststroke race.

In the final event of the day the relay team of Edwards, Johnson, Mackie and Fleming each swam their 100 yards in top form and won the event for L-S.

Next up is Dual County League Championships for diving and swimming. Diving will take place on Wednesday (girls) and Thursday (boys) at the Beede Center in Concord. Swimming will take place on Thursday (girls) and Friday (boys) at Atkinson Pool.

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